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Lawrence H. Kolin, Mediator & Arbitrator, Orlando, Florida.

Lawrence H. Kolin

Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group
800 North Magnolia Avenue
Suite 400
Orlando, FL 32803
Tel: (800) 863-1462
Cell: (407) 494-6160
Fax: (407) 661-5743
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced2001
  • # of MEDS (as of 23/6/24) 
  • # of ARBS (as of 23/6/24) 
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Lawrence Kolin is a full-time neutral conducting mediations since 2001 and arbitrating since 2005. He is an experienced civil trial lawyer who began his practice in 1994 and remains active in local and state Bar associations. He is an Executive Council Member Emeritus of The Florida Bar ADR Section. He chaired the effort to amend Florida Civil Procedure Rules to include electronically stored information (ESI) or more commonly E-Discovery and remains a proponent of using technology to advance the law, including Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). He is highly skilled in resolving lawsuits of all manner and complex civil litigation in state, federal and appellate courts. He is available as a Special Master, E-Neutral or Private Judge and has served as a civil General Magistrate in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He is able to serve parties both in-person and online in mediations and arbitrations throughout the United States.

Born New York, New York; Admitted to bar: 1994, Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1997, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida; 1998, U.S. Supreme Court; 2001, Supreme Court of Florida Certified Circuit-Civil & Appellate Mediator and Qualified/Approved Arbitrator; American Health Law Association (AHLA) Neutral/Arbitrator; American Arbitration Association (AAA) National Panel Arbitrator & Mediator; Certified Federal Mediator, Middle District of Florida, 2001; Past Diplomate, The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators; Florida Trend Legal Elite™ (Arbitration & Mediation), 2010; Recipient, The Florida Bar Legal Aid Public Service Award, 2002; Orlando Business Journal's Most Influential Businessmen, 2010 & 2011; Top ADR Lawyer, Orlando Life, 2011-2013; 2015 National Law Journal Litigation Trailblazer & Pioneer™; The Expert Institute Finalist, 2016;  Super Lawyers™ 2017-2018 (ADR); Top 10 Dispute Resolution 2019-2024; 2022 Best of Maitland Award - Mediation Service; Orlando Style Magazine - Attorneys of the Year 2021-2023; JUSTIA 10, AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell; AVVO™ Rating of 10-Superb.


Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Aviation
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Internet
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Military
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


Trinity College (B.A., 1991); New York University (Certificate in Film, 1991); University of Miami (J.D., 1994). Pi Kappa Alpha; Phi Alpha Delta. Executive Editor, University of Miami Entertainment & Sports Law Review, 1993-1994. Member, Editorial Board, University of Miami Yearbook of International Law, 1992-1994. Author: "Caught in the Net," 10 University of Miami Entertainment & Sports Law Review 303, 1993. Law Clerk, United States Attorney's Office - Orlando Division, 1992-1993.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Executive Council Member Emeritus, The Florida Bar ADR Section, Past Arbitration Committee Chair, Mediation Committee Chair, Social Media Chair
  • The Orange County Bar Association, Founding Chair, ADR Committee; Past Chair, Entertainment Law and Medical-Legal Committees; Member, Appellate, Intellectual Property, Business Law, Technology and Judicial Relations Committees; Literary Society; Frequent CLE Speaker and Author, The Briefs magazine
  • Former Master & Bencher, George C. Young First Central Florida American Inns of Court
  • Former Executive Council, Florida Bar Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section
  • Founding Chair, Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Subcommittee on Electronic Discovery (drafted Florida's ESI rules amendments)
  • Founding Board Member, Maccabee Bar Association of Florida
  • Former Volunteer Guardian ad Litem with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar and Orange County Teen Court Judge
  • National Panel Member American Arbitration Association (AAA Mediator and Arbitrator)
  • National Dispute Resolver Panel Member American Health Law Association (AHLA Mediator & Arbitrator)
  • The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2008-present
  • The Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society, 2008-present
  • Super Lawyers™, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2017, 2018
  • Legal Elite™, Florida Trend magazine, 2010 Arbitration & Mediation
  • Top Attorneys, Orlando Life magazine, 2011-2013
  • Mediator of the Month, Attorney At Law magazine, 2012
  • Attorneys of the Year, Orlando Style magazine, 2021-2023
  • Author, officially recognized ABA 'Blawg' - Orlando Mediator, 2010 - present
  • Speaker, E-Neutrals, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), Annual Conference 2012, 2013
  • Speaker, Professional Mediation Institute (PMI), 2013, 2016
  • Speaker, Bench Bar Conference (OCBA), 2014
  • Speaker, Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, 2015, 2017
  • Litigation Trailblazer & Pioneer™, National Law Journal, 2015
  • Presenter, Guess Who's Coming to Mediation?, 2015
  • Best Legal News Blog Finalist, The Expert Institute, 2016
  • Presenter, FL Bar CLE Webinar, What is Other ADR?, 2016
  • Speaker, Professionalism in Mediation Negotiation, 2017
  • Speaker, Basic Settlement & ADR, The Florida Bar, 2017
  • Presenter, FL Bar CLE Webinar, Arbitration Backlash, 2017
  • Speaker, Language of ADR, University of Florida Levin College of Law Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2017
  • Speaker, Arbitration Trends, Cardozo Legal Society, 2018
  • Speaker, OCBA, Closing the Gap in Mediation, 2018, 2019
  • Presenter, FL Bar CLE Webinar, Why it's Almost Always Better to Mediate, 2018
  • Presenter, FL Bar CLE Webinar Closing the Gap in Mediation, 2019
  • Speaker, The Florida Bar, ODR: Online Dispute Resolution, 2019, 2020
  • Presenter, The Florida Bar, Inaugural Arbitration Advocacy Institute, 2020
  • Presenter, American Inns of Court, Virtual Mediation, 2021
  • Presenter, FL Bar CLE Webinar, Trouble Getting to Trial? 2021
  • Presenter, FL Bar CLE Webinar, Mediators Notebook, 2022
  • Presenter, FL Bar CLE Webinar, Artificial Intelligence in Mediation, 2023
  • Presenter, FL Bar CLE Webinar, Assessing Risk in ADR, 2024
  • Adjuct Faculty, Department of Legal Studies; UCF Mediation Team Coach, 2022
  • Graduate Faculty Scholar, University of Central Florida, 2022, 2023, 2024

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Language Skills

Hebrew, Italian

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