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, and lead counsel for one of the parties had worked with me as co-counsel on another case. At the time, I was a commercial litigator, focusing on IP matters. It was quite a first mediation, but I found myself able to work well with all of the personalities involved. We got it settled, despite the built up animosity and distrust.
The attorney who had asked for my help was very pleased, and while thanking me, suggested that I consider a mediation practice. Fast forward ten years and I am now a certified mediator, helping attorneys and their clients mediate a wide variety of case, including IP and commercial disputes, as well as product liability, auto, and premises liability cases.
I am a unique mediator in that I have a significant and varied litigation background. I began as an insurance defense litigator at the former Fowler White Gillen Boggs, where I handled a variety of matters, including cases involving premises and auto liability cases, products liability, professional malpractice, toxic tort, and environmental liability. I was fortunate to also take on some interesting plaintiff’s cases as well. After four years, due to my technical undergraduate degree, the firm asked me to become a registered patent attorney so it could expand the IP department. I then prosecuted all forms of IP protection (patents, copyrights, trademarks, licenses) while I also segued into commercial and IP disputes, both at Fowler White and then at a business litigation boutique firm, before eventually founding my own firm in 2014.
I have also been extensively involved in the bar activities for most of my career, including as the chair of both the intellectual property law and mediation sections of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. More recently, I have served as the Chair of the I.P. Committee of the Florida Bar, and currently serve on the Business Law Section’s Executive Committee. I have made many presentations to fellow members of the bar, including on panels with federal court 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.
Over the course of over twenty-five years as an attorney and now mediator, I have participated in hundreds of mediations, both as a litigator and as a mediator, including tort cases involving insurance adjusters, to disputes between business involving fraud, contracts, copyrights, patents, trademarks, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, noncompetes, shareholder disputes, business dissolutions, professional negligence, computer claims, and environmental disputes (involving enforcement actions and between private parties). I’ve had the privilege of litigating with and against some of the best attorneys in Florida and across the United States, and have been involved in many creative settlements.
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 this long 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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