ADVISORY BOARD

Bill Norton

Bill Norton

Chair

William l. Norton III, is Chair of the Advisory Board and a member in the Nashville, Tennessee office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, PLC. He earned his B.A. degree in 1975 and J.D. degree in 1982 from Vanderbilt University. He practices in the commercial finance area and focuses primarily in creditor’s rights and insolvency law. Mr. Norton is a Tennessee Rule 31 mediator and is certified as a business bankruptcy law specialist. He was Chair of the Board for the NCRC for over ten years. He is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt School of Law and Editor of Norton Bankruptcy Law & Practice 3d (Thomson-Reuters).

Hon. Dan Eisenstein

Hon. Dan Eisenstein
Daniel Eisenstein was licensed to practice law in 1977 after graduating from Memphis State University Law School. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. from George Peabody College. Daniel practiced both criminal and civil law from 1977 until 2004 when he was elected Judge of Division 2 of the General Sessions Court for Davidson County. Daniel retired in 2014 and now serves as a Senior/Special Judge presiding over cases as requested. Daniel has been active in community activities, serving as President of Legal Services for Middle Tennessee, President of the Pro Bono Program for Legal Services, serving on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association, and the American Judges Association. He has served as the Presiding Judge for the Mental Health Court for Davidson County and is presently on the National Board of Directors for Mental Health America.

Chris Guthrie

Chris Guthrie
Chris Guthrie is the Dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School. A leading expert on behavioral law and economics, dispute resolution, negotiation, and judicial decision-making, he is one of the authors of the influential textbook Dispute Resolution and Lawyers and has published more than 50 scholarly articles and essays in leading law journals. Chris joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2002 following six years on the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Law. Before entering the legal academy, Chris practiced law with Fenwick & West in California. He earned a B.A. with distinction and honors from Stanford University, M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a former NCRC Board member.

Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner
Michael is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator and Vice President of Market Development for Ascension Care Management. He is charged with growing the organization’s reach and membership across the nation. Prior to this role, Gardner served as Vice President of Finance and Operations and Vice President of Business Development. He was previously the Division Director of Business Operations at Baptist Hospital. Michael received his B.S. in Health Care Administration from Western Kentucky University and a MBA with a concentration in Business Negotiation and Mediation, from Belmont University. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of NCRC and presently serves on the Advisory Board of Virsys12.

HOW DO WE KNOW IT WORKS?

After every mediation, participants fill out an evaluation form. That is just one way we gather information to make sure we are doing the best we can for the people we serve. As you can see here, this is the kind of evaluation that makes us happy!

After every mediation, participants fill out an evaluation form. That is just one way we gather information to make sure we are doing the best we can for the people we serve. We expect the best from our mediators, and our participants deserve no less. As you can see here, this is the kind of evaluation that makes us happy!

In the News

The Nashville Business Journal has announced the winners of the 11th annual Women of Influence Award, and they will honor our own Executive Director, Sara Figal, in the nonprofit leadership category. Read more here...

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The amazing group of students from WNE Law School on Alternative Spring Break, serving NCRC and exploring Nashville.

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