Panelist Profile: Speedlin, Phylis J.


Speedlin, Phylis J.

Mediator; Private Judge

Birthdate: 1949
Marital Status: Married
Children: 3


St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas J.D. with distinction, 1983
Member of the John M. Harlan Society
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
M.S. Health Care Administration, 1977
Honor Graduate
Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas, B.S. Nursing, 1975
Pittsburgh Presbyterian University
Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Diploma - Registered Nurse, 1970
Honor Graduate
President of Student Government


• Dykema Cox Smith
January 2014 - present
Appellate law, Mediator, Arbitrator and Private Judge
San Antonio, Texas

Counsels clients in appellate strategy as well as mediates and arbitrates complex, multi-party litigation including personal injury, tort, product, health care, business, construction, employment, oil and gas lease and royalty disputes, probate, commercial, and family law. Qualified under the Civil Practice and Remedies Code to try lawsuits as a Private Judge upon agreement of the parties and referral by the trial court. Serves on the State Bar Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee developing jury issues used by Texas civil trial judges.

• Plunkett & Griesenbeck, Inc.
January 2013 - January 2014
Mediator, Arbitrator, and Private Judge
San Antonio, Texas

Mediated and arbitrated complex, multi-party disputes including personal injury, tort, product, health care, business, construction, employment, oil and gas lease and royalty disputes, probate, commercial and family law.

• Justice Fourth Court of Appeals
April 2003 - December 2012

Heard and decided over 3,900 civil and criminal cases and personally authored over 1,300 opinions covering a wide variety of issues, including personal injury, property rights, insurance law, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, deceptive practice, family law, employment law, probate, oil and gas, construction law and criminal law.

• 408th Judicial District Court Judge
Bexar County, Texas January 2000 - April 2003

As a State District Court Judge, presided over and rendered decisions in all types of general civil litigation to include personal injury, commercial litigation, deceptive trade practices, medical malpractice, medical products litigation, legal malpractice, family law, construction law, employment law, and class actions. Has extensive experience in all aspects of civil trial practice including pre-trial discovery disputes, summary judgments, non-jury and jury issues. Designated by the Presiding Judge of the Fourth Administrative Judicial District as the sole judge to preside over all pretrial matters related to the Firestone Tire mass tort litigation filed and pending in the 4th Judicial Region.

• Clemens and Spencer
1983 - 1999

Before becoming a jurist, practiced as a shareholder in one of San Antonio’s oldest law firms with extensive experience in general civil litigation in both state and federal courts primarily representing defendants. Advised and assisted health care professionals including doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators on medical malpractice and medical product litigation. Served as lead trial attorney for complex personal injury, medical malpractice, and medical product cases taking cases to jury verdict. Argued before the Texas Supreme Court and the Intermediate Appellate Courts of the State. Defended Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (previously American Home Products) in the Phen-Fen mass tort litigation and served as a member of the Texas trial team. Provided corporate and health care legal advice and support to area hospitals, both large and small, in all aspects of compliance with state and federal health care laws. Dealt with physician employment agreements, physician practice agreements, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, partnership and practice group dissolutions, health care payment and billing disputes, medical staff bylaws, and other matters pertaining to the provision of health care. Argued before Texas regulatory agencies defending doctors, hospitals, nurses, and dentists on standard of care issues and professional licensing challenges.

Area of Specialization

Board Certified Personal Injury; Licensed to practice in all Texas State Courts, United States Supreme Court, United States District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas.

Membership & Affiliations

Member, State Bar of Texas
Texas Bar Association, Pattern Jury Charges Oversight Committee, Vice-Chair 2005-present; Volume 3, 1993-1995
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Texas Chapter, 2015
Life Fellow Texas Bar Foundation
Member, Texas Bar Association ADR Section, 2012-present
Association of Attorney-Mediators, 2012-present
Member, San Antonio Bar Association; President 2010-2011; Officer or Director 2004-2009.
Master, William S. Sessions American Inn of Court 2012-present; Member, 1987-2001
Chair, Community Justice Pro Bono Committee, 2009-2013
Founder and Co-Chair, San Antonio Community Justice Program, 2002-2008
Vice Chair, Program Committee, 2000-2006
Vice Chair, San Antonio District Courts Committee, 1997-1999; Member 2002
Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2000-2001
Member, San Antonio Medical-Legal Liaison Committee, 1988-1990
Chair Advisory Committee San Antonio Bar Foundation, 2011-2012
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates – San Antonio Chapter, 1995-present
Member, San Antonio Women's Bar Association, 2000-present
Member Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, 2003-present
Member, ADR Section San Antonio Bar Association, 1997-1999; Treasurer, 1998-1999


2015 Inducted to the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
2014 St. Mary’s University School of Law St. Thomas More Award
2013 San Antonio Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award
2012 American Bar Association Harrison Tweed Outstanding Pro Bono Award
2012 State Bar of Texas Judge Merrill Hartman Pro Bono Judge Award
2011 President’s Award San Antonio Bar Association in recognition of a decade of dedication and innovation in support of a strong pro bono culture within Bexar County
2008 State Bar of Texas Resolution for Achievement
2007 San Antonio Bar Foundation Pioneer Peacemaker Award
2005 President’s Award San Antonio Bar Association
2005 Community Leadership Award San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce
2003 President’s Award San Antonio Bar Association
2004 Partners in Justice Award Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc.
2004 Star of Achievement Award State Bar of Texas
2004 Pro Bono Award State Bar of Texas
2004 Scales of Justice Award from the NALS Foundation


Mediations $1350 per party for full day and $750 per party for half day.

Hobbies & Interests

Reading, exercise, photography, scrapbooking, and church.

Phylis Speedlin is an experienced panelist for Conflict Solutions of Texas, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators. CS of TX offers a broad range of services to resolve disputes and are designed to be more cost-effective and timely than conventional arbitration offerings.