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JESSE RAYMOND BATES, JR.                                                                        Phone: 706-278-0525


Born: Chattanooga, Tennessee


University of Georgia, A.B. Political Science, 1972

Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1975

Professional Experience:

1975 – 1982 Mitchell, Mitchell, Coppedge, Boyett, Wester, & Bates

1982 – Present Little, Bates & Kelehear, P.C.

Law practice consists of approximately 70% domestic litigation and 30% general (business/tort/contract) litigation.  Mediation practice is similar.

ADR Training: Member Association for Conflict Resolution – Georgia Chapter; Mediator #3199.  Registered in general and domestic relations mediation.

ADR Fees:  $150.00 per hour.  Conference/mediation facilities available and are included in the fee.



WILLIAM W. BELL, JR.                                                                                    Phone: 706-259-2586


Areas of Experience

Estates and Probate; Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships; Commercial Transactions and Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation; Real Estate; Debtor-Creditor Relation; Landlord – Tenant

ADR Experience:

Mr. Bell is registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Early Neutral Evaluator and offers private dispute resolution services as well as mediation services through court programs. He has being mediating civil disputes and cases for over 16 years.  As an attorney with over 35 years legal experience, he has experience in most all areas of the law, including disputes involving Estates, Trusts and Probate; Business Breakups and Owner Disputes; Contract Disputes and  personal injury disputes.  Mr. Bell has served a Special Master in condemnation cases and as Court Appointed Auditor in various civil cases, including many construction disputes and business breakups.  His varied legal and accounting experience and business background have allowed him to help resolve a wide variety of disputes and conflicts.

Professional Experience:

                1984 - Present: Minor, Bell & Neal

                1980 - 1983:       Stophel, Caldwell & Heggie, Chattanooga, TN & Dalton, GA 

                1976 - 1979:       Smith and Bell, Gainesville, GA

                1973 - 1975:       Smith, Smith & Frost, Gainesville, GA

                1970 – 1973:     Law Student and clerked with Smith, Smith & Frost

                1968 - 1970:        Accountant with A.M. Pullen & Co, CPAs, Atlanta, GA


University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1973; University of Georgia, B.B.A. (Accounting), 1968.

ADR Fees:           

$200.00 per hour; 1-hour minimum.



NANCY A. BURNETT                                                                                      Phone: 706-428-4087
Domestic and General Civil Mediator                                                      

Professional Experience:

Practiced law in New York, Tennessee and Georgia in the areas of divorce, custody, child support, probate, real estate, business, and debtor/creditor law since 1990  Also studied mediation in all three states and conducted mediations in New York and Georgia.


Received Juris Doctor cum laude from Albany Law School in 1989 and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) from Georgia State University in 1986.

Mediator Fees:
$125 per hour ($50.00 per party for 2 parties). $200.00 minimum unless mediation is cancelled 24 hours in advance of scheduled time.  (Waiver of the fee for late cancellation may be considered on a case by case basis.



ROBERT A. COWAN                                                                                        Phone: 706.278.2099

            Contact Cecilia Moreno for scheduling

You can also visit for available mediation dates

Educational Background:

University of Georgia, J.D. (1993)

Tulane University College of Arts and Science, B.A. (1990)

University of Nottingham (1988)

Areas of Experience:

Primarily engaged in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury claims involving tort and contract claims such as automobile collisions, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice and contract disputes.  Also engaged in other areas of complex litigation, including family law, fraud, tortious interference of contract and breach of warranty.

Alternative Dispute Experience:

Mediator, Conasauga Judicial Circuit (1995)                                         

Mediator, Seventh Judicial Administrative District (1995)

Certified by the State of Georgia as mediator, arbitrator and early case evaluator (1995)

Mediator, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Have participated as a mediator/arbitrator in over 1000 cases


$200.00 per hour for domestic mediations

$250.00 per hour for two-party personal injury mediations

$100.00 per hour for travel outside Whitfield/Murray Counties 

 C. CELESTE CRESWELL, ESQ.                                                                        Phone: 423-785-8313


Areas of Experience

Complex Commercial, Technology, Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Patents), Unfair Competition, and False Advertising Litigation

ADR Experience and Background

In the course of litigating commercial and intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts in Georgia and across the nation, Ms. Creswell has participated in multiple mediations with over $1,000,000 at issue.  Participating in these mediations as counsel for the litigants—both plaintiffs and defendants—has afforded Ms. Creswell the opportunity to observe and adopt the best practices of mediators and litigants.  Since becoming a registered mediator in Georgia, Ms. Creswell has successfully mediated several commercial disputes.  Ms. Creswell is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Tennessee, and she resides in Dalton, Georgia.

Ms. Creswell received a B.S. in Decision Science (Mathematics, Computer Science, Business, and Economics), summa cum laude, from Berry College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was Executive Notes Editor of the Georgia Law Review.  Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Creswell served as law clerk to the Honorable Curtis L. Collier, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee.  Ms. Creswell is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dalton and the Board of Directors of United Way of Northwest Georgia and has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia (2008-2010).

Professional Experience:  2007-present  Miller & Martin, PLLC, Chattanooga, Tennessee

                                                   2004-2007        Wargo & French LLP, Atlanta, Georgia

                                                   2002-2004        Duane Morris LLP, Atlanta, Georgia

                                                   1999-2002        Altman, Kritzer & Levick PC, Atlanta, Georgia

                                                   1998-1999        Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP, Atlanta, Georgia

                                                   1996-1998        Law Clerk, Honorable Curtis L. Collier, U.S. District Court,                                                                                               Eastern District of Tennessee


J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 1996; B.S., Berry College, 1993

ADR Fees:

$200 per hour



JEFF J. DEAN                                                                                                       Phone: 706-226-0300


Areas of Experience

General litigation, personal injury, business disputes, domestic and family law.

ADR Experience

Mr. Dean has tried many cases of all different types in front of Judges and jury’s of the Conasauga Circuit of Whitfield and Murray Counties, surrounding counties in Northwest Georgia, and federal courts in the Northern and Middle Districts in Rome, Atlanta, and Albany, Georgia.  He has been successfully mediating all types of cases since 1995.   He has successfully mediated bitter divorce and custody cases, serious injury cases, and major business disputes. 

Mr. Dean has practiced law since 1988. He is a member of the Georgia Bar, U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court.


University of Georgia, BBA, 1985,

Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 1988 (Cumlaude, top 10%, Law Review)

ADR Fees: 

$200.00 per hour.

ALLEN HAMMONTREE                                                                                 Phone: 706-278-0464




CURTIS KLEEM                                                                                                   Phone: 706-278-4499

                                                                                                                              Fax: 706-529-8814



Registered Mediator with Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution.  Registered as General Civil and Domestic Relations Mediator


B.A., Berry College - 1994

M.S.W., The University of Georgia School of Social Work – 1997

J.D., The University of Georgia School of Law – 2000

Professional Experience:

Law Clerk, Conasauga Judicial Circuit, 2000-2001

Attorney, McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP, 2001-Present

Since 2001, my law practice has been roughly 70% domestic relations cases, with the remainder being personal injury, local government and business litigation. I currently am a solicitor in the Probate Court of Whitfield County and the City Attorney for the City of Tunnel Hill.

Mediation Fees:

2 party cases - $150.00 per hour – two-hour minimum

3 party cases - $180.00 per hour – two-hour minimum

4 or more parties - $200.00 per hour – two-hour minimum



HUGH KEMP                                                                                                      Phone: 706-226-2222


Education & Employment:

Emory University, Atlanta, GA, B.A., M.A., Phi Beta Kappa;, University of Chicago, J.D.; law clerk for Hon. Elbert P. Tuttle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; law clerk for Hon. Joseph F. Quillian, Supreme Court of Georgia.  Practicing attorney: Kinney, Kemp, Sponcler, Joiner & Tharpe, Dalton, GA; Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, Dalton, GA; presently sole practitioner.

Admitted to Practice:

Supreme Court of United States; All State Courts; Northern District of Georgia; 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal; Fellow, The American College of Trial Lawyers.

Training and Experience:

Graduate of Alternate Dispute Resolution, Inc. Resolution Resources, Inc., and Henning Mediation and Arbitration; Registered Mediator/Arbitrator with The Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution including family law; Approved Mediator with the Conasauga Circuit, Lookout Mountain Circuit, 7th and 9th District ADR Program.  Formerly a member of the Henning Mediation and Arbitration Panel in Atlanta, GA.

Hugh has participated as an attorney, mediator and arbitrator in approximately 700 cases with a success rate of approximately ninety percent.  He has experience in a broad range of cases including product liability, medical malpractice, dental malpractice, Federal Employer Liability Act; Automobile collision cases; railroad collision cases, land line cases, divorce and family law cases, commercial litigation, UCC litigation, anti-trust, electric utility law, Georgia Public Service Commission cases, ERISA, health and accident insurance, homeowner’s policies, fire policies and bonds from magistrate courts to argument of a case in the United States Supreme Court.

ADR Fees

$150.00 per hour for custody and divorce cases.  All other matters are as follows: 

$200.00 per hour.  No administrative fee if mediation is attended.

$500.00 per day, per party for Arbitration cases.



JOSEPH LEMAN                                                                                                 Phone: 706-529-3034



STEVE MICHMERHUIZEN                                                                              Phone: 706-226-0040


Areas of Experience:

Personal injury, medical malpractice, commercial disputes, condemnation cases, foreclosure and confirmation. 

Professional Experience:

Mr. Michmerhuizen is a litigation associate with Coppedge & Associates, P.C. (2010-present).  As a litigation associate, Mr. Michmerhuizen has participated in multiple mediations concerning disputes in the six-figure and seven-figure range.  Mr. Michmerhuizen previously served as a legal assistant for Chief Judge William T. Boyett, Conasauga Judicial Circuit (2009-2010).  He is a registered neutral with Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, as well as a former educator (high school and college) and social worker.  

Legal Education:

Mr. Michmerhuizen graduated cum laude from University of Georgia School of Law, where he was awarded the Custer-Tuggle Award for Excellence in Family Law Studies by the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers  

ADR Fees:

$130 per hour



TODD L. RAY                                                                                                      Phone: 706-278-8668

Attorney and General Civil and Domestic Relations Mediator.


Bob Jones University, BA, Pastoral Studies (Counseling), 1982

Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1987

Professional Experience:             

1987-1992 Assistant District Attorney, Conasauga Judicial Circuit

1992-Present McDonald, Thames & Ray

Areas of Practice:

Domestic Relations; Criminal Law Defense; Juvenile Court; Magistrate Court

ADR Training:

General Mediation Training – Kennesaw State University; Divorce and Family Mediation Training – Henning Mediation & Arbitration Services, Inc.; Registered Mediator through the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

ADR Fees:

$150.00 per hour


JOEL P. THAMES                                                                                               Phone: 706-278-8668


ROBERT H. SMALLEY III                                                                                 Phone: 706-278-4499    


Professional Experience:

Mr. Smalley has been a practicing attorney in Northwest Georgia since 1992 and a registered mediator since approximately 1995.  He has handled numerous jury trials and bench trials, with a focus on complex commercial litigation and all types of personal injury/insurance litigation.

Mr. Smalley is a partner with McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP in Dalton, GA and also serves as the Whitfield County Attorney.

ADR Experience:

Mr. Smalley has significant experience in mediating all types of matters, including: domestic/divorce, personal injury, wrongful death/insurance matters, commercial litigation, construction litigation, government condemnation matters. Title VII/1983 litigation, and all types of administrative matters including: land use matters. 

He has successfully mediated over 400 matters.

ADR Fees:

$200.00 per hour, plus mileage if applicable.



JOYE THOMAS WILLS, ESQ.                                                                          Phone: 706-275-0111


Areas of Experience:

Domestic/Family Law, Wills and Estates, Real Estate, Personal Injury and General Civil Practice.

ADR Experience:

Mrs. Wills completed both her Basic Civil and Domestic Mediation training at Henning Mediation Services of Atlanta, Georgia.  She is registered as a neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and has mediated numerous cases through the Conasauga Circuit Alternative Dispute Resolution program. 


Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1986, Presbyterian College, B.S., 1983 

ADR Fees:

$150.00 per hour



P.O. Box 1129  |  Chatsworth, Georgia 30705  |  Ph: (706) 695-2413  |  Fx: (706) 695-8721