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Phylis J. Speedlin

Phylis J. Speedlin

Senior Counsel


  • Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Appellate
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

WSG Practice Industries


Texas, U.S.A.


Phylis J. Speedlin arbitrates and mediates hundreds of complex, multi-party commercial, business, employment, oil and gas, appellate, and healthcare cases.  She delivers exceptional value by virtue of her experience as an appellate justice, district court judge, and trial lawyer.  A distinguished lawyer for 38 years, Justice Speedlin served as a jurist for 13 years, 10 years as a Justice on the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals and three years as a Bexar County District Court trial judge. During her tenure on the Fourth Court, Justice Speedlin authored more than 1,300 opinions, covering a myriad of legal issues, including personal injury, breach of contract, medical negligence, oil and gas, property rights, employment law, construction law, family law, and criminal law.

Since leaving the bench, Justice Speedlin has served as a mediator and an arbitrator in complex cases nationwide. Justice Speedlin arbitrates for the American Arbitration Association and serves on the roster for neutrals in Healthcare, Commercial, Consumer, Employment, Appellate, and Construction cases. Since 2013, she has arbitrated, as a single arbitrator and as a member of a panel, over two hundred and fifty cases.  She has a unique background. She was originally trained as a registered nurse.  She then obtained her  Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration and worked as a hospital administrator for four years before becoming an attorney.  Justice Speedlin was a litigator for seventeen years trying dozens of health care cases to jury verdict before serving thirteen years as both a District Court and as an Appellate Justice. 

She is a frequent mediator of commercial, medical, contract, employment, appellate, oil and gas, products, and construction cases. A winner of the San Antonio Bar Journal’s Outstanding Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, Justice Speedlin was also the recipient of the St. Thomas More Award from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She has been inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. 

Phylis served as President of the San Antonio Bar Association, Chair of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Community Justice Pro Bono Committee, among dozens of other service and board positions in bar and civic endeavors.  Along with Judge Karen Pozza, Justice Speedlin was the co-founder and chair of the Community Justice Program, for which she was honored with the American Bar Association’s Harrison Tweed Outstanding Pro Bono Award and the State Bar of Texas Judge Merrill Hartman Pro Bono Judge Award. 


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Bar Admissions

Texas, 1983


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1983
  • Trinity University, M.S., Health Care Administration, with honors, 1977
  • Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas, B.S. Nursing, 1975
Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution | Appellate | Appellate and Complex Motion Practice | Health Care | Litigation | Product Liability

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