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MEMBER PROFILE: Christopher M. Shulman
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Christopher M. Shulman
Shulman ADR Law, P.A.
5111 Ehrlich Road
Suite 120
Tampa, FL 33624

Tel: (813) 935-9922
Fax: (813) 333-7326

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Calendar Last Updated: 16 Nov 18


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ADR Services:
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FL Certification Qualifications:
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Serving the following Judicial Circuits:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

[ Click for Map of Florida's Civil Circuits ]

Christopher M. Shulman has experience in settling the following types of case:
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Christopher M. Shulman has experience in the following areas of areas of Family Law:

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Biographical Notes:
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Christopher M. Shulman has mediated in excess of 2900 disputes and served as arbitrator, hearing officer, or decision-writer in approximately 2000 matters.

An alumnus of Stetson University College of Law, Chris is a 25+ year lawyer who spent the first approximately 10 years of his practice representing individuals, labor unions, and employers in connection with a variety of statutory, contractual, and common-law employment law claims. He also handled general practice, business, and personal injury matters for individuals. He is a member of the Florida Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. 

From 1995 to 2001, Chris mediated on and off, but, since January 2002, Chris has essentially limited his practice to service as a neutral dispute resolution professional; the only real client representation work he currently does is in the field of estate planning and probate.  He is a member of the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (of which he is also a member of the Executive Committee).  A Diplomate and 2005-2006 Board Member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Chris Shulman is a certified Florida Circuit, Family, and County Court Mediator, and a Federal Court Mediator. He mediates and arbitrates cases for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA), and privately, including labor disputes through the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Between service as a mediator, arbitrator, hearing officer, and federal-sector EEO complaint adjudicator, Chris has resolved or, in the case of mediation, helped the parties resolve more than 4,900 matters. Chris served two four-year terms on the Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee, and is currently a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s ADR Rules and Policy Committee, as well as the Florida Supreme Court Mediator Qualifications and Disciplinary Review Board.  He has served as co-chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association ADR Committee. An approved Primary Circuit Civil and County Mediator Trainer, and a Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator Trainer, Chris is also an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law, teaching Negotiation and Mediation and the Law Student Mediator Training classes.

Published Labor Awards:

Palm Beach County (FL) Schools, 2017 LA Supp. 201032 (July 2017)

Palm Beach County (FL) Schools, 2017 LA Supp. 200968 (June 2017)

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, 2017 LA Supp. 200763 (February 2017)

City of Hialeah (FL), 2016 LA Supp. 205249 (November 2016)

Miami-Dade County Transit, 2015 LA Supp. 199232 (November 2015)

U.S. Forest Service, 68 FLRA 90 (Arbitration Award: March 2014; FLRA Decision affirming Award: November 2014)

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  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL Juris Doctor cum laude, May 1991
  • Honors and Activities: Research Editor, Stetson Law Review
  • Published Law Review Case Note; won Leeman Award for best student writing
  • Public Service Fellow Judicial Intern to Hon. Elizabeth A. Jenkins, U.S. Magistrate Judge
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, May 1987

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English, Broken Spanish

Memberships & Affiliations :
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  • American Arbitration Association (Large and Complex Case (LCC) Panel: Arbitrator; Commercial/Employment Panel: Mediator; Arbitrator)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (Mediator and Arbitrator)
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Labor Arbitrator)
  • Impartial Decisionmaker Registry for Senior Connection Center, Inc. 
  • Randolph-Sheppard Act Blind Services Bid Arbitrator 
  • Medical Peer Review Hearing Officer 
  • Pinellas County Wage Theft Special Magistrate
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Fellow)
  • Next Generation Divorce Collaborative Practice Group (Neutral Facilitator)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (Member)
  • Collins Center for Public Policy, Inc. (DFS Hurricane Mediator)
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. Solutions Program (External Mediator)
  • Resolute Systems, Inc. (Mediator)
  • Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium (Mediator)
  • Florida Division of Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes (HOA Dispute Mediator)
  • Florida Department of Financial Services (Homeowners Insurance Presuit Claims Mediator)
  • Florida Supreme Court ADR Rules and Policy Committee (2012 – date)
  • Florida Supreme Court Mediator Qualifications and Disciplinary Review Board (2016 – date)
  • Florida Supreme Court Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (2000 – 2008)
  • Hearing Officer, Hillsborough County Childcare Licensing Board (2001 – 2012)
  • Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Law Section (1992- date)
  • Florida Bar Clients' Security Fund Committee (1994-2003; Chair, 1998-99)
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. (2002 to date; Board of Directors 2005-06)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (1999 - date; ADR Committee Co-Chair)


Mediation: $350/hour ($175/hour/side): no travel time but with minimum engagements, based on distance from Tampa.

    Local Mediation (provided at our Tampa Office or within 1 hour’s travel time, each way (i.e., Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk Counties, FL))
      Half-Day (4 hrs) Reserved
        $700.00 (2-hr) Minimum; $350.00/hour thereafter
        $700.00 Late Cancellation/Postponement (on less than seven calendar days’ notice)

      Full Day Reserved
        $1,400.00 (4-hr) Minimum; $350.00/hour thereafter
        $1,400.00 Late Cancellation/Postponement (on less than seven calendar days’ notice)

    Non-Local Mediation (provided outside the Local area, described above) No Charge For Travel Time (for mediation)
    Full Day Reserved
    $2,100.00 (6-hr) Minimum; $350.00/hour thereafter
    $2,100.00 Late Cancellation/Postponement (on less than seven calendar days’ notice)

Arbitration: Arbitration services (other than labor arbitration) are billed at the rate of $400/hour, subject to certain minimums and late cancellation/postponement** Daily rate ($3,200 for arbitration hearings – up to seven hours in a day; time in excess of seven hours is billed at the rate of $400/hour, in one-tenth hour increments). Study time (including pre-hearing conferences, pre-hearing motion practice and orders, and post-hearing deliberating and rendering awards billed at the rate of $400/hour, in one-tenth hour increments). Travel time billed in half-day increments (of $1,600) when hearing location requires air travel or other travel of more than one hour each way. Regardless of length of travel, actual travel expenses incurred (e.g., meals, tolls, hotels, air travel) plus mileage at the prevailing IRS rate will be billed to the Parties. **Fees as stated apply unless court order, agency order, or published panel/roster rates dictate different rate, in which case that rate governs.
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Payment: Each party's attorney, if any, shall be responsible for timely delivery of each party's fees. The full amount of fees is due upon receipt of invoice (for mediation, usually at the end of each mediation conference) unless other arrangements are made ahead of time. FOR ARBITRATION: DEPOSITS Arbitrator Fee and Expense Deposits are usually required (at the arbitrator’s sole discretion), and are based on the arbitrator’s estimate of fees and expenses to be incurred in the matter. Such deposits are kept on account, and applied against invoices the arbitrator submits to the parties. If additional deposits are requested, the parties shall make such deposits promptly; the balance, if any, left over after completion of the arbitration, will be promptly returned to the parties who made the deposit. (N.B.: the funds are not kept in a lawyer trust account.) BILLING We usually bill for travel time, hearing time, and related expenses immediately after the hearing, with additional bills generated for post-hearing study time. Depending on the amount of prehearing study time incurred, prehearing bills may also be generated. Each bill is due upon receipt.
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Cancellation Policy: Mediation cancellation: see "Rates" discussion, above.
Arbitration:CANCELLATION/POSTPONEMENT POLICY Notice of cancellation or postponement of a scheduled arbitration hearing must be received at least 28 calendar days prior to the scheduled commencement of the arbitration hearing. Absent timely notification, the parties will be billed their pro rata shares of the late cancellation/postponement fee ($3,200 for each day reserved for the arbitration hearing) plus pro rata share of travel expenses incurred, e.g., airline change fees or penalties (if applicable). Note: if one party is prepared to go forward and the other party is not (e.g., in the event of a no-show) on the first scheduled date of the hearing, the arbitrator may impose the entire cancellation-postponement fee against the party who failed to appear or who requested the late cancellation/postponement.
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Mediation Documents & Forms:
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Published Articles:
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