Paul Clote was licensed as a Texas lawyer in 1977.  In the past few years, he has transitioned his commercial litigation practice solely to full-time mediation and arbitration services.  Thirty years ago, Paul Clote received his initial mediation training from the Association of Attorney Mediators (AAM).  Since then, he has continued to learn, practice and enhance his mediation skills;  in 2018 – 2019, he served as the national President of AAM.  Over time, Paul has mediated to conclusion 750+ cases.  He has served as a sole or panel arbitrator in multiple arbitration cases. 

Paul’s 40+ years of litigation practice involved commercial and business disputes across a broad variety of industries.  As a litigator, he tried to verdict state and federal court cases based on fiduciary duties; partnership termination and windup; oil/gas operating agreements; letters of credit; business fraud and civil theft; trust account funds; broker commissions; ERISA disability benefits; child abuse; FLSA minimum wage and overtime claims; and an election contest.  He has argued appeals in the 5th Circuit, Texas Supreme Court and Texas Courts of Appeal.

Paul’s mediation experience includes the following types of cases:

  • Oil/Gas (claims of defective pipe, operator and/or drilling errors; title issues; P&A and decommissioning costs; insurance coverages; farmout agreement disputes; audits and other JOA disputes; cost and quality issues of oilfield service providers’ work)
  • Construction Contracts (claims of cost overruns and time delays; claims of defective materials and/or workmanship; surety bond claims; indemnity claims against subcontractors; liability of owners, builders, subs, architects and engineers)
  • Landlord/Tenant & Real Estate (lease disputes, especially after March 2020 COVID lockdown; option contracts; claims of improper/inadequate disclosures by property sellers; title disputes)
  • Labor/Employment (covenant not-to-compete claims; alleged breach of non-solicitation and/or confidentiality agreements; FLSA claims; discrimination and retaliatory discharge claims; FMLA claims)
  • Intellectual Property (patent infringement claims; claim construction issues)
  • Trade Secrets (state TUTSA and federal DTSA)
  • Securities/Derivative Plaintiff Claims (state and federal fraud & misrepresentation claims)
  • Health Care (physician contract disputes; surgical centers, dialysis centers and hospital disputes with co-owners; over-billing claims by insurers)
  • Professional Negligence (claims against lawyers, engineers, architects, insurance brokers)
  • Probate/Estate (undue influence; mental competence; trust agreement disputes; fiduciary claims)
  • Business Divorces (for owners of law firms, restaurants and a plethora of service companies)

EXPERIENCE COUNTS.  RESULTS MATTER.  That is why diligence; preparation; persistence; and integrity are the hallmarks of Paul Clote’s ADR work.

Schedule a mediation with Paul by choosing a date below:

  • TX Mediator Credentialing Association - 2021 Credentialed Distinguished Mediator
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals - Clote


  • Represented plaintiff in breach of fiduciary duty/fraud litigation against former attorneys and was awarded a $6 million jury verdict and a $3 million judgment entered on behalf of the plaintiff based on breach of fiduciary duty and fee forfeiture.
  • Represented plaintiff in probate court litigation involving ownership of trust account funds. Jury verdict found for plaintiff and affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented plaintiff in a long term disability claim against an insurance company where ERISA law required proof of abuse of discretion. Verdict found for plaintiff for wrongfully refusing to pay disability benefits and the case was affirmed by 5th Circuit on appeal.
  • Represented plaintiffs in litigation involving physical and sexual assaults by defendant. The case was tried in Harris County state district court, resulting in a jury verdict of more than $20 million for plaintiffs.
  • Represented ranch owner plaintiff against family members in a dispute involving transfers of family limited partnership interests.  Judgment entered rescinding transfers and restoring ownership of the ranch and business to plaintiff.
  • Represented executor and sole beneficiary in will contest matter where adoption by estoppel was alleged by putative adoptee.  The case settled after jury selection.
  • Represented plaintiff in civil RICO lawsuit based on multi-million dollar fraudulent invoices sold to plaintiff.  The case abated pending criminal investigation.

News & Publications


  • 04.08.2022
  • Co-Presenter with Ashley Kaper and Cindy Diggs, Negotiation Tactics, Beaumont Inns of Court
    March 25, 2021
  • Co-Presenter with David E. Sharp, How to Be Effective in Arbitration, HBA ADR Section, February 9, 2021
    February 9, 2021
  • Course Director, Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution, co-sponsored by TexasBarCLE and ADR Section of State Bar of Texas
    January 8, 2021
  • Presenter, Tips for Successful Mediations, Camara Basileira de Resolucao de Conflitos em Energiae Mineracao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (virtual)
    April 24, 2020
  • Presenter, Mediation Update, State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Austin, Texas
    January 24, 2020
  • Co-Presenter with Burgess Wade and David Lauritzen, Mediation - Conflicts, Conflabs, and Craftiness, ADR Section Roadshow, Texas State Bar co-hosted by the Midland County Bar Association
    March 26, 2019
  • Co-Presenter with Kris Donley, Beth Krugler, John Palmer & Pattie Porter, I Can’t Get No Satisfaction . . . Or Can I?, TMCA 14th Annual Symposium, Austin, Texas
    November 10, 2018
  • Co-Presenter with Kirk Crutcher and David Russell, Maximizing the Value of Mediation, ADR Section Roadshow, Texas State Bar co-hosted by the Amarillo Area Bar Association
    October 11, 2018
  • Presenter, Ethical Issues in Mediation, Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and CLE Seminar, Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston, Texas
    September 16, 2016
  • Presenter, Ten Tips for Successful Mediation, International Mediation Symposium, Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria
  • Presenter, Practice Tips for Arbitration & Mediation, Center for International Legal Studies, Steamboat, CO
    December 7, 2007
  • Presenter, Selecting the Mediator, 4th Annual Institute for Responsible Dispute Resolution, Resolution Forum, Inc. & Center for Legal Responsibility, Houston, Texas
    October 30, 2003

Honors & Recognition

  • Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service, Business Litigation and ADR (2007- 2021) 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers©, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (2015-2022)
  • Voted 2021-2022 Top Lawyers by Houstonia Magazine

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association (1977-present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Associate, Senior Life Fellow)
  • Association of Attorney Mediators (President - 2018; 
    President-Elect, 2017; Past Treasurer)
  • Board of Disciplinary Appeals (Chair 2008, Vice Chair 2007)
  • Houston Bar Association (1977-present)
  • Houston Bar Foundation (Sustaining Life Member) 
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (2020-present)
  • Order of Barristers; National Secretary (1975-1976)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Sustaining Life Member)
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (Credentialed Distinguished Mediator)


University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1977 (with honors)

Northwestern University, B.A., 1974

Bar admissions

  • Texas
  • Colorado (inactive)

Court admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
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