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Civil mediation is the process whereby a neutral third party disputing parties assists the parties in resolving their dispute.
Personal Injury disputes, abor/Personnel disputes, ADA disputes, Real Estate disputes,


Divorce and paternity issues are some of the most sensitive an individual can face.
Mediation is private, so your family’s most personal matters never become an issue of public record.


Dispute is a regular part of the business world. Business professionals are focused on doing what is best for their company.
Some business mediations settle a dispute in as little as just a few hours.


Mr. Spence, an Attorney-Mediator and Arbitrator, is a sole practitioner and the founder of The Mediation Alternative, who is actively engaged in the promotion of mediation and arbitration throughout the State of Indiana as the preferred means for resolving both domestic and civil disputes. Mr. Spence, who has mediated over 2000 civil and domestic disputes, is registered to mediate both types of disputes by the State of Indiana.
 Mr. Spence mediates a wide range of disputes including personal injury, contract, real estate, probate, labor, divorce, paternity, child custody, special education and religious disputes. Mr. Spence is one of only a handful of Indiana mediators to mediate teacher/school district disputes under the new school labor relations law.


Mr. Spence is a skilled litigator (having tried over 60 jury trials) in the areas of civil, domestic and criminal litigation beginning in 1980. Mr. Spence became a register civil mediator in 1993 and a registered domestic mediator in 1994. Since that time Mr. Spence has come to believe that mediation provides the best alternative to litigation and he has shifted the focus of his practice away from litigation and toward mediation. Mr. Spence has mediated over 2000 civil and domestic cases. In addition to handling thousands of civil and domestic mediations, Mr. Spence has also acted as the neutral arbitrator on three-arbitrator panels as well as the sole arbitrator.

Mr. Spence is past-Chair of the ADR section of the Indianapolis Bar Association (2003 through December 2004). He has been a member of the Board of the Indiana Association of Mediators (IAM), the largest State-wide mediation organization dedicated solely to the promotion of mediation in Indiana, and its president of IAM in 1996-997.

Mr. Spence believes strongly in the promotion of mediation through education. Mr. Spence is an Associate Professor at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) teaching Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (V435). He is also lead trainer of the sole civil to domestic mediation course in the State of Indiana. He is a frequent speaker on issues involving mediation both regionally and throughout Indiana, including speaking at the 8th Annual Conference on Emerging Issues in Mediation in Madison, Wisconsin, on Title IV-D mediation of Family Issues.

Beginning in 1998, Mr. Spence has played a central role in conjunction with the staff of the Marion County Prosecutor’s office in the start up and implementation of the Marion County Title IV-D mediation pilot program. Through this program, Mr. Spence, working under contract with the Marion County Prosecutor’s office, works to resolve disputes between battling parents.

Mr. Spence has published articles in Res Gestae (“Mediation Around Indiana: Boom or Bust?”, Res Gestae, Vol. 42, No.1, July 1998.) and in The Indiana Lawyer (“Why Your Client Can’t Afford to Forego Mediation.” The Indiana Lawyer, Vo. 9, No. 15, Oct. 28-Nov. 10, 1998.).


Indiana University Law School–Indianapolis, Indiana
May 1980, J.D.
Grade Point Average: 3.23 (Graduated Cum Laude)
Passed Indiana Bar, Summer 1979
Honors and Activities:

  • Law Review–Associate Editor
  • Moot Court Society
  • Top Paper–Evidence
  • Federal Court Internship–Magistrate Thomas Faulconer
  • Phi Alpha Delta, International Legal Society

Intern at Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

May 1977,
Major: Mass Communications
Minors: French and Political Science

Graduation Index: 5.62/6.0

Honors and Activities:

  • Graduated with distinction–top 10% of class
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Junior year abroad program–Strasbourg, France


  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Master Fellow
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation
  • Indiana Association of Mediators (IAM)
  • Kiwanis, Northwest Club of Indianapolis
  • Past Chair of Worship Committee, Trustees, and Missions Committee of Abundant Harvest United Methodist Church. Past member of Staff-Parish Committee. Past Lay leader and Youth leader at the church. Sunday school leader.
  • Adult Leader of the S.Y.M. (Society of Young Magicians), Assembly #53
  • Life Member of the Society of American Magicians
  • Regional Vice President, Central Plains, Society of American Magicians