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A Tradition Of Mediation Services

“Mediation” is an informal process in which a neutral person conducts discussions among disputing parties designed to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement among themselves on all or any part of the issues in dispute. Parties often find mediation more cost effective than litigation in settling disputes, and a mediated settlement must be agreed upon by the parties. Because it is an informal dispute resolution process, parties sometimes find it less stressful than a courtroom.

Mediation may occur either before or after a lawsuit is filed. Sometimes a judge will order the parties to attempt mediation before the court will set the case for trial or the parties may agree to mediate their case.

A “Rule 31 Mediator” is any person listed by the Alternate Dispute Resolution Commission, and is only “listed” after meeting certain requirements established by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Jerry Estes is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator. He brings to mediation a set of skills and experience acquired from over 38 years as a practicing attorney, 24 of which were as an elected District Attorney General.

To learn more about Rule 31 mediation, visit the Tennessee Supreme Court at

Make An Appointment

Mr. Estes can provide mediation services at our offices in Athens or any other agreed-upon location in the state of Tennessee. To learn more about this service or schedule a mediation with a lawyer, contact us today. Call us at 423-507-1157 or 866-490-1157 to learn more about our mediation services in McMinn County. You can also email the firm online.