Mediation

Mediation Areas -- *Now Offering Secure Online Mediation Services*

Mr. Grosland mediates cases ranging from divorce, custody, and probate disputes, to contract, personal injury, and intellectual property disputes (copyright, trademark, etc).  Now Offering Secure Online Mediation Services

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a Process.

Mediation "is an informal process in which a neutral person conducts discussions among the disputing parties designed to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement among themselves on all or any part of the issues in dispute."1 A mediator, then, is "a neutral who conducts discussions among disputing parties to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement among themselves on all or any part of the issues in dispute."2 

Mediation is Confidential.

During mediation, each party communicates confidentially with the mediator, who assists each party in identifying issues, reducing obstacles to communication, maximizing the exploration of alternatives, and reaching voluntary agreements. All communications to a mediator are confidential and may not be disclosed without the permission of the communicating party. Mediation can occur with or without the presence of an attorney. 

Mediation is not a Trial.

The goal of mediation is to empower the parties to their own resolution. Mediators are not judges of the dispute, do not determine a dispute's outcome nor provide any kind of legal advice or service. Decision-making authority rests with the parties. 

Mediation is Beneficial.

Mediation is an effective way to resolve disputes and is increasingly utilized by courts to benefit parties and reduce dockets. Mediation is also used by parties prior to filing suit, potentially saving litigation costs. Not all mediation results in dispute resolution, or even partial resolution. At a minimum, effective mediation exposes the parties to settlement opportunities that may be subsequently utilized even if the dispute remains unresolved. 1Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 § 2(j)1Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 § 2(k)

Matthew J. Grosland is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil and Family Law mediator with the Domestic Violence designation. Mr. Grosland's mediation services cover all of Tennessee, focusing on Sumner, Davidson, Robertson, Macon, and Trousdale counties. Mr. Grosland has been a licensed attorney in Tennessee since 2013. Please peruse the website for details on mediation, Rule 31, pricing and contact information. Thank you for visiting the site, and contact GMS today if you have any mediation needs.

Why Rule 31?

Rule 31 sets out requirements that all mediators must follow in court-annexed cases, regardless of whether they are Rule 31 listed.1 Using a Rule 31 listed mediator ensures that the mediator has completed the education and training requirements approved by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, established by the Tennessee Supreme Court.Under Rule 31, a mediator's role "includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, reducing obstacles to communication, maximizing the exploration of alternatives, and helping the parties reach voluntary agreements."2 A mediator cannot exhibit any bias toward any party involved and must "adhere to the highest standards of integrity, impartiality, and professional competence." 3Using a Rule 31 listed mediator may be required in some circumstances. See Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-6-409(5). To verify a Rule 31 listing, click here.

1Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31, Appendix A, § 1(a).

2Id at (b).

3Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31, Appendix A, § 2(a). See also § 6 generally.

Pricing 

Grosland Law Firm competitively prices services based on the number of parties and whether a dispute involves individuals. The hourly rate decreases when hours are purchased in bulk. All parties must sign a mediation agreement and remit the fee prior to the mediation taking place. To see the standard pricing list, send an email to info@groslandlaw.com. Prices may be negotiable depending on the circumstances. Note that Grosland Law Firm will begin mediating Federal court-annexed cases beginning in the Summer of 2018. Disputes likely to end up in Federal court may be mediated by Grosland Law Firm prior to a complaint being filed.