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Donald J. Weidner
Mediator and Arbitrator





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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 is a gubernatorial appointee (with senate confirmation) to the Uniform Law Commission and was the Reporter for the Revised Uniform Partnership Act (1994).  He is also an elected member of The American Law Institute and serves on its Members Consultative Group on the Restatement of the Law of Corporate Governance. 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.

Don is co-author of The Revised Uniform Partnership Act (Thomson Reuters 2021) with Robert W. Hillman and Allan G. Donn. He also has written numerous articles on limited liability companies and on partnerships. He has taught 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. He also teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution.


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

Memberships, Qualifications and Recognition

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • 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
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award (Florida State University 2019) 

Areas of Expertise

  • Closely Held Business Disputes
  • Mortgages and Mortgage Substitutes
  • Business Breakups
  • Health Care, Nursing Homes and Malpractice Claims
  • Complex Leasing Arrangements

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)

Other Sample Publications 

  • The Unfortunate Role of Special Litigation Committees in LLCs, 77 Business Lawyer 381 (2022). https://ssrn.com/abstract=3845673
  • LLC Default Rules Are Hazardous to Member Liquidity, 76 Business Lawyer 151 (2020).  https://ssrn.com/abstract=3523876
  • Dissatisfied Members in Florida LLCs: Remedies, 18 Fla. St. U. Bus. Rev. 1 (2019).https://ssrn.com/abstract=3254537
  • Leaving Law Firms with Client Fees: Florida's Path, 91-10 Florida Bar Journal 9 (2017)
  • New FASB Rules on Accounting for Leases:  A Sarbanes-Oxley Promise Delivered, 72 Business Lawyer 367 (2017)
  • Capital Accounts in LLCs and in Partnerships: Powerful Default Rules and Potential Tax Significance, 14 Fla. St. U. Bus. Rev. 1 (2015)