I truly love this website. It feels foreign to be blogging over at our new business East Tennessee Mediation Services. However, I am excited to announce our long time dream of becoming full-time self employed mediators has happened! Along with being listed Rule 31 mediators for family and civil with domestic violence training, Josh and I are notaries, and that will be a big help for ETMS and the law firm. If you haven’t heard of mediation, definitely read up on it. Here are a few links to my latest blog entires. We’d love it if you would support our business on social media as well. We are looking forward to working with attorneys and clients in East Tennessee and the justice system to help expedite disputes in an efficient and comfortable manner.
So that’s our big news. Our full time gigs will be mediation. I will still continue to do photography in my NEW and awesome studio (it’s so beautiful) as well as outside as the weather warms. My husband will still practice law. But our central focus is making ETMS the premiere mediation firm in East Tennessee. Thanks for all your support. Don’t forget to follow us on facebook, twitter, and Google+. Oh and of course, LinkedIn.
Here’s our story:
After a distinguished careers in Human Resources and the Law, husband and wife team Bonnie and Josh Jones decided to embark on a new journey- mediation.
For almost a decade they worked side-by-side at University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service, providing training, consulting, and publications to cities in Tennessee. Josh served as the legislative liaison reviewing every single bill proposed by the Tennessee legislature, then analyzing the consequences on local government for the citizens of the state. While at UT he enjoyed writing bills and amendments and working in partnership with Tennessee Municipal League (TML). Bonnie served as a Human Resources consultant in the same department and they thrived serving the communities in their roles. Bonnie brings a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources with almost 20 years of HR experience, employment law, publication writing, and training and development to ETMS. Bonnie and Josh are well known public speakers and are passionate about integrity and hard work. It was always a neat balance watching Josh and Bonnie work together to tackle an array of community issues. With that work ethic and their areas of complimenting expertise- a new partnership was formed, and they both decided to pursue a dream of working for themselves while continuing to serve the public. The Jones team has proudly announced the formation of their new company East Tennessee Mediation Services, the premiere dispute resolution service in East Tennessee, located in the heart of Maryville.
Josh still runs his own law firm, Point Counsel and will continue to do work for his clients in a separate capacity. Bonnie also runs a successful photography studio and plans to continue to pursue her passion of photography as time permits.
“Traditionally, the law has been based on an adversarial system. Every dispute was a zero-sum game where participants were pitted against each other in a legal battle, which inevitably concluded with a winner and a loser. At ETMS we are committed to idea that every dispute, even legal disputes, can be resolved in a win-win manner. While this does not mean that the parties walk away with everything they want, they can, in most cases, walk away with a negotiated compromise that both can live with. It is with this notion that husband and wife team, Josh and Bonnie Jones, founded ETMS” – Josh & Bonnie Jones
Most mediations will have one mediator, not a team. However, when and if a team is needed, Bonnie and Josh will look forward to working through the dispute together for their clients.
Bonnie and Josh are excited about this new journey. East Tennessee Mediation Services can be found at on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Linked-In. Please give ETMS a like and share with your friends and colleagues.
If you have any questions about what mediation is, or how it could benefit you, your firm or the dispute process please contact them at 865.307.0087