Complex Dispute Resolution and Consulting

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

-- Calvin Coolidge


Due to concerns about the COVID-19 (Corona) virus, we are offering online mediations as an alternative to in-person mediations!  
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Online Mediations Available – call 615-330-8993, email: [email protected]


John Blankenship has been offering his expertise and services in Alternative Dispute Resolution for more than 30 years. He is a highly skilled and experienced practicing attorney as well as a highly sought-after mediator, arbitrator, umpire, special master and consultant working both with parties and attorneys through private appointments or engagements, by appointment as a Special Master in ongoing litigation involving complex construction and other commercial disputes, and through appointment as a mediator or arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association.

Blankenship ADR

Through years of experience as a practicing attorney and as a neutral, John has developed expertise in several different areas of the law, including commercial and business matters of all kinds, real property disputes (including transactional—fee and lease holds—, title and boundary line disputes), condominium and HOA disputes, insurance disputes, probate, and estate matters, and personal injury/wrongful death.  A significant portion of Mr. Blankenship’s practice as an attorney and neutral has for many years been on construction issues.  He has represented general contractors, sub-contractors, design professionals, and owners of both residential and commercial properties and has an extensive working understanding of the construction process and the issues that can arise in a construction dispute.  He has mediated and/or arbitrated countless multi-party, multi-issue, complex construction disputes. A sample of his construction subject matter expertise is as follows:

Government contracts

Government contracts disputes (local, state and federal) involving vertical construction, military bases, roads and highways, dams, utilities

Residential and commercial construction defect and contract disputes

  • Large construction project disputes involving office buildings, apartment buildings, assisted living centers and nursing homes, hospitals, retail centers, factories/plants, utility installation, garages, swimming pools (including elevated pools), demolition, multiple types of concrete and concrete/asphalt related issues, etc.
  • Residential construction project disputes
  • Disputes between owners and contractors
  • Disputes between owners and design professionals
  • Disputes between design professionals
  • Disputes between contractors and sub-contractors/suppliers
  • Design/Build disputes
  • Contract disputes, including delay, CPM scheduling, liquidated damages, defective/incomplete work and/or design, change orders, damages to person and property, etc.
  • Surety and bond claims
  • Specific components and related technical issues including: elevators, piping, HVAC, boilers, heat exchangers, heat recovery systems, generators, manufacturing equipment…
  • AIA contracts
  • Insurance coverages and other insurance issues attendant to the construction industry
  • Construction related accidents including explosions, falls, settlement and/or collapse, personal injury and death
  • OSHA
  • Workers Compensation

Environmental and Site development

  • Hydraulic dam claims of improper fabrication and installation of gates
  • Marina development and boat storage disputes
  • MEP, civil, structural and geotechnical engineering disputes (including: subsurface/geotechnical issues, compaction, excavation/grading issues (i.e., soil vs. rock—sink/swell, etc.), drainage issues, storm/sanitary sewer/water line installations)
  • Municipal utility disputes
  • Zoning and Land Use

In addition to his construction expertise, Mr. Blankenship has served as a dispute resolution neutral in hundreds of other commercial and non-commercial disputes, including:

  • Partnerships (formation, dissolution, liability, etc.)
  • Sales, distribution and service agreements
  • Business entity issues, including corporations, LLCs and limited partnerships
  • Premises Liability
  • Personal injury and wrongful death
  • Negligence/comparative fault
  • Accidents
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Consumer
  • Finance
  • Brokerage fraud
  • Commercial leases
  • Contract breach and/or termination cases and contractual sanctions/remedies

Mr. Blankenship appreciates your visit to his website and invites you to consider mediation, arbitration or even a hybrid process (i.e., med-arb) to more efficiently and confidentially resolve your dispute. Whether you are engaged in litigation or hoping to avoid litigation, his keen eye and wisdom can serve to help you achieve an effective and cost-effective resolution.