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Mediation and arbitration give parties alternatives to the lengthy and expensive litigation process. Often confused, mediation and arbitration are two very different processes. 

  • Circuit and federal court mediation
  • Binding and nonbinding arbitration


Mediation is a form of structured settlement negotiations. It is a consensual, non-binding process in which the parties work with a neutral third party, the mediator, who acts as a facilitator to assist them in resolving their disputes. Although all cases in Florida must go to mediation before they can be tried, our attorneys often recommend that our clients consider mediation early in the litigation process, before significant expenses have been incurred.

We have several certified mediators who handle:

The services of Henderson Franklin's Florida Supreme certified mediators are available to other attorneys and parties not represented by the firm.


Arbitration is an adversarial process where the parties present their evidence to a neutral arbitrator who then determines the parties' rights and obligations - similar to what a judge would do. Parties may choose arbitration because they have agreed in a contract that they will do so in the event of a dispute or because they decide to arbitrate as an alternative to litigation when a dispute arises. Arbitration can be either binding or nonbinding and is generally less time-consuming and expensive than litigation.

Henderson Franklin's litigators are skilled in negotiation and mediation and representing our clients in binding and nonbinding arbitration.

For further assistance please reach us by phone, 239-344-1100 or through our contact page.

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