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The Baker Donelson Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR) is a select group of approximately 20 Baker Donelson attorneys who are dedicated to resolving complex issues with creativity and efficiency.

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Overview

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a proven strategy that allows parties greater control of costs and outcomes, while avoiding many of the risks, delays and costs of trials and litigation. Lower costs, reduced court backlog and controlled schedules reduce professional and personal disruption, and mitigate adversarial environments.

The Baker Donelson Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR) is a select group of approximately 20 Baker Donelson attorneys who are dedicated to resolving complex issues with creativity and efficiency. Center members have experience in a variety of ADR techniques, including mediation, conciliation, mini-trials, neutral investigations, neutral evaluations, non-binding and binding arbitration and ADR audits. They are recognized as among the top in their field, ranking Baker Donelson second in the nation for number of attorneys listed in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution by the Best Lawyers in America® 2010 and 2011.

Distinct Qualifications 

Members of the Baker Donelson CDR are certified mediators in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. They include, among others:

  • Members of the ADR Panels for the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee.
  • A certified mediator for the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center.
  • A former Circuit Court Judge for the largest Circuit Court district in Mississippi. 
  • A former federal judge who is an appointee to the American Arbitration Association's National Roster of Neutrals. 
  • A member of the EEOC Pro Bono Mediation Panel.
  • A member of the American Arbitration Association's National Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.
  • A former Tennessee Circuit Court Judge who has mediated and arbitrated more than 200 disputes across five states.
  • A member of the NASD Board of Arbitrators.

Role of the Neutrals

Parties jointly choose the neutral who will assist them in resolving their disputes, rather than leave resolution to an unpredictable judicial process. ADR enables specially trained and industry-aware Baker Donelson neutrals to analyze and evaluate often intricate, technical and sensitive legal issues in a confidential setting, avoiding the input of "outsiders" in reaching resolution.

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