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Christine Layne Harter, Mediator & Arbitrator, Ocala, Florida.

Christine Layne Harter

Christine L. Harter, P.A., d/b/a Mediation & Dispute Resolution Center
1396 NE 20th Ave, #500
Ocala, FL 34470
Tel: (352) 694-4242
Fax: (352) 694-4254
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced: 1996
Practice Percentages

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • Education:
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI - J.D., May 1991
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI - International Relations, B.A. 1988
  • Training:

  • Attorney, State of Florida (Admitted October 1991)

  •    United States Supreme Court (Effective 5/26/09)

  •    United States District Court-Middle District of Florida (Effective 12/20/07)

  •    United States Court of Appeals For The Eleventh Circuit

  •  Mediator, Supreme Court of Florida Certified Circuit/County Civil Mediator (Effective 12/6/96)

  •    Supreme Court of Florida Certified Appellate Mediator (Effective 5/25/12)

  •    Middle & Northern District, Federal Mediator

  •    Certified Appellate Mediator, 5th District Court of Appeal

  •    Certified Mortgage Foreclosure Mediator (Effective 3/5/10)

  •  Arbitrator,  (Training completed 8/24/06)


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Marion County Bar Association
  • Florida Association For Women Lawyers 
  • Private Mediator for 5th DCA, Middle & Northern District Federal, Circuit Civil and County Cases
  • Division of Florida Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes (Dispute Mediator)
  • Treasurer, FRIENDS OF 440, Gainesville, FL
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • The Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society
  • Prior Volunteer Mediator for the Florida Bar Ethics Grievance Committee

Rates Information

1.  Mediations are scheduled in 3 hour blocks, one morning session (typically commencing at 9:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.) and one afternoon session (typically commencing at 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.).  Please consult the scheduling calendar for deviations/available sessions on the particular date you need mediation.  Note that the sessions available on the calendar are for Ocala mediations.  If you need a mediation scheduled in a city other than Ocala, please inquire with the mediator's office to be certain she has sufficient travel time to allot for your mediation.  If you need a full day mediation scheduled (4 hours or more) please select a date on the scheduling calendar that is available for the entire day.    

2.  The hourly rate is $345 ($350-2022) per hour (regardless of the number of parties) for a two hour minimum charge per  mediation.  If a full day is reserved, a four hour minimum will be charged.  Payment is due upon receipt of the Mediation Invoice, which is typically emailed from the mediator to the parties the day after mediation.  One exception may exist where prepayment is required from all parties 2 weeks prior to the mediation, and in this instance the mediator's office will advise accordingly at the time of scheduling the mediation.

3.  Travel charge for mediations conducted in a city other than Ocala, is $172.50/hr ($175-2022) (1/2 of the hourly rate) for actual time traveled to/from the mediation.  

4.  There is NO charge for:  utilizing video, telephonic, or On-Line Dispute Resolution (ODR) [*Note that long distance rates may be charged from your Carrier if you are appearing telephonically],  administrative fees, scheduling fees, preparation of mediation confirmation emails, review of mediation summaries (unless there is a large amount (over 5 pages) of material sent to the mediator to review), use of Mediation & Dispute Resolution Center for the mediation, preparation of reports or e-filing reports to the Court's portal.

5.  STRICT CANCELLATION/RESCHEDULE POLICY: Notice of rescheduling and/or cancellation must be provided to the Mediator's office at least five (5) full business days (not including the date of mediation/weekends/court (Marion Co) recognized holidays) prior to the scheduled mediation at issue.  If this is not done, a two hour ($690) ($700-2022) late reschedule/cancellation fee will be charged.  If a full day mediation has been scheduled, then a four hour late reschedule/cancellation fee will be charged.  The only exception to the late charge, is if one of the parties can place an alternate mediation in the same location/date/time slot as the Mediation that is being rescheduled/cancelled. 

6. The cost of mediation, and/or the reschedule/cancellation fee, will be equally apportioned between the parties, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties, or unless ordered otherwise by the court. For this purpose, each group represented by a different attorney (excluding co-counsel) , and each pro se individual, shall be deemed a separate party.  Note: that although you may pass the cost of mediation on to your client, the mediation is being set with your office, and as such, upon scheduling the mediation and/or upon receiving confirmation of the mediation, your office is agreeing to be responsible for the payment of the mediation fee, even if your client does not pay the bill or reimburse your office for this cost. 

**Please note that the "Case Experience" section refers to the types of cases that the Mediator has mediated in the past, not necessarily the types of cases she litigated as an attorney.**


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