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DAVID T. Lopez

Lopez practices through Iwin-Uwin Dispute Resolutions, which he established, and as an arbitration and mediation panelist of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the AAA’s administrator for international matters. He previously served as panelist for JAMS.  His knowledge of dispute resolution in a wide variety of claims  since 1998, is bolstered by experience in litigation of hundreds of cases in state and federal courts and domestic and international mediations.  He has engaged and successfully completed extensive training in dispute resolution and made professional presentations on the subject at national and international levels.

Lopez presently chairs for the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution the Publications Board, which is responsible for evaluation of professional books.  He chaired the Dispute Resolution Section of the Houston Bar Association, and he is a member of the Houston International Arbitration Club and active in state, national and international dispute resolution organizations. He participated in the establishment of the International Employment Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and served as Vice Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the ABA International Section.

Detailed information on Lopez’s dispute resolution services is available at

Before law school, Lopez received a journalism degree from The University of Texas, was a newspaper and radio reporter, public relations consultant and international labor executive with responsibilities in the Americas and the Caribbean.

ADR Experience

Lopez’s dispute resolution experience includes higher education, labor and employment, constitutional and civil rights, domestic and international commercial mediation, personal injury, and financial and securities matters.


Lopez respects the practices proposed by the parties, but prefers detailed pre-session preparation.  That can include individual conferences with in-house and outside counsel and representatives of the parties, and pre-session submission of materials the parties consider significant to their position.  He assists the parties in developing proposals that focus on the individual interests of the parties and an agreement that all can consider a satisfactory conclusion.  In arbitrations, Lopez encourages the parties to be guided by the basic purposes of control and mitigation of costs and expedient and prompt issuance of the award.  Parties considering engaging Lopez can obtain additional details at, including the blogs published onsite.


After attending Laredo Junior College, Lopez received a bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was managing editor of the daily newspaper and editor of the monthly magazine. He did postgraduate work in economics at Texas A&M University at Kingsville and the University of the Americas in Mexico City. He was graduated first in his class, summa cum laude, from South Texas College of Law in 1971, while working full time and attending law school in the evenings. He attended the Harvard University Program of Instruction for Lawyers, completed more than 500 hours of advanced training in dispute resolution, including the Fellows Course of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the London Court of International Arbitration. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Houston and the Thurgood Marshall Law School of Texas Southern University and was selected a William Randolph Hearst Visiting Lecturer at The University of Texas College of Communications.

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • General
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Postal Service
  • Public Policy
  • Special Education
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Systems Designer

Fees and Provisos

Lopez attempts to set fees with consideration for the resources of the parties to the fullest extent. Depending on individual circumstances, fees for mediation generally are $1,250 per party for a two-party half-day mediation; $2,250 per party for full day. Arbitration fees for a single arbitrator hearing are $5,000 per day, $500 an hour study time, and actual costs of travel, meals and boarding, if necessary.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • AAA - American Arbitration Assoc.
  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • AAM - Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • TAM - Texas Assoc. of Mediators
  • JAMS
  • IBA - International Bar Association
  • CIArb - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • LCIA - London Court of Intl. Arbitration