ELIZABETH W. MIDDLETON
Professionally trained in
mediation/arbitration methods, including advanced skills
techniques from Pepperdine University School of Law,
After practicing in a variety of
settings spanning criminal prosecution, insurance
defense, in-house corporate law and solo practice
representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Ms.
Middleton began mediating full-time in March, 1991. The
experience gained in mediating thousands of cases has
allowed her to develop, refine and employ
highly-developed mediation techniques focusing on
risk-analysis and likely-trial outcome. Over the last
19 years, she has mediated and/or arbitrated over 2,700
cases, including multi-million dollar cases, personal
injury, products liability, medical malpractice,
worker’s compensation, maritime, and complex,
Ms. Middleton completed the
renowned Center for Dispute Resolution mediation
training in Washington, D.C., and trained at Pepperdine
University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute
Resolution: Advanced Mediation: Skills & Techniques. She
has lectured extensively on mediation throughout
Louisiana including presentations to the Alexandria,
Monroe, Natchitoches and Shreveport Inns of Court, local
and State Bar Association C.L.E. programs, the American
Bar Association and state-wide and regional meetings of
national insurance companies. She was the 2003-2005
Chairman of the ADR Section of the Louisiana State Bar
Association and is a member of the Dispute Resolution
Section of the American Bar Association.
J.D., May,1979, Emory University
School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
Phi Kappa Phi
Jurisprudence Award, Admiralty
B.A., May, 1976, H. Sophie Newcomb
Memorial College of Tulane University, New Orleans,
March 1991 - Present:
1989 - 1991: Law Clerk, THIRD
CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEAL, for the Honorable Jimmy M.
February 1986 - November 1986:
In-House Counsel, Sentry Insurance Company, Baton Rouge,
May 1983 - February 1986:
Associate, Downing, Cazedessus & Powers, Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. Law Firm specializing in general civil
litigation, plaintiffs and defendants, commercial and
business law fields.
- May, 1983: Prosecutor, Bossier Parish District
Attorney’s Office; and Assistant Attorney General, State
of Louisiana, Criminal Division
“METHODS OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE
RESOLUTION”, presented to the Shreveport Bar
Association, December 11, 1992, and, in a modified form,
with role play, to the Shreveport Inns of Court and the
Monroe Inns of Court, 1993.
“ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION”,
presented to the State Farm Regional Annual Meeting,
Biloxi, Mississippi, October 1, 1993.
“MEDIATION - ONE METHOD OF
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION”, presented to the
Crossroads Chapter of the American Inns of Court,
Alexandria/Pineville, November 17, 1993.
“MEDIATION”, presented to the
Louisiana State Bar Association Sandestin Summer School
for Lawyers Program, Destin, Florida, June 5-8, 1994.
“MEDIATION OF AN AUTO WRECK CASE,
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU MEDIATE”, presented to the
American Bar Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, August
“SUCCESSFUL MEDIATION STRATEGIES”,
presented to the Louisiana State Bar Association, ADR
For Advocates Program, New Orleans, Louisiana, December
“ETHICS OF MARITIME MEDIATION”,
presented to the Fifth Annual Admiralty Symposium, New
Orleans, Louisiana, September 5, 1997.
“MEDIATION”, presented to the
Women’s Section of the Lafayette Bar Association,
“ETHICS AND THE LOUISIANA MEDIATION
ACT”, presented in the “CLE - By The Hour” program,
Alexandria, Louisiana, December 11, 1997.
“MEDIATION”, presented to the North
Louisiana Defense Lawyer’s Seminar, Shreveport,
Louisiana, January 30-31, 1998.
“PROFESSIONALISM AND ETHICS IN
MEDIATION”, presented to the Louisiana Association of
Defense Counsel, Cancun, Mexico, October 20-24, 1999.
“MEDIATION IN THE MILLENNIUM”,
presented to the Alexandria Bar Association, Central
Louisiana CLE Seminar, Alexandria, Louisiana, March 15,
“MEDIATION’S MILLENNIUM - TRUTH OR
CONSEQUENCES THE INSURANCE RIDDLE”, presented to the
Louisiana Claims Association, Biloxi, Mississippi, May
29-30, 2002; to the Louisiana State Bar Association “A
Medley of Key Issues in Insurance Law”, New Orleans,
Louisiana, October 6, 2000; and to the Shreveport Bar
Association “CLE By The Hour”, Shreveport, Louisiana,
December 10-11, 2003.
“RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN MEDIATION”,
presented to the North Louisiana Judiciary Seminar,
Shreveport, Louisiana, October 16-17, 2003.
“NEGOTIATING AT THE FRONT LINES:
ADR AMMO FROM BATTLE-SCARRED VETS”, presented as part of
the LSU Law School CLE program at Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, April 30, 2004.
“PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO
SUCCESSFULLY MEDIATING A PI CASE AND ETHICS”, presented
as part of the LSU Law School CLE program at Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, March 31, 2006.
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WORLD OF MEDIATION”, presented to
the Louisiana State Bar Association Sandestin Summer
School for Lawyers Program, Destin, Florida, June 8,
“RECENT DEVELOPMENTS BY THE
JUDICIARY”, presented to the North Louisiana Judiciary
Seminar, Shreveport, Louisiana. October 12-13, 2006.