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John A. Sherrill, Mediator, Atlanta, Georgia.

John A. Sherrill

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
One Peachtree Pointe
1075 Peachtree Street N.E., Suite 2500
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tel: (404) 885-6703
Fax: (404) 892-7056
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Recognized to Georgia Chapter for Mediation

Regularly travels out of state to: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1980
  • # of MEDS (as of 22/6/24)700
  • # of ARBS (as of 22/6/24)250
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Mr. Sherrill was a partner in Seyfarth Shaw's Litigation Department for 15 years until his retirement from the practice of law in 2014 and chaired the firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution  Group. He is now a full time ADR neutral.  He has had 42 years of experience representing clients in resolving all types of civil disputes, including real estate, zoning and land-use, construction related cases, personal injury and product liability cases, and general commercial, contract and corporate disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts. His practice currently focuses on ADR, commercial litigation, zoning and land use.

Mr. Sherrill has extensive experience in all types of ADR, serving as a mediator in over 700 mediations and an arbitrator in over 250 arbitrations over the last 35 years. He has been a member of the American Arbitration Association's (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s (ICDR) Panel of Arbitrators since 1986 and is a member of AAA's Large Complex Case Program, as well as the Roster of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is also a member of the Master Mediators Panel of the AAA, and the Mediators Panel of the ICDR, and CPR. Mr. Sherrill served as a member of the AAA/U.S. Olympic Committee Arbitration Panels for the 1996 (Atlanta), 1998 (Nagano), 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) Olympic games. He also has experience as an administrative law judge, serving as Chief Hearing Officer for the Georgia Real Estate Commission and as Chairman of the State Health Planning Review Board, and as a special master appointed by a number of state and federal courts.

Case Experience

  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Eminent Domain
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sports
  • Title Disputes
  • Wrongful Death


  • J.D., Duke University Law School, (1972) - Member of Editorial Board of Duke Law Journal (1971-72)
  • A.B., University of North Carolina, (1963) - Morehead Scholar

ADR Training:

  • AAA Phase II Arbitrator Training, Atlanta - 2002-07
  • AAA Mediation Advocacy Training, Atlanta - 2001
  • AAA Mediator Conference Workshop, Chicago - 2000
  • AAA/USATF Doping Grievance Arbitrator Training, Atlanta - 2000
  • AAA Neutrals Retreat and Workshop, Orlando FL - 1999
  • AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training Workshop, Atlanta - 1998
  • AAA Large Complex Case Program Advanced Arbitrator Training, Maine - 1997
  • AAA Arbitrator Training Workshop, Atlanta - 1996
  • AAA Mediation Training, Atlanta - 1994
  • AAA Large Complex Case Basic Procedures Training, Atlanta - 1993
  • AAA Basic Arbitrator Training, Atlanta - 1993

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections; former member of DR Section Governing Council)

    Georgia Bar Association (Litigation and ADR Sections)

    Atlanta Bar Association (Litigation and ADR Sections)

    Lawyers Club of Atlanta

    American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Fellow and Board member)

    American College of Commercial Arbitrators, (Fellow and Board member)

    Georgia Arbitrators Forum (Founding Member, former President)

    American Arbitration Association (Arbitrator and Mediator, former member of Governing Council)

    CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (Arbitrator and Mediator)

    2022 winner of the Chief Justice Harold G. Clark Award for outstanding contributions to the field of ADR in Georgia

    Conducts all mediations virtually and will set up and administer the Zoom session for mediations.

Rates Information

$600 per hour

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