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Denise Kennedy, Mediator, Punta Gorda, Florida.

Denise Kennedy

Denise H. Kennedy, P.A.
43827 Seedling Terrace
Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Tel: (239) 770-6071
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced1995
  • # of MEDS (as of 10/6/23)4450
  • # of ARBS (as of 10/6/23)1250
Current Practice
Online / In-Person
  • 6th Circuit
  • 11th Circuit
  • 12th Circuit
  • 15th Circuit
  • 17th Circuit
  • 20th Circuit
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Began her civil trial practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1984 and then moved back to her hometown of Fort Myers, Florida in 1989 to continue her civil trial practice. Her practice concentrated in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, insurance defense, tort, contract disputes and construction litigation. After obtaining her Board Certification in Civil Trial Practice in 1994, she also became a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Court Mediator in 1995 and enhanced her practice by mediating a variety of cases. Since 2004, she has devoted her practice to full time dispute resolution, which includes mediation, arbitration and global settlement conferences. She has mediated over 5000 cases involving a multitude of legal issues, including real estate disputes, libel/slander, nursing home abuse, wrongful death, personal injury, estate and probate and contract disputes. She is well known for her diligence and personal skills in assisting the parties toward a resolution, which has resulted in an extraordinarly high rate of success.

Denise also became a Qualified Arbitrator in 2005 and has performed many non-binding arbitrations.  She has arbitrated over 1000 cases.  She is qualified to perform binding arbitrations, as well. She also became a Qualified Assistant Trainer in ADR/CME in 2005.

Case Experience

  • Admiralty
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Torts
  • Wrongful Death


  • 1980- B.S. Florida State University
  • 1983- J.D. Nova Law Center

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Lee County Association of Women Lawyers
  • National Academy of Distinquished Neutrals

Rates Information

$500/hour for 2 parties and $175/hour/party for multi-party

3 hour minimum for 1/2 day mediation/arbitration and 6 hour minimum for full day mediation/arbitrations

$75.00/hour travel time for travel outside of 20th or 12th circuit

Rates to be split equally between the parties

Cancellation policy: There is a cancellation fee of $600.00 if cancelled outside of 72 hours.  If cancelled within 72 hours the cancellation fee is $1,500.00 for a 3 hour event and $3,000.00 for a full day event.  The cancellation fees are split between the parties unless advised otherwise. 

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