Alternative Dispute Resolution

We are national leaders in seeking early, cost-effective resolution of disputes.

Traditional litigation and arbitration are lengthy and expensive. Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP helps clients resolve disputes early, economically, and fairly, before the need to engage in protracted, costly litigation or arbitration arises.

Shumaker lawyers have a long-term commitment to alternative dispute resolution, recognizing that it can help clients avoid costly, time-consuming litigation. We have successfully represented individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in both court-ordered and voluntary mediations in matters involving partnership, intellectual property, commercial, insurance, agricultural, public entity, environmental, franchise, construction, ERISA, personal injury, surety and fidelity bond, employment, and securities disputes.

Our practitioners are certified as mediators in federal and state courts and are members of the American Arbitration Association’s national panel of neutrals. One of our partners chairs the Early Dispute Resolution Committee of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, the Early Dispute Resolution Task Force of the International Franchise Association, and the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Ohio State Bar Corporations Committee. A select group of lawyers at the firm, including both litigators and corporate lawyers, also serve as mediators or arbitrators in a wide range of commercial disputes.

Our Clients

  • Individuals
  • Businesses
  • Nonprofit institutions

Shumaker's Certified Mediators/Arbitrators

            Attorney                     Office           Area
Anthony J. Abate Sarasota       Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
W. Thad Adams, III Charlotte     Mediator Member-INTA Trademark Mediator Network
Steven M. Berman Tampa     Mediation Panel for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California
H. Michael Bowers Charleston     Certified Circuit Cour Mediator;
    Certified Circuite Court Arbitrator;
    Approved Federal Court Mediator
Steven J. Chase     Sarasota     Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Duane A. Daiker       Tampa     Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitrator
Terrance K. Davis       Toledo     Citizens Dispute Resolution Program, Volunteer Mediator
Laura Johnson Evans Charleston     Mediator/Arbitrator in the State of South Carolina;
    Certified Neutral by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
Michele Leo Hintson       Tampa     Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator;
    Middle District of Florida Certified Mediator
Adria M. Jensen     Sarasota     Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Ryan S. Nichols Sarasota     Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator
Malcolm J. Pitchford     Sarasota     AAA Panel of Neutrals, Arbitrator/Mediator;
    Florida Bar Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program, Program Arbitrator
Dana Drew Shaw       Toledo     Certified Mediator
Peter R. Silverman       Toledo     Federal Panel of Neutrals;
    AAA Certified Arbitrator, Complex Panel;
    AAA Certified Mediator;
    CPR (International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution) Panel of
    Distinguished  Neutrals, and three specialty panels:  Bio-Tech, Franchise and
    Trademark, and Ohio At Large Panel (general commercial panel, which is divided
William H. Sturges     Charlotte     AAA Panel of Arbitrators
Robert R. Warchola Tampa     Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator;
    U.S. Middle District Court Mediator
Steele B. (Al) Windle     Charlotte     AAA Certified Arbitrator, Panel of Construction Arbitrators