James Kuykendall

Conroe , TX 77304




Description of Practice

Jim Kuykendall is an experienced Mediator working to assist clients in finding resolution. He is certified in Online Mediation as well as face to face sessions. He handles family, Divorce, custody, Elder, Guardianship as well as civil/business cases. He specializes in high conflict situations serving as a Family Coordinator. He has written extensive training materials for management and employees, as well as Conflict Resolution training for the workplace.He is a former elected public official who understands the importance of mediating with all parties in creating win-win situations. Jim also serves as a Elder at the church he attends and has worked with church members and leaders in resolving conflicts.

Getting to the root of the issues requires facilitation, listening, collaborative interaction among everyone concerned. Jim is well qualified to help his clients work through their issues seeking resolution.

Professional Background

38 years experience managing people in the railroad industry. Including local and regional operations.Former Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Overseeing all facets of human resource processes, Federal regulations, Labor-Management processes including negotiations, disciplinary processes and arbitration. Have arbitrated cases before Public Law Board, Special Board of Adjustments, and National Mediation Board.

Have written management development curriculum and designed training programs for managers and employees. This included writing a comprehensive training program for dispute resolution for the workplace.

A former elected Mayor of City of 3200 people within a large urban area. Serve as representative for all small cities for transportation issues. Member of the Economic Development Board of Directors. Very much involved in community activities.

Jim also serves as an Elder in the church HE ATTENDS. IN this position He has the opportunity to help people in many situations including resolving conflicts as well as working with church leaders in conflict resolution they may have.


37 years of experience managing people in all facets of railroad operations, including agreement and management employees. 17 years of experience working in dispute resolution in the workplace, community, and congregational settings.


MA Degree, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. Abilene Christian University, Abilene Texas. Management Development Program, Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha Nebraska. MS Degree Management. Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma. BA Degree Organizational Management. Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas.


Dates Trainer(s) Title
5/21/16 Manousso Mediation & Arbitration LLC Elder & Adult Mediation Training 21 CEU
6/24/16 Barnham Graduate School & Seminary Arbitration 10.5 CEU
1/28/17 Manousso Mediation & Arbitration LLC Advanced Family-Divorce-Child Custody Mediation
4/8/17 Manousso Mediation & Arbitration LLC Parenting Coordinator and Facilitator Training
2/5/19 Texas Guardianship Association Mediating Guardianship Issues 24 Hours.
2015 Abilene Christian University MA degree in Dispute Resolution & Reconciliation
2019 Barnham Graduate School Texas Property Tax Arbitration 30 Hours
2018 Texas Dept of Aging/Disability Services Certified Ombudsman
2017 Montgomery County DRC Peace Officer Mediation Skills Train the Trainer Cert.
2018 Eckerd College Conflict Dynamics Profile Certification
2020 Mediate.com Online Mediation Certification – 20 Hours
2015 Abilene Christian University Conflict Resolution in the Church 40 Hours
2019 Montgomery County DRC Texas CPS Mediation


  • I believe in the Facilitative approach to mediation.
  • Meeting with parties individually or in joint sessions.
  • Communication must be honest, open, and with dignity.
  • Confidentiality is the basis for the trust that is put in me.
  • I believe there really are two (maybe more) sides to every issue.
  • All parties involved should be able to speak and be understood.
  • I am a facilitator – not a judge. I don’t give opinions or advice.
  • I ask questions and assist the parties looking for options.
  • I move the conversation toward a resolution designed by the parties.
  • The parties influence the decisions and the agreement they come to.
  • We always seek a mutual resolution.


My fees are based upon the work to be done.
My fees are $200.00 per hour with each party paying 50%. There is a minimum of 2 hours. Half day sessions are 4 hours at $800.00.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Civil (general)
  • Congregational
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • General
  • Labor – Management
  • Landlord – Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Personal Injury
  • Special Education
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Ombud
  • Conflict Coach
  • Online Mediator
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Staff Developer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.