Tom DeBari and Tanya Tate Elevated to Senior Neutrals at Miles

ATLANTA, GA, January 22, 2024 — Miles Mediation & Arbitration is proud to announce that both Tom DeBari and Tanya Tate have been promoted to “senior neutral,” the highest rank at the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) firm.


“We are thrilled to announce Tanya Tate and Tom DeBari as our newest senior neutrals at Miles”, said Miles CEO, Parag Shah. “The title of senior neutral is not just a reflection of professional milestones; it’s a testament to the trust and reliance clients place in both Tom and Tanya, recognizing their unparalleled expertise and success in dispute resolution. In honor of their achievements, we will dedicate a conference room in each of their names, symbolizing their enduring commitment to excellence and client satisfaction.”


Tom DeBariTom Debari started his legal career at Trapp, Chastain & Uiterwyk in Tampa, practicing personal injury and coauthoring seminar materials for the National Business Institute. He then shifted to workers’ compensation defense at the Lakeland law firm formerly led by Dennis Ross, representing entities such as the State of Florida Division of Risk Management and the city of Lakeland. As a partner at Wendel, Chritton, Parks, DeBari & Peddy, Chartered, Tom served as Florida workers’ compensation counsel to major sports associations and became a commentator on sports law. In 2003, he joined Harbsmeier, DeZayas, Appel, Harden & DeBari, P.A., successfully trying cases and leading litigation that resulted in a global recall of defective construction equipment. Tom became a certified Florida mediator in 2004 and has mediated and arbitrated cases as well as representing clients as an attorney since then. In 2008, he became president of Kimsey & DeBari, P.A., focusing on representing clients in personal injury and ERISA matters and mediating business litigation cases, insurance claims, and general civil litigation cases.


Tanya TateTanya Tate, a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, is a seasoned mediator with a focus on employment law and business-related disputes, having mediated hundreds of cases in her 13-year career. Before transitioning to mediation and arbitration, Tanya worked as a litigator representing both plaintiffs and defendants in various cases, including employment law, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, contracts, torts, business litigation, insurance coverage, school law, premises liability, and personal injuries. This diverse background provides her with a unique and unbiased insight into each party’s position during mediation. Tanya’s experience, patience, and ability to quickly identify contested issues contribute to the successful resolution of the vast majority of her cases. In addition to her mediation skills, Tanya is a skilled arbitrator, drawing on her trial experience, extensive knowledge of employment law and commercial disputes, attention to detail, and a commitment to reaching well-reasoned decisions.




Miles Mediation & Arbitration is shaping the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) industry with our comprehensive professional services model that combines the expertise of our highly skilled, diverse panel of neutrals with an unparalleled level of client support to guide and empower parties to fair, timely, and cost-effective resolution regardless of case size, specialization, or complexity. For more information, please call 888-305-3553 or email