Civil Litigation
Best-in-Class Civil Litigation and Civil Mediation

Resolving Disputes with Civil Litigation Services

At Hagar & Phillips, our civil litigation services cover a wide range of legal areas, such as construction liability, defective construction, landlord/tenant disputes, property law, and product liability.

Led by Eric Phillips, a highly skilled Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Civil Mediator, our team excels in resolving disputes where individuals and businesses seek compensation or remedies through trials, hearings, arbitration, or mediation. Eric additionally is a licensed commercial contractor for the state of Tennessee.

We prioritize alternative dispute resolution and leverage mediation as a cost-effective method to reach settlements outside of court. With Eric Phillips acting as an impartial third party mediator, our main objective is to foster effective communication and guide all parties involved towards a mutually satisfactory resolution.

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Is Civil Mediation Right For You?

Civil mediation is an alternative to Court. For those seeking settlement who want to avoid the time and expense of going to court, mediation functions as an alternative dispute resolution method. As an impartial third party, the mediating attorney’s role is to guide the involved parties to a resolution of mutual satisfaction. Choose the best civil litigation attorney in Lebanon and Nashville TN.

Civil Mediation vs. Litigation
* Civil mediation is vastly less expensive than litigation.
* Civil mediation allows each party to maintain a level of control for problem resolution.
* Civil mediation is typically faster than litigation.
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Civil Mediation FAQs

How to Select a Mediator?


Don’t settle for just any mediator. Instead, choose the family mediator that’s right for your case. What makes a good family mediator? Look for a Listed Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator. - Experience (Mediator’s Background) - Respect / Non-Judgmental - Flexibility - Common Sense / Good Sense of Humor - Referrals, Referrals, Referrals

Who Pays For Mediation?


Generally, the cost to mediate is shared equally between the parties involved unless otherwise stated. In some cases, the judge may order a case to be mediated.

What happens if you don't agree?


If the parties do not reach an agreement, you maintain the right to take the dispute before a judge or jury. If you start family mediation but decide to stop before you complete an agreement, you will maintain your right to go to court at a scheduled court date.

Is Mediation Confidential?


Mediation is confidential. No information you share during mediation is shared with the judge. The mediator only reports the result of the mediation – if it was successful or not. Unless otherwise communicated, all conversations and documents presented during mediation are confidential and privileged under Tennessee mediation law T.C.A. § 36-4-130.

How Does Mediation Work?


You can attend voluntary mediation any time before or during a case. A trained Mediator will lead the mediation meeting. Each party voices its opinion as to how to resolve the matter. The role of the Mediator is to help you and the other party reach an agreed-upon resolution without going to court for full litigation. Most family mediation sessions are agreed-upon hours, but usually no longer than five-hour sessions. Mediation can be conducted in person or remotely via phone, email, or video. Having the flexibility to conduct mediation means you can work around work conflicts, illness, and agreed-upon. You can prepare for family mediation with a proposed parenting plan, ideal arrangements, lists of expenses, proof of income, and entries from a parenting journal or calendar showing when you care for your child.

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