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Judge John T. Wooldridge, Mediator & Arbitrator, Houston, Texas.

Judge John T. Wooldridge

Former District Judge - Mediator - Arbitrator
4605 Post Oak Pl Dr, Ste. 222
Houston, TX 77027
Tel: (713) 816-3400
Fax: (713) 583-7006
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Recognized to Texas Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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Judge Wooldridge*, received his certified as a mediator in 1995, approved as a moderator for moderated settlement conferences in 1992.  He is an Arbitration Panelist/Mediator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Workplace Arbitrations (JWA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and Dispute Solutions, Inc. (DSI).  Judge Wooldridge's Mediation and Arbitration services specialize in complex civil cases, commercial, business and corporate matters, aviation, contracts, construction, employment and labor law.  He also receives appointments as an Umpire for insurance claims disputes and has served a a Commissioner in matters invovling imminent domaine and condemnation. 

Judge Wooldridge has nineteen years of judicial service and continues to sit by assignment as a Visiting Judge throughout the state.  His professional legal career has included service as a Senior Corporate Counsel with two multi-national offshore drilling services companies, a partner with a Houston law firm, concentrating in civil litigation, Admiralty and Maritime law, and he had a mediation practice prior to his appointment to the Court. Judge Wooldridge was an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas for fifteen years.  He is also a license private pilot.

Judge Wooldridge is a Captain in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, retired after 30 years of military service.  He served on active duty during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Gulf War I).  His significant assignments include service as Trial Counsel, Naval Legal Service Office Norfolk; Command Prosecutor, USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62); Staff Judge Advocate, Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Mississippi; Command Judge Advocate, TWENTIETH Naval Construction Regiment;  Appellate Defense Counsel, Appellate Defense Division; Force Inspector General and Assistant Force Judge Advocate, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan; Executive Officer and General Courts-Martial Military Judge, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary; Commanding Officer, Region Legal Service Office, Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia; and Senior Military Justice Officer, Region Legal Service Office, Hawaii.  Captain Wooldridge was recalled to active duty in 2008 for service during Operation Enduring Freedom and was assigned as Legal Counsel with the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, U.S. Navy Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

* Judge Wooldridge is a former Texas State District Court Judge and Former U.S. Military Judge.

Case Experience

  • Admiralty
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Internet
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana (1991) - LL.M. in Admiralty
St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas (1987) - JD
Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas (1981) - BFA

Memberships & Affiliations

Judge Wooldridge was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1987, and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas and the courts of the State of Texas.  He is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation. 

Judge Wooldridge authored a Law Journal Article in the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce titled, “Barratry by Exceeding the Navigational Limit of the Insurance Policy.”   He also has numerous other articles and seminar presentations.

He is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and is a licensed private pilot.  Judge Wooldridge has been recognized with: United States Department of Justice, Award for Public Service; Profile In Professionalism, Houston Bar Association; Ernst John Watts Memorial Scholarship Award, for Capital Litigation, from the National Judicial College; and as a Distinguished Alumni, McAllen High School.  He was named a 2017 Top Lawyer in alternative dispute resolution by Houstonnia Magazine.


Rates Information

Please go to: Services and fees are found at the "ADR Services" tab. Fee Schedule: Arbitration: $375-$600 per hour shared by two parties; if more than two parties, $150-$300 per hour for each party. Mediation: Full day, $1,550 per party (9 hours); half-day (4 hours), $775 per party. Please contact the Mediator for rates involving more than 3 parties. Additional hours may be charged at a rate of $250 per party. ​ Mini Trial: Full day, $1,550 per party (8 hours). Additional hours may be charged at a rate of $200 per party. Moderated Settlement Conference: Full day, $1,550 per party (8 hours); half-day (4 hours), $700 per party.  Credit cards payments are accepted.

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