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Don O'Dell, Mediator, Venice, Florida.

Don O'Dell

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Daisley Mediation Group
1461 Lakeside Drive
Venice, FL 34293
Tel: (813) 835-7722
Fax: (813) 489-2988
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation
  • Practice Commenced: 2010
  • Total Mediations (as of Jan 2022): 20


Donald O'Dell became a member of the Florida Bar in March, 1978. Following that, Don spent 37 1/2 years as a defense attorney handling bad faith and coverage issues for insurers as well as professional liability and errors & omissions cases. During his career, Don handled in excess of 150 jury trials and 100 appeals in both state and federal courts and was rated AV Preeminent for over 20 years by Martindale Hubbell.

In 1999, Don received his certification from the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit civil mediator. He began mediating cases at that time while still maintaining a full­time law practice. On September 30, 2015, Don retired from trial law practice of to begin participating full-time as a mediator.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Don was raised in the rural area of the state of Kansas. In 1965, Don enlisted in the Marine Corps and served 2 tours in Vietnam. Don's personal experiences together with his legal background have given him the ability to understand both people and legal issues thereby enabling him to easily work with lawyers and their clients during mediations.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Torts
  • Wrongful Death


BA University of MO - Kansas City - 1972 JD University of MO - Kansas City - 1976

Memberships & Affiliations

Florida Bar, 1978 Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, 1999 - Present

Rates Information

$175 per hour per side ($350 per hour total) for two-sided disputes $135 per hour per side for three-sided disputes $110 per hour per side for four-sided disputes For half-day Mediations, a minimum fee of 4 hours will be charged (3 hours for the conference and 1 hour for preparation and reporting). For full-day Mediations, a minimum fee of 8 hours will be charged (6 hours for the conference and 2 hours for preparation and reporting). Mr. O’Dell offers discounted flat fee rates upon advance request and agreement of all sides. Please contact Chantal for further details. TRAVEL CHARGES Time for travel, if any, is billed at one-half the regular hourly rate unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Mr. O’Dell does not charge for travel anywhere within Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

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