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Steve Groom

Steve Groom was introduced to mediation in Florida in the late ’80s while serving as general counsel in the SunTrust Banks system. Since then, he has participated in over 2,300 mediations and arbitrations, either as a neutral or an advocate. Steve has mediated complex business and commercial disputes, personal injury cases, franchise disputes, medical negligence cases, civil rights matters, contract disputes, and more. His business mediations have included partnership dissolutions, disputes between physician practice groups, and disputes between real estate developers. In the mid-’90s, Steve served on a committee of the United States District Court to provide recommendations about introducing mediation to the Middle District of Tennessee federal courts.

In 2005, Steve served as both an inaugural board member and an adjunct faculty member, teaching mediation and negotiation, at the Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management. Steve continues to serve as a mediation coach for the institute’s Rule 31 mediator training. He was also recently asked to judge the ABA Regional Law School Mediation competition.

Steve began his legal career primarily doing trial work, including personal injury, banking litigation, class action matters, and approximately 40 criminal cases by court appointment. Steve went on to serve as general counsel for five different companies, including four publicly traded companies (a Fortune 300 company, a Fortune 1000 company, and other public companies), as well as a private entrepreneurial company. He has also practiced law with three prominent regional law firms.

Admitted to Practice

  • Tennessee, 1980
  • United States District Court, Western District, 1980
  • United States District Court, Middle District, 1999

Education

  • University of Memphis Law School, J.D. 1980
    • Member and Author, Law Review
    • Moot Court
  • Lipscomb University, 1973
    • Intercollegiate Scholarship Athlete, Track & Cross Country

Executive Education

  • Harvard University Law School – Mediation & Negotiation, 2006-2016
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania – Negotiation, 2007
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Negotiation, 2006

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Mediate.com
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Association of Workplace Investigators
  • American Health Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Family Business Consulting Group
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Private Directors Association

Honors & Awards

  • Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal (multiple years)