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William Cornelius, Mediator, Tyler, Texas.

William Cornelius

Cornelius Strategic ADR
305 South Broadway, Suite 702
Tyler, TX 75702
Tel: 903-530-1081
Cell: 903 530 1081
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Recognized to Texas Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced2007
  • # of MEDS (as of 19/7/24)1000
  • # of ARBS (as of 19/7/24)10
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More than 45 years of civil trial experience in East Texas and a hard earned reputation for fairness and integrity give Bill the credibility needed to effectively mediate your case. 

Bill began his practice in Galveston, Texas, with the firm of McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, where he did insurance defense work until 1979. He then returned to his native East Texas to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Tyler, where, for six years, he defended Federal Tort Claims Act cases against the Government. During his tenure there, he was named Chief of the Civil Division, and later, Senior Litigation Counsel. His honors there included receiving the Certificate of Merit from the Attorney General.

In 1985, Bill joined the Wilson Firm (which became Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius) in Tyler as a partner. After trying cases for 30 years, he began mediating, and in 2023 started his own solo mediation practice under the name of Cornelius Strategic ADR.  His previous trial practice included the handling of commercial, tort and intellectual property cases, in state and federal courts. He has 15 years’ experience mediating all kinds of civil disputes, including patent infringement and other intellectual property cases.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor/Unions
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Technology
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death



Baylor Law School, JD 1975

Memberships & Affiliations

Bill was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1975; and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Bill is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, The T. John Ward American Inn of Court, and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He has the Martindale Hubbell AV rating; and has been named a "super lawyer" in ADR by Texas Monthly Magazine from 2018 through 2023.

Rates Information

Standard cases $1000 per party for half day, $1750 per party for full day.  IP and other complex business disputes $15,000.00 PER DAY allocated equally among parties.  

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