Attorney Matthew J. Jowanna is a certified mediator for both County and Circuit Court for the State Courts of Florida. Mr. Jowanna is also a certified federal court mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
You may book Mr. Jowanna as a mediator for your case using our facilities or yours, as there is no charge for travel.
Mediation is a process whereby a neutral and impartial third person acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute without prescribing what it should be. It is an informal and non-adversarial process intended to help disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
The role of the mediator is to reduce obstacles to communication, assist in the identification of issues and exploration of alternatives, and otherwise facilitate voluntary agreements resolving the dispute. The ultimate decision-making authority, however, rests solely with the parties.
Mediation is based on concepts of communication, negotiation, facilitation, and problem-solving that emphasize: (a) self determination; (b) the needs and interests of the parties; (c) fairness; (d) procedural flexibility; (e) confidentiality; (f) full disclosure.
Mediator’s Responsibility to the Parties
The purpose of mediation is to provide a forum for consensual dispute resolution by the parties. It is not an adjudicatory procedure. Accordingly, a mediator’s responsibility to the parties includes honoring their right of self-determination; acting with impartiality; and avoiding coercion, improper influence, and conflicts of interest. A mediator is also responsible for maintaining an appropriate demeanor, preserving confidentiality, and promoting the awareness by the parties of the interests of non-participating persons. A mediator’s business practices should reflect fairness, integrity and impartiality.
“Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”
– July 1, 1850