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Meet Our Mediators: Shelley Leinicke "Mediation allows me to use skills and experience in a new way as a neutral. I firmly believe that clients should be encouraged to try to resolve their disputes through negotiation rather than leave their fate to a judge and jury. Mediators can hel... Read More

Meet Our Mediators: Carl Schwait In this installment of “Meet Our Mediators”, we learn more about Carl Schwait. Familiar to many of you, Carl joined us recently after a 39-year career as an accomplished personal injury trial attorney and has added to both our professional and geogr... Read More

Meet Our Mediators: Art Garcia From helping to comfort and cure as an EMT and RN, to serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, Art Garcia has sought opportunities to serve. In this edition of “Meet Our Mediators”, Art, one of our newest mediators, is interviewed. s a... Read More

Meet Our Mediators: Al Tetrault The second installment of Meet Our Mediators focuses on Albert R. Tetrault, who has a wealth of experience outside the legal field and now as a mediator. He joined the UWWM panel this summer. He’s been a pilot and an Air Force officer. He flew a tour... Read More

Meet Our Mediators: Don Weidner "As we will present our newest panelists first, we begin with Florida State College of Law Dean Emeritus Donald J. “Don” Weidner. Dean Weidner, after a distinguished career in academia and educational leadership joined our team in August. Don has to... Read More

Part 2: The Wrong for Which There Is No Legal Remedy
Part 2: The Wrong for Which There Is No Legal Remedy A plaintiff in an institutional child sexual assault case had argued that his claims were timely under the doctrine of equitable estoppel. In rejecting this argument the court reasoned that, in order to find that the defendant was equitably estopped ... Read More

The Wrong for Which There Is No Legal Remedy
The Wrong for Which There Is No Legal Remedy Numerous courts around the country have applied the delayed discovery doctrine to cases alleging childhood sexual abuse where the emotional response resulting from childhood molestation, “often coupled with authoritative adult demands and threats for... Read More

Part 2: Trial May Be a Rarity, but Trial Lawyers Are Not
Part 2: Trial May Be a Rarity, but Trial Lawyers Are Not Part 2: In its analysis, the Court concluded that there was no showing or finding that without the prospect of a multiplier to an otherwise reasonable fee award, the Plaintiffs would have had difficulty finding competent counsel. The court held that ... Read More

Part 1: Trial May Be a Rarity, but Trial Lawyers Are Not
Part 1: Trial May Be a Rarity, but Trial Lawyers Are Not As noted by the Court, the facts of the case are pretty straightforward. The insured homeowners suffered a loss when a refrigerator water line broke and caused some flooding inside their house. They sought coverage from their insurer under their prop... Read More

Proposals for Settlement: Their Role, Sanctions, and Whether Time to Decide Can Be Enlarged by Court
Proposals for Settlement: Their Role, Sanctions, and Whether Time to Decide Can Be Enlarged by Court Every now and then some of your failures come back to humble you. Little did I know that after 15 years mediating cases, my 25 years as a civil litigator would result in a conflict case that may go to the Supreme Court of Florida. That may happen in... Read More

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