EXPERIENCE: Jay has been a practicing trial lawyer in Florida since 1986. He has handled all manner or civil cases in his 30 plus years of lawyering in State and Federal Courts. He has a working knowledge of personal injury and wrongful death actions arising from vehicle accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, admiralty and maritime, long-term care, and insurance contract cases. Remotely Jay was a state prosecutor and then an insurance company lawyer. He practiced personal injury and wrongful death law upon moving to Southwest Florida in 1990. He maintained Board Certification in Civil Trial Law for 25 years with the Florida Bar. He has been there 100 times when the jury has come back in every type of case. This background allows Jay to speak authoritatively to the parties and their counsel as issues are presented in mediation and arbitration. Of course, in mediation proceedings, Jay doesn’t give legal advice and is there to facilitate settlement -analyzing liability and damages issues against a backdrop of hands- on experience. In arbitration, he is a neutral factfinder who is never reluctant to make a decision.
EMPATHY: Prior to entering law school at the University of Miami in 1982, Jay held many (over 30) blue collar and semi-professional jobs for over a decade. This variegated life experience allows Jay to relate to most litigants from all walks of life. People are often intimidated or fearful of lawyers and working people are sometimes reluctant to shake a soft hand that has never done any manual work or give credence to words spoken by a person who never entered the halls of hard knocks. Jay prides himself on being able to relate to everyone from the server, the nurse, the brick mason, the farmer, the sailor, the fisherman, the professor, the business owner and the insurance executive. Practicality shows that alternative dispute resolution is way preferable to long term litigation in most cases. To be successful in negotiations requires a facilitator who listens and who is attuned to the wants and needs of the parties.
FLEXIBILITY: Creativity and flexibility are important in resolving cases. Not everything is just a dollar sign and a line. Jay will mediate or arbitrate any cause with reasonable notice ---at your place or a “neutral “site and at unusual hours to accommodate the parties. Need to mediate at midnight? Jay will do it (he never had a job with banker’s hours). Need to bring in people from all over the world? ZOOM and other platforms make this easy for mediation and arbitration.
AFFORDABILITY: Jay charges $300 an hour for two party mediations which is usually split between the parties. On court ordered non-binding arbitration, the maximum charge is $1500 per day. Binding arbitration or private judging is a $400 an hour proposition split between the litigants.