2013-2014 TBA Dispute Resolution Executive Council - Articles

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Posted by: Christy Gibson on Nov 13, 2013

Linda Warren Seely

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Pat Vital

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Ruth Hillis

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Stephen Shields

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Wearen Hughes

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Robert L. Arrington practices law with the Kingsport, Tennessee firm of WILSON WORLEY, P.C., where he is presently firm chairman. Heholds A.B. and J.D. Degrees from the University of North Carolina, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa.  His areas of practice include commercial litigation, employment law and litigation, and arbitration and mediation.  He is a member of the Labor & Employment Law, Litigation, and Dispute Resolution Sections of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations. He has served as President of the Kingsport Bar Association. He is a member of the roster of neutrals for the American Arbitration Association for the arbitration of commercial and employment disputes. He is also a member of the neutral panels of the CPR Institute and FINRA. He is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Arbitrators and Mediators.

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Leigh Ann Robertswas raised in Jackson, Mississippi and attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Mississippi. Leigh Ann has been a trained mediator since 1998 and is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General/Civil Mediator with over 15 years of experience mediating civil lawsuits, and employment/workplace and community disputes. Leigh Ann is licensed to practice law in both Mississippi and Tennessee. In her dedication to mediation and conflict resolution, Leigh Ann has been asked to serve as a distinguished mediator and arbitrator for national organizations such as FINRA, the American Arbitration Association, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals as well as local organizations such as the Tennessee Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators and the Better Business Bureau. 

Leigh Ann is a proud supporter of Nashville's CABLE Women's Organization and the Lawyers Association of Women and other community groups. Leigh Ann has also served as an adjunct instructor of mediation and negotiation courses at Belmont University's College of Law and Massey School of Business, MBA program as well as other colleges and universities in the area.  Leigh Ann also serves as professional and executive development coach and consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies and leaders as well as for numerous nonprofit organizations and their leadership staff.

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Ken Jacksonhas served on the Executive Council for several years.  His joys include his solo mediation and arbitration practice, church work, acting in film, commercials, and theater, painting, watching football, and attempting to cook gourmet meals for my wife, Judy Jackson and son, Davis.  Challenges include age and the constant search for wisdom that is supposed to accompany age.

Ken’s degrees are B. A. and J.D., Southern Methodist University, and M. Div., Vanderbilt University.  Most of his career was in-house in contract management and as General Counsel, then he was Of Counsel for a great law firm, Neal & Harwell until he left to go to Divinity School at Vanderbilt.  Relevant to the ADR Section, he co-founded and support the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, and is a listed Rule 31 mediator, civil and family.

He has served as an arbitrator and mediator in a wide range of cases for the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Better Business Bureau, and NCRC.  Ken also mediates controversies in religious settings.

Ken has learned much of what he knows about mediation and arbitration from fellow ADR Section members.  If you attend or watch TBA CLE programs, read the newsletters, engage in 1-on-1 conversations, etc., your capabilities will grow even beyond your imagination.