Judge John Coselli


Email :  JohnCoselli@gmail.com  Phone: 713-724-2392

John Coselli served as the presiding  Judge of the 125th Civil District Court of the State of Texas and as an assigned State District Judge for ten years. Prior to taking the Bench he was in private practice with the law firm of Carl, Lee & Coselli (formerly Carl, Lee, Fisher & Coselli) from 1977 until appointed to the Court in 1999. Judge Coselli now mediates, arbitrates, is a litigation consultant, and continues to sit by assignment as a District Court Judge.  From 1977 through 1999 Judge Coselli’s experience included general civil litigation and transactional legal work, legal negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and case facilitation and evaluation.

       As a mediator he has mediated over 1,500 cases involving the resolution of over a billion dollars in collective controversy. Those cases have included state and federal court business, commercial and construction litigation; labor and employment; insurance; condemnation; environmental; product liability; intellectual property; personal injury; professional malpractice; probate; oil and gas; worker’s compensation; deceptive trade practice; banking; fraud; bankruptcy; family; class actions; and appellate disputes, among others.

        As an arbitrator he has presided over approximately 100 cases resolving millions of dollars in disputes in business, contract, construction, appraisal, insurance and personal injury cases.

    As a Special Master, he has been Court appointed to help the litigants resolve discovery disputes.

          As a State Civil District Court Judge Coselli has tried many complex cases. He has twice served as President of the Texas Association of District Judges and is Chair of the Judicial Advisory Committee to the Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association. He is President of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association and has served as Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Texas, as the founding Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Houston Bar Association, as Chair of the ADR Committee of the Houston Bar Association, as President of the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center, as President of the Association of Attorney Mediators, Houston Chapter, and as a member of the mediation and arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association and Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services.