LaCrisia “Cris” Gilbert, M.D.R.

Adjunct Faculty
El Centro College

Chief executive officer of Dispute Mediation Service Inc., Cris Gilbert is the former alternative dispute resolution coordinator for Dallas County, working in ADR for its 13 civil, seven family and five county courts, as well as for two probate and juvenile district courts. She was appointed assistant director and served as an adjunct lecturer for SMU’s dispute resolution graduate program at its Legacy campus in 1990.

An ADR professional since 1988, Ms. Gilbert has been in private mediation practice since 1993 specializing in family mediation. She also contracts with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for employment cases. She has completed more than 50 training courses in ADR (totaling more than 1,000 classroom hours) and has conducted numerous training programs and mock mediation sessions sponsored by prominent organizations such as the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law; Southern Methodist University; the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office of Dispute Resolution; and Dallas, McKinney and Tyler school districts in Texas.

She has also trained mediators in the 40-hour basic mediation and 24-hour family certifications and in advanced mediation courses in negotiation and cross-cultural, environmental and public policy. In addition, Ms. Gilbert has facilitated dialogues on race relations for the city of Los Angeles’ dispute resolution program.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from LeTourneau University and a master’s degree in dispute resolution (M.D.R.) from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, Calif. She teaches as an adjunct faculty member for El Centro College and Cedar Valley College, as well as for Collin College and the University of North Texas.