8401 N. Central Expressway Suite 610 Dallas, Texas 75225
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Lisbeth M. Bulmash, Esq.
JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator
8401 N. Central Expressway Suite 610 Dallas, Texas 75225
Higher Education & Title IX
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education
JAMS NeutralLisbeth M. Bulmash, Esq., joins JAMS following nearly 20 years as a conflict resolution practitioner and a co-founder of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) firm. She resolves civil and commercial disputes of all sizes, including complex multi-party disputes.
Before starting her ADR firm, Ms. Bulmash served as a litigation attorney in a diverse array of firms, including a law firm specializing in defense, a law firm representing primarily plaintiffs and a national property casualty insurance company. These varied legal experiences prepared Ms. Bulmash for her career in mediation and arbitration, where she primarily handles business commercial, personal injury, professional negligence, employment, estates/probate/trusts and real property cases. She has established a unique way of anticipating parties’ needs and interests through her decades of experience.
ADR Experience and Qualifications
Ms. Bulmash has been a full-time neutral since 2002. Before practicing in the state of Texas, she had an active ADR practice in Michigan and Ohio. She has completed over 300 hours of mediation training. She obtained her initial mediation training at the Oakland Mediation Center in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and her basic training workshop in family mediation at the Mediation Training and Consultation Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich. She is a frequent speaker and course instructor on a variety of ADR-related topics.
Ms. Bulmash has resolved a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, large and small, over the course of her ADR career. Select case examples include the following:
Arbitrated dispute between a National Hotel and an Association over breach of contract involving the application of a force majeure clause during COVID-19
Mediation of dispute between sophisticated investors stemming from a default on a business loan with a counterclaim asserting usury defenses to invalidate the terms of the loan
Arbitrator in credit card dispute between a Fortune 500 credit card company and consumer; the case included concerns regarding statute of limitations and death of consumer
Large commercial dispute involving breach of a written contract between a financial broker and a real estate developer developing a significant hotel project
Declaratory judgment action declaring ownership of mineral and property rights against two large corporations stemming from heirship rights from an estate
Breach of commercial lease contract between a large restaurant and the owner of the shopping center
Breach of a commercial lease contract with a written guaranty between a landlord and tenant
Breach of contract between a homeowner and luxury pool builder; action included breach of contract, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) and Residential Construction Liability Act
Breach of contract case between an owner of a commercial building and a roofing contractor; claims stemmed from breach of contract, breach of warranty and violation of the DTPA and Consumer Protection Act
Consumer debt action between a large municipality and residents for amounts owed to utilities
High-dollar complex breach of a lease agreement involving seven commercial parties
Complex companion cases between two large corporations stemming from the sale of a portion of one company to the other; claims included breach of an asset purchase agreement and issues surrounding a noncompete clause and counterclaims for conspiracy, aiding and abetting, breach of fiduciary duty and requests for temporary and injunctive relief
Dispute involving a homeowner against air conditioning contractor alleging breach of contract, violation of DTPA, breach of express warranty and breach of implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose
Mediated a multimillion-dollar eminent domain case involving the acquisition of a commercial business by a public university for the building of a new parking garage and football stadium
Mediated case between a state and a development company over the acquisition of a piece of land needed for a highway expansion
Mediated case between a school board and a private landowner for an addition to a school campus
Mediated dispute between a city and a homeowner over the appropriation of land being acquired for the expansion of an intersection
Arbitrated complex employment discrimination case against an employer Automobile dealership alleging wrongful discharge of an employee based on racial and sexual discrimination under Title VII and Texas TACHNA
Mediation between self-insured company and employee stemming from work-related injuries employee sustained during employment. Employee alleged negligence, gross negligence and unsafe working conditions resulting in damages.
Dispute between large foreign engineering company against a former CEO and employee for breach of contract, quantum meruit, unjust enrichment, conversion, common law fraud, fraud by nondisclosure and tortious interference with contractual relations
Pre-suit wrongful termination of employment case brought by property manager/employee against large real estate property company involving ADA claims, FMLA claims and age discrimination claims
Entertainment and Sports
Designated neutral for the US Center for SafeSport, an American 501 nonprofit organization established in 2017 under the auspices of the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
Served as an Arbitrator in a Temporary Measures Hearing in multiple cases involving athletes, coaches and the U.S. Center for SafeSport
Mediation of estate dispute between stepmother/surviving spouse and decedent’s surviving children regarding administration of estate and underlying concerns about family business as a probate asset
Resolved complex mediation involving a will contest between intestate heirs at law and a non-relative agent whose confidential fiduciary relationship along with insufficiencies in the will raised doubts about its legality and authenticity
Mediation involving contentious dispute between a brother and sister regarding the estate administration of their mother’s will and the division of assets; creative solutions were utilized to reach an agreement in this matter
Mediation of a will contest in which two separate wills were submitted to the probate court by two adult children - one a natural in the administration of a mother’s estate; mediation resolved the dispute and established a procedure for the probate of the estate and an equitable distribution of the mother’s assets
Mediated hotly contested guardianship dispute between seven parties for the resolution of ongoing conflicts between the guardian ad litem, step mother, natural mother, natural father and bank trustee over the care of an adult disabled child; issues centered around resolving past issues and disputes over the ward’s care and determining a path for the future of the ward’s medical and financial care
Will contest between step-daughter and daughter more than four years after the death of the mother and an attempted administration of mother’s will as a muniment of title; case creatively resolved the administration of the estate and settled issues between the daughter, extended family and step-daughter
Mediated to settlement a complex guardianship dispute involving caregiving issues of an elderly ward and the transfer of her homestead prior to the initiation of the guardianship to her non-relative caregivers; the dispute involved issues between the ward's caregivers and siblings
Mediation of will contest between step-father/husband of decedent/wife/mother and adult daughter of decedent; the will was challenged for its missing formalities
Mediation between siblings and step-siblings contesting the application of will to probate as a Muniment of Title more than four years after the death of the testator (mother/step-mother)
Mediation involving guardianship of elderly mother and dispute between adult children regarding her care; unique and creative solution created to uphold least restrictive alternatives to guardianship and to avoid future conflicts between the children regarding the mother's future care
Complex guardianship and estate issues between the grandparents and natural father of a minor child following the death of the natural mother
A will contest brought by the daughter of decedent/father against a nonrelative party claiming to inherit the estate in a will filed for probate
Dispute stemming from the heirship of estate between the widow of decedent and adult child from decedent’s first marriage
Opposition to probate of will as a muniment of title between the best friend of decedent and natural child of decedent
Complex dispute of estate of deceased mother between seven siblings
Dispute involving heirship issues and determination of administrator issues in a large family with six children, one deceased child and five children (grandchildren) of deceased child
High-conflict estate dispute involving the appointment of an executrix between a stepmother/widow and the three daughters of decedent (stepdaughters)
Declaratory judgment action to set aside previous agreement alleging that one sibling had used fraud and breach of fiduciary duty to convince the other sibling to enter into a family settlement agreement on the heirship action
Mediated high conflict divorce; resolved division of assets and issues surrounding custody and visitation of minor child
Mediated custody dispute between conservator parents and natural mother of a minor child; developed creative program to resolve differences between the parties and strengthen support of minor child
Arbitrated Payor/Payee disputes stemming from the application of a contract between a health insurer and a hospital
Healthcare mediation between healthcare system and an employee regarding accommodation of religious beliefs and adherence to employer’s requirements.
Arbitrator for the Texas Department of Insurance balance billing dispute program for matters involving providers and health plans, which have included emergency room care and anesthesia care; will have arbitrated over 160 cases by the end of April 2021
Mediation of a labor management relations dispute between an employee and healthcare system employer
Pre-suit mediation between bank and employee regarding allegations of religious discrimination.
Complicated case involving compliance and enforcement of law regarding religious institution’s constitution and by-laws between the religious institution’s board of trustees and its deceased leader’s widow; petition demanded enforcement and compliance with the constitution and bylaws of the institution
Case involving pre-suit employment dispute between religious head and board of directors of a religious institution
Mediation of insurance dispute between named insured and national property insurance company regarding denial of an insurance claim based on allegations of fraud
Mediation of auto bodily injury case for front seat passenger in collision involving complicated damages
Automobile bodily injury claim brought by a passenger on a bus; liability and damages were extensive
Multi-million-dollar personal injury claim stemming from an auto accident involving an employee and his commercial employer; plaintiff alleged extensive and complex medical injuries
Property insurance case brought by a property owner against an insurance carrier alleging agency and vicarious liability, violations of Texas Insurance Code, Texas DTPA claims and breach of contract for denial of a property insurance claim
Underinsured motorist claim stemming from a rear-end motor collision
Complicated property action between national bank and property owner involving the bank’s deed of trust lien and the defendant party’s subsequent purchase of a home through a foreclosure sale
Multi-million-dollar eminent domain action between university and private landowners
Property tax appraisal dispute involving multi-million-dollar commercial property and local government tax authority
Declaratory judgment action to quiet title on a property and prevent foreclosure between a homeowner and the bank
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.
Memberships and Affiliations
Member, Board of Directors, Association of Attorney-Mediators, 2021–2024
Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2023
Approved Arbitrator, Office of Insurance Commissioner (OIC), Washington State, 2022–2023
Member, American Health Law Association, 2022–present
Arbitrator, Balance Billing Arbitration Panel, Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporate Commission, 2021–2023
Member, Texas Department of Insurance Independent Dispute Resolution Balance Billing Program, 2020–2023
Member, Planning Committee, North Texas Probate Bench Bar Conference, 2020
Board Member, Probate Section Board, Collin County Bar Association, 2018–2021
Bar Admissions: Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Texas
"Lis Bulmash is an amazing mediator! She does more prep than any mediator I’ve ever used. JAMS is lucky to have her!"
"Lis is the most prepared mediator I’ve ever worked with. Prior to our mediation, she called all counsel and familiarized herself with every detail of our case. This preparation was the key to settling our difficult case."
"Lis did a phenomenal job mediating our difficult guardianship case. She spent the time and went the extra mile preparing for the mediation by calling all the attorneys ahead of time. This allowed her to understand everyone’s position prior to the mediation, which allowed us extra time to work through the details and successfully settle the case."
"I whole-heartedly endorse Lisbeth. She handled a complex probate controversy in only a half-day mediation. It was truly an amazing experience."
8401 N. Central Expressway, Suite 610, Dallas, TX 75225
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