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 numerous disputes as a mediator and arbitrator. His experience in the legal profession is both extensive and varied with 13 years of experience as a judge in the family, probate and district courts of Dallas County and 25 years as a practicing attorney with major law firms in the Dallas area.

As 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’s interest in family matters is demonstrated by his public service. He has served as President of the Dallas Mental Health Association and President of the Mental Health Association of Texas. Judge Chrisman was chair of the Dallas County Juvenile Board and a former treasurer for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Judge Chrisman is also engaged in educating young adults. He serves as a Distinguished Professor and Lecturer at Dallas Baptist University 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

  • Age, race, and retaliation discrimination alleged in dismissal by company for employees failure to perform duties
  • Age, race, and sexual discrimination in regard to sexual harassment and Americans with Disabilities Act and other harassment claims
  • Alleged racial discrimination in promotion at large corporate headquarters
  • License status re nursing practice and alleged misconduct
  • Medical staff membership matters involving right to practice at medical facility and right to practice in group practice
  • Sex discrimination allegations in case involving failure to promote and reorganization of work force
  • Wrongful discharge of CEO of specialty hospital
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wrongful termination involving criminal misconduct by employee
  • Wrongful termination of senior employee involving age, sex discrimination, and retaliation allegations
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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