My hourly rate is $300.00. This rate applies to the mediation conference and the time it takes me to prepare for it, including my review of materials submitted by the parties. Please call me sufficiently in advance of the mediation to discuss the need for and nature of any pre-mediation submissions. Preparation time is billed only for time actually spent.
I do not charge for the time it takes me to travel to and from the mediation site. As a result, I have a 2-tier billing system: for mediations in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties, I charge by the hour but with a three (3) hour minimum*; for mediations in all other Florida counties, I charge a flat fee of $1200.00 for a half-day (up to 4 hours long) and $2400.00 for a full day (up to 8 hours long.) Rates elsewhere in the U.S. will depend on the logistics and may require pre-payment.
You will receive an invoice for mediation services following the mediation. If the Order of Referral to Mediation requires payment at the conclusion of the mediation, please make sure your clients bring a check or credit card with them.
It is expressly understood between me and counsel for the parties that they, the lawyers, are responsible for paying my fees if their clients fail to do so within a reasonable time, not to exceed 30 days, from the date of the mediation.
* Minimum Charge - Rule 10.430, Florida Rules for Certified and Court Appointed Mediators, requires that “[A] mediator shall schedule mediation in a manner that provides adequate time for the parties to fully exercise their right of self-determination.” I rarely schedule more than one mediation per day. Because I commit an entire work day to each case, I apply a minimum charge of 3 hours.
I am a full time mediator. In the event mediation is cancelled less than 72 hours before the scheduled date, I charge the party requesting the cancellation a 3 hour/$900.00 cancellation fee. If all parties request the cancellation, each party will be billed for a pro rata portion of the cancellation fee. I do so because under those circumstances, there is no realistic opportunity for me to schedule mediation to fill the time I have committed to your case (much like an empty seat on an airplane after the doors close.) Of course, if I am able to schedule mediation on this reserved day, no fee will be due from you.
Statutes & Rules
The mediation will be conducted in accordance with and subject to the provisions of Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, Fla.R.Civ.Proc. 1.700-1.730 and, if this is a Family Mediation, Chapter 44 and 61, Florida Statutes, Fla. Family Law R. 12.740 and 12.741, and all other court orders, rules and procedures that are applicable. This includes the immunity conferred upon mediators and the confidentiality privilege provided each party under Chapter 44, Florida Statutes. In order for the mediation to be successful, clients (or their representative(s)) must have full authority to settle all issues raised by the case in the mediation session. This is an essential element in the mediation process and must be satisfied by all parties.