Richard J. DeWitt
Resolve Disputes/ DeWittLaw
2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 900
(Coral Gables)
Miami, FL 33134

Tel: (305) 421-6400
Fax: 786-264-5524

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ADR Services:
Mediation (Circuit-Civil)
Mediation (Federal)
Arbitration (Civil/Commercial)
Arbitration (Construction)
Neutral Evaluation
Fact Finding
Special Magistrate
ADR Training / 'CME'


FL Certification Qualifications:
County Court Mediator
Circuit-Civil Mediator
Fl. Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
Certified Appellate Mediator

Serving the following Judicial Circuits:
11, 15, 16, 17

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Richard J. DeWitt has experience in settling the following types of case:
Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Family Businesses
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice
Lemon Law
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Media & Communications
Medical Malpractice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mortgage Foreclosure
Non-profit Organizations
Personal Injury
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Shareholder Disputes
Venture Capital
Wage & Hour/FMLA

Biographical Notes:

Richard DeWitt provides neutral and dispute resolution serves including serving as an arbitrator and mediator in domestic and international commercial, business, technology, franchise, real estate and employment disputes. He also provides special master, early neutral evaluation, mini-trial, fact finding, assisted negotiation and settlement counsel services.

He is a Supreme Court of Florida Certificated Arbitrator and a Supreme Court of Florida Certified Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator and serves on the following neutral panels:

  • American Arbitration Association's National Roster of Neutrals serving on its large, complex case panel, its commercial, employment and technology panels and its panel of Mediators,
  • Franchise Arbitration and Mediation Services Panel of Neutrals,
  • CDRS Panel of Neutrals, and

Mr. DeWitt has over 35 years experience in law, business and dispute resolution as a business and technology attorney, business executive and arbitrator and mediator.

  • Business: Legal and business experience in corporate, commercial, franchise and real estate matters; complex transactions including, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, contracts, commercial leases, retail and wholesale distribution; supply and product development and marketing and sales agreements; securities and investment advisor issues; workouts, liquidations and divestitures; shareholder agreements and disputes, joint ventures, minority shareholders issues, strategic relationships and receiverships including banks and other financial institutions; Former CEO of high-growth company.

  • Technology: Experience in technology and software development and licensing agreements; copyright, computer law; carrier, long distance, VoIP and billing/collection arrangements (including credit card services and payment systems); network services; operator and customer services and equipment purchases; web site development agreements and Internet law. Experience also includes wireless services, SMS messaging, gateway agreements, prepaid phone cards and services, and public and prison payphone systems. Represented competitive and regulated carriers, LEC's and BOC's. Former Chairman of both the American Public Communications Council and the Prepaid Communications Association.

  • Employment: Experience representing employers and employees regarding employment, employment contracts, executive compensation arrangements, stock option plans, non-competition, non-diversion and confidentiality agreements, and termination arrangements.

  • International: Experience in both international business and technology matters including trans-border agreements and disputes. Representation of European and Latin American companies doing business in the U.S. and internationally and import/export businesses. Business experience managing multinational operations. Serve as international arbitrator and mediator in large, complex cases.

  • Mediation Experience: Mr. DeWitt has served as a mediator in numerous commercial, business, franchise, real estate, technology and employment related disputes, including large complex cases involving national and international parties and complicated multi party disputes. Cases mediated have also including complex multi-million dollar commercial and international disputes regarding contract, franchise, shareholder, construction, trade-mark and warranty claims and in civil disputes including personal injury and insurance claims. He also participated in resolving billions of dollars in disputes as part of the claims process in conjunction with the takeover of failed Savings and Loan Associations on behalf of the FSLIC and the RTC.

  • Arbitration Experience: Mr. DeWitt has served as an arbitrator in over 300 arbitrations including large complex cases involving national and international parties and complicated multi party disputes. He has experience and training in both domestic and international arbitration laws and procedures, including AAA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, and ICSID, ICC and LCIA rules and procedures. He also serves as an arbitrator in non administered ad hoc arbitrations and has served as a Florida Bar Association fee grievance arbitrator.

  • Education:

    • University of Miami, School of Law - Jurist Doctor (cum laude) 05/79;
    • Florida International University - Bachelor of Arts 06/75.
    • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration Course - Oxford University - Balliol College - 9/04
    • ABA National Arbitration Institute, Golden Gate Law School - 05/04;
    • Florida International University/Mediation Services, Inc., Circuit Civil Mediation Training, 2001.


    • AAA Neutrals Conference, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004;
    • ACR/AAA Advanced Commercial Mediation Institute, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006;
    • AAA Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure (ACE003), 2006;
    • FINRA/ NASD - Arbitrator Training;
    • AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel:
    • FINRA/ NASD Chairing an Arbitration Panel;
    • Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics, 2005;
    • AAA Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration, 2005, 2004;
    • International Centre For Dispute Resolution (ICDR), 3rd Annual International Arbitration Conference, 2004;
    • AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 2004;
    • Florida Bar, International Section and Inter-American Bar Association, International Arbitration Conference, 2004;
    • AAA International Arbitration Symposium, 2004;
    • AAA Arbitrator Update, 2003; ACR/FMCS/NAA Arbitrator Training, 2003;
    • AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002;
    • Florida Bar Association Grievance Mediation Training Program, 2002;
    • Florida Supreme Court Arbitration Training Program, 2002;
    • AAA Arbitrator I Training: Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, 2002;
    • AAA Advanced Mediator Workshop for Court Based Settlement Programs, 2002;
    • Florida International University/Mediation Services, Inc., Circuit Civil Mediation Training, 2001.
    • AAA International Arbitration Symposium, 2004;
    • AAA Arbitrator Update, 2003; ACR/FMCS/NAA Arbitrator Training, 2003;



    Memberships & Affiliations :

    • Distinguished Fellow - International Academy of Mediators
    • Fellow - College of Commercial Arbitrators
    • Fellow - The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Member (Founding) - Miami International Arbitration Society
    • Member - National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
    • Member - Florida Circuit-Civil Mediation Society
    • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
    • Judge/ Arbitrator - annual William C. Vis  International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna 2010 - Present
    • American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution & International Sections)
    • Florida Bar (International Section/ Litigation & Dispute Resolution Committee)
    • Dade County Bar Association
    • Former Board Member (Founding) - Mediators Beyond Borders, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Former Board of Directors - Coral Gables Bar Association
    • Past Chairman - Commercial Section - Association for Conflict Resolution - Washington, D.C.
    • Chairman (Founding) - Advanced Commercial Mediation Institute (ACMI) Washington, D.C.


    Rates: $400 per hour, including Study Time

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