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MEMBER PROFILE: James R. Betts Esq.
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James R. Betts Esq.
Betts Mediation
mediations at First Choice Reporting
201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 1775
Tampa, FL 33602

Tel: (813) 254-3302
Fax: (813) 254-5322

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Calendar Last Updated: 17 Nov 18


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All such requests will go immediately to
Jim Betts' scheduling staff


ADR Services:
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FL Certification Qualifications:
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Serving the following Judicial Circuits:
5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20

[ Click for Map of Florida's Civil Circuits ]

James R. Betts Esq. has experience in settling the following types of case:
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Biographical Notes:
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I serve exclusively as a mediator in all types of civil litigation and arbitrations throughout the State of Florida, including personal injury and wrongful death, insurance, professional malpractice, nursing home, disability, admiralty, commercial, corporate and partnership, real estate, construction, surety, securities, condominiums and community associations, and probate/trusts, following my 18 years as a trial lawyer at Fowler White in Tampa. I am certified in federal district court and state circuit court.

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  • Florida Supreme Court Mediation Certification 1999
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida Mediation Certification 2000
  • Florida Supreme Court Approved Arbitration Training 2002
  • Florida Division of Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes Mediation Certification 2005

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI - J.D. 1981
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI - B.A. 1978
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI - 1973-1976

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Memberships & Affiliations :
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Member of Florida Bar Association:
- ADR Secttion - Trial Lawyers Section
- Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (former)
- Entertainment & Sports Law Section (former)

Member of Hillsborough County Bar Association:
- ADR Committee, 2000-present (co-chair 2003-2004)
- Trial Lawyers Section, 1981-present (board of directors 1989-1992)

Former Member of American Bar Association
- Litigation Section
- Tort and Insurance Practice Section
- Construction Law Section
- Entertainment & Sports Law Section


Rates: $390./hour for 2 party mediations; variable rates for multi-party mediation. See for more details
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Payment: Payment: My policy and expectation is that counsel is responsible for payment if the party does not pay promptly
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Cancellation Policy: A cancellation fee of $780 is charged for a half-day mediation canceled less than 5 days before the scheduled mediation. A cancellation fee of $1560. is charged for a full-day mediaiton canceled less than 10 days before the scheduled mediation.
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Florida Circuit-Civil Member Roster  ::  Legal Notice  ::  FCCMS is the Florida Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

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