Civil Mediation

With more than 30 years of experience as a Florida attorney, including 20 years as a Sarasota Circuit civil mediator, a Board-Certified business litigation attorney, 10 years as a Florida Supreme Court-certified mediator, and as Florida Supreme Court Approved Arbitrator and a FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator, I have the experience and know-how to help resolve your or your client’s civil dispute.

I have experience both litigating and mediating the following types of cases:

  • Commercial disputes
  • Estate disputes
  • Business matters
  • Construction defect disputes
  • Condominium & HOA disputes (including pre-suit mediation)
  • Employment agreement and non-compete cases
  • Undue influence
  • Will contests
  • Probate creditor claims
  • Trustee/fiduciary disputes

I recognize that in many instances, the parties have had an ongoing business or personal or family relationship and I work hard to help the parties find a resolution that is mutually satisfactory that not only results in a written mediated settlement agreement, but also a handshake at the end of the day. If the relationship can’t be salvaged, at least it can be concluded in a civil manner.

In cases where emotions run high, let the level head of a skilled mediator cool the climate and settle the dispute so everyone can move on with their lives.

Rates & Setting

Let me put this experience to work for you in helping you resolve your business or estate dispute. My hourly rate is $400 per hour for two parties, $150 per hour per party for three parties or more. 

We offer a comfortable, convenient atmosphere for the mediation session, and can caucus up to three groups at our office location.  I can come to your office or another location of your choosing if more convenient. I will not charge travel time for the travel that is within 50 miles of our office.

Contact your Sarasota and Bradenton civil mediation and arbitration lawyer today

You have my assurance that I will do whatever I can to bring about a settlement while promoting and maintaining the principal of the parties’ self-determination.

• More than 30 years of experience
• Board-certified litigation specialist
• Florida Supreme Court-certified mediator

Service Area

The John Chapman Law Firm, P.A., in Sarasota, represents clients who need an experienced business and estate litigation lawyer in Sarasota and Bradenton and throughout southwest Florida including Venice, Lakewood Ranch, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Tampa, Arcadia, Naples, Saint Petersburg, Fort Myers and other communities in Sarasota County, Manatee County, Hillsborough County, DeSoto County, Collier County, Lee County and Pinellas County.

The John Chapman Law Firm, P.A.

1515 Ringling Boulevard, Suite 870
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Phone 941.404.4616
Fax 941.404.4605


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