Rich has mediated, arbitrated, litigated, and managed literally thousands of cases in his five decades of practice. He now works exclusively as a Florida Certified Mediator and Arbitrator. As a personal injury litigator he developed a deep understanding for the trial techniques and nuance necessary to bring complex matters to trial and or ultimate resolution. Whether motor vehicle, premises liability, medical or legal malpractice, homeowners and hoa disputes, Rich can appreciate the requirements needed to mediate and settle your case. This background is invaluable when working with counsel to mediate a matter before him.
Real Estate matters of all types have found their way to Rich’s practice over the years, including, but not limited to foreclosure, (certified in residential foreclosure mediation) and breach of contracts concerning agreements of sale. During the foreclosure crises in Florida he had the opportunity to guide hundreds of matters to a successful resolution. Early in his career and before moving to Florida, Rich served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Pennsylvania specializing as a trial lawyer in the area of Eminent Domain and Highway Taking cases.
Not to be forgotten is Rich’s background and appreciation of the law surrounding Wills and Estates. So often the emotional aspect of these types of cases is forgotten in the fog of war often found in hotly disputed matters. But he appreciates the heartache and sadness such cases can evoke while professionally guiding counsel and litigants to mediated settlements.
How do you go about scheduling a mediation?
Once you have visited our website and decided that Rich Smukler Mediation would be right for your particular problem, you might wonder, what do I do next?
1. All parties to a mediation must agree to the use of the selected mediator. I am more than happy to converse with the parties beforehand to field any questions about the process of mediation, about my background or mediation style. Fee free to call or email me with any questions you might have.
2. Scheduling the mediation is extremely easy. You can either call me to check on availability or click on the calendar of the website. There is a two hour minimum requirement, though some mediations could take many hours and span several days and sessions.
3. What to expect at the end of the mediation. If we are successful in working out a satisfactory agreement, a written contract will be prepared before you leave. This document will be signed by all the parties and stand up in a court of law. I will also prepare a mediator’s report which will indicate whether the matter was settled fully, partially, or not at all, and can be filed with the Court.