Rich Smukler

Rich Smukler

Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Personal Injury, Business Law ...
  • Florida, Pennsylvania
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Summary

Why Mediation versus Trial?
As a trial lawyer of over 35 years, I have handled thousands of cases in the area of Personal Injury law (auto accidents, medical negligence aka malpractice, products liability, pro se divorce, estates and wills, commercial and business transactional disputes, HOA, stockbroker liability claims and much more). Whenever a client says to me "I want my day in court" I take a deep breath. I will then explain the benefits of Mediation, court-ordered or otherwise. It is a chance for you to take some control of the system, as opposed to throwing your fate into the hands of a panel of jurors who frankly could care less. You will probably save a tremendous amount of money in legal fees and costs, as well as the human cost of the emotions required to bring a case to trial. Mediation is a way to put this behind you for all time. For a more complete discussion on the benefits of Mediation, please call.

Rich Smukler, Esquire

Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Law
  • Divorce
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
  • Probate
  • Securities Law
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate Law
  • Insurance Claims
Additional Practice Area
  • Mediation / Arbitration
Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer two billing options: hourly and per diem. Unless I am notified otherwise, you will be billed on an hourly basis. My hourly rate is $320.00 per hour for two party mediations and $450.00 per hour for mediations with three or more parties, which will be billed at the conclusion of each mediation session. The time billed will include all time spent in mediation sessions (minimum 2.0 hours), time spent if any in preparation for mediation sessions, as well as all other time spent in the mediation process, including separate conferences with each party, conferences in which all parties are present, and any telephone conferences. If all parties agree, there is an alternative billing option you may select. The alternative is a statewide rate of $4,000.00 per day, which includes travel time. If you choose this alternative billing option, you must notify me immediately to be sure the time is reserved appropriately. I do not charge for travel within the 11th, 15th, 17th and 19th Circuits in Florida, however, I do charge a reduced rate for travel time outside of these Circuits, and for airfare, if required. In addition, I will bill for all costs incurred in this mediation, such as copy costs, food and lodging expenses if overnight stays are required, and other out of pocket costs.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
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Pennsylvania
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
attorney mediator and arbitrator
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
Current
Qualified Florida Advanced Arbitrator
Current
Certified in Residential Foreclosure Mediation
Certified in Residential Foreclosure Mediation
Current
(compliant with the Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC09-54)
Certified Dispute Resolution Arbitrator & Mediator
Finra
- Current
Florida Supreme Court Civil & County Certified Assistant Mediator Trainer
Supreme Court of Florida
- Current
attorney mediator and arbitrator
Attorney licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida
- Current
Special Assistant Attorney General
Pennsylvania Attorney Genenral's Office
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Condemnation and Eminent Domain Trial Specialist
Education
Villanova University
M.A. | English Literature
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Villanova University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Pennsylvania State University - University Park
B.A. | English Literature
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Professional Associations
Palm Beach, Broward and Dade County Bar Associations
member
Current
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ABA
adr section member
Current
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American Arbitration Association Neutral
mediator
- Current
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Palm Beach County Residential Foreclosure Mediation Program
mediator
- Current
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Florida Bar Association ADR Section
member
- Current
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Collins Center for Public Policy
mediator
- Current
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Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
member
- Current
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Finra
Dispute Resolution Arbitrator
- Current
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ASFMA (Association of South Floirda Mediators and Arbitrators)
member
- Current
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FAPM (The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators)
member
- Current
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Palm Beach County ADR Committee
Member
- Current
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Broward County ADR Committee
Member
- Current
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Florida Bar Association
member
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Pennsylvania Bar Association
member
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Certifications
Circuit Civil & County Mediation Assistant Trainer
Supreme Court of Florida
Circuit Civil Mediator
Florida Supreme Court
Qualified Florida Arbitrator
Florida Supreme Court
FINRA certiified arbitrator & mediator
FINRA
AAA certified neutral
American Arbitration Association Neutral
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Website
Five Stars Review Site
Contact & Map
Rich Smukler Mediation
777 West Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Telephone: (561) 866-1688
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Rich Smukler Mediation
6402 NW 32 Terrace
433 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Telephone: (561) 866-1688
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Rich Smukler Mediation
3801 PGA Blvd.,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Telephone: (561) 866-1688
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed