Summary of Experience

Began mediating and arbitrating in 1995 and since that time successfully mediated and arbitrated more than 3,000 cases and disputes throughout central Texas including real estate, oil and gas, condemnation, family law, probate, guardianship, personal injury/product liability, worker’s compensation, professional liability, deceptive trade practices, business tort, contract and tax. Trial lawyer with more than 25 years experience, including numerous jury and non-jury trials representing plaintiffs and defendants, individuals, families, professionals, corporations, partnerships, and governmental entities in both civil and criminal litigation. Civil litigation experience includes family law, probate, guardianship, real estate, personal injury/product liability, professional liability, deceptive trade practice, business tort and contract cases.


Ethics in the Expanding World of ADR — November, 2007, South Texas College of Law

Gain the Edge: Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers and Business Professionals — March, 2006, State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

The Art of Negotiation “From Crisis to Collaboration” Advanced Negotiation Techniques for the Litigator/Mediator — November, 2001, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section

National Mediation Academy — June, 1995 (Mediation training in family dynamics, child development, and family law.)

National Mediation Academy — May, 1995 (Basic mediator training.)

University of Houston Bates College of Law, J.D. — 1976

Notre Dame Summer Law Program, Imperial College, London, England — Summer, 1975

University of Texas, B.A. — 1974

University of Strasbourg, France — 1972–1973

Legal Experience

Tom Bartley, Attorney at Law (November, 2001–Present)
Bankston, Bartley & Riley, L.L.P. (March, 2000–November, 2001)
Tom Bartley, Attorney at Law (June, 1989–March, 2000)
Bartley & Johnson (1985–June, 1989)
Tom Bartley, Attorney at Law (1978–1985)
Ross, Griggs & Harrison (1977–1978)

Professional Licenses and Associations

Admitted – State Bar of Texas and Supreme Court of Texas, 1977
Admitted – U.S. District Court for Southern District of Texas, 1977
Member – Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, State Bar of Texas
Member – Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas
Member – Austin County Bar Association
Member – Washington County Bar Association (past president)
Member – Texas Association of Mediators


“Ethics in Mediation: Ethical Dilemmas Presented in the Real World” —September, 1998, Houston Bar Association