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
Steven M. Berman Tampa
  • Mediation Panel for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California
Steven J. Chase Sarasota
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Duane A. Daiker Tampa
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitrator
Grant P. Dearborn Tampa
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit and County Court Mediator
Laura Johnson Evans Charleston
  • Mediator/Arbitrator in the State of South Carolina
  • Certified Neutral by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
Daniel R. Hansen Charlotte
  • North Carolina Superior Court Mediator
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
Malcolm J. Pitchford Sarasota
  • AAA Panel of Neutrals, Arbitrator/Mediator
  • Florida Bar Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program, Program Arbitrator
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 Distinguished Neutrals, and three specialty panels:  Bio-Tech, Franchise and Trademark, and Ohio At Large Panel (general commercial panel, which is divided regionally)
  • Arbitration Panel, International Distribution Institute
Christian H. Staples Charlotte
  • North Carolina Certified Mediator
Jennie Granahan Tarr Tampa
  • Board Certified Civil/County Mediator
Robert R. Warchola Tampa
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • U.S. Middle District Court Mediator