Athena Pendergrass, Director of Mediation & TN Rule 31 Family Mediator
Athena Pendergrass is a Listed TN Civil and Family Mediator and the Director of Family Mediation Services at Solomon Family Solutions (SFS). After working 20 years with Richard Banks and Associates as a legal assistant and then as a bankruptcy paralegal, Athena completed mediation training at Private Dispute Resolution Services (PDRS) and began mediating part-time at SFS in 2016. Then in 2018, SFS hired her full-time to direct and provide family mediation for the organization.
She has always loved working in the law and even had the opportunity to change the law. With the help of Senator Dwayne Bunch, Athena helped to change the Homestead Exemption that was enacted in 2007 allowing more families to stay in their homes despite their filing for bankruptcy. Soon after, Athena went back to Senator Bunch with an idea about the Personal Property Exemption, and he sponsored it in Nashville, and it was also enacted into law.
After graduating from Covenant College, Athena considered going to law school, but after taking several mediation classes, she realized her passion was helping others settle issues and not taking an adversarial stance. To date, She has mediated over 400 cases and she is equally comfortable doing shuttle and collaborative mediation.
Athena would love the opportunity to serve your client’s or family’s mediation needs. Please do not hesitate to contact Athena directly at athena@solomonfamilysolutions or text 423-790-3747 requesting information on mediation services.