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MEMBER PROFILE: Charles L. Cetti Esq.
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Charles L. Cetti Esq.
Certified Circuit-Civil Mediator at Law Offices of Charles L. Cettii
817 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL 32501

Tel: (850) 438-4036
Fax: (850) 438-4349

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Calendar Last Updated: 21 Sep 18


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Charles L. Cetti's scheduling staff
(Allison Garrison,


ADR Services:
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FL Certification Qualifications:
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Serving the following Judicial Circuits:
1, 2, 14

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Charles L. Cetti Esq. has experience in settling the following types of case:
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Biographical Notes:
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Upon graduation from law school in 1965, Mr. Cetti began his law practice in Tampa, Florida, with the firm of McClain, Thompson, Turbeville, White & Davis, where his area of practice was appellate work, both state and federal. Subsequently, he went into solo trial practice in Tampa. In late 1970, he relocated to his hometown, Pensacola, where he established a civil trial practice as a sole practitioner. His practice focused on personal injury, wrongful death and other tort litigation (approximately 60%), about equally divided between plaintiff's work and insurance defense. Significant experience in motor vehicle accidents; premises liability; professional negligence; casualty losses (including fire, windstorm and flood) and other first-party insurance claims; large number of jury trials, chiefly in state court. Also, numerous bench trials, chiefly in divorce and other family law matters (about 20% of case load).

Mr. Cetti began mediating cases in 1989, and became a Certified Circuit-Civil Mediator in 1991. From 1989-2001, he mediated part-time in conjunction with his trial practice (about 30% mediation, 70% litigation) and transitioned into full-time mediation in 2001.

Mediation practice consists chiefly of personal injury, wrongful death, products liability and other torts; professional negligence; employment, discrimination and civil rights; construction; hurricane claims; eminent domain; contract disputes; estate and probate; insurance claims (both first-party and third-party). Also, he has mediated cases involving business disputes and real estate matters. To date, Mr. Cetti has mediated in excess of 3,800 cases, with a high rate of success. In addition, he has been a lecturer in mediation-focused CLE seminars and has written articles published in The Summation, which is a periodic publication of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association. He has mediated cases in all of the counties in the First Judicial Circuit, as well as in Marianna, Panama City, Orlando, and Jacksonville. He is available to mediate cases state-wide, by special arrangement.

Martindale Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent 5.0-out-of-5.0.

Other activities and publications:

Authored Money Management for Young Adults, a book published in 1992.

Principal trumpet, The Pensacola Civic Band (Mr. Cetti has been a member of the Civic Band since 1985). Also, he plays cornet in a dixieland jazz band, The Dixieland Dandies.

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  • Undergraduate studies: Pensacola Junior College and Florida State University.
  • LLB magna cum laude, Mercer University, 1965. Editor-in-Chief, Mercer Law Review, 1965 (Executive Editor, 1964).
    Captain, Appellate Moot Court Team. Outstanding Senior award.
  • Authored numerous case comments and lead articles in Mercer Law Review.
  • Authored articles for The Summation, which is a publication of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association.

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Memberships & Affiliations :
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The Florida Bar; State Bar of Georgia; United States District Court, Northern District of Florida; Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association; Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society. National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.


Rates: $125.00 per hour, per party, 3-hour minimum for 1/2 day, 5-hour minimum for full day. The $125.00 per hour, per party rate will be applied to mediations up to 4 parties. If more than 4 parties, the 4-party fee ($125.00 x 4) will be pro-rated among the parties. Any mediation charges in excess of the minimum will be billed to the engaging attorney or party, payment requested within 30 days.
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Payment: Upon booking a mediation, each party will receive an engagement letter explaining the terms of the engagement, including details as to the specific items included in computing the mediation fee.
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Cancellation Policy: PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CANCEL UPCOMING MEDIATIONS BY EMAIL AS WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHEN THE EMAIL IS RECEIVED BY US. PLEASE TELEPHONE US IN ORDER TO CANCEL/RESCHEDULE MEDIATIONS. There is no cancellation fee except for cancellations or reschedulings occurring within TWO FULL BUSINESS days of the mediation date. If the mediation is cancelled or rescheduled within the TWO BUSINESS DAYS period, the $375.00 mediation deposit per party will be deemed to have been earned and will be taken to fee. However, if the case is subsequently mediated by me, FULL CREDIT will be given for the deposit.
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