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Hayden D. Lait, Esquire

Mediation and Law Offices of Hayden Lait
254 Court
Suite 305
Memphis, TN 38103

Phone: 901-230-4990
Email: haydenlait@gmail.com
Other URL http://www.memphismediation.com

Hayden Lait has been in the private practice of law for since 1975 with an emphasis on commercial, personal injury, and domestic relations litigation. He has been serving as a neutral in the capacity of a mediator and arbitrator since 1995. Until May, 2000 Hayden was certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the State of Tenn Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Due to the change in focus of his practice from litigation to serving as a neutral he has not maintained his certification. He is a Honorary Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and served as President from 2005 to 2007. Hayden is a certified arbitrator and mediator by FINRA/ National Association of Securities Dealers. He is listed by the Tenn. Supreme Court as a Rule 31 mediator and is a member of the mediation panel for U.S. District Courts, Western District of Tenn. Since 1994, Hayden has participated in excess of 600 hours of mediation training as a trainer and participant, and has conducted over 1,500 mediations and arbitrations. He served as chairperson of the ADR Committee of the Memphis Bar Association for 3 years and co-chair of the Memphis chapter of the Mediation Association of Tenn. Since 1997 Hayden has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis School of Law teaching negotiation and ADR skills.


From 2003 to the present he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Mediation. From 2005 to the present he has been selected for inclusion in the Mid-South Super Lawyers in America in the practice area of Alternate Dispute Resolution. In 2014 he was selected as Best Lawyers' 2014-15 Memphis Mediation "Lawyer of the Year."


In 2002 he was appointed by the TN Supreme Court to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission and served on the training committee. He served as Commission Chairperson from January, 2006 to March, 2012 and currently chairs the Education committee. His term expired in December, 2015.


Hayden is a past president of the Univ. of Memphis School of Law National Alumni, of the Harbor Town Homeowners Association, and a past member of the board of directors of the Memphis Bar Association. He is an Emeritus member of the Leo Bearman Inns of Court and of the Memphis Bar Foundation.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Employment
  • Family (other)
  • General Mediation
  • Harassment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Medical
  • Municipal
  • Partnership Dissolutions
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Religious / Church
  • Torts
  • Worker's Comp
  • Workplace

MEMBER: 2000

Honorary DISTINGUISHED: 2009

Background

PROFESSIONAL
2003 to Present - Selected by his peers for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Mediation
2014 - Best Lawyers' 2014-15 Memphis Mediation "Lawyer of the Year."
2005 to Present - Selected for inclusion in the Mid-South Super Lawyers in America in the practice area of Alternate Dispute Resolution.
01/02 to 12/2015 - Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission appointed by the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Served as chairperson from January, 2006 to January 2012.
2004 to Present - Part-time staff attorney Community Legal Center
1996 to Present - Private Practice of Mediation & Arbitration of Commercial, Employment, Personal Injury, and Domestic Relations cases.
1975 to 1997 - Private Practice of Law - Emphasis on Litigation of Commercial, Personal Injury, Criminal, and Domestic Relations cases.
1995 to Present - Conducted over 1500 mediations.
3/2000 to Present -AV rating Martindale-Hubbell.
1/19-20/2000 - “Advanced Transformative Mediation Skills” U.S. Postal Service 20 Hours.
11/99 - Assistant Trainer for Mediation and Conflict Management-Mediation of Business, Family and Domestic Conflicts.
9/99 - Panel member Mediation Association of Tennessee Ethics seminar.
11/1/98 - American Academy of Attorney Mediators and Memphis Bar Association advance mediation training-6 Hours.
10/8-10/9/98 - Mediation in Selected Cases Involving Domestic Violence Issues 13.5 hrs.
8/98 - Assistant Trainer for Mediation and Conflict Management-Mediation of Business, Family and Domestic Conflicts.
1998 to Present - Member of the mediation panel for the Western District of Tennessee of the United States District Court.
3/1997 to Present - Listed as a Rule 31 Mediator by the Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission in General Civil and Family Cases.
1997 to Present - Adjunct Professor University of Memphis School of Law - Focus of course is alternative dispute resolution with an emphasis on mediation and mediation skills for advocates.
May & June 1997 - Assistant Trainer for Resolute Systems, Inc. 40 Hour Civil mediation training for mediation in the U.S. District Courts in the Western District of Tennessee.
1/1997 - Resolute Systems, Inc. 40 Hour Civil mediation training for mediation in the U.S. District Courts in the Western District of TN.
10/1996 to Present - Certified by FINRA as a Mediator & Arbitrator.
3/1996 - Mediation and Conflict Management-24 Hours of training of Business, Civil and Commercial Disputes.
8/1995 - Mediation and Conflict Management-46 Hours of training of Business, Family and Domestic Conflicts. 7/1995 to 5/2000 - Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the State of Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and The National Board of Trial Advocacy.
9/1994 - American Academy of Attorney Mediators - 13.5 Hours of training in Mediation of non domestic Civil disputes.
7/1982 - National College of Advocacy Advanced Program in Civil Advocacy.
7/1978 - National College of Advocacy Program in Civil Advocacy.
1969-1971 - U.S. Peace Corp Volunteer-Malaysia.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Honorary Fellow & Past President of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators
Memphis Bar – Past Director and chairperson of the ADR C/ee 3 years
Leo F. Bearman , Inns of Court – Emeritus Member
Fellow Memphis Bar Foundation

Education/Training

1975, Juris Doctor, University of Memphis School of Law
1969, Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Oklahoma

Practicing in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee

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