P. Oswin (Os) Chrisman

Hon. P. Oswin (Os) Chrisman (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master

Case Manager
Carolina El'Azar
T: 214-891-4525
F: 214-720-6010
8401 N. Central Expressway, Suite 610, Dallas, TX 75225


Judge Chrisman has successfully resolved disputes as an attorney, a judge, a mediator, and as an arbitrator. His experience in the legal profession is both extensive and varied. He served as counsel to one of the fastest growing school districts in this state and the third largest district in the country. Judge Chrisman has also served with distinction as a trustee and chair with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and with Baylor University Board of Regents.

He has served as a Judge in District Court, Probate Court, and Family District Court. A founding member and chair of the Dallas Dispute Mediation Service, he served on committees to set up dispute resolution programs for the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas. Judge Chrisman served as chair of the Legislature Oversight Committee for the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House of the State of Texas to revise the Mental Health Code of the State of Texas and help institute reforms in the family and probate courts to assist the courts in more efficient services.

Judge Chrisman is also engaged in educating young adults. He serves as a Distinguished Professor and Lecturer at Dallas Baptist University and Adjunct Professor of Law at Baylor Law School and has served as a Vice Chair for the Board of Regents of the Baylor University system, Chair of the Baylor Health Care System and Baylor University Medical Center, and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Representative Matters

  • Contract development
  • Discipline
  • Due process hearings
  • Education of the disabled
  • Employment relations
  • Environmental matters
  • Health care matters
  • Real estate matters
  • Security matters
  • Student attendance
  • Tax matters
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member: Dallas Bar Association; Dallas Estate Council; Texas Bar Association (Chairman, Committee on Judicial Ethics, 1981); American Bar Association; Texas Association of Mediators; Dallas Association of Attorney-Mediators; Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR)
  • Chair - Texas Institute of Health Research
  • Former Chair: Dallas Baptist University Foundation (1986); Dallas County Juvenile Board (1978-1979); Legislative Oversight Committee for Mental Health
  • Past Chair/Board of Trustees; Baylor University Medical Center; Baylor Health Care System; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Party President/Board of Directors: Dispute Mediation Services of Dallas; Past President Mental Health Association of Texas; Dallas Council on Alcoholism; Committee on Judicial Conduct
  • Past Treasurer, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Author, “Released Time Programs,” Baylor Law Review and A Journal of Church and State
  • Co-Author, Texas Probate System-Dependent Administration, published by the State Bar of Texas
  • Judge, Sabine Valley Child Protection Courts, 2002
  • Of Counsel, Fulbright & Jaworski, 1997-2001
  • Partner, Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, 1982-1997
  • Judge, 44th Judicial District Court, 1978-1982
  • Judge, 330th Family District Court, 1977-1978
  • Judge, Domestic Relations Court No. 4, Dallas County, 1973-1977
  • Judge, Probate Court No. 2, Dallas County, 1969-1973
  • Partner, Green, Gilmore, Chrisman & Rothpleetz, 1968-1969
  • Dallas Bar Association ADR Training Program
  • State Bar of Texas ADR Program
  • Harvard University School of Law Program of Instruction for Lawyers in Negotiation and Mediation
  • J.D., Baylor University, 1959
  • B.A., Baylor University, 1957



Practice Areas

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