Ann Barker is one of the pioneer mediators in Tennessee. She began a private mediation practice in Knoxville in the early nineties, while writing mediation training materials and teaching conflict management and negotiation courses for the UT Center for Conflict Resolution. She has experience drafting and managing state and federal contracts, running small businesses, directing non-profit programs, and litigating civil matters. She has mediated hundreds of cases, dealing with subjects from employment discrimination, professional practice dissolution, personal injury, special education services for children, to complex divorces.
She is a Rule 31 listed mediator in both the civil and family areas, as well as a specialist in domestic violence. She has a private mediation and litigation practice in Madisonville. She graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1979 and has a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her work over the years has combined public health issues with conflict resolution. Ann has served on numerous committees of the American Bar Association including the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and as co-chair of the Litigation Section Membership, Family Law, and Children's Rights Litigation Committees.
She currently serves on the Tennessee Bar Association Access to Justice Committee. She is the mother of two children whom she adopted from Guatamala and the proud grandmother of one. Ann has been active in politics and ran for the Tennessee state legislature in 2006.
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