Nicholas Mediation & Arbitration

Nicholas Mediation

LITIGATION PRACTICE COMMENCED 1980

MEANINGFUL MEDIATION

TOTAL MEDIATIONS: 5000+

TOTAL ARBITRATIONS: 600+

FULL-TIME MEDIATING: 30+ YEARS

VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON MEDIATION

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Distinguished Neutral

MAPPED FOR MEANINGFUL CONFLICT RESOLUTION

 

Mr. Nicholas is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and in Business Litigation. He has a Real Estate license through the State of Florida – Department of Business and Professional Regulation, as well as a Life, Health and Variable Annuity Insurance License from the State of Florida – Department of Financial Services. He is admitted to the Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Colorado Bars and is approved to appear before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Nicholas is also a Certified Federal and State Arbitrator, a Certified Circuit Civil, Appellate and Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediator, as well as a Family Law Mediator.

He graduated in the very first class in Florida that certified mediators and he has been mediating cases for the past thirty-one years. During the last twelve years, his primary practice has been mediation.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Florida – 1989
  • Board Certified Circuit/County Civil Mediator, Florida – 1991
  • Auto Insurance Mediator, Florida – 1991
  • Board Certified Family Mediator, Florida – 1992
  • Certified State and Federal Arbitrator, Florida – 1994
  • Board Certified in Business Litigation, Florida – 1995
  • Board Certified Appellate Mediator – 2000
  • Certified Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediator – 2010
  • Member of the Panel of Neutrals, American Arbitration Association
  • Real Estate Sales Person License, Florida – 2002
  • Life, Health and Variable Annuity License, Florida – 2002
STATE LICENSING
  • Admitted to Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania Bars, 1980
  • Admitted to the Colorado Bar, 1998
  • Real Estate Salesperson License, Florida, 2002
  • Life, Health and Variable Annuity License, Florida, 2002
James M. Nicholas - Member of The Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
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Nature of Practice

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES BY CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

With more than forty years of trial practice experience, Mr. Nicholas has a solid background in all areas of civil litigation including personal injury (both plaintiff and defense), first and third party insurance claims, owner-contractor construction disputes, employment law and general civil corporate matters. As a former insurance claims adjuster, as well as an independent adjuster prior to law school, Mr. Nicholas have had considerable experience in bodily injury and wrongful death claims handling. His current practice consists of both plaintiff and defense litigation.

Other experience includes business and construction litigation; insurance and property damage claims; as well as mediating hundreds of disputes between unit owners, developers, contractors, and condominium associations (pursuant to F.S. 718) and homeowners associations (pursuant to F.S. 720). Of these, many of these cases have involved Windstorm and Flood Damage claims, as well as mold remediation and general repairs secondary to the Hurricanes. Most recently, mediation cases have included Cast Iron Pipe Plumbing System failures. Mr. Nicholas’s experience also includes mediating eminent domain issues (pursuant to F.S. 73) as well as Probate, Guardianship and other Estate matters.

EDUCATION

Bachelors Degree received from West Chester State University, Pennsylvania – 1977
J.D. Degree received from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL – 1979

 Mediation & Arbitration Resolutions in key areas

Practice Areas

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Insurance

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real estate

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business

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Condominiums

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Construction

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Contract Disputes

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Personal Injury

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Appellate

FEE SCHEDULE

RETENTION OF SERVICES AS A MEDIATOR

 

The hourly rate is $400.00 for two party mediations, $450.00 for three party mediations, and $500.00 for four party mediations. For any mediation in excess of four parties, the rate will be $100.00 per party per hour. Rate is inclusive of travel time, which is equally split among the parties.

Effective January 1, 2023 a rate increase will take effect. New rates for mediations booking in 2023 are $450.00 for two party mediations, $500.00 for three party mediations, and $550.00 for four party mediations.

CANCELLATION POLICY

 

A cancellation fee of three (3) hours will be charged for any mediation cancelled less than three (3) business days prior to the scheduled mediation, excluding weekends and holidays. Should your office disagree with this fee arrangement, please contact me within five days of this letter.

TESTIMONIALS

PLAINTIFF COUNSEL

Jim is a natural at mediation. He has been in the business for decades and knows how to handle any conflict without getting annoyed. He’s a great negotiator who helped reach an agreement which seemed impossible at first. I would recommend him to anyone that needs help mediating a dispute.

DEFENDANT COUNSEL

Jim is the best mediator I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He has a knack for finding out what people really want and helps them work out a solution together. Not only that, but he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, so he’ll jump in and help settle any disputes that arise.

MEDIATION ATTENDEE

James Nicholas is an all-around great mediator who is a pleasure to work with. He’s always willing to have the tough conversations and really tackles difficult problems head on. I would recommend him to anyone who needs mediation services.

If we manage conflict constructively, we harness its energy for creativity and development.

KENNETH KAYE

CALENDAR

To reserve a mediation session, please select from any of the available dates below from the online calendar. A quick real-time APPOINTMENT REQUEST will collect contact details and case information. Once submitted, we will be in touch as quickly as possible for confirmation and required paperwork.

Step One

STEP ONE

Check online calendar for availability

Step Two

STEP TWO

Select preferred date

Step Three

STEP THREE

Complete short intake form and submit request

Step Four

STEP FOUR

Receive confirmation email from casemanager