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James Kuykendall

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27013 N. Harlan Lane
Conroe , TX 77385


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Jim has 37 years experience in managing people in an industrial setting including Management Development, Human Resources and Labor Relations where he has written and handled labor/management appeals and arbitration before Special and Public Law Boards as well as the National Mediation Board. He understands that there are both sides to every issue and the importance of everyone being heard and understood. He has mediated and settled many cases before they went to the board.

Jim facilitates the discussions by listening, asking questions to seek clarification and understanding while insuring everyone has the opportunity to be heard.

He has written and taught management development training curriculum for entry level and mid management employees, disciplinary hearings, as well as worked closely with labor Organizations on Agreements.

Jim facilitates the discussions by listening, asking questions to seek understanding while insuring everyone has the opportunity to be heard.

Professional Background

38 years experience 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.

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.

Serve as an Elder in the church I attend. IN this position I have the opportunity to help people in many situations including resolving conflicts. Work 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. 15 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.


  • 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 $150.00 per hour with each party paying 50%. There is a minimum of 2 hours. Half day sessions are 4 hours at $300.00. Training fees are $750.00 per day plus expenses. Fees are subject to change depending on location and/or situation. Curriculum and material fees are separate from above fees.

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

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.