Each member of the firm is a court-appointed mediator. Richard Faulkner was one of the first mediators in the Southern United States and has mediated thousands of cases in Texas and Louisiana since 1981. For many years he taught mediation for court certification in the U.S. and also trained mediators and arbitrators in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Asia, counting former Supreme Court Justices and Judges as his pupils. He has settled a variety of complex multi-party and multi-million dollar cases. He is often appointed to settle cases that have previously been mediated without result. Similarly, Jim Blume and Shelly Skeen, who were both also pupils of Richard, have decades of mediation experience between them. BFS Law Group is prepared to handle any State of Federal mediation. Shelly’s background and experience make her particularly well suited to handle and mediate disputes involving the LGBT community.