One lawyer---multiple skills...

Joe believes each case is unique and matches the appropriate dispute resolution technique to each matter. He is one of Tennessee’s most skilled lawyers at resolving disputes and conflict whether by mediation, arbitration or trial.

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A MATTER OF TRUST

In our conflict filled world, it is important to recognize that we have multiple ways to resolve conflict. We have a choice among dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation or arbitration or direct negotiation as well as traditional civil trials. 

In order to render wise counsel and representation to our clients, today’s “trial lawyer” must understand all the dispute resolution mechanisms and select the most appropriate one for each client. Indeed, it is more accurate to describe ourselves as “dispute resolution specialists”. And, the “trial lawyer” must possess the skill to successfully represent the client in the most appropriate process.

I have become a lawyer in search of a solution for my clients. That solution can take many paths.  My commitment to each client is that you can TRUST me to choose the best path for the resolution of your issue.  

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American Arbitration Association Panel

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A TOPICAL INDEX IN SEARCHABLE PDF FORMAT TO THE RULES GOVERNING MEDIATION IN TENNESSEE WITH LINKS TO THE FULL TEXT:

TN SCT RULE 31
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MEDIATOR TESTIMONY---PATCHING THE DOME . . .

By: Joe E. Manuel, Esquire a/k/a “The ADR Professor”

Confidentiality and Non-disclosure of the Mediation proceedings are fundamental concepts that permeate our court annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution process---Supreme Court Rule 31.1 Indeed, Mediation proceedings were supposed to be shielded from disclosure and wrapped in a “Dome” of confidentiality. Unfortunately, Mediators have increasingly found themselves in the middle of post mediation disputes wherein a party has sought to force the Mediator to testify to matters occurring within the Mediation. As a result, the “Dome of Confidentiality” began to leak.

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DIVORCE IS NOT ABOUT THE LAW

By: Joe E. Manuel a/k/a The ADR Professor 1

This thing we call the “LAW” forms the skeleton or framework (scaffolding) of the process that we call “divorce”.  The external face of divorce that culminates in the ultimate Decree of Divorce is all about the “LAW”. However, the real work is within the internal portion of the divorce (an equitable distribution of the marital property; feeding, clothing and educating the children) and has little to do with the “LAW”. 2... More