Mr. Donald R. Philbin Jr.

Attorney-Mediator and Arbitrator
Contact: (210) 212-7100
Law Schools: Pepperdine University School of Law - Pepperdine University
Pepperdine University School of Law - Pepperdine University
Jurisdiction: Texas


About Mr. Donald R. Philbin Jr.
Don Philbin, J.D., M.B.A., LL.M., is an AV-rated attorney-mediator, adjunct professor of law, curator of, and president of Picture It Settled®. Picture It Settled® is Moneyball for negotiation. Our behavioral software has learned negotiating patterns from parties to thousands of litigated cases in a wide variety of jurisdictions and claim types. It uses that intelligence to make accurate predictions of where a negotiating round is headed in time for parties to act on that intelligence using the program’s planning tools. The planning tools allow users to fine-tune their target settlement and project what impact a particular move might have on the round before making it. The result is more settlements on more advantageous terms. Don was named the 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for Mediation in San Antonio by Best Lawyers®, was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Lawyer in Mediation by the San Antonio Business Journal, is one of seven Texas mediators listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation, and is repeatedly listed in: The Best Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in San Antonio, and the U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” survey. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, the American Academy of Civil Trial Mediators, and the Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Business Law
  • Communications & Internet Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Family Law
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    • Mediation is billed at a daily rate per party.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pepperdine University School of Law - Pepperdine UniversityLL.M. (2007)Dispute Resolution
Honors: CALI awards for (1) Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy; (2) Commercial and International Dispute Resolution, and (3) Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution (Labor Disputes)
University of Texas - San AntonioMBA (2011)Business Administration
Honors: Dean’s Graduate Student Honor Roll (1999–2001); Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa
Pepperdine University School of Law - Pepperdine UniversityJ.D. (1987)Law
Honors: Pepperdine Law Review (1985–87); Moot Court Board (1986–87); Margaret Martin Brock Scholar (1986–87); Teaching Assistant – Writing (1986–87); American Jurisprudence Awards for (1) Corporations and (2) Agency and Partnerships
Trinity UniversityB.A. (1984)Business Administration
2014 Lawyer of the Year (Mediation, San Antonio), Best Lawyers in America
Outstanding Lawyer in Mediation, San Antonio Business Journal
International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation, Who's Who Legal
Member, American College of e-Neutrals
Texas Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America
AV-Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations
San Antonio Chapter President, Association of Attorney-Mediators
Associates Chair, Trinity University
Board of Visitors, Trinity University
Business Advisory Council, Trinity University
Member, Texas State Bar # 15908800
Chair-Elect, ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas
Technology Chair, Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA
President, William S. Sessions American Inn of Court
Member, ABA Task Force on Planned Early Dispute Resolution
Negotiation Chair, Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA
Secretary-Treasurer, Rotary Club of San Antonio
Advisory Council, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
, Leadership San Antonio


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P.O. Box 12367
San Antonio, TX 78212
Telephone: (210) 212-7100
Fax: (210) 212-7118