Jerry Grissom

Jerry Grissom, Esq.

JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator

Case Manager
Judy Stephenson
T: 214-891-4523
F: 214-720-6010
8401 N. Central Expressway, Suite 610, Dallas, TX 75225


Jerry Grissom is recognized for his proficiency in resolving a wide array of business and commercial disputes. His extensive experience and expertise with such issues enable him to credibly and effectively resolve such disputes through mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Grissom has mediated and arbitrated the resolution of hundreds of disputes in 20 states, in a broad range of subjects, size, and complexity. He brings to each case the know-how for resolving disputes acquired from 12 years of experience as a full-time neutral and 20 years of business and tort litigation practice with a respected Dallas law firm. A tenacious but gracious advocate for settlement, he is recognized as a “go to” mediator for the difficult case. Fair and independent, Mr. Grissom is frequently selected as sole arbitrator and on arbitration panels as member and chair. Parties and counsel alike have expressed high levels of satisfaction with his capable management of ADR proceedings.

Mr. Grissom is an elected Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a member of CPR’s Distinguished Panel of Neutrals.

Representative Matters

  • Acquisition and Sale of Business
    • Dispute between two Fortune 500 companies concerning multi-million dollar acquisition by one of the other’s subsidiaries in a complicated stock purchase agreement; buyer claimed seller misrepresented value of acquired company; and seller disputed scope of indemnity obligations
    • Dispute between purchaser and seller of profitable project management business involving alleged breaches by both parties and seller’s requested return of the business
    • Dispute between the owners of two print media companies that merged their operations, each receiving in return half of the stock in a new company, and co-managing the new company together, for alleged misrepresentation and fraud in the original merger and in operations after the merger
    • Dispute on stock purchase and employment agreements between seller of his company in exchange for stock in the acquiring company and who also became an officer of the acquiring company, for breach of contracts, and buyer for fraud in inducement of the purchase of the acquired company stock
    • Dispute over respective rights and obligations of doctors upon leaving medical practice regarding assets, liabilities, and non-compete agreement
  • Banking / Financial
    • Claim by client against bank for damages from alleged negligence in conduct of forced sale of stock pledged as security for line of credit during market conditions after September 11, 2001
    • Claim involving loan by national bank to mortgage company for renovation and improvement of foreclosed property; also claims of conversion of collateral
    • Breach and fraud claim by developer against lenders for failure to fund on contracts for loan commitment and permanent financing of real estate development project of retail building
    • Three-party dispute involving claims by buyer, seller, and financing bank, on contract to purchase and ship construction materials from Asia and on letter of credit
    • Dispute involving alleged breach and interpretation of factoring agreement
    • Corporation claim that bank officer absconded with funds, alleging fraud, breach of duty, and seeking an accounting
    • Claim by corporation against its former bank for fraud, negligence and bad faith, alleging that bank’s tellers permitted corporation officers to defraud the company by converting millions of dollars by cashing a series of unauthorized corporate cashier’s checks
    • Claim by federal savings bank against mortgage underwriting services company for indemnity of multi-million dollar losses resulting from multiple loans bank had purchased based on company’s underwriting advice after borrowers all defaulted
    • Borrower claim that installment sales agreement violated state disclosure requirements of state finance code
  • Construction
    • Claim by building contractor for delay in commencement and delay in completion damages and owner counterclaim for unrepaired defects and incomplete work
    • Claims by multiple homeowners against homebuilder of subdivision for DTPA and negligence in development of heavily wooded lots
    • Builder of multimillion dollar custom home for professional athlete stopped work when owner refused to pay for overages, extras, and changes from plans and claimed damages for the costs of such changed work and extras; owner counterclaimed for construction defects and constructive abandonment when home was 70% complete
  • Dissolution of Medical Practice
    • Dispute over accounting for shares of accrued earnings and obligations, and other rights and responsibilities of individual doctors in practice when a group sought to leave and form their own new practice
  • Energy
    • Dispute concerning contract for operation and maintenance of generators to convert landfill gas to electrical power
    • Dispute between two competitors in manufacturing and servicing power generation equipment involving claims of misappropriation of confidential, proprietary trade secret information, interference with contract relationships, and unfair competition and counterclaims of antitrust violations, predatory pricing, discrimination, and interference
    • Dispute involving consulting and management agreement for North Sea pipeline company, claims of breach including ineffective performance and premature termination
    • Non-operating interest owner in oil and gas prospect claimed operator breached its contractual and common law duties as a reasonably prudent operator in incurring unnecessary and excessive costs, and operator sought reimbursement for non-operating interest owner's contractual share of operating costs it claimed were pre-approved, necessary, and reasonable
    • Environmental claims against pipeline operator for cleanup costs from pipeline leaks
    • National facility management services provider sought declaratory judgment on contractual indemnity provision and indemnity for over $1 million in property damage and cost of remediation of environmental damage after fuel spill at gas station against the provider of maintenance and repair services for negligence in its repairs of and breach of contractual obligation to defend and indemnify claimant from site owner's separate third party claim against claimant
  • Executive Compensation
    • Dispute involving claim by CEO of a Fortune 500 subsidiary to recover severance package in employment agreement where circumstances of termination and conditions for invoking the right to severance benefits were disputed
    • Dispute re whether transaction was a change in control that triggered payments under management incentive plan for executive team, and re value of multi-million dollar company at time of transaction
    • Claim on employment contract by regional vice president of sales for past and future commissions for “book of business” he brought with him when recruited, arising from his termination within months of his hiring
  • Franchise
    • Disputes arising from dealer franchise contract involving termination of dealership, attempted sale of franchise, allegations of territorial encroachment, audit of operations, allocation of product, attempt to add dealer
    • Dispute concerning valuation: minority owner of profitable privately owned medical products franchise acquired by publicly held company claimed corporate oppression by majority owner and sought to recover fair value of minority interest as of date of sale
    • Dispute concerning valuation of minority interest in privately owned and very profitable medical products franchise; franchisor (also the majority owner of the franchise) and its majority interest in the franchise were acquired by publicly held company; minority interest owner of franchise claimed corporate oppression and sought fair value as of the sale
    • Claim by exclusive distributor for territory for wrongful termination of franchise agreement
    • Franchisee claim against another franchisee, upline supplier and competitor for slander, tortious interference with contractual relations with existing customers, breach of contract, and loss of business
  • Insurance
    • Insurance coverage dispute on interpretation of builders’ risk policy for damage done by builder during construction of multi-story office building project
    • Policyholder claim for coverage and reimbursement of defense costs and indemnity under director and officer liability policy for acts and omissions that were subject of class action and government investigations/prosecutions
    • Claim by plan member against a managed behavioral health insurance company for bad faith and for costs incurred by teenage daughter for treatment of mental disorder and chemical dependency, with history of prior suicide attempts, and further attempt, after she was discharged when company refused to authorize further residential treatment on grounds it was not medically necessary
    • Insurance coverage disputes concerning claims on property owners’ policy, including claims for storm damage, damage to foundation and structure, and mold
    • Policyholder class actions against insurers for (1) violation of state insurance code and deceptive practices, (2) imposition of undisclosed, unauthorized fees, and (3) failure to honor claims
  • Intellectual Property
    • Dispute between two competitors in manufacturing and servicing power generation equipment involving claims of misappropriation of confidential, proprietary trade secret information, interference with contract relationships, and unfair competition and counterclaims of antitrust violations, predatory pricing, discrimination, and interference
    • Patent royalty dispute between creator of messaging software and national telephone service company; also involving tariff issues
    • Cabinet/furniture manufacturer's claim for infringement of copyright on decorative designs
    • Dispute involving venture to create new cosmetic line over ownership of trademark and claimed failures to fund and to develop product
  • Non-Compete Agreement / Theft of Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
    • Former employer's claim for theft of trade secrets (product formula and client lists) and breach of non-compete agreement by former employee and the new company he established
  • Partnership
    • Dispute between two equal partners who developed a multi-million dollar financial services business over radical differences on whether to sell it for substantial profit or continue and expand the business
  • Product Liability / Mass Tort
    • Toxic tort claims by building owners for property damage from asbestos containing materials; arbitrated claims for 100+ buildings
  • Professional Negligence
    • Legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claim by client against law firm in handling litigation matter, including failure to settle on client’s instructions
    • “Enron” style malpractice claim by stock purchasers of acquired company against its national accounting firm for losses resulting from alleged deficiencies in audited financial statements
  • Software
    • Dispute involving customized accounting and health management software for hospital system, and claims that software was not completed timely and did not work as expected
    • Contract dispute between provider of check expediting software and bank over claimed software deficiencies
    • Dispute involving venture to develop hardware key and software for confidential transmission of data over Internet; claims for fraud re: efficacy of prototype designs and failure to promote product
  • Telecommunications
    • Patent royalty dispute between messaging software provider and national telephone service company
    • Dispute between cable company and television broadcast stations concerning retransmission of local and network content
    • Telecommunications contract dispute involving claim by wireless dealer of acquired cellular company claim that the acquiring national wireless telephone provider destroyed dealer’s business through new, unfair and unreasonable practices
    • Telecommunications dispute on contract and tariffs for providing long distance telephone service between United States and foreign countries
  • Warranty
    • Disputes on warranty claims between owners and building contractors
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Elected Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators; Texas Board of Law Examiners; Fellow, Texas & Dallas Bar Foundations; Chair, Dallas Bar Committees; Adjunct faculty, SMU Law School; Mentor, UNT Dallas College of Law; Board of Directors, KERA Channel13 (PBS)
  • Trial Lawyer, Thompson & Knight, 1977-1997
  • J.D., with honors, Harvard Law School, 1976
  • B.A., with highest honors, Baylor University, 1973




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