John Blankenship is the senior partner in the law firm of Blankenship & Blankenship in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he practices in the areas of commercial law including construction and real estate litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is admitted to the Tennessee Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee, United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Blankenship is a member of the Rutherford/Cannon County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. In the Tennessee Bar Association, he is a member and current Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; member and past chairman of the Access to Justice Committee; and a member of the TBA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (he was also a member of the predecessor TBA Committee for the Study of Standards of Professional Conduct since before the release of its 1997 Preliminary Draft of the Proposed Rules of Professional Conduct). Mr. Blankenship has been a member of the American Arbitration Association’s mediation and arbitration panels since 1987 and is an approved mediator under Rule 31 of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He has served as mediator or arbitrator in numerous commercial and construction cases, including multi-party/complex construction disputes in several different states. Mr. Blankenship is a frequent speaker and published author on construction law, mechanics lien law, alternative dispute resolution and ethics. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee and his LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri School of Law.