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Cara Gruszecki Smalley
Cara Gruszecki Smalley
  • (615) 266-6433
  • P.O. Box 148314

    Nashville, Tennessee 37214
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    Availability on Virtual Platforms

    • Zoom
    • Microsoft Teams

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Cara Gruszecki Smalley

Cara Gruszecki is a mediator specializing in civil disputes, and family law disputes, including those involving custody, and domestic violence.  She is Rule 31 Supreme Court Listed in Tennessee for Civil and Family Mediations and is Domestic Violence Certified.  She is also a Nationally Trained Certified Mediator with  with National Association of Certified Mediators (NACM).

Cara has been an attorney/litigator in the field of family law and child welfare law in Tennessee for many years, but fully understands her role as a mediator is to help parties in conflict reach a mutually satisfactory resolution in a respectful and dignified manner. As a mediator, Cara maintains neutrality and does not take sides or make decisions for the parties. Cara’s goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for all parties to share their perspectives and work towards finding a resolution that addresses everyone’s concerns and meets the needs of all involved. Cara listens, ask questions, and helps guide the conversation in a productive way.

Cara Gruszecki received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Scranton. Prior to attending law school, Cara was a Parole Agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. Cara earned her Juris Doctor (JD) from Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, where she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society.

Cara resides in Nashville, TN, and has been married for 21 years. She and her husband have welcomed two children into their family through adoption, and she is a proud dog mom to two rescued pups. Cara is a dedicated and caring parent and works hard to create a warm and welcoming environment for all members of her family, both human and canine. Despite the challenges that come with raising a family, Cara approaches each day with grace and determination, always striving to be the best mother and spouse she can be. In her spare time, she enjoys crafty projects, going to every activity her kids are involved in, volunteering with dog rescues, and listening to audiobooks. Cara is passionate about advocating for children and families and rescuing animals in need.


You may contact Cara at:

P.O. Box 148314
Nashville, TN 37214

Phone: (615) 266-6433

Email:  [email protected]

*New office location coming soon*

Currently offering mediation via Zoom, and soon offering mediation over Immediation!

Why Zoom?  Mediation over Zoom became a popular alternative to in-person mediation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It involves the use of video conferencing software to facilitate communication between the mediator and the disputing parties. Mediation over Zoom is convenient and cost-effective, as it allows the parties to participate from the comfort of their own homes or offices. It is also a flexible option, as the parties can schedule mediation sessions at a time that works for them. Overall, mediation over Zoom is a useful tool for resolving disputes in a timely and efficient manner.

Please contact me at (615) 266-6433 for scheduling your mediation.


University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

B.S., Criminal Justice


Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA

J.D., Law

Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • ADA
  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Animal
  • Autism
  • Automotive
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Cannabis
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Union Dissolution
  • Commercial
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Criminal
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Estate Planning
  • Evictions
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Government
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Jewelry
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Non Profits
  • Online Civil
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Police
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Social Security
  • Special Education
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Ombuds
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Staff Developer
  • Strategic Planning



Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Lipscomb Institute of Conflict Management


  • Trial Advocacy Honor Society, Widener University School of Law

Professional Associations

  • Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • National Association of Certified Mediators
  • American Bar Association

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish Translation Services Available