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Rich Smukler
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Rich Smukler Mediation

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726 Bocce Ct.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
USA
561-866-1688

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Description of Practice

Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Mediator, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator Qualified Advanced Arbitrator, FINRA Certified Arbitrator and Mediator, Florida Certified Assistant Circuit Civil and County Mediator Trainer. Licensed to practice law for almost forty years, I have a deep appreciation for the nuances of civil litigation. I having tried, mediated or litigated thousands of cases and will mediate or arbitrate yours with integrity and tenacity. Video Conferencing available.

Professional Background

Special Assistant Attorney General (PA) (past);
Private Practice (PA and FL -1972 - current);
Florida Bar Association;
Pennsylvania Bar Association;
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator;
Qualified Advanced Florida Arbitrator;
FINRA Certified Arbitrator and Mediator;
Palm Beach, Broward and Dade County Bar Associations;
ASFMA (Assoc. of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators);
FAPM (The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators);
Collins Center for Public Policy;
Certified in Residential Foreclosure Mediation;
Broward County Bar Association ADR Committee;
Palm Beach County Bar Association ADR Committee;
American Arbitration Association Neutral;
Florida Bar Association ADR Section;
South Palm Beach Bar Association;
Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section;
ABA (ADR section)
NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) Hearing Officer
Florida Supreme Court Circuit Civil and County Mediation Assistant Trainer

Experience

I have arbitrated and mediated thousands of cases since 1972 in both Pennsylvania and Florida. AV peer rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbel. Video Conferencing available.

Degrees

B.A. Pennsylvania State University - 1964;
J.D. Villanova University School of Law - 1972;
M.A. Villanova University (English Literature) - 1994

Approach

Facilitative or Evaluative (depending on case and wishes of parties).

Fees

Billing rate is $160.00 per-hour / per-party (there is a two hour minimum). I offer two billing options: hourly and per diem. Unless I am notified otherwise, you will be billed on an hourly basis. My hourly rate is $320.00 per hour for two party mediations and $450.00 per hour for mediations with three or more parties, which will be billed at the conclusion of each mediation session. The time billed will include all time spent in mediation sessions (minimum 2.0 hours), time spent if any in preparation for mediation sessions, as well as all other time spent in the mediation process, including separate conferences with each party, conferences in which all parties are present, and any telephone conferences. If all parties agree, there is an alternative billing option you may select. The alternative is a statewide rate of $4,000.00 per day, which includes travel time. If you choose this alternative billing option, you must notify me immediately to be sure the time is reserved appropriately. I do not charge for travel within the 11th, 15th, 17th and 19th Circuits in Florida, however, I do charge a reduced rate for travel time outside of these Circuits, and for airfare, if required. In addition, I will bill for all costs incurred in this mediation, such as copy costs, food and lodging expenses if overnight stays are required, and other out of pocket costs.

Other Information

OFFICE LOCATIONS:

We have locations available in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties:

North Palm Beach (Palm Beach Gardens),
3801 Pga Blvd., FL 33401;

South Palm Beach (Boca Raton),
433 Plaza Real, Suite 275, FL 33432;

West Palm Beach (Phillips Point),
777 W. Flagler Drive, West Tower, Suite 800, FL 33401;

Ft. Lauderdale (Cypress Creek),
1451 West Cypress Creek Rd., Suite 300, FL 33309;

Ft. Lauderdale (Downtown),
110 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 1700, FL 33301;

Miami (Brickell Bayview),
80 SW 8th St., Suite 2000, FL 33130;

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Art
  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • HOA
  • Insurance
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Marital Mediation
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Nursing Home
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Probate
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.

Attachments

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