What people are saying about Scott Baker Mediation

“Scott helped me settle a case involving a large bureaucratic organization that I thought couldn’t get settled. I don’t know of a better recommendation for a mediator than that. He was a pleasure to deal with and is now on my short list of mediators to use in the future”.

— Gary Schumann. Savrick, Schumann, Johnson, McGarr, Kaminski & Shirley, L.L.P., Austin

Scott is an excellent mediator. Scott recently mediated a case for me which had four plaintiffs, three defendants, a challenging fact pattern and lots of raw feelings between the litigants. I did not think that there was any way that the case would settle at mediation. Scott worked with the parties on the case all day and he did a great job. Through Scott’s work, about 10 pm that night, we finally got a mediated settlement agreement signed by all of the parties. He did a great job of getting the case over the finish line. When it comes to mediating, Scott is smart, prepared, reasonable and dogged in pushing to make a deal. I will definitely use Scott again!!

Sam Johnson. Scott Douglass & McConnico, LLP, Austin

“Scott Baker singlehandedly settled an ‘unsettleable’ case after a very difficult 15 hours. It was extraordinary for several reasons. Scott exhibited a level of patience that few possess, certainly not me. I packed up at least 4 times that day. . . . Scott also showed a high level of preparedness regarding the materials and the arguments, and his methodology was very meticulous and incremental. . . . It required Scott’s very methodical, ultra-patient approach that, even after hour 15, required his steady hand to get over the finish line. I was very impressed, and I’m happy to recommend Scott Baker’s mediation services.”

— Matt Williams. Law Firm of M. Matthew Williams, PLLC, Austin

“I’ve lost track of the number of mediations in which I have been involved and the number of different mediators with whom I have worked. At the top of my list now is Scott Baker. The case that placed him there not only involved difficult legal and factual issues on which there was virtually no agreement, and also a substantial amount of money, but more importantly, damaged family relationships. Scott immediately gained the trust of my clients, as I am sure he did with our opponents, and with excellent legal and critical thinking skills, guided the parties and attorneys to a successful resolution.”

— David F. Bragg. Law Offices of David F. Bragg, Bastrop

“Scott Baker recently mediated a case for us. The case was tough in that the parties had previously tried to settle their dispute, but failed to do so when negotiations broke down. As a result, the parties’ positions had calcified and there was a lack of trust preventing movement. Scott thoroughly prepared beforehand, worked hard and late into the evening on the day of mediation and eventually was able to break down barriers and get negotiations rolling again. His steady hand, calm demeanor and thought-provoking approach brought the parties around and a settlement was reached just before midnight. He did a fantastic job and we’ll mediate with him again.”

— Reid Wittliff. Wittliff I Cutter PLLC, Austin

Scott Baker is now on my very short list of mediators who somehow manage to help resolve a case which does not seem anywhere near resolvable.  Frankly, if I ever become a mediator, his style and methods are my goal.  And not just because he understands the parties’ positions and motivations, but because his preparation, pre-mediation conference, and patient and persistent post-mediation follow-through is what led to resolution.  For more than two months after our initially unsuccessful mediation day, he was still thinking about our case, reaching out, and trying multiple different approaches – and it worked, all while I was continuing to prepare for an inevitable, complicated trial.  Honestly, and not to set too high of expectations for others, I’ve never seen anything like it.  Thanks Scott!

— Jonathan Peirce. Sheehy, Ware, Pappas & Grubbs, P.C., Houston

“Scott Baker does a wonderful job of mediating business disputes, including those that have not yet resulted in a pending lawsuit at the time of mediation. Scott recently mediated a business dispute in which one of our clients was involved. The parties seemed hopelessly divided on some critical business and personal issues and needed to separate their interests. Neither party wanted to be involved in litigation and litigation would have harmed the business. Scott did an excellent job of helping each party understand the likely consequences of litigation and developed and explored a number of approaches to resolution. The complexity of the situation insured that final resolution could not occur during the scheduled mediation . But Scott stayed with situation with productive phone calls to each counsel in order to resolve obstacles as they came up, and the matter was finally settled with a result much better for each of the parties than litigation could ever have achieved for either of them.”

— Clarke Heidrick. McGinnis Lochridge, Austin

“Scott is an excellent mediator that tirelessly worked at resolving a dispute that we believed could not settle. His preparation before the mediation, attention to detail, and thorough understanding of the issues made all the difference in bringing the parties to an agreement. We will certainly keep Scott on our short list for tough disputes.”

— Ryan Starnes. Libby Sparks Willis Starnes PLLC, Dallas

“Scott did a great job helping us successfully mediate our case. You won’t find a mediator who works harder before a mediation to prepare and that preparation certainly showed during the toughest parts of the day. It was a pleasure and he is now on my shortlist.

— John Crane. Crane Law Firm, Austin

“It was a pleasure conducting mediation of our clients’ trade secret dispute through your office. After more than thirty years of civil litigation, I was bogged down in a case that was uniquely difficult. You brought a solution to a set of circumstances I expected would takes weeks in the trial court to unravel. Most importantly, you enabled my folks to feel that their first experience in court was resolved in a sophisticated and efficient manner. They had been gravely discouraged by the litigation burden on their time and money. When I am asked to suggest the name of a mediator to help resolve hotly contested issues and technical complexities, I will put your name at the top of a very short list.”

— Don Burns. Burns & McCabe, San Angelo

“Scott is an excellent mediator who is thorough, fair, and patient.  A recent mediation with Scott put those skills on full display; there were multiple parties, multiple claims and cross-claims, and more than a little acrimony.  Scott dove head first into the case, reading hundreds of pages of material and exhibits, and came to the mediation prepared to discuss each party’s position on their own terms.  That knowledge, combined with Scott’s patience and results-oriented approach, led to a settlement where none was expected.  I cannot recommend Scott highly enough and will absolutely use him in the future.”

— Matthew Murrell. Cleveland Terrazas PLLC, Austin

“I had the pleasure of working with Scott as a mediator for the first time recently on a difficult business dispute that had a very complicated set of facts, nuanced legal issues, and personalities that were challenging. Scott was prepared, personable, and persistent—working long past our scheduled stop time. We didn’t finish until around midnight, but we reached a final deal thanks to Scott’s excellent work. He’s now on my short list of go-to mediators for complex business disputes.”

— David Rowe. Dubois Bryant & Campbell, Austin

“Scott did a great job in a mediation with some challenging personalities. He was a very quick study and got up to speed on the issues and personalities very quickly. He was extremely professional and well prepared. He was patient and tenaciously pursued settlement and kept going until we got it done. I would highly recommend Scott.”

— David Gottfried. The Gottfried Firm, Austin

I had the pleasure of mediating a commercial personal injury case with Scott Baker in May of 2020. Despite having to conduct the mediation remotely via Zoom, Scott was extremely responsive throughout the process from initial scheduling through the end of the mediation itself, including multiple pre-mediation meetings to get appropriate information for the case, prepare for potential technical difficulties and ensure both sides were ready and prepared to conduct a meaningful mediation. I would highly recommend Scott Baker to anyone seeking mediation services.

— Will Sutton. The Sutton Law Firm, Austin

On limited notice, Scott diligently worked with us to settle a dispute that had been ongoing for nearly two years with no end in sight. Scott came into mediation having thoroughly read everything we had submitted and was well-versed in the minute details of the case despite only having been given information a few days prior. His calm demeanor helped our client work through tough, emotional issues. Scott never allowed the mediation to go sideways and stuck with us in the days following mediation to ensure that all the details were handled and the settlement agreement was signed. I highly recommend Scott Baker as a mediator.

Rekha Roarty. Roarty Law Firm, PLLC, Austin

“I would be hard-pressed to find a mediator more conscientious than Scott Baker. By far the most thorough, dedicated, and empathetic mediator with whom I’ve worked, Scott took painstaking efforts to fully understand the intricate facts and legal positions of each party as well as the parties themselves, fostering a trust and candidness that allowed a resolution to be borne. Scott stayed well past his scheduled time on the minute chance that settlement could be reached. Using his interpersonal skills, coupled with his obvious legal expertise and experience, Scott made possible the impossible. Scott Baker is now my recommended mediator.

— Caryn McGraw. Law Office of Russell Frost, PLLC, Austin

“Scott Baker was thoroughly prepared for, and mentally engaged in, my recent mediation. He immediately understood the key issues and asked all of the right questions. My client was impressed with his knowledge of the file and key pieces of evidence which we had presented to him prior to the mediation – he had obviously done his homework. He was persistent during the mediation and ultimately got a deal done which was no sure thing going into the day. I would highly recommend Scott’s services to my colleagues.

— Matt Catalano. Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC, Midland

“Scott made himself available on short notice to mediate my case. Nonetheless, he had clearly spent time studying the facts, the law, and the key pieces of evidence in the case. Throughout the full-day mediation, he provided insights and counterpoints based on his preparation. He also was able to calm my client’s nerves and provide a steady, patient approach working toward a settlement. I recommend Scott and I’d be happy to use him again.”

— Mark J. Barrera. The Barrera Firm, San Antonio

“Years of trial work have tempered Scott to manage personalities in negotiation. But what impressed me most was his diligence. Before mediation, he immerses himself in the details so that no time is wasted getting to the heart of things.

— Joe Marrs. Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP, Houston

“Scott provided invaluable insight and business knowledge to help us reach resolution in a difficult matter. Scott’s ability to navigate obstacles and relate to the client was a key part of his work, and his success at the parties being able to reach a compromise. His practical approach was helpful at avoiding significant additional fees that were sure to be incurred without his hard work.”

— Dart Winkler. Hoffman Nies Dave & Meyer LLP, Greenwood Village, Colorado

“We especially appreciated Scott on several points in our recent mediation. First, we proposed to proceed via Zoom and he took extra time up front to do run-throughs with all the parties to make sure he could meet our expectations regarding a general presentation and then privacy. He was extremely well prepared and asked thoughtful, intellectually honest questions that were designed to move the parties toward compromise. He was utterly thorough and exceedingly patient and polite. Having said that, he was persistent about applying pressure and we got the job done! Good experience.

— Marcy Rothman. Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC, Houston

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