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Hon. Patricia J. Cottrell (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Nashville

Hon. Patricia J. Cottrell (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Nashville

Former Tennessee Court of Appeals 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. Patricia J. Cottrell (Ret.) to its panel. Judge Cottrell brings to JAMS broad experience as both a practitioner and jurist in the areas of business/commercial, governmental/public agency, employment, health care, higher education, real property, torts and contracts, among others.

Judge Cottrell served on the Tennessee Court of Appeals for 16 years, during which time she participated in thousands of cases involving all areas of state civil law, including contract, tort, family law, securities, real property, corporate law, wills and estates, land use, administrative law and state taxation, among others. She wrote majority opinions in hundreds of cases and was known for her preparation, her handling of complex issues and her thoroughness.

Based in Nashville, Judge Cottrell will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator, handling appellate, business and commercial, employment, health care, higher education, governmental and public agency, and real property disputes. She is available to conduct sessions in person, as well as virtually for attorneys and their clients across the country.

“Judge Cottrell is known for her varied background, her ability to handle complex matters and her creative approaches to resolving disputes. We are so pleased she has joined the JAMS panel and are looking forward to seeing her thrive in this next chapter of her career.”
- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

In addition to her service as a jurist, Judge Cottrell spent many years representing governmental officials and agencies, beginning her career as a clerk with the Office of the Attorney General of Tennessee and ultimately becoming chief deputy attorney general. She also worked in the municipal arena as director of law for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, where she oversaw all litigation involving the city, advised the mayor and city officials and helped draft the city’s code of ethics and its purchasing law. Later, she was named as the city’s first chief compliance officer based upon her reputation for following the highest ethical standards and the respect accorded her work. Prior to joining JAMS, Judge Cottrell practiced law at a Nashville law firm.

“Thorough preparation is key in alternative dispute resolution work, as it facilitates an understanding of the parties’ interests and identification of the core issues early in the process. Clients should always expect a prepared neutral, and I will be one. I’m looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience in this new role as a neutral at JAMS.”
- Judge Cottrell

Judge Cottrell received her B.A., with honors, from the University of Tennessee 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 30 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. Patricia J. Cottrell (Ret.)
  • Appellate
  • Business/Commercial
  • Employment Law
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Real Estate & 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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