Professional Details

Karen Phillips

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P. O. Box 522
Atoka, TN 38004
Fax: 9014855248

Description of Practice

Karen Phillips is a TN Supreme Court "Rule 31" listed, Family & General Civil Mediator. She has the Domestic Violence specification. With more than 35 years experience working with families, she brings a fresh prospective to working with disputing parties. With a background in Social Work and Conflict Resolution, Karen easily develops a rapport with parties and works to get to the heart of the issues in dispute. Karen has successfully mediated hundreds of family matters including Divorce, Post Divorce issues and Child Custody / Visitation/ Parenting Time. Additionally, Karen has mediated Landlord - Tennant, Business and Employment disputes.

Professional Background

Prior to becoming a full-time Mediator, Karen was a School Social Worker for a local school system. She worked in that capacity for 18 years. Additionally, she recruited for a college graduate degree program, worked for a state child service agency and with a Juvenile Court. Altogether, Karen has over 35 years of experience working and serving children and families.


Karen has studied and taught Conflict Resolution for move than 25 years. She has taught children as young as 5 and adults (parents, employees, teachers, administrators, & Law Enforcement) conflict resolution skills & mediation. She has over 10 years of experience in Professional Mediation. With a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution, Karen is skilled in understanding conflict, sources of conflict, and methods to intervention.


University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN; B.S. in Social Work, 1981 University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN; School Social Work Certification, 1996 Bethel University, Memphis, TN, Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution, May, 2014


Karen takes a facilitative approach in Mediation and often utilizes the Transformative Mediation model. Karen believes in the importance of Self-determination but also respects the need to restore a relationship between the parties in conflict.


Fees determined utilizing a sliding fee scale fee which is based on each party's annual income. Each party's fees are determined separately.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Jewelry
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Native American
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Non Profits
  • Nursing Home
  • Online Civil
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Parent-Teen
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Postal Service
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Special Education
  • Transportation
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Counselor
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Staff Developer