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- Practice Commenced: 2001
- Total Mediations (as of Jan 2021): 4100
- Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2021): 375
Mr. Alvarez,retired Circuit Court Chief Judge has limited his practice to Alternate Dispute Resolution. He is a Certified Mediator in Federal and Florida Courts and a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator. Mr.. Alvarez has also served as a panel member of AAA and a Certified Neutral Umpire of the Windstorm Conference since 2002. He has also served as a Special Magistrate/Special Master in various civil matters. Since 2001, he has Mediated, served as a Arbitrator or as a Neutral (Umpire) over 4,000 cases.Born in Tampa, Florida in 1945, Mr. Alvarez was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1974. He is a graduate of South Texas College of Law and in 1980 was elected as a Hillsborough County Court Judge. In 1984, he was elected to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court bench. He served as Chief Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit from 1988 to 2001. He served on many commissions through appointments by the Florida Supreme Court and is a previous chairman of the prestigious Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges. He is a member of the U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, the U. S. Supreme Court, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He is also the proud recipient of many community service awards including the George Edgecomb Bar Association Humanitarian Award, the Robert J. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award, the Hispanic Man of the Year Award, and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers' Outstanding Jurist in the State of Florida Award for his Dedication to the Preservation of Individual Rights and Access to the Courts, University of South Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award, District VI, Juvenile Justice Hall of Fame.
- Contract Disputes
- Elder Abuse
- Eminent Domain
- Legal Malpractice
- Medical Malpractice
- Natural Disasters
- Nursing Homes
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Professional Fees
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Professional Negligence
- Property Damage
- Railroad & Trucking
- Real Estate
- Trusts / Estates
- Wrongful Death
- B.A. University of South Florida
- J.D. South Texas College of Law
- The National Judicial College, Basic and Advanced Programs
- Certified Circuit Court Mediator
- Certified Federal Court Mediator, Middle District of Fl.
- Harvard University Law School, Emerging ADR Issues
- Florida Supreme Court Qualied Arbtrator
- Member National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Memberships & Affiliations
- Florida Bar
- Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Mediation & Arbitration Section
- Senior Counsel Section
- Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
- Certified Umpire, Florida Windstorm Conference
- Former Panel Member,American Arbitration Association
- Tampa General Hospital Patient Family Advisory Council
- Krewe of The Knights of Sant' Yago
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Foundation, former Chair,present board member
- West Tampa Optimist Club
REVISED RATES EFFECTIVE - October 1, 2020:
$220.00 per hour per party for two party mediation.
$175.00 per hour per party for three/four party mediation.
$150.00 per hour per party for five or more parties.
Adminstrative fee of .5 hours may apply in certain cases
Half-day Mediations require a minimum fee of 3 hours.***
Full-day Mediations require a minimum fee of 6 hours.***
Additional fee of one (1) hour maybe assessed for preparation due to excessive production of Mediation Summaries.
RETAINER FEES MAY BE REQUIRED IN SOME CASES !
*** Additional one (1) hour fee will be assessed on Mediations where travel is outside of Hillsborough,Pinellas,Polk,Pasco *
Travel time will be assessed at $ 200.00 per hour if held outside of Hillsborough, Pinellas ,Polk or Pasco Counties.
Flat Rates are available upon request.
ARBITRATION FEES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
ADVANCED PAYMENT :
Advanced payment/deposit maybe required in some cases at the sole discretion of FDA. Pro se parties( not represented by an attorney) must pay ten (10) days prior to the mediation unless prior arrangements have been made.
Practice is devoted exclusively to Alternate Dispute Resolution. When a Mediation Conference is canceled on short notice, a cancellation fee of three (3) hours for half day conference, six (6) hoursfor full day conference will be imposed if the Mediation is canceled less than ten (10) calendar days prior to the scheduled date and time, if an Arbitration is cancelled, a cancellation fee of three (3) hours time for half day conference, six (6) hours for full day conference will be imposed if cancelled less than fourteen (14)calendar days prior to scheduled date and time. If an Appraisal is cancelled less than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled date and time, a cancellation fee of your retainer fee will be imposed. All cancellations must be communicated in writing-- fax or email is sufficient.
My engagement is with you ( attorney or law firm or appraiser ) and not with your respective clients. Any cancellation fee will be billed to all parties to whom the engagement letter is being forwarded. It may be advisable in some circumstances to obtain a cost retainer sufficient to satisfy the projected costs of the Mediation or Arbitration or Appraisal. I will leave it to you to evaluate your client’s credit worthiness. It is not my intention to see lawyers have to pay their client’s Mediation/Arbitration costs, but, as we all know from experience, clients occasionally do not fulfill their financial obligations to their lawyers.
***Detailed Confirmation Letter will be sent in Advance of the Medaition /Arbitration/Appraisal/Special Master.***