Mediator's Profile


Dr. Gary Clayton

Business Name: Negotiate.Pro

Dr. Gary Clayton is a proven professional executive with over 40 years of experience in business start-ups, turnarounds, management, marketing, and sales of healthcare and technology products / services. Dr. Clayton specializes in helping clients identify effective solutions for their particular circumstances.

Having owned and operated several successful ventures in healthcare, technology, food products and services, he is keenly aware of the inherent conflicts in the marketplace and the opportunities for resolution. He has significant arbitration and mediation experience with conflicts involving:

  • Business agreements/contracts
  • Healthcare disputes
  • Finance and property disputes
  • Accident and injury
  • Family matters

Dr. Clayton’s Dr. Clayton is actively involved with Dallas County’s Dispute Resolution Center (DCDRC) as a mediator, with memberships that include TAM (Texas Association of Mediators), and TMCA (Texas Mediator Credentialing Association). He is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU) teaching mediation, negotiation, conflict systems design, research methods, and organizational consulting. His professional experience is supported by a strong academic foundation.


  • University of the Rockies, Doctor of Psychology – PsyD, Mediation and Conflict resolution, 2018
  • Southern Methodist University, MADR, Dispute Resolution, 2008
  • Southern Methodist University, MSOR, Operations Research, 1989
  • University of Colorado Boulder, BS, Applied Engineering Mathematics, 1978


  • Member of Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) panel (Medical Surprise Billing)
  • Member of Virginia SCC Bureau of Insurance Independent Dispute Resolution Arbitration panel
  • Member of Washington State Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Arbitration panel
  • Member of Michigan State Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Arbitration panel
  • Member of the Dallas BBB arbitration panel since 2009
  • Member of the Arlington Virginia BBB arbitration panel since 2015
  • Member of the FINRA arbitration panel since 2019
  • Member of the Roster of Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) Mediators since 2011

Professional Associations

  • Assoc. for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • Texas Assoc. of Mediators (TAM)
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Auth. (FINRA)
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), full member

Areas Of Focus

  • Family
  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • Divorce
  • Elder Care
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor – Management
  • Landlord – Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Technology

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Arbitrator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer

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