Mediation Fees

$150.00 per party, per hour, with two parties
$110.00 per party, per hour, with three parties
$ 90.00 per party, per hour, with four parties
With five or more parties, $400.00 per hour divided equally by the number of parties.

A "party" is defined as one or more persons or entities who have a common interest and who are represented by a single attorney or firm (or lead counsel and local counsel, or insurance defense counsel and independent counsel).

If a mediation commences with three or more parties and, before it is concluded, one or more parties leave (because they settle out, reach an impasse, or because the mediation is continued as to them), all parties shall be billed at the applicable multi-party rate indicated above through the time the one or more parties leave and, thereafter, the remaining parties shall be billed at the applicable rate based upon the number of parties then remaining who proceed with the mediation process that day.

Half Day Mediations - 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Complex or multi-party cases may require a whole day. Unless expressly stated when the Mediation is scheduled, it is presumed that all mediations commencing before noon are for a whole day.

If scheduled for a half day, a cancellation fee of two (2) hours’ time will be charged at the applicable hourly rate if cancelled less than fourteen (14) full calendar days before the scheduled Mediation date. If scheduled for a whole day, a cancellation fee of four (4) hours’ time will be charged at the applicable hourly rate if cancelled less than fourteen (14) full calendar days before the scheduled Mediation date. For example, to avoid a cancellation fee, a mediation scheduled on a Monday (regardless of the start time) must be cancelled by no later than 5:00 p.m. two Mondays before the date scheduled for the mediation; a mediation scheduled on a Tuesday (regardless of start time) must be cancelled by no later than 5:00 p.m. two Tuesdays before the date scheduled for the mediation, etc. Cancellation fees will be billed to the party or parties requesting the cancellation. Cancellation fees apply regardless of whether the mediation being cancelled is, or is to be, rescheduled. However, cancellation fees will NOT apply if we are able to schedule another mediation in place of the cancelled mediation (i.e., on the date it has been cancelled). If a mediation is scheduled 14 or fewer days before the scheduled date and is then cancelled, the cancellation fee will apply if it is cancelled less than 7 full calendar days before the scheduled date. If a mediation is scheduled 7 or fewer days before the scheduled date and is then cancelled, no cancellation fee will be due. For mediations scheduled for more than one day, the foregoing cancellation fees shall apply if any one or more of the scheduled days is cancelled less than thirty (30) full calendar days before the scheduled date.

The minimum fee for a mediation scheduled for a half day in Lee County is two (2) hours’ time, and the minimum fee for a mediation scheduled for a half day outside of Lee County is three (3) hours’ time. The minimum fee for a mediation scheduled for a whole day in Lee County is four (4) hours’ time, and the minimum fee for a mediation scheduled for a whole day outside of Lee County is five (5) hours’ time. Time is billed in quarter hour increments.

Full hourly rate.

NO CHARGE for travel time or mileage for mediations within Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry Counties. For mediations conducted outside those four (4) counties, there will be a charge for travel time at $150.00 per hour, divided equally by the number of parties. If an overnight stay is necessary, lodging and food will be billed at their actual cost.

BILLS ARE DUE AND PAYABLE UPON RECEIPT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEDIATION.