Mediation conferences are usually scheduled for three hours each at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. These times are flexible. If you have a request for another time, please just let us know.
If the mediation is to be held in other counties, mediation conferences are usually scheduled for three hours each at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., to accommodate travel times. Again, these times are flexible.
If you need more than three hours, please be sure to notify the office either by e-mail, fax or telephone, before scheduling to be sure the time can be arranged. Special arrangements can also be made on a limited basis for evening or Saturday times.
We prefer to hold mediation conferences in one of the attorneys' offices. If that is not possible, we can arrange for the use of a court reporter's office. In Tampa, we generally use Musetta & Associates in downtown Tampa. There is an additional charge for use of a court reporter's offices. Please check with us to determine locations available in other counties. For locations of Musetta & Associates in West Central Florida, click here.
If we are using Musetta & Associates, parking is available in the Fort Brooke garage.
If the mediation is cancelled less than forty-eight (48) hours before the date of the scheduled conference, the minimum three hour fee will be charged. If more than three hours has been reserved, a minimum six (6) hours will be charged. Invoices for cancellation fees will be faxed or e-mailed to each party's attorney.
If you have any objections to or questions about the terms of the mediation engagement, please contact us immediately. Otherwise, it is assumed that the parties will be bound by the terms contained on this web site, including fees.
All mediations will be conducted according to the provisions of Chapter 44 of Florida Statutes, including the Florida "Mediation Confidentiality and Privilege Act" contained in Chapter 44. If you have any objections to your mediation being subject to the act, please contact us immediately.
The following information is requested in order to confirm the mediation:
1. A copy of the style or a pleading of the case should be be e-mailed to email@example.com so the matter can be indexed and other paperwork prepared for the mediation. (This is not applicable in pre-suit mediations, however we do request a short note or other written verification.)
2. All cancellations should be communicated to us immediately by phone or email.
3. The names of all attorneys who will be in attendance at the conference (or insurance adjusters/representatives if pre-suit) and who they represent.
4. Confirmation from us Required: A mediation should not be considered scheduled with our office until you receive fax or e-mail confirmation from our office.
A typical mediation is booked for three (3) hours. Please inform us if you need more time.