Karl Bayer teaches U. S. Commercial Arbitration and International Commercial Arbitration as an Adjunct Faculty Member and works closely with the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law. Mr. Bayer is an ADR practitioner with almost thirty years of experience in litigation, mediation, and arbitration and has been teaching and guest lecturing at The University of Texas Law School for over 20 years. In addition to teaching, Mr. Bayer coaches the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team, which competes each spring in Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Bayer graduated from Rice University with a B.A., cum laude, in Electrical Engineering in 1971 and went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 1973. His Master's thesis focused on the organization of nerve fibers in the brains of turtles. He spent time designing radar tracking systems and routing school buses, and then attended law school at the University of Texas in Austin while he worked full-time for Don Adams in the Texas Senate. After completing law school, Mr. Bayer worked for several law firms litigating and doing transactional work on both sides of the docket. Then he moved to Washington, D.C., to be Congressman Kent Hance's Legislative Director. He litigated pesticide and toxic substance cases for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington and then returned to Texas to work for a large firm in their Environmental Law section. He started his own trial practice in 1982, specializing in plaintiff's personal injury. In 1989, Mr. Bayer began his career as a mediator and an arbitrator where he has mediated over two thousand cases in virtually every type of dispute known to law. He has arbitrated over one hundred commercial cases. Mr. Bayer regularly serves as a patent master and technical advisor assisting courts with patent claims construction. He also serves as a discovery and pre-trial Master in complex cases and cases involving substantial amounts of electronic discovery. Currently he is interested in the ways neuroscience can inform and improve collaborative decision making, and, in particular, how Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) can help us better understand how people make choices in stressful situations and how language predisposes the brain to be more willing to consider opposing ideas.
Mr. Bayer writes and blogs on ADR issues and has spoken extensively on a wide range of legal topics at CLE programs for the State Bar of Texas and every law school in Texas. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Monterrey Law School and Annahuac Law School in Mexico City on cross-cultural opportunities for Mexican attorneys preparing to deal with US pre-trial discovery practices, jury trials, and alternative dispute resolution processes.