Dispute Resolution Leadership

Stephen Shields
Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt
262 German Oak Dr
Memphis, TN 38018

STEPHEN L. SHIELDS is a partner in the Memphis law firm of Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America. As an attorney, Mr. Shields has spent hundreds of hours representing clients in negotiations, mediations and arbitrations. Mr. Shields is a frequent speaker and author regarding labor and employment law. He is an adjunct professor of labor law at the...

Cindy Ettingoff
Law Office of Cindy Cole Ettingoff
6380 Swan Nest Cr
Memphis, TN 38120-3212

Cindy Cole Ettingoff is in private practice in Memphis, Tennessee. She was formerly a partner in the labor and employment firm of Weintraub, Stock, Bennett, Ettingoff & Grisham, P.C. She has over twenty years of experience representing both management and labor interests. Ms. Ettingoff has served as an attorney for the City of Memphis representing the City in labor and employment...

Immediate Past Chair
Debbie Fulton
Frantz McConnell & Seymour LLP
LinkedIn: debrafulton/
PO Box 39
Knoxville, TN 37901

B.S. Tennessee Technological University, 1978
J.D. University of Tennessee, 1981

Having practiced law for more than 30 years, Debra is a knowledgeable, hands-on professional for whom direct client involvement is essential. Her passion, knowledge, and extensive experience aid in giving her the ability to quickly assess her clients’ needs and...

East TN Delegate
Bob Arrington
Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout PC
PO Box 88
Kingsport, TN 37662

I am a shareholder at Wilson Worley, PC in Kingsport. My practice consists of business and employment litigation, labor and employment law, and alternative dispute resolution. I am on the roster of arbitrators for the AAA, FINRA, and the CPR insititute, am a Rule 31 mediator, and am on the list of approved mediators and arbitrators for the United States District Court for the Eastern District...

East TN Delegate
Joe Manuel
Joe E. Manuel, Attorney at Law
240 Forest Ave Ste 301
Chattanooga, TN 37405-3953

Joe is the "ADR Professor". He is one of Tennessee’s most prolific writers and lecturers upon Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is the Senior Author of the Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook (The Harrison Co. 1997). He is the creator and Editor of the Tennessee Mediation Pocket Guide (2000). By 1999, he was writing “Internet” Continuing Legal Education Courses on Mediation...

East TN Delegate
Pat Vital
Vital Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services
Twitter: VitalLaw
Facebook: VitalLaw
LinkedIn: VitalLaw
735 Broad Street Ste 308
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2927

TN & GA Law Licensed since 1993. Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2016). BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated: Very High in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, Martindale-Hubbell. Admitted to all courts serving those states, including the U.S. Supreme Court. UT Law 1992. TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Family/Civil/Domestic Violence Mediator. FINRA Securities Arbitrator, Panel Chair &...

Middle TN Delegate
Steve Groom
Neal & Harwell, PLC
1201 Demonbreun St, Ste 1000
Nashville, TN 37203


Middle TN Delegate
Mary O'Mara
7840 Oscar Green Road
Primm Springs, TN 38476

Employed by a national insurance company for over 30 years with concentration in employment and labor law, including class actions. Served as chief counsel with responsibility for merger oversight, legal entity consolidation, corporate contracts, insurance law and regulatory matters....

Staff Coordinator
Chelsea Bennett
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Chelsea Bennett is a Sections, Committees and CLE Coordinator for the Tennessee Bar Association. She brings the association eight years of diverse work experience in the education sector. Previously, she worked as the head studio teacher and welfare agent with the child actors starring on the television show “Nashville.” Bennett received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State...

West TN Delegate
Michael Geiger
Geiger Mediation Services, LLC
3055 Devonshire Way
Germantown, TN 38139

Michael Geiger serves as a neutral through his Memphis area firm, Geiger Mediation Services, LLC.  Michael has practiced law since 1989 with Bar admissions in TN, NY and NJ.  His professional experiences include in-house positions with publicly traded companies, private practice, and a judicial clerkship.  Since 2004, Michael has been a TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Mediator (...