Attorney: Robert C. Palmer, III
As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator Bob handles multi-party disputes through mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution, whereby parties attempt to resolve their differences without going to court. Mediation law refers to a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which the parties to a lawsuit meet with a neutral third-party in an effort to settle the case. The third-party is called a mediator. It is this person’s job to listen to the evidence, help the litigants come to understand each other’s viewpoint regarding the controversy, and then facilitate the negotiation of a voluntary resolution to the case. The purpose of mediation is to avoid the time and expense of further litigation by settling a lawsuit early on in the process. Unlike in binding arbitration the mediator’s role is not to reach a decision – it is to help the parties reach their own decision. Mediation also has become more frequent in contract and civil damage cases. The financial cost of mediation is less than fighting the matter out in court and may achieve early settlement and an end to anxiety.
The best mediator for a particular case will be a law-trained professional who is familiar with the subject matter of the case. Most often, parties should seek out an attorney with experience litigating and mediating similar disputes. It is important to realize, though, that the not all attorneys are trained and certified as mediators. Successful mediators are known for their ability to help other lawyers calm down and reach a consensus.