Rates and Policies

2020 Mediation & Arbitration Services Fee Schedule

To meet legal needs during the COVID-19-pandemic, Garcia Mediation has complete virtual mediation capability, including 4k UHD conference camera room system.

Mediation/Arbitration time will be charged at the rate of $350* per hour ($175 per hour, per party for two party mediations).  

 For “multiparty” mediations with three (3) parties, the rate is $150 per hour, per party, and mediations with four (4) or more parties will be billed at the rate of $125 per hour, per party. “Parties” to the mediation, as used herein, refers to the named parties to the litigation as well as any interested parties or representatives in attendance.  

Mediation services may be booked in half-day or full-day increments. Additional charges may apply for special accommodations including evening and weekend appointments. • All half-day mediations provide for four (4) hours of mediation services and are charged at a two (2) hour minimum. • Full-day mediations provide for eight (8) hours of mediation services and are charged at a six (6) hour minimum.  

Each party is responsible for paying a deposit equal to the minimum charge associated with the length of booking.  

For mediations occurring outside of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, charges for travel time will be determined on a case by case basis (please contact Garcia Mediation for further information). Parties shall divide mediation fees equally, unless otherwise agreed to.  

The mediator is entitled to compensation for all time spent on the case including but not limited to: • Reasonable travel accommodations and transportation • Administrative and clerical costs • Attendance at the mediation conference • Preparation for and follow-up to the mediation, including telephone conferences • Collection efforts (including but not limited to attorney fees and costs) • Preparation of the parties’ agreement and the Mediation Report to the Court  

Parties agree to waive any part of a Court order inconsistent with these terms. 

*Rates applicable to cases involving FL § 720.11 will be billed at $280 per hour ($140 per hour, per party for two party mediations).  

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Policies

  • BOOKING TIME: Half day morning mediations begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Half day afternoon mediations begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Full day mediations begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. 
  • LOCATION: Garcia Mediation prefers to conduct Mediation Conferences at the Mediation Office located at 3602 W. Euclid Avenue, Tampa, FL 33629, or at the offices of counsel. If that is not possible, Garcia Mediation can and will obtain space for the Mediation Conference (typically, a court reporter’s office). Thus, when completing the Reservation Form , please indicate in the Preferred Location field whether counsel (a) have agreed to use one of their offices for the Mediation Conference and, if so, which office; or (b) alternatively, will need Garcia Mediation to provide office space for the Conference.  
  • MAKING A RESERVATION: In order to book a mediation, you must fill out and submit our Reservation form. 
  • CONFIRMATION: Mediation services are not booked until our office confirms the reservation and sends a confirmation email. A confirmation email will typically be sent within 1 business day of submitting a Reservation form, however in some cases, confirmation emails may take longer to arrive.  
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: The mediator in this case has been engaged to conduct this mediation. As such, we are accepting this engagement to the exclusion of scheduling other work for the day and the time which has been reserved. Due to the difficulty of scheduling a new case when there is a cancellation, the time and expenses already incurred in scheduling and preparing of the cancelled conference, and the positive effect a scheduled conference can have in settlement negotiations, the following policies have been adopted: In the event this mediation is cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled conference, there will be a three (3) hour minimum charge divided by all parties. Unless the parties in the case agree on who should pay the cancellation fee, all parties, through their attorneys, if any, shall be financially responsible for their share. All cancellations should be done so in writing, email, or fax with the agreement of all parties and counsel, if any. 
  • PAYMENT: Law firms and lawyers – not their clients – will be billed and are responsible for the Mediation bill. Payment is due within 10 days of the date of the bill and is not conditioned on settlement or receipt of settlement funds. Past due bills will accrue interest at the highest legal rate and will result in additional charges for time and fees spent on collection. Pro se parties (those not represented by attorneys) must pre-pay a $500 deposit or bring a check to the mediation for payment no later than conclusion of mediation.  

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