Sylvia Mayer – Mediator, Arbitrator & Attorney


Sylvia Mayer helps people resolve their conflicts through mediation and arbitration and represents parties in civil litigation and business bankruptcy.  In 2014, Sylvia established S. Mayer Law to focus her practice primarily on mediation and arbitration. She mediates and arbitrates disputes of all kinds, including, business, bankruptcy, civil, commercial, consumer, elder and adult care, labor and employment, financial services, insurance, personal injury, and workouts.

With over 20 years of legal experience in civil litigation, commercial bankruptcy, out of court workouts, and financial institution advisory services, Sylvia has represented plaintiffs, defendants, debtors, committees, trustees, financial institutions, and other parties in state, federal and bankruptcy courts around the country.  She has also counseled parties on issues related to business transactions and represented companies and their stakeholders in out of court workouts.  Known for tenacity, creative problem solving, and crisis leadership, she has experience in a wide variety of industries.

Over the last two decades, Ms. Mayer has routinely served as the peacemaker guiding parties to settle contested matters, claims, lawsuits and issues of value distribution.  Her experience extends beyond the courtroom and the settlement table to the boardroom and internal client investigations.  Sylvia is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow having demonstrated her commitment to boardroom excellence by completing the NACD’s comprehensive program for corporate directors.

Ms. Mayer regularly speaks and writes about mediation, arbitration and business bankruptcy.  She also regularly writes about mediation for her blog, which can be found at  Ms. Mayer is available to speak to your business or organization on a variety of topics, including preparing for mediation, pre-litigation mediation clauses, and elder care.

In addition, Ms. Mayer has achieved the distinction of membership in the College of the State Bar of Texas.  The College of the State Bar of Texas is an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas.  Members are qualified attorneys who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys.

ADR Panel Affiliations and Credentials:

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Qualified Alternative Dispute Resolution Provider
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware, Register of Mediators and Arbitrators
  • National Arbitration and Mediation, Texas General Hearing Officer Roster and Texas Employment Roster
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Credentialed Advanced Mediator

 Work History:

S. Mayer Law PLLC (Partner) 2014 – Present

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Partner)                    2004 – 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Counsel)                  2002 – 2003

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Associate)                1993 – 2001


Sylvia has over 100 hours of ADR training.  Sylvia graduated from Washington University in 1987, cum laude, with a B.A. in Theater. After working for three years in the arts community in Houston, Sylvia went to law school and, in 1993, she graduated from the University of Houston Law Center, summa cum laude.