Stephen L. Shields, JD, LLM is a founding Partner of Jackson, Shields, Yeiser, Holt, Owen & Bryant and has been devoted to representing employers, both private and public sector, in all aspects of employment and education law for the past 40+ years. He has been listed in Best Lawyers since 1991. He is also the founding member of Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute. He is a Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator as well as Rule 31 General Civil Mediation Trainer. Mr. Shields is currently serving a three-year term as a Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission Commissioner. He is a Listed Mediator in the Mediator Profile Directory of the United States District Court Western District of Tennessee. Mr. Shields is a frequent speaker and author regarding alternative dispute resolution topics. He is also a founding member as well as the Chair of the Mid-South Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM). He is the Past-Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Executive Council as well as Past-Chair of the Memphis Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and Past-President of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators. In 2015, Mr. Shields was chosen as the recipient of the Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award. He is an adjunct professor at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis where he is the Director of the Mediation Clinic.