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Successful Mediation, Facilitation and Negotiation Services For 20 Years
45 Years of Law Practice In Complex Litigation, Environmental and Land Use, Real Property, Commercial, Administrative and Government Law, and Appellate Practice
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating For Over 30 Consecutive Years
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I have a passion for resolving disputes through principled negotiation processes. My legal practice for the last 20 years has focused on providing mediation, facilitation and negotiation services. My two objectives in every matter are to reach a timely, efficient and ethical solution to the parties' dispute and enhance the attorneys' capabilities of resolving problems.
To that end I apply years of mediation, facilitation and negotiation experience and education. I can never guarantee a negotiated solution will be reached in a dispute but I can assure every client a relentless, knowledgeable and educated effort and that all avenues of a possible negotiated solution will be explored.
I use an evaluative and interest based style of mediation with everyone in the mediation working collaboratively to solve the parties' dispute.
In appropriate cases, I suggest the parties develop a tailored-made mediation process to help reach a settlement. A one-size-fits-all mediation process often undermines the chances for a mediated settlement. In the commercial law field some have called this the "Guided Choices" process. I call it "Comprehensive Mediated Resolutions." It can be very effective in the environmental and land use field, commercial law and most complex litigation or dispute situations.
It is an innovative process that creates a unique, case-directed mediation process to resolve the parties' dispute taking into consideration the circumstances, facts and law of the case. This area is relatively new but offers real financial and other benefits to clients. Please contact me if you are interested in getting more information about this.
In addition, I provide facilitation and negotiation services for clients. I have also been retained to perform a number of Special Magistrate proceedings pursuant to the Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act, Section 70.51 Florida Statutes.
I have also performed many mediations for Florida governmental authorities pursuant to Chapter 164, Florida Statutes.
I continue to teach about mediation and related topics at Florida Bar CLE programs and in law schools.
Types of Mediations
I have been involved in large complex mediations taking a number of years to succesfully complete as well as projects that a mediated solution was reached within hours.
My areas of practice are environmental and land use, commercial, government and administrative, and real property law.
Together We Can Make A Difference For Your Client
In the last 20 years I have dedicated my legal career to innovative and result-oriented problem-solving. As attorneys, we are above all else problem-solvers for our clients. Together we can make a positive difference for your client.
It will require hard work, a knowledgeable approach, and persistence. In the majority of cases, mediated/negotiated solutions can be a better short and long term problem-solving technique for your client.
It will also empower your client and the skills you enhance/learn will be applicable to other aspects of your law practice and your personal life.
I have been involved as a mediator, arbitrator or facilitator with numerous private clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small business entities, individuals, neighborhood groups, condominium associations and environmental groups.
In many of these mediations I have also been retained by public entities (see "Clients" page in this website for additional names) such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Fish And Wildlife Service, United States Department of Justice, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, South Florida Water Management District, St. John’s River Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Community Affairs, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Education, City of Orlando, City of Tallahassee, City of Naples, City of St. Pete Beach, City of Key West, City of Maitland, Haines City, Bonita Springs, City of Port St. Lucie, Cape Coral, City of Flagler Beach, City of Cocoa, City of Jacksonville, City of St. Augustine, City of Destin, Neptune Beach, City of Marianna, Seaside, City of Ponce Inlet, CIty of Gainesville, City of Shalimar, City of New Smyrna Beach, Panama CIty, City of Daytona Beach, City of Callaway, Town of Eatonville, City of Mount Dora, City of Fellsmere, City of West Palm Beach, City of Indian River Shores, City of Vero Beach, City of Alachua, City of Bunnell, City of Clermont, Town of Malabar, Miami-Dade County, Hillsborough County, Polk County, Pasco County, Charlotte County, Hernando County, Martin County, Orange County, Jefferson County, Gadsden County, Walton County, Wakulla County, Okaloosa County, St. Lucie County, Martin County, Escambia County, Levy County, Indian River County, Citrus County, Alachua County, Leon County, Leon County School Board, Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, Nassau County, Suwannee County, Franklin County, Port of Miami, Tampa Bay Water Authority, Toho Water Authority, Jacksonville Port Authority, Orlando Utilities Commission, Orange County Utilities, Florida’s Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University.