We'll help you find a compromise.
Sid Roman, Orlando Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Top Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator
When You Need a Mediator in Orlando or anywhere in Central Florida, Sid can help you find a compromise.
As a bilingual Attorney and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator Certified in Small Claims, County, Circuit, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Courts, Sid Roman has been providing Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation Services of the highest caliber to Courts, the Orange County Bar Association, businesses and individuals throughout Central Florida for almost 20 years.
Sid regularly volunteers as a Mediator for the County and Circuit courts of the Ninth Judicial Circuit (Orange and Osceola counties), where he has earned praise and recognition for his almost 20 years of volunteer service. In the past Sid was certified as a Primary Mediation Trainer, a designation that gave him the ability to train and certify new mediators.
Mediation Service Areas
We offer mediation services in the following areas:
Small Claims Civil Mediation (up to $8,000)
County Civil Mediation ($8,000 - $30, 000)
Circuit Civil Mediation ($30,000+)
Mediate. Don't Litigate.
When you have a dispute with another party, a mediator can help talk through issues and concerns and try to help you come to an agreement on the path forward about the dispute. The mediator acts as a neutral and impartial party to help facilitate solving your dispute; however, he or she does not provide legal advice. While the goal of mediation is to try to work something out, it s not always possible to come to an agreement.
Advantages of Mediation
Mediation is different from litigation (a trial), where the judge or jury makes a final decision. With mediation, both sides can “win”. Mediation is neither a trial nor an arbitration. In a trial, the parties present evidence and argument so a judge or jury decides the outcome of the dispute. Likewise, in arbitration, the parties present evidence and arguments and an arbitrator decides the outcome of the dispute.
In contrast, in mediation the mediator assists the parties to help them find and explore mutually acceptable resolutions of their dispute. If an agreement can be reached in mediation, trial and/or arbitration can be avoided.
Mediation helps avoid gambling with what the judge or jury may decide if you go to court. In a trial, you will be bound by the Judge's or jury's decision whether you agree with it or like the outcome. In mediation, the parties make the decisions.
Mediation can save time and money. Since mediation is a discussion between the parties, it can be much quicker and cheaper than the formal trial process.
Mediation agreements are enforceable. If you reach an agreement in mediation, that agreement must be put into writing and signed by the parties. The written agreement becomes a legally binding document (contract), which is enforceable by the court.
Mediation provides an opportunity to talk with someone who is impartial and who doesn't show any favoritism or prejudice to either party.
The issues in your dispute are not decided by someone else, you are the “decision maker.” The mediator helps you discuss your concerns, but cannot make decisions for you.
Unlike trials and hearings, mediations are private and what you say is confidential.
The mediator can help you overcome obstacles to communication with the other person or party in your dispute.
Mediation provides you with an opportunity to be creative with your solutions reach flexible solutions to your dispute.
Mediation is an opportunity to gain a greater understanding about why the dispute arose. Sometimes when the parties understand the “why” of the other person’s actions, this understanding can help resolve the dispute.
What Happens in a Mediation?
Mediation typically begins with an introduction by the mediator explaining the process and his/her role and opening statements by the parties. This is usually followed by an opportunity for you and the other party to describe your concerns. If your lawyer is with you at mediation, these opening remarks may be made by you, your lawyer, or both of you.
After these initial procedures, the mediator usually will meet with both parties together to discuss the issues to help you work out your differences, and he/she may also meet with each party privately (a caucus). Generally, unless you give the mediator permission to repeat what you say in caucus, the mediator is prohibited from sharing what is discussed. If you are represented by a lawyer, you and your lawyer will decide how the two of you will interact during the mediation, however, the parties are allowed to speak to the mediator at any time during the mediation.
Resolution or Outcome
Eventually, the mediation will end in one of three ways, either: 1) the parties reach an agreement as to some or all issues - all parties (and their lawyers if present) must sign the agreement; 2) the mediator declares an impasse (because you, the other party, or both are unwilling to continue discussing resolution); or 3) the mediator, with the parties’ consent, continues the mediation session by adjourning for the day. If the mediator declares an impasse as to some or all issues, then you and the other party will have to go back to court to have the judge or jury (if there is one) decide your case.
Finding A Compromise Starts Here
Mediation sessions can be scheduled at any location agreed to between the parties or in our offices, conveniently located near the Orlando Airport with ample free parking. We provide complimentary beverages and snacks. Fees are as follows:
$175 Per Party Per Hour
Two hour minimum
$350 Deposit Required
48 hour notice is required for cancellations, or a fee of two hours is due and payable
Mediations held at our offices incur an administrative fee of $50 per party