Panelist Profile: Wooldridge, John T.


Wooldridge, John T.

Houston, TX

Arbitrator and Mediator


B.F.A., Communications and Political Science, Texas Christian University, 1981
J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1987
LL.M. in Admiralty, Tulane Law School, 1991


Judge John T. Wooldridge is a former Judge of the 269th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas and a former United States Military Judge with the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. He has fifteen years of judicial service, and has presided over numerous Civil, Criminal and Family Law cases. Judge Wooldridge is authorized to sit by assignment in the Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas. He has served as a Senior Corporate Counsel with two multi-national domestic and International offshore drilling services companies, a partner with a Houston law firm, concentrating in civil litigation, Admiralty and Maritime Law, and had a mediation practice prior to his appointment to the court. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas; was a Lecturer on Ethics in Business, Medicine/Science and Politics/Government at Rice University, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies; a Lecturer on the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause at Air University, United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, Maxwell AFB; and was a member of the Board of Trustees at Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas and Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Texas. Judge Wooldridge is a Captain in the U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His significant assignments include service as Appellate Defense Counsel, Appellate Defense Division; Force Inspector General and Assistant Force Judge Advocate, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan; Executive Officer and General Courts-Martial Military Judge, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary; Commanding Officer, Region Legal Service Office, Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia; and Senior Military Justice Attorney, Region Legal Service Office, Hawaii. Captain Wooldridge was recalled to active duty in 2008, serving with the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, U.S. Navy Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Judge Wooldridge authored a Law Journal Article in the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce titled, “Barratry by Exceeding the Navigational Limit of the Insurance Policy.” He also has numerous other articles and seminar presentations.

Area of Specialization

Admiralty and Maritime Law
Personal Injury
Energy Litigation
Business Litigation
Employment Disputes
Corporate Compliance
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.K. Bribery Act (UKBA)
Construction Litigation

Membership & Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Texas Bar Foundation
Houston Bar Association
Houston Bar Foundation
Association of Attorney-Mediators


Military: Meritorious Service Medal (Two Awards); Navy Commendation Medal (Two Awards); Navy Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Civilian: United States Department of Justice, Award for Public Service; Profile In Professionalism, Houston Bar Association; Ernst John Watts Memorial Scholarship Award, for Capital Litigation, from the National Judicial College.


Arbitration: $350 per hour shared by two parties; if more than two parties, $150 per hour for each party.
Mediation: Full day, $1,400 per party; half-day, $650 per party.

John Wooldridge 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.