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Hon. Ellen Hobbs Lyle (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Nashville

Hon. Ellen Hobbs Lyle (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Nashville

Former chancery court judge joins JAMS as arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator

New Panelist Announcement

Nashville – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Ellen Hobbs Lyle (Ret.) to its panel. Chancellor Lyle joins JAMS after a distinguished career of 27 years as a chancery court judge in Nashville for the Twentieth Judicial District of Tennessee, where she served as the trial judge in significant and complex civil cases. Her judicial career includes appointment by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2015 as the first judge of its Business Court Docket Pilot Project for complex commercial/business litigation.

Based in Nashville, Chancellor Lyle will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator handling business and commercial, construction, education and schools, employment, entertainment and sports, environmental, franchise, governmental and public agency, health care, insurance, real property and tax disputes. She is available to conduct sessions virtually for attorneys and their clients across the country.

“Chancellor Lyle is recognized and highly regarded for her contributions in the legal industry as well as her ability to understand even the most complex of matters. Her extensive experience and notable background make her an excellent addition to our talented panel.”

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Throughout her career, Chancellor Lyle has received numerous awards and wide recognition, including most recently the Nashville Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2022), American Board of Trial Advocates Tennessee Chapter’s Judicial Excellence Award (2021), Nashville Bar Association’s Law Day Keynote Speaker (2022) and Nashville Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award (2021).

Prior to serving on the Twentieth Judicial District Chancery Court, Chancellor Lyle was in private practice as a partner and associate in civil litigation at Nashville law firm Trabue, Sturdivant & DeWitt, and an associate attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston.

Throughout my career, I have used thorough preparation and the ability to identify the crux of any dispute to help the parties reach a resolution. I am eager to continue resolving disputes in my new role as a JAMS neutral.

- Hon. Ellen Hobbs Lyle (Ret.)

Chancellor Lyle received her B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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Featured People

Hon. Ellen Hobbs Lyle (Ret.)
  • Business Commercial
  • Construction
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Environmental Law
  • Franchise Distribution Law
  • Governmental & Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Insurance
  • Real Property

Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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