Joe Manuel

Attorney-at-Law

240 Forest Avenue
Suite 301
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405
Phone: 
423-266-3535
Fax: 
423-266-3136
Bio: 
Joe is one of Tennessee’s most prolific writers and lecturers upon Alternative Dispute Resolution. An early proponent of ADR, he received his first mediation training in 1992 from the American Arbitration Association. When Tennessee created court annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution in 1997, he became a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Mediator and completed additional training in 2008 to become also Listed as a Family Mediator. He is the Senior Author of the Tennessee ADR Handbook (The Harrison Co. 1997) and the creator and Editor of the Tennessee Mediation Pocket Guide (2000). By 1999, he was writing “Internet” Continuing Legal Education Courses on Mediation & Arbitration and this led to the creation of the “ADR Professor Series” (available at www.lawyerslearn.com). In 2016, Joe created the "The ADR Professor's Quick Finder"---A topical index to Tenn. S. Ct. Rule 31; Appendix A; and the Canon 2.4 of the Code of Professional Responsibility. The key rules governing Mediation in Tennessee indexed in one location in pdf. format in a searchable format.
Background: 
Joe began his career in 1978 and is one of Tennessee's most experienced civil trial lawyers. He has maintained an active trial practice in Tennessee & Georgia throughout his career. In recognition of his outstanding trial skills, he was first certified in 1995 by The National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and as a Civil Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on CLE & Specialization in 1996. An early proponent of ADR, he received his first mediation training in 1991 from the American Arbitration Association. He became an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in 1992 and has served as an Arbitrator (a private judge) in more than 50 cases. And, was one of the Speakers at the first ADR Seminar sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association in 1994. When Tennessee created court annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution, he became a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Mediator in 1997 and completed additional training in 2008 to also become Listed as a Family Mediator.
Mediation Education & Training: 
AAA Basic Training, Atlanta, Nov. 1991 (13) hours Erickson Mediation Institute Mediator Training (40) hours, August, 1993 Assistant Trainer, AAA Mediator Training, Dalton, GA, Nov. 1994 Family Crossover Training (25 hours) (2009) Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Mediator, 1997 Certified Mediator, Federal Mediation Program, U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Tennessee, 1997 Approved Neutral, U.S. District Court for Middle District of Tennessee, 1998 Registered Neutral Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (Oct. 2001-Dec. 2002)
Fee Information: 
Domestic matters: $ 200.00 per hour. General Civil matters: Fee based upon complexity of matter and number of parties. For more fee information: Email Joe at: jem@joemanuel.com
Type of Mediation: 
Business Dissolution
Child Custody and Parenting Plans
Commercial and Financial
Contracts
Divorce
Employment
Health Law and Elder Care
Personal Injury
Probate and Estates
Professional Liability
Real Estate and Construction
Technology and IT Disputes