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Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients in mediation. Two of them, Irwin Venick and Irwin Kuhn, are specially trained and certified as mediators under Rule 31 of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Irwin Venick is certified for general civil cases with a particular interest in employment and health care disputes; Irwin Kuhn is certified general civil cases and for family law disputes.

Mediation is a very effective process in which people or companies with disputes attempt to resolve their differences without going to court. Mediation often helps keep down the cost of litigation by resolving differences early, without the expense of preparing and trying cases in court. Perhaps most important, mediation reduces the uncertainty of trial and allows parties to reach their own decisions regarding their dispute. When they work as mediators, Irwin Kuhn and Irwin Venick do not act as attorneys for a party in the case. While their experience as attorneys helps parties evaluate their cases, they are neutrals who do not give legal advice. Their role is to assist the parties in their effort to arrive a mutually acceptable resolution of their dispute.

  • Collaborative Divorce: A Case Study

    Irwin Kuhn and Marlene Moses wrote this article outlining the steps of a hypothetical collaborative divorce. It was originally published in the Nashville Bar Journal. Download Article
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  • Family Business and Divorce

    Kevin Fuller, a top Texas divorce lawyer, discusses why collaborative divorce makes sense for people trying to preserve family businesses. Among the reasons: Negotiations are conducted in a private arena. Legal fees are used more efficiently. Settlement discussions can be scheduled to fit business needs rather than the court’s calendar. The collaborative process is less…
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  • Frist Collaborative Divorce: Irwin Kuhn’s Tennessean Comment

    Irwin Kuhn recently authored an article in the Nashville Tennessean concerning the divorce of former Senator Bill Frist and his wife Karyn. The Frist chose the collaborative divorce approach. Irwin Kuhn is a collaborative divorce lawyer in Nashville and commented on that choice. Frists Work to Make Divorce Less Painful  Sep 18, 2012 Nashville Tennessean Irwin J. Kuhn Former…
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  • Nashville Bar Journal Article on Collaborative Divorce

    (Originally published by The Nashville Bar Journal, December 2011-January 2012) The stage for a workable post marriage relationship between two people whose lives will always connected through children or family or friends is not set well by a divorce complaint dramatically setting out the gory details of one party’s “inappropriate marital conduct” followed by interrogatories…
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  • Mediation Helps Children Maintain Better Relationships With Both Parents

    A comparision of outcomes of mediations and going to court was the subject of a 12 year study by Dr. Robert Emery, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Children, Families, and the Law. Here is a link to a summary of his findings: http://emeryondivorce.com/divorce_mediation_study.php. Dr. Emery found that in the group that mediated, the non-primary…
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  • Opinion on Overnight Visitors with Unmarried Parents

         Many Tennessee courts and attorneys by reflex insert parenting plan provisions prohibiting residential parents from allowing overnight visitation by “paramours” or “members of the opposite sex to whom they are not married”.     The Court of Appeals for the western section of Tennessee recently struck down a local rule in Gibson County requiring…
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