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A.P.A.M’s Newest Panel Member, Former U.S. Attorney David R. Dugas
The Association of Professional Arbitrators and Mediators (APAM) announced today that David R. Dugas, former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, is joining its panel of neutrals effective June 1, 2010.

David R. Dugas is of counsel in McGlinchey Stafford’s Baton Rouge office. Prior to joining McGlinchey Stafford, David served as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana for nine years

“We are excited to have David join our panel and add yet another distinguished professional to what is fast becoming the preeminent group in the south,” said Larry Watts, CEO of APAM.

In 2005, Mr. Dugas was named Executive Director of the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force and Director of the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud where he served through April 2010 coordinating disaster fraud investigations nationwide for the Department of Justice. He has received national recognition for his leadership in these roles and was named “2005 U.S. Attorney of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association for his leadership of federal law enforcement in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Dugas is a 1978 graduate of Louisiana State University Law Center, where he served as Associate Editor of Louisiana Law Review and received numerous academic honors. He attended the United States Air Force Academy, earning multiple honorable distinctions and awards, before ultimately completing his undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University.

For more information, please contact Brad Watts, brad@aopaam.com

APAM HOLDS TRAINING SEMINAR
Mike Rubin, an APAM partner and panel member teamed up with Louis Selig, an APAM panel member and advisory board member on August 29th, 2009, to present a 5 hour training session to teach participants intermediate and advanced mediation skills and techniques. The 5 hour course included an interactive section on potential mediation ethical issues and also included a section on professionalism.

APAM AFFILIATES WITH CAROLINE MEDIATION CENTER OF HOUSTON TEXAS
APAM is pleased to extend its mediation reach to include one the most active mediation groups in Texas. The Caroline Mediation Center operated by Louis Selig and his staff are recognized as leaders in the ADR profession throughout the southwest and southeast United Sates and offers one the most modern and client friendly mediation complexes in the region.

APAM INTRODUCES A NEW WEB SITE
A new web site designed with the legal and business client in mind has been created and is on line. The improved web site is intended to present the mission, rules and procedures and panel members in more user friendly format. APAM has also introduced a new logo intended to become the recognizable symbol for professional, business driven ADR.

APAM ADDS TWO NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ADR PROFESSIONAL TO ITS PANEL
Gary McGowan and Robins Brice of Houston, Texas have recently joined the APAM panel. Gary is leading national provider of mediation and arbitration services. An attorney for over 30 years, McGowan practiced business litigation for 16 years, most notably as a founding partner of Susman, Godfrey & McGowan, a highly successful boutique business litigation firm. He began mediating and arbitrating in 1990 and has established a reputation for effectiveness, thorough preparation, patience, and an ability quickly to grasp the pivotal points for resolution of a dispute. Robins has practiced litigation for 34 years with Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, LLP, in Houston. His experience includes insurance coverage; property, casualty, injury and oil patch; commercial and employment agreements; shipping, cargo, collision and charter party disputes; and general civil practice issues.

BERNARD BOUDREAUX JOINS THE APAM PANEL
Boudreaux is former executive counsel Governor Mike Foster, former member of the LSU board of supervisors and past mediator of the forty-seven year old desegregation litigation between the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, the United States Department of Justice and the NAACP. His principal areas of practice are in business negotiations, joint ventures and business dispute resolution.