"There must be a better way!" Not an original thought, perhaps; but a sound opinion based on Terry's nearly 35 years of litigation experience.
His trial experience, his personal divorce over 22 years ago, over 20 years of helping clients deal with alcohol, substance abuse and domestic violence issues, and numerous appointments representing children in custody disputes have convinced Terry that most conflicts--especially in family law--are better handled outside the courtroom with the help of trained and sensitive mediators.
Terry Mead is no slouch in court. Named a Southwest Super Lawyer in the area of general civil litigation, Terry also has earned the profession's top national Peer Review Rating and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. His experience ranges from defamation, copyright, trademark and business litigation to divorce and custody hearings. And his community work as a volunteer attorney, Scout leader, and supporter of diversity programs have earned Terry numerous unsought recognitions.
In early 2015, Terry closed his law firm, Mead & Associates, which once had as many as eight attorneys and operated for 22 years at the corner of 67th Avenue and Cactus Road in Glendale. With a smaller staff and on his own (but definitely not retired), Terry is more selective of his cases and is trying to devote more time to his responsibilities as co-chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Member Assistance Committee. Continuing his 35-year tradition, Terry still strives to "give attorneys a good name!"
Terry earned his bachelor's degree in Social Change & Development from the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay and both law and master's (journalism) degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. In 2006, he underwent intensive mediation training with Alhadeff & Forbes Mediation Services of Seattle, Washington. He belongs to the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators, has served on the board of the Association for Conflict Resolution's Arizona chapter, and works to spread the message of "peer mediation" programs in area high schools. He and Amy Vavra founded the Arizona Center for Conflict Resolution & Education in 2007, promoting mediation and Do-It-Mostly-Yourself Divorce programs as alternatives to litigation.
Terry has two adult sons, a granddaughter and (although far too young in mind and heart) is expecting a great-grandson soon. An Eagle Scout, former cubmaster and scoutmaster, and past member of the Grand Canyon Council's executive board, his favorite activities involve the outdoors (hiking and backpacking) and assisting with worship services at his currently lay-led church.
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Terry is one of the best known lawyers on the west side of Phoenix. He has been actively involved in the community and he has built a reputation as a vigorous litigator. I regularly refer clients to him for litigation services.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Silver Beaver Award||Grand Canyon Council-Boy Scouts of America||2004|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2001|
|Service Commendation||Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence||1992|
|Member of the Year||Maricopa County Bar Association||1988|
|Attorney/Mediator||Terry Mead Law & Mediation PLLC||2015 - Present|
|Mediator||West Valley Mediation Center||2007 - 2015|
|Attorney/owner||Mead & Associates||1993 - 2015|
|Attorney||Terrance C Mead Attorney-at-Law||1991 - 1993|
|Associate/Partner||Gust, Rosenfeld & Henderson||1982 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators||Member||2007 - Present|
|Association for Conflict Resolution||Member||2007 - Present|
|Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution||Member||2007 - Present|
|West Maricopa County Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|State Bar of Arizona||Member||1982 - Present|
|State Bar of Wisconsin||Member||1981 - 2015|
|Writing the Law of Lawyer Advertising||Arizona State Law Journal, Spring||1991|
|Suing Media for Emotional Distress||Washburn Law Journal, Fall||1983|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Journalism and Mass Communication||MA - Masters||1982|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|University of Wisconsin, Green Bay||Social Change & Development||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|West Maricopa County Bar Association||Resources for troubled attorneys||2015|
|Maricopa Business Association||Estate Planning 101||2012|
|Peoria Chamber of Commerce||Social media & the law||2010|
|Arizona Association of University Women||Women & the Law: Judge Sotomayor's nomination||2009|
|Arizona Center for Conflict Resolution & Education||Do the new hiring laws affect you?||2007|