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Stan Billingsley
Stan Billingsley has the rare record of having served as Judge in 26 counties. For 19 years Judge Billingsley served as a District Judge and as a Special Judge for Circuit and District courts on numerous occasions. He was selected as Outstanding Judge in Kentucky by the Kentucky Bar Association--an award of which no other District Judge has been given to date. He is the co-author of KY. Driving Under the Influence Law, which has been published annually by West-Thompson Group since 1994, and has written the following books and studies: Catch 202A-Kentucky's License to Kill, Handbook on Small Claims Court and Study on Special Education Rights of Students. Judge Stan Billingsley's Resume
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Ken Corey
Ken Corey is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He served as a District Court Judge from 1978 to 1982 and as a Circuit Court Judge for an additional sixteen years. He received the Louisville Bar Association Distinguished Judicial Service Award and served as an instructor for Judicial Colleges and Bar Associations in many states. He has ten years of experience in mediation and arbitration.Judge Ken Corey's Resume
Edmund "Pete" Karem graduated second in his class from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1968. He was in private practice in the firm of Karem & Karem attorneys until 1983 when he was elected to the Jefferson Circuit Court. Mr. Karem concentrated in civil litigation at Karem & Karem and was managing partner of the firm from 1971 until his election to the Circuit Court. He was President of the Louisville Bar Association in 1980. He served as Chair of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights from 1976 - 1993. During 1986 - 1987 Judge Karem was Chief Judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court. In 1991 and 1992, Judge Karem was President of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Judges.

Judge Karem returned to private practice in 1993 as a partner in the firm of Sitlinger, McGincy, Theiler & Karem, a civil trial firm. He took a leave of absence during 1995 when he was appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals by the Governor to fill an unexpired term. In 2006, Mr. Karem left the Sitlinger firm to conduct a mediation and arbitration service called Karem Mediation. In April 2008 Judge Karem joined the Retired Judges & Associates Mediation & Arbitrations Services. Judge Pete Karem's Resume

Thomas J. Knopf
Judge Tom Knopf was a judge for over 25 years. He served 12 years as a District Judge and 15 years as a Circuit court judge in Louisville Kentucky. He was Chief Judge of both the Jefferson District and Circuit Courts. He is currently a partner with Retired Judges & Associates Mediation & Arbitration Services. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for 2008 in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He has currently been nominated to be included in the Kentucky Super Lawyers magazine. Judge Thomas J. Knopf's Resume
Steve Mershon
As a magna cum laude graduate of Bellamine University (Philosophy), a former graduate student in Psychology at the University of Dallas and a graduate of the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, Steve Mershon understands the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He attended week long mediation trainings in 1991, 1995, 2002 and 2005.

He was beginning his tenth year of practicing law when elected to the bench 20 years ago and presided in District, Family and Circuit Court, deciding a wide variety of cases. He has a history of understanding the facts from the perspectives of all involved and either resolving the dispute or helping the parties find a solution.

Steve Mershon would be honored to help resolve your dispute. Associate Steve Mershon's Resume

Ann O'Malley Shake
Ann O’Malley Shake began her legal career in 1982.  Before law school she worked as a teacher in a Headstart program in Eastern Kentucky, so she is well familiar with childlike and difficult behavior and appropriate ways of working successfully with such challenges.  She also worked as a social worker in a residential treatment facility where she developed keen active listening skills.

As a lawyer, her practice was primarily business and commercial real estate matters, in addition to an 18 month stint as a prosecutor in drunk driving cases.
A judge since 1990, she presided in every division of district court and has now spent more than 10 years in Circuit Court.  She has presided over multiple personal injury, wrongful death, business, real estate and decedent’s estate disputes, among others.  In 2 years of mediating cases, she has mediated many, many personal injury, wrongful death, business, real estate and decedent’s estate disputes which have resulted in settlements.

What she enjoys most about mediating is spending (usually) 1 day with a case, and, at the end of the day, having the experience of relief by the parties and their lawyers when a difficult litigation matter is resolved.

She will be honored to assist you and your client(s). Associate Ann O'Malley Shake's Resume

Pat Patterson
Mr. Patterson began his legal career in 1963 as a partner in the firm of Landrum Shouse & Patterson of Lexington Kentucky, with a general litigation practice primarily in the area fo civil litigation defense.

He moved to Louisville in 1985 to open a branch office of his Lexington firm but left the firm in 1988 as his practice moved toward the plaintiff's side of the civil practice arena. After a brief partnership with a small plaintiffs personal injury firm, he established a solo plaintiffs personal injury practice with an emphasis on medical malpractice cases, until 2001 when he became Of Counsel to the frim of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald. His practice there consisted of both the plaintiffs and the defendants side of the case but with an increasing involvement as mediator to other attorneys and their clients throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Mr. Patterson retired from the active practice in December 2007 to become a fulltime Mediator with Retired Judges & Associates Mediation & Arbitration Services.

Mr Patterson's 45 years of litigation experience thoughout State and Federal courts involved over 100 jury trials to verdict and numerous other non-jury matters to resolution. He was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Best Lawyers in America. He has also been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1984 as a Civil Trial Advocate. Associate Pat Patterson's Resume

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Judge Ryan has over thirty years of professional experience and twenty years of Judicial Experience.  He has tried a variety of cases from fender benders to multi-million dollars products liability and numerous medical negligence cases. Judge Ryan is a graduate of the National Judicial College Mediation Program and significant experience in mediating cases. Judge Stephen Ryan's Resume
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Judge Potter, a Kentucky native, graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, Tennessee in 1972. He practiced law in Louisville before going on the Jefferson Circuit Court in 1982, where he served for eighteen years.  After retirement he spent five years as a Senior Judge.

Judge Potter believes structured mediation should be employed more frequently prior to litigation, particularly in business disputes.

He is married with two adult children. Judge John W. Potter's Resume

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