biography
Donald J. Weidner
Mediator and Arbitrator

Donald J. “Don” Weidner is dean emeritus at Florida State University College of Law, where until 2016 he served as dean for almost 25 years.  Don also currently serves as a Florida gubernatorial appointee (with senate confirmation) to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, and is Florida’s Legislative Liaison for that group.  From 2011-’13, Don was an appellate judge within the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to resolve disputes arising from the British Petroleum Oil Spill at Deepwater Horizon.

A recognized authority on partnerships, fiduciary duties, and real estate finance, Don is co-author of The Revised Uniform Partnership Act (Thomson Reuters 2016) with Robert W. Hillman and Allan G. Donn. He also has written numerous articles on the taxation of pass-through entities, on capital accounts in limited liability companies and in partnerships, and on the treatment of complex leasing arrangements.  He has for decades taught real estate finance and other business and property classes at Florida State and other law schools, including Stanford, the University of Texas, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina.

Education

J.D. with Honors ~ University of Texas School of Law (Project Editor, Texas Law Review, Order of the Coif)
B.S. ~ Fordham University, New York

Qualifications, Memberships and Recognitions

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Elected Member, The American Law Institute (since 1980)
  • Reporter, Revised Uniform Partnership Act (1987-94)
  • Designated one of Nine Transformative Deans of the Last Decade (2011)
  • Member, Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (1996-2016)
  • Drafting Committees, The Florida Bar, to revise the statutes relating to Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships

Areas of Expertise

  • Unincorporated Business Organizations
  • Mortgages and Mortgage Substitutes
  • Complex Leasing Arrangements
  • Business Breakups
  • Business Disputes

Other Sample Publications

  • New FASB Rules on Accounting for Leases:  A Sarbanes-Oxley Promise Delivered, forthcoming in the Spring 2017 issue of The Business Lawyer
  • Capital Accounts in LLCs and in Partnerships: Powerful Default Rules and Potential Tax Significance, 14 Fla. St. U. Bus. Rev. 1 (2015)
  • Partners without Partners: The Legal Status of Single Person Partnerships (with Robert W. Hillman), 17 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. Law 449 (2012)
  • Synthetic Leases: Structured Finance, Financial Accounting and Tax Ownership, 25 J. Corporation Law 445 (2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States (1977)
  • United States Tax Court (1976)
  • United States District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio (1976) and the District of South Carolina (1974)
  • The South Carolina Bar (1973)