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American Arbitration Association appoints Justice Eva Guzman to its Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators

July 6, 2022

Justice Eva Guzman appointed to American Arbitration Association Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators

Recently, the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the world’s leading provider of conflict management and dispute resolution services appointed Justice Eva Guzman, a Chamberlain Hrdlicka shareholder in the Houston and San Antonio offices, for a three-year term on its Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.

The AAA-ICDR Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators is composed of distinguished former judges and leaders in the legal and business communities with industry-specific knowledge and expertise. Arbitrators and mediators are not employees or contractors of the AAA-ICDR, which maintains an arms-length relationship with its panelists. AAA-ICDR staff members, arbitrators, and mediators are held to strict principles of integrity (fairness and impartiality), conflict management, service, and diversity and inclusion.

With a wealth of expertise, both as a litigator and as a judge, Justice Guzman focuses on litigating cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts and resolving disputes at the administrative level, including arbitration and mediation. She began her legal career in family and civil law, practicing in Houston for 10 years before then-Governor George W. Bush appointed her to the District Court bench in Harris County in 1999. In 2001, then-Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the Texas 14th Court of Appeals. In 2009, Perry elevated Justice Guzman to the Supreme Court of Texas, where she became the first Latina to serve on Texas’s highest civil court and the first to win statewide office in Texas.

Over the course of her judicial career, Guzman ruled on thousands of civil and criminal appeals and authored more than 900 opinions. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching trial advocacy. For many years, she has been a speaker and presenter at state and national legal conferences and symposiums. An elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute, Guzman has collaborated with other legal professionals on various studies and projects and authored articles for a number of legal publications.

Guzman graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She received a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. She also holds an LL.M. in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law, where she took classes from United States Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito.