Hon. Karen Brown Willcutts (Former), FCIArb

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Judge Willcutts combines over 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer, judge, mediator, and arbitrator with her efficient case management skills to effectively and efficiently resolve a wide range of civil litigation matters at JAMS. She is known for her ability to quickly grasp the issues in any legal matter, and is empathetic, persistent, creative, and hardworking.

Since joining JAMS, Willcutts has had an opportunity to be involved in numerous employment matters which include the following:

Representative Mediations

  • Age discrimination case brought by railroad conductor against railroad
  • Claim brought by insurance company against former executive alleging breach of non-compete and non-solicitation clauses in employment contract
  • Pre-litigation claim brought by military support services employee alleging hostile work environment and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Pre-litigation settlement of a wrongful termination claim brought by a security officer against defense contractor
  • Pre-litigation settlement of a wrongful termination claim by electrician against oil company
  • Wrongful termination claim brought by healthcare worker against hospital alleging race and age discrimination

Representative Arbitrations

  • Sole arbitrator in appeal by police officer of disciplinary action imposed by city
  • Sole arbitrator in employment case brought by office worker asserting claims for race discrimination, racially hostile work environment, and constructive discharge
  • Sole arbitrator in employment matter involving allegations of sex and race discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, constructive discharge, and violations of the Equal Pay Act
  • Sole arbitrator in matter asserting claim for payment of unused, accrued fringe benefits upon termination in matter involving complex choice of law analysis
  • Sole arbitrator in wrongful termination suit against defense contractor by maintenance supervisor

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Selected Articles
    • Author, "Damage Analysis Is Key To Settling Complex Cases," Law 360, June 2016
    • Co-author, “Forum 2013 Intensive Program: Mediation,” published for American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, October 2013 
    • Author, “Arbitration: Still an Effective Method of Resolving Business Disputes?,” Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, December 2011 
    • Author, “Preparation: An Important Key to a Successful Mediation,” Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, September 2007 
    • Author, “Mediation and Arbitration Update,” Texas Bar CLE “Winning Before Trial,” March 2007
  • Honors
    • Selected as a Best Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation, D Magazine, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 
    • Selected as a Best Woman Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation, D Magazine, 2010 
    • AV Pre-Eminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Memberships
    • Member, American Bar Association 
      • Dispute Resolution
      • Forum on Franchising
      • International Law
      • Litigation
      • Forum on Franchising
    • Advisory Board Member, Center for American and International Law
      • Institute for Energy Law
      • Institute for Transnational Arbitration
    • Member, Dallas Bar Association
      • Alternative Dispute Resolution
      • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
      • Business Litigation
      • Energy Law
      • Franchise & Distribution Law
      • International Law
      • Labor and Employment
    • Member, State Bar of Texas
      • Alternative Dispute Resolution
      • Antitrust and Business Litigation
      • International Law
      • Labor and Employment
      • Litigation
    • Member, Attorneys Serving the Community, 1994-present (co-chaired several committees)
  • Professional Activities
    • Adjunct Professor, Arbitration Law and Advocacy, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Spring 2010 
    • Past Chair, Antitrust and Business Litigation Section, State Bar of Texas, 1997-1998 (council member, 1992-1999) 
    • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Received Diploma in International Arbitration
    • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Selected Speaking Engagements
    • Panelist, "Arbitrators and Judges Panel: Experts in Arbitration," Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2014
    • Co-panelist, “Mediation Intensive,” American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2013 
    • Panelist, “Arbitrators’ and Judges’ Panel: Tips for Your Case,” University of Texas School of Law 2012 Construction Law Symposium, 2012 
    • Co-presenter, “Maximizing Arbitration Efficiency and Effectiveness,” Dallas Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, 2011 
    • Co-presenter, “Arbitration,” North Texas Conflict Resolution Conference, 2008 
    • Presenter, “Mediation and Arbitration,” North Texas Paralegal Association, 2007 
    • Presenter, “Mediation and Arbitration Update,” Texas Bar CLE “Winning Before Trial”, 2007 
    • Co-presenter, “Da Ethics Code: Unveiling the Ethical Mysteries in Labor/Employment ADR,” Employment Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, 2006

Background and Education

  • Civil Associate Judge (formerly, Civil Court Master), Dallas County, TX, 2002-2004
  • Partner, Strasburger & Price, LLP, Dallas, 1985-2002 (Associate, 1985-1991; Partner, 1992-2001; Of Counsel, January-October 2002)
  • J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law
  • B.A., with high honors, University of Texas at Arlington

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