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Corey T. Denevan | Mediator

Corey T. Denevan

Mediator Bio

During my time at the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law, each course had a component to develop skills in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and problem solving, which began the development of my interest in alternative dispute resolution. A majority of the cases that I have been involved in over the last seventeen years involved mandatory mediation and a few cases required arbitration. I have become adept and fond of the process of mediation and arbitration. The subject matter of most of my cases, and the cases I have been called to mediate are as follows:

  • Will contests
  • Durable powers of attorney
  • Trusts
  • Estate, gift and income tax issues
  • Probate administration
  • Elder abuse and neglect
  • Guardianships
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Inter-family disputes involving
    –     Business succession planning
    –     Farm succession planning
    –     Caring for the elderly or disabled
  • Partnership and corporate governance
  • Contractual matters involving
    –     Real estate transactions
    –     Franchises
    –     Employment

The skills necessary to successfully mediate a case do not always require an expertise in a particular field of law. Mediation is more about developing an understanding the interests of the parties and finding opportunities for resolution.

While I have litigated numerous cases through trial and appeal, my most gratifying work has been in the area of alternative dispute resolution. Serving as a mediator or representing a client in mediation and creating a forum for the parties to control and craft their own resolution is very gratifying.  I have witnessed how the mediation process can provide a catharsis for clients resulting in a better outcome that is not necessarily achievable through traditional litigation. I have also found that arbitration can provide a more expedient, efficient, cost effective means of resolving a dispute in private.