Alternative Dispute Resolution

Always mindful of the cost of litigation, our firm routinely counsels clients on ways to avoid litigation and on alternatives to litigation such as mediation or arbitration, which may prove less costly and provide for more flexibility in reaching a resolution. Our litigators routinely represent clients in mediation and arbitration, and have extensive experience in assisting clients with all alternative dispute resolution processes.

A select group of lawyers at the firm, including both litigators and corporate lawyers, also serve as mediators or arbitrators themselves in a wide range of commercial disputes. Our Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group consists of a handful of lawyers drawn from each of our departments who have extensive experience in providing alternative dispute resolution services to help disputing parties achieve a satisfactory resolution of their conflicts. Lawyers in our Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group are certified as mediators in the federal and state court and are members of the American Arbitration Association's national panel of neutrals.

Our mediators serve in both court-ordered mediation and voluntary mediation for individuals, businesses and nonprofit institutions. Among other situations, we have mediated matters involving commercial, insurance, agricultural, public entity, environmental, franchise, construction, ERISA, personal injury, surety and fidelity bond, employment, and securities disputes.

We have a long-standing commitment to alternative dispute resolution. We recognize that it often provides a more cost-effective solution to disputes than does traditional litigation and is often appropriate in situations where the parties are in a continuing business relationship.

Shumaker's Certified Mediators/Arbitrators

            Attorney                      Office           Area
Anthony J. Abate Sarasota       Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Steven J. Chase     Sarasota     Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Duane A. Daiker       Tampa     Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitrator
Terrance K. Davis       Toledo     Citizens Dispute Resolution Program, Volunteer Mediator
Michele Leo Hintson       Tampa     Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator;
    Middle District of Florida Certified Mediator
Adria M. Jensen     Sarasota     Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Malcolm J. Pitchford     Sarasota     AAA Panel of Neutrals, Arbitrator/Mediator;
    Florida Bar Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program, Program Arbitrator
Dana Drew Shaw       Toledo     Certified Mediator
Peter R. Silverman       Toledo     AAA Certified Arbitrator, AAA Certified Mediator
William H. Sturges     Charlotte     AAA Panel of Arbitrators
Steele B. (Al) Windle     Charlotte     AAA Certified Arbitrator, Panel of Construction Arbitrators

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