(November 1, 2006)

Noted attorney, civic leader and former United States Ambassador to the Bahamas, Arthur Schechter announces the formation of The Arthur Schechter Group, a firm devoted to mediation services in Houston and Harris County, around the country and in locations around the world. A former attorney and partner in the law firms of Dowman, Jones and Schechter and Schechter, McElwee and Schaffer, Ambassador Schechter has handled or supervised approximately 15,000 legal cases and was responsible for millions of dollars per year in verdicts and settlements. He has received specialized training as a mediator, is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, and is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. In 1998 through 2001 he served as the United States Ambassador to the Bahamas, where he managed the 26th largest American diplomatic outpost in the world. He has traveled to over 70 countries and has experience which is extraordinary in dealing with the State Departments and foreign governments.

On the home front here in Houston, the Ambassador is well known for his civic leadership. As Chairman of the METRO Board, he oversaw the completion of the first segment of the light rail line. He has served as member of a host of charitable, educational, religious and philanthropic boards and has helped many organizations make the world better through worthwhile projects, successful building plans, rescue efforts and scholarships.

“The same principle, in my mind, applies to an international treaty or international business agreement as it does to settling a dispute between two people involved in an automobile accident,” the Ambassador said in a conversation in his Houston offices. “The same basic premises or guidelines need to be followed. I’m looking forward to offering my expertise, good humor, and common sense as I help my clients find common ground.”
For more information on The Arthur Schechter Group, Mediation Services,

phone the offices at (713) 757-7811.