My mediation practice began in 2012 when I was surprised to be asked to mediate a case, even though I wasn’t certified and had never before served as a mediator. I distinctly remember telling my colleague that I wasn't a mediator, and he replied, "I think you are." It was a contentious and complicated dispute that had impassed at two prior mediations, but we got it settled, despite the built up animosity and distrust.
Fast forward ten years and I am now a certified mediator, helping attorneys and their clients mediate a wide variety of cases. I am a unique mediator in that I have a significant and varied legal background, including handling cases involving premises and auto liability, products liability, professional malpractice, toxic tort, environmental liability, IP disputes, and shareholder/member disputes to name a few. I have also prosecuted all forms of IP protection, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and licenses. I founded my own firm in 2014.
I have made many presentations to fellow members of the bar, including on panels with federal judges, on the topics of both mediation and I.P. I have extensive experience in both state court and federal court litigation. And I am a Florida Supreme Court-qualified Arbitrator.
I have participated in hundreds of mediations, both as a litigator and as a mediator. My peers have selected me as the Tampa-area "Lawyer of the Year" (via Best Lawyers in America) in six of the last eleven years in different areas of commercial disputes. I have also been recognized by Superlawyers every year since 2010. I am A/V rated by Martindale Hubbell. The fact that I have litigated over twenty-five years without any lasting animosity with any other lawyer is a testament to my temperament in adversarial situations.
I am now transitioning into full-time mediation and am ready to put my experience to work in your next mediation.
I thank you for visiting my website, and for considering my services when you are selecting a mediator.
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