Dispute Resolution Section

This section provides members the opportunity to exchange information with other practitioners regarding alternate dispute resolution, including an annual CLE seminar and co-sponsored CLE programs with other sections that use mediation in their practice.

Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt
262 German Oak Dr
Memphis, TN 38018
Law Office of Cindy Cole Ettingoff
6380 Swan Nest Cr
Memphis, TN 38120-3212
Immediate Past Chair
Frantz McConnell & Seymour LLP
PO Box 39
Knoxville, TN 37901
LinkedIn: debrafulton/
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Family Fights Trustees Over Control of Denver Broncos

An intrafamilial battle has erupted over control of the Denver Broncos NFL team, The New York Times reports. Franchise owner Pat Bowlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and relinquished control of the organization to three trustees in 2014, who set a succession plan regarding the transfer of ownership between his seven children. One of Bowlen’s daughters, Beth Bowlen Wallace, is at the center of the dispute, arguing that she is best suited to direct the team because of her philanthropic work, experience as a manager of various businesses, her time as a director of special projects at the Broncos and her law degree. Several of Bowlen’s family members have now filed a lawsuit against the trustees demanding an independent overseer, a move the trustees have asked the NFL to arbitrate. The Broncos are currently valued at $2.6 billion.

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Jay Z Lawsuit Halted Due to Lack of African-American Arbitrators

A lawsuit between Jay Z’s company, Roc Nation, and clothing company Iconix was temporarily halted on Wednesday due to the lack of African-American arbitrators available to assess the case, The New York Times reports. Iconix purchased Rocawear clothing brand from Jay Z, real name Shawn Carter, in 2007.  Later, Jay Z produced merchandise with the logo of a newly formed company, Roc Nation. Iconix argued the merchandise violated the terms of the Rocawear sale; Jay Z countersued, which resulted in an arbitration hearing.  Each side needed to select four arbitrators from 200 members of the American Arbitration Association. It was during this process that Jay Z and his legal team discovered no African-American arbitrators were on the roster for large and complex cases. The association could only find three available arbitrators who identified as African-American, and one had a conflict of interest. Jay Z and his legal team filed a petition arguing that the lack of black arbitrators could subject black litigants, such as Jay Z, to unconscious bias from white arbitrators. Further, the petition also argued that the lack of black arbitrators “deprives litigants of color of a meaningful opportunity to have their claims heard by a panel of arbitrators reflecting their backgrounds and life experience.” The court upheld the petition and the arbitration has been halted until the next hearing set for Dec. 11.

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