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Mildred E. Methvin, Mediator & Arbitrator, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mildred E. Methvin

Satori ADR, LLC
7414 Sardonyx St.
New Orleans, LA 70124
Tel: (337) 501-1055
Fax: (888) 298-0566
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Recognized to Louisiana Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Texas

Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced2009
  • # of MEDS (as of 18/7/24)1300
  • # of ARBS (as of 18/7/24) 
Current Practice


Mildred E. "Mimi" Methvin served 28 years as a federal magistrate judge in the Western District of Louisiana before launching her private ADR firm in 2009. In 2014, the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed her to serve as a District Judge Pro Tempore in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, for six months.

As a judge, Mimi tried many jury and non-jury cases, and gained extensive experience managing and supervising complex cases from initial discovery through settlement or trial, including a number of class actions, collective actions, and MDL litigation arising from Hurricane Rita. Early in her judicial career, she began hosting settlement conferences to help manage the court's heavy docket, and quickly developed a reputation as a skilled, creative and effective mediator.

Mimi has conducted more than a thousand successful mediations both as a judge and private mediator, and also has experience as an arbitrator and appellate arbitrator.

Mimi graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University and received her J.D. Degree from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, she worked full-time for a U. S. Representative, and later worked as an Assistant U. S. Attorney both as a prosecutor and as a civil litigator defending medical malpractice suits. She is a frequent speaker on federal court practice, discovery, and ADR. Mimi served on the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System from 1997 to 2003, appointed by the late Justice William Rehnquist. She organized both Inns of Court in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is Board Chair of AMIKids Acadiana, an organization dedicated to giving adjudicated teenagers a second chance at becoming productive, successful citizens.

Case Experience

  • Admiralty
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mining
  • Natural Disasters
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Postal
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Policy
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • J. D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D. C., 1976
  • Tulane University School of Law (1973-74) (senior year of college)
  • Newcomb College, Tulane University, New Orleans, La.,
    B. A. Degree - Philosophy, May, 1974 (1970-73)
    Phi Beta Kappa; University Scholars Program; Dean's List 1971-74

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association
  • American Inn of Court of Acadiana, Executive Committee
  • Federal Magistrate Judges Association
  • AMIkids Acadiana, Board Chair, National Executive Committee
  • University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors

Rates Information

  • $300 per hour, plus costs, no administrative fee
  • Half-day and full-day rates available upon request
  • No charge for travel in Louisiana
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