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Mediation & Arbitration - Orlando Law Firm

Litigation is a necessary component of our judicial system, and our litigation team is here to help. Sometimes a case must go to a jury or an elected or appointed judge to be resolved. Frequently, however, the full litigation process can be averted using one or more forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a confidential, informal process during which an impartial third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute.

What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is when a matter is resolved outside of court by an individual or panel of individuals who make final decisions. Instead of going through the slow and often frustrating trial and appeals process, arbitration moves cases along more efficiently and quickly.

Why Choose Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Mediation and arbitration offer distinct advantages over traditional litigation.

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Confidentiality

Your dispute remains private, away from public scrutiny.

Control

Parties have a say in crafting the resolution, fostering a sense of ownership.

Efficiency

Avoid the delays and uncertainties of courtroom proceedings.

Cost-Effectiveness

Save on hefty legal fees and expenses associated with prolonged litigation.

Cesery Bullard Mediation & Arbitration

Below is a list of my general mediation practice areas:

– Collections Disputes
– Business Law Disputes
– Post Judgement Collection Disputes
– Bankruptcy Disputes
– Commercial/Business Loan Disputes
– SBA Loan Disputes
– Bankruptcy Foreclosures Disputes
– Commercial and Residential Foreclosures
– Contracts Disputes
– Creditors’ and Debtors’ Rights Disputes
– Homeowner Disputes
– Insurance Disputes
– Landlord and Tenant Disputes
– Probate Disputes
– Real Property Disputes

Meet Attorney at Law & Qualified Mediator,
Cesery L. Bullard

I am a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and also a Certified Appellate Mediator. As a mediator I assist individuals and businesses in resolving their differences through the mediation process. I do this by helping parties communicate effectively, assist in identifying underlying issues, promoting joint problem solving and tirelessly exploring settlement alternatives with all parties.

I have extensive mediation experience throughout the state of Florida. I have mediated cases involving complex commercial matters including contract disputes, probate disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, homeowner association disputes, commercial, residential and bankruptcy foreclosures disputes, and other real property disputes.

I am also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and have mediated family law disputes involving child custody, child visitation and child support issues, alimony or spousal support, and the division of assets and liabilities.

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We are passionate about delivering professional mediation services, rooted in integrity, experience, and a steadfast pursuit to resolution.

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Mediation
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Bullard Law Dispute Resolution Certified Mediator, Cesery L. Bullard, has over two decades of litigation experience enabling her to help parties reach a mutual agreement without going through the full court process. Our mediators can also assist in resolving disputes even before a formal complaint is filed in court, and in reviewing and analyzing cases as a neutral, third-party.

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Arbitration
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Arbitrations vary from matter to matter, but, generally, both sides put on their cases to the arbitrator(s), who then weigh all the evidence, apply the law of the case, and make a final determination on the merits of the matter. Our ADR team is equipped to handle arbitrations and help parties focus on running their businesses and lives, instead of spending valuable resources waiting on the court process.

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What To Expect

We’re excited about the opportunity to take you through the essential process of mediation. Here’s a glimpse into what lies ahead:

Step 1: Schedule Your Call With Us

We kindly invite you to schedule your call, either by phone or through our website. Prepare to revisit and expand upon the details you shared during booking.

Step 2: Have Your Call with Our Qualified Mediator/Arbitrator ($375)

During this call with our qualified mediator/arbitrator, we aim to understand your needs and goals better. Your insights will help us determine if we’re the right fit for each other.

Step 3: Pre-Mediation Preparation

Once you decide to proceed with mediation, we will provide you with a pre-mediation packet that includes information about the mediation process and a mediation agreement. We will also ask you to provide a brief summary of the dispute and any relevant documentation. This information will help us prepare for the mediation session.  Cesery L. Bullard may also wish to speak jointly or privately with legal counsel for the parties.

Step 4: Mediation Session

On the day of the mediation session, Ms. Bullard will meet with both parties and any attorneys or other representatives they may have. Ms. Bullard will introduce herself and explain the ground rules for the session. Ms. Bullard can also discuss any concerns or issues that either party may have before proceeding.

Step 5: Opening Statements

The opening statements are an opportunity for each party to state their position on the dispute. Ms. Bullard encourages opening statements and for each party to listen to the other and to keep an open mind.

Step 6: Joint Discussion

After the opening statements, the parties will have an opportunity to discuss the dispute in a joint session. Ms. Bullard will facilitate this discussion and help the parties explore possible solutions.

Step 7: Private Caucuses

Ms. Bullard will engage in private caucuses with each party. During these private sessions, Ms. Bullard will meet with each party separately to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their position and explore possible options for resolution.

Step 8: Negotiation and Agreement

For the remainder of the mediation, Ms. Bullard will help the parties move towards resolution with the aim of helping the parties reach a mutually acceptable resolution that addresses the issues in the dispute.

Step 9: Follow-up

In the event the parties do not resolve the case at mediation, Ms. Bullard will follow up with the parties after mediation to explore other means of settlement. Ms. Bullard is relentless about helping the parties achieve resolution.

Whether you choose a half-day or full-day mediation session, we will provide a comfortable and supportive environment for the mediation process or we can come to you. We will also provide lunch if you choose a full-day mediation. We are committed to helping you find a mutually agreeable resolution to your dispute through our mediation services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which a neutral third party, called a mediator, assists the parties in finding a mutually agreeable solution to their dispute. The mediator helps the parties communicate effectively, identify the underlying issues, and explore potential solutions.

While both arbitration and mediation are forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), they differ in their processes and outcomes. Mediation involves a neutral third party facilitating negotiations between the parties to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. In contrast, arbitration involves a neutral arbitrator or panel of arbitrators who hear evidence and arguments from both sides and render a final decision, which is binding on the parties.

The length of mediation varies depending on the complexity of the issues and the willingness of the parties to reach a resolution. Most mediations can be resolved in a day or even a half-day, while others may be longer.

The duration of the arbitration process can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the dispute, the number of issues involved, and the availability of the parties and arbitrator(s). Contact us for more information on how long to expect the arbitration process to take considering your circumstances.

Mediation offers many benefits, including cost savings, faster resolution, and confidentiality. Mediation can also help preserve relationships and allow the parties to have more control over the outcome of the dispute.

Arbitration offers several advantages over traditional litigation, including greater flexibility, confidentiality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. Arbitration proceedings can be tailored to the specific needs and preferences of the parties, and they often result in faster resolution of disputes compared to court litigation.

Below is a list of our general mediation practice areas:

– Collections Disputes
– Business Law Disputes
– Post Judgement Collection Disputes
– Bankruptcy Disputes
– Commercial/Business Loan Disputes
– SBA Loan Disputes
– Bankruptcy Foreclosures Disputes
– Commercial and Residential Foreclosures
– Contracts Disputes
– Creditors’ and Debtors’ Rights Disputes
– Homeowner Disputes
– Insurance Disputes
– Landlord and Tenant Disputes
– Probate Disputes
– Real Property Disputes

Yes, mediation can be used in lawsuits as a way to resolve disputes outside of court. In many cases, courts may even require parties to attempt mediation before proceeding to trial.

Mediators are trained in a code of ethics that requires them to remain neutral and impartial throughout the mediation process. They do not take sides or make decisions for the parties. Instead, they help facilitate communication and guide the parties towards finding a mutually agreeable solution.

Yes, mediation is confidential. In Florida, all discussions and negotiations that take place during mediation are confidential and cannot be used as evidence in court. This allows the parties to have open and honest discussions without fear of repercussions.

If the parties cannot reach a resolution in mediation, they can still proceed to court. However, the discussions and negotiations that took place during mediation cannot be used as evidence in court.

Yes, mediation and arbitration can be conducted remotely or online using video conferencing platforms. This allows parties to participate from different locations, making the process more convenient and accessible.

Lawyers can play a supportive role in mediation by providing legal advice and guidance to their clients. They may also participate directly in the mediation sessions to advocate for their clients’ interests and help facilitate negotiations.

During a mediation session, the mediator will facilitate discussions between the parties, help them identify their interests and concerns, and assist them in exploring potential solutions. The parties may meet jointly or separately with the mediator, depending on the circumstances of the case.

Yes, mediation can be used for disputes involving multiple parties. In these cases, the mediator works to facilitate communication and negotiation between all parties involved, with the goal of reaching a mutually acceptable resolution.

Mediation differs from arbitration and litigation in that it is a voluntary, collaborative process where the parties work together to find a resolution with the assistance of a neutral mediator. Unlike arbitration, where a decision is imposed by a third party, and litigation, which involves a formal court process, mediation empowers parties to control the outcome of their dispute.

While qualifications and certifications can vary depending on jurisdiction, it’s generally advisable to work with a mediator who has received formal training in mediation techniques and has experience handling similar types of disputes. Our team at Bullard Law are accredited by reputable organizations or have a track record of successful mediations, ensuring that you receive the highest standard of mediation services.

Mediation can be initiated by either party, or it may be court-ordered in some cases. However, for mediation to be successful, both parties typically need to be willing to participate voluntarily and engage in good faith negotiations.

The arbitrator’s role is similar to that of a judge in traditional litigation. The arbitrator acts as a neutral third party who presides over the arbitration proceedings, hears evidence and arguments presented by both parties, applies the relevant law to the case, and issues a final decision, known as an arbitration award.

While mediation is suitable for many types of disputes, there are situations where it may not be appropriate, such as cases involving domestic violence, extreme power imbalances, or disputes where one party is unwilling to negotiate in good faith.

Preparation for a mediation session may include gathering relevant documents and information related to the dispute, identifying your interests and priorities, and considering potential solutions or outcomes you would find acceptable. It’s also important to approach the mediation process with an open mind and a willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with the other party.

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Rating: 5

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Rating: 5

Knowledge and communication are top notch at Bullard Law. I will definitely recommend them to all my friends and family.

Stephanie Q.
Rating: 5

After moving here from California, we needed to have all of our legal affairs changed to meet Florida standards. Cesery took us by the hand and we redid everything that we needed to face any consequence that may happen in our lives from now on. Thank you Cesery for such a wonderful job I highly recommend your firm.

Dave W.
Rating: 5

After receiving considerable damage to my roof in 2016, I made the costly mistake of dealing with my insurance carrier on my own. When additional storm damage came five years later, and caused water damage to my home’s interior, my insurance once again told me that there was no extensive damage, and that I should cover the repairs out of my own pocket. Fortunately, I decided to contact Bullard Law on the second go around. Our attorney, Cesery Bullard, navigated us through damage appraisals, multiple mediations, and ultimately a successful trip to court. We were very happy with the manner in which Ms. Bullard and her staff handled our case, and took the burden of dealing with the insurance company off of my family’s back!

John C.
Rating: 5

We cannot say enough good things about Cesery Bullard and her team at Bullard Law! Our firm has numerous opportunities to refer people to other law firms for matters outside of our areas of practice or when there is another reason we cannot take on a particular matter.

While we have many attorneys to whom we can refer, Bullard Law is at the top of our list, as when we send our own clients, family, and friends to Bullard Law, we know they are in the hands of smart, capable, and tough legal counsel who will handle their matters with graceful skill and care.

Diana S.
Rating: 5

Excellent litigator. Very knowledgeable in debt collection, business law, real estate, and estate planning.

Kelsey K.
Rating: 5

Cesery has always been quick to respond and has provided high level service. I highly recommend.

Rendfrey G.
Rating: 5

If you are a company and need a debt collection attorney, look no further. Responsive and gets the job done in a timely and correct manner.

Eunice C.
Rating: 5

Being involved in the legal field myself, I never expected to need to hire an outside attorney. Needless to say that my expectations were very high. During the first initial consultation with Ms. Bullard, I was able to determine very quickly that she was extremely knowledgeable in cases that involved businesses, corporations, and contract disputes. Ms. Bullard and her team fought for me and they were able to resolve my case timely and beyond my expectations. Thanks to Bullard Law, I have recovered my peace of mind and can now concentrate in other personal and professional priorities. Thank you Bullard Team.

Gonzalez A.
Rating: 5

Managing a business is hard. Its harder when people do not want to pay you for services they received. We do not have the time to chase clients for monies owed. I was referred to Attorney Bullard by another attorney in the area. Our case was complicated because it involved a six digit Post-Judgment Collection against another business for breach of contract. Not only did Attorney Bullard recoup our monies, she also revamped our business Contract to protect us in our future business projects. We now consult any future changes with her before making final decisions. We highly recommend Attorney Bullard.

Oreo K.
Rating: 5

Bullard Law helped me recover monies I was owed. I hired her to collect unpaid debts from customers. Ms. Bullard was thorough and professional. She is an excellent negotiator and got the job done. I highly recommend her and her firm.

Marie C.
Rating: 5

That phrase “More Money, More Problems” is true. I opened a business with somebody who I considered family, sadly that turn out to be the biggest mistake of my life. Everything was going well until we started making a lot of money. All of the sudden, my business partner got greedy and decided he no longer wanted me to be part of the business. Luckily, one of my clients that had gone through a similar problem referred me to Bullard Law. I hired them immediately after the first telephone conference and they were able to resolve my case in short time. God Bless Bullard Law.

Marrero M.
Rating: 5

Having had the opportunity to work with Ms. Bullard on a professional level as a fellow attorney I find her to not only be competent and professional, but someone who strives for the best results for her clients and takes that extra step to ensure it happens. I have referred clients to her for debt related legal matters including collections and for other legal matters related to business and asset protection and have come to trust her guidance on these issues immensely.

Jess S.
Rating: 5

I am not one to post reviews, but this one just had to be done. I am impressed with the excellent customer service and how knowledgeable she is. Ms. Bullard is just what I wanted and needed, an honest, trustworthy, and bottom-line attorney who would fight for me, my family and my business.

Greg L.
Rating: 5

I have been with Bullard Law for a few years now. Great customer service and communication which is key for me!

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Ms. Bullard does a great job helping me with all my business’s legal matters.

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Through understanding the full picture from the perspective of each party, Ms. Bullard is able to help the parties in a mediation and arbitration identify a resolution that is acceptable to all parties. This process sometimes results in creative solutions that the parties did not contemplate prior to mediation. Don’t wait any longer – book your mediation now and move forward with confidence.

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