The FCCMS is the local chapter of the National
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), a professional
association whose membership consists of attorneys
distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field
of civil & commercial conflict resolution and by
their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute
With over 900 members throughout the United States, the
NADN is the largest public roster of experienced ADR
attorneys on the web. Membership is invitation only
and limited to neutrals who have proven experience in
the resolution of commercial & civil disputes. All
members have been recognized for their accomplishments
through a peer-nomination and attorney client review
For more about NADN, please watch our "Introduction to
NADN" YouTube video below...
There is clear demand from attorneys, insurance adjusters, individual parties,
etc. to know more specific
information about a given mediator:
their experience, qualifications & certifications,
language skills, dispute areas in
which they have previously mediated, and so on. Our site allows the
visitor to find such professionals quickly and easily,
thereby further promoting the practices of Florida's premier civil mediators.
There is also the common difficulty of settling upon a
mutually agreed date and time for a mediation.
With this in
mind, we created the FCCMS website to serve as a daily
aid to trial attorneys, law firms and schedulers.
Since 2004, the FloridaMediators.org site has become a 'one-stop shop' for
those that regularly require a mediator, allowing them to instantly view
the availability of preferred professionals and expedite the scheduling
process. Since 2016, our website regularly welcomes between 2500-3000 unique visitors each
week day, making it the most visited website in the Florida legal
Membership: Membership in the FL Chapter of NADN is by invitation only. Membership is limited
to established mediators or arbitrators, each of whom is confirmed to
have met our nomination and experience requirements, and to have
established a solid reputation in their respective field.
Formal Eligibility Criteria:
On application, only attorneys with the
"Circuit-Civil" mediator certification, in good
standing with the Florida Bar are considered eligible. (NADN
does not however insist members
continue the Circuit-Civil recertification process: once firmly
established in private mediation practice, members often wish to
"drop off" the court rosters.)
2 Florida members are required to
sponsor/second an attorney for consideration, else the FL
Committee may be consulted on candidates for membership.
All Members are professional neutrals
in civil/commercial mediation or arbitration practice for a minimum
of 5 years, with a minimum of 50% of their professional
efforts dedicated to civil/commercial ADR practice. All
members must also receive remuneration for ADR practice at least
90 days annually.
Members identified as MEDIATORS must
have privately mediated a minimum of 200 civil disputes, excluding
pro bono and family law cases.
Members identified as ARBITRATORS
must have arbitrated to final award a minimum of 20 civil cases.
Exceptions may be made in the case of former judges, where time
on the bench & published decisions can be considered towards
8 attorney client references required
on application (attorneys for whom neutral has
mediated/arbitrated civil-trial disputes in the preceding
60-90 days. Each will be contacted and questioned as to
nominee's approach, effectiveness, professionalism and
reputation within the firm.
All nominees must provide attorney references (as described above)
before being confirmed into the Society.
Note: The final decision to approve/decline membership rests with Darren
Lee, Exec. Director for the roster.
2017-18 Executive Committee
The FL Committee is an appointed group of fulltime
mediators who have been instrumental
in helping to identify, and nominate, those mediators of
repute across Florida. They have also
given advice as to suitable membership criteria, and provided guidance in
matters relating to the business of our National Academy of
Distinguished Neutrals group. We are grateful to the following FL Committee Members:
Member Dues : $75 per month (Preferred payment method is a
monthly charge to members' credit card, annual
dues total of $900)
Member fee includes participation in the Society's Bar
News Directory, published 6 times per year in FL Bar News, the most widely
publication in Florida. Please see our
Bar News Campaign page for more details. Members are committed to a
minimum of 1 (one) year membership after induction before retirement
possible, and recurring monthly membership dues
are billed automatically through the association's secure online billing
From June 2010, all FCCMS members are recognized as members of
our national association, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (www.NADN.org),
with local member dues covering NADN membership.
In June 2013, NADN was confirmed as a partner to both the national defense
and the plaintiffs bar (www.Justice.org).
All NADN member bios are now available to the more than 40,000 members
of these 2 legal associations.
All FL Chapter members receive a personal "profile page", which they can
control by logging into their accounts to edit content. This web
page is directly referenced at
(Example: See www.floridamediators.org/john-freud
Due to the high search engine rating of FloridaMediators.org, most members
have the benefit of seeing their personal webpage at #1 in Google against
a search for their name. Member webpages include: Personal photograph, contact information,
printable location map, email, website link(s), printable PDF resume, case
experience profile, biography text, rates information, contact information
for scheduler. Members are also invited to publish their availability
dates using our exclusive calendar tool.
This useful calendar can then also be republished on member's own
websites (eg; www.lawfas.com )