Stephen L. Shields, JD, LLM is a partner in the Memphis-based law firm of Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt. Since 1991, Mr. Shields has been listed in Best Lawyers In America and he is also listed in The American Lawyer magazine’s “Top Lawyers.” As an attorney, Mr. Shields has spent hundreds of hours representing clients in mediations and arbitrations. He also served as counsel to St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis for twenty years prior to the hospital closing its doors.
Apart from his law practice, Mr. Shields is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator and has mediated cases involving employment disputes, discrimination claims, and disputes that have arisen between business partners — among many other issues. The Tennessee Supreme Court and the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission have approved Mr. Shields as a Trainer for General Civil Mediation and he has dedicated hundreds of hours to training professionals in the skills that will serve them — and their clients — well in conflict management and mediation. Mr. Shields also coaches supervisors in the workplace on conflict management skills.
Mr. Shields is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis where he teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and related courses. He has also served as Coach for the University of Memphis School of Law Mediation Team, which competed in the American Bar Association’s Mediation Competition for the first time in 2012.
Mr. Shields is the Past-President of the Tennessee Association for Professional Mediators (2013), the Past-Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2012–13), and is chair of the Memphis Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section in 2014. Mr. Shields is a frequent lecturer on mediation and conflict management and the author of numerous articles on the subject.