Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder, & King, PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Loren A. Sanderson is now offering mediation services for family law disputes. Ms. Sanderson has been a Rule 31 Listed Civil Mediator since 2014. She was first certified as a mediator by the Center for Conflict Resolution and Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 2011.
Ms. Sanderson is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and has focused her practice on family law and domestic matters. She has litigated hundreds of cases in greater middle Tennessee, including Davidson, Rutherford, Wilson, Sumner, Williamson, Dickson, Maury, Cheatham, Bedford, and Marshall counties, and she is familiar with the courts and judges in each of these judicial districts. Ms. Sanderson is experienced in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, contempt, orders of protection, retirement benefits, military benefits, business valuations, characterization of separate and marital property, property division, adoption, premarital agreements, postnuptial agreements, and dependent neglect actions. Ms. Sanderson appreciates what a valuable asset a good mediator can be and is excited to now offer such services to her fellow practitioners and their clients.
Three factors will distinguish mediation at KRBHK. First, Ms. Sanderson is excited to offer co-mediation services with Jay Barger. Mr. Barger is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and has primarily focused on family law throughout his sixteen years of practice. He has participated in hundreds of mediations as an advocate for clients and is experienced in all aspects of family law. He focuses his practice on complex divorces such as those involving high net worth individuals, complicated business and real estate holdings, significant marital assets and debts, and dissipation or concealment of marital assets. He is also skilled at interstate custody disputes, international adoptions, dependent neglect actions, and other complex family law matters.
Co-mediation allows two mediators to tackle complicated issues together and to divide labor to ensure that no detail gets overlooked. This significantly improves efficiency and time utilization, and it also gives the parties the benefit of two experienced family law practitioners with complementary styles offering creative solutions. Additionally, having two mediators enhances the chance that the parties will have a connection with a mediator, which in turn increases the likelihood of a successful resolution. Many clients going through the pain and stress of a family law dispute may feel comfortable with a mediator of the same gender. Our male/female co-mediation team allows for this. We are currently one of only a handful of firms in middle Tennessee and the only firm in Rutherford County offering co-mediation, and we have been thrilled by the positive response we have received to this service thus far.
Second, we offer the flexible and convenient option of online booking through our website at www.murfreesborolawyers.com/scheduling. Any seasoned practitioner knows that simply settling on a mediation date can often be a challenge. It involves a process of calling the mediator for dates, sending the dates to opposing counsel, awaiting a response, then finally communicating the agreed date back to the mediator, after which time the selected date is frequently no longer available. Our new online booking system streamlines this entire process, saving a great deal of time, energy, and frustration. Now, you can simply visit our website to view and book our available dates. Our office will then send a confirmation email indicating receipt of your booking, and a formal confirmation will follow in the mail.
Third, we believe strongly in the benefits of dispute resolution and of allowing parties to be in control of their ultimate result. Accordingly, it is Ms. Sanderson’s practice to make herself available to the parties and attorneys until a case is settled. Ms. Sanderson works diligently to settle all cases that mediate with her, and she frequently conducts all-day mediations and those that continue, at the availability of the parties and attorneys, into the evening. She also offers her services on a complimentary follow-up basis, knowing that parties often view their settlement options differently after a good night’s sleep.
Our standard fee schedule for mediation with Ms. Sanderson is a minimum of $600.00, which covers the first three (3) hours of mediation as well as pre-mediation preparation, for a minimum of $300.00 per party. In the event the mediation session exceeds three (3) hours, the parties will be charged $200.00 per hour for each additional hour. For a limited time, we are offering the same rate for co-mediation with Ms. Sanderson and Mr. Barger.
Our beautiful office offers pleasant accommodations for parties during mediation. We are equipped with conference rooms both upstairs and downstairs, each of which is accessible by a separate staircase and entrance. We also provide separate refreshment areas for the comfort of the parties, and we provide catered lunches for day-long mediations. For those mediations occurring outside of Rutherford County, we are happy to travel to you to mediate at your offices or in other designated spaces. Any travel fees are included in our regular mediation rate.
In keeping with our firm’s goal of being a complete law firm for all needs, we believe that the addition of mediation services to Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder, & King will be beneficial to our colleagues and clients. Please feel free to give us a call at 615-895-5566 with any questions or to find out more about how mediation can work for you.