Litigation is expensive. It can dominate a business executive’s time and divert focus from business objectives, ultimately risking the loss of revenue.
Costly litigation and lengthy trials have led way to a new trend in the legal system that favors Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), or mediation. In fact, no case in the state of Florida can proceed to trial without a good faith effort to solve the dispute through mediation. Alvarez, Thompson & Smoak, P.A.’s certified ADR professionals are adept at assisting with court ordered and private mediations and arbitrations of all civil disputes throughout Florida.
Companies can save thousands of dollars in legal fees and costs through ADR.
Our attorneys have many years of experience in ADR and routinely help clients explore dispute resolution through mediation. Our mediators are certified by the Florida Supreme Court, and our Arbitrators are qualified through the Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitration Training Program pursuant to Rule 11.020, Florida Rules of Court-Appointed Arbitrators.
Not every lawsuit can be successfully mediated, but every client should consider the costs and benefits of going to trial rather than finding common ground. Our attorneys provide services in:
P. Raúl Alvarez, Jr. holds certifications from the Florida Supreme Court as both a Circuit Court Mediator and an Appellate Mediator. He has a proven track record of effectively resolving the majority of mediations he has presided over. Raúl’s exceptional mediation abilities have led to successful outcomes in a diverse range of disputes, spanning personal injury, wrongful death claims, as well as commercial and business conflicts, not only within Florida but also beyond state borders. He is a distinguished member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and stands out as one of the few bilingual mediators in Central Florida.
Griffith J. Winthrop III is a certified Circuit Court Mediator recognized by the Florida Supreme Court, bringing with him almost three decades of extensive legal experience on a national scale. His expertise extends to advocating for favorable outcomes on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Griff holds active licenses in four states and holds the esteemed distinction of being a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, with an exceptional AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. As one of the few mediators uniquely positioned to draw from his extensive background in litigation and trial representation for both sides, Griff plays a vital role in assisting parties in resolving disputes. His mediation practice is enriched by his comprehensive legal proficiency, garnered from handling cases on diverse fronts. This enables him to provide clients with a wide range of effective resolution options, reflecting his profound understanding of the complexities inherent in resolving intricate legal disputes.