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Business And Real Property Disputes

Business & Real Property Disputes

Engaging the services of a mediator with specialized expertise in business and real property sectors is essential for an effective resolution process. Our mediator brings a wealth of experience and a nuanced understanding of Florida’s unique market conditions and legal frameworks. Practical business acumen enable the mediator to facilitate legally tenable and commercially viable solutions.

Breach of Contract

Common Reasons for Breach of Contract Disputes

Disputes often arise when there is a contention that one or more parties have not fulfilled their contractual obligations. Common triggers include disagreements over the quality or timeliness of goods delivered, payment issues, or divergent interpretations of contract terms.

The Role of Mediation in Resolving Breach of Contract Disputes

Mediation provides a confidential, non-adversarial environment where disputing parties can openly explore their issues. Guided by the mediator, parties are encouraged to clarify misunderstandings, articulate their needs, and explore viable solutions. This process allows parties to dissect the alleged breach’s complexities and arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement that often reflects a deeper understanding of each party’s obligations.

Partnership or Shareholder Disputes

Explanation of Partnership and Shareholder Agreements

Partnership and shareholder agreements serve as internal business constitutions, outlining the rules, roles, and expectations for the partners or shareholders involved.

Common Areas of Disagreements

The relationship between partners or shareholders is often complex and can be strained by various issues. Typical areas of discord may include disagreements over the strategic direction of the business, allocation of profits, management responsibilities, or the admittance or exit of partners or shareholders.

The Advantages of Mediation in Resolving Internal Business Disputes

Opting for mediation in resolving partnership or shareholder disputes offers several advantages over litigation. Beyond the financial and temporal efficiencies, mediation fosters a collaborative environment. Unlike court proceedings, where relationships may be irreparably damaged, mediation aims to preserve and often even strengthen business relationships. The process allows for more creative solutions tailored to the specific dynamics and needs of the business, achieved in a confidential setting.

Employment Disputes

The Significance of a Harmonious Work Environment

A harmonious work environment is not just an aspirational goal but a fundamental cornerstone for productivity, employee retention, and the overall success of any organization. Positive workplace dynamics bolster team cohesion, facilitate open communication, and promote employee well-being. When disputes disrupt this harmony, the repercussions can be far-reaching, affecting the individuals directly involved and the broader organizational morale and productivity.

Various Employment Disputes

The realm of employment is multifaceted, and consequently, various disputes can arise. Some of the most prevalent disputes include:

  • Wrongful Termination: Allegations that an employee’s dismissal was unjust or illegal.
  • Harassment: Claims of unwarranted and persistent annoyance, typically aggressive.
  • Discrimination: Allegations of unfair treatment based on race, gender, age, or other protected categories.
  • Wage Disputes: Disagreements over compensation, overtime, or benefits.

How Mediation Offers Neutral Ground

In the delicate arena of employment disputes, mediation provides a neutral platform where employees and employers can openly express their concerns without the adversarial underpinnings of litigation.

Intellectual Property Disputes

IP Disputes

Intellectual Property (IP) disputes typically arise when one entity believes another has encroached upon its exclusive rights. Such disputes can revolve around:

  • Alleged Infringements: Claims that one entity uses another’s intellectual property without permission.
  • Licensing Disagreements: Disputes over the terms and conditions of IP usage.
  • Ownership Contests: Disagreements over the rightful owner of an IP asset.

Benefits of Mediation in IP Disputes

IP disputes can be particularly complex given the specialized nature of the rights involved and the global implications of IP assets. Mediation offers a platform where parties can clarify misunderstandings, delineate their rights, and negotiate terms outside the confines of traditional litigation. This process is often faster, less costly, and offers more tailored solutions than court trials.

Real Estate and Lease Disputes

Potential Disagreements

Given their high value and long-term nature, real estate and lease agreements can sometimes lead to disputes. Typical areas of contention include:

  • Lease Terms: Discrepancies in understanding or fulfilling the terms of a lease.
  • Ownership Rights: Disputes over property boundaries, titles, or use rights.
  • Contract Interpretation: Differing interpretations of contract clauses or terms.

Mediation in Real Estate and Lease Disputes

Mediation offers a confidential space where parties can openly discuss their grievances, guided by a mediator familiar with real estate nuances. By facilitating open dialogue, mediation often helps parties reach mutually beneficial solutions without resorting to lengthy and costly court battles. Moreover, the process often preserves, if not strengthens, the business relationships involved.

Consumer Litigation and Fraud

Disputes Arising from Consumer-related Issues

Consumer litigation often stems from perceived violations of these rights. Common triggers for such disputes include:

  • False Advertising: Allegations of misleading or deceptive marketing strategies.
  • Fraud: Accusations of deceitful practices to secure an unfair or unlawful gain.
  • Other Consumer-related Issues might encompass product defects, warranty breaches, or failure to honor return and refund policies.

Mediation in Consumer Litigation and Fraud

When facing consumer litigation or allegations of fraud, businesses stand to lose not only in direct financial terms but also in the form of reputational damage. Mediation offers a discreet, constructive platform to address such disputes.

Debt Collection

Intricacies of Debt Collection and the Role of Businesses

Debt collection is a complex process, especially when businesses play dual roles – at times as creditors attempting to recover funds and at other times as debtors facing claims.

Disputes Relating to Debt Collection

Disputes in this realm typically center on:

  • Validity of the Debt: Controversies regarding whether a debt is legitimate or even exists.
  • Amount of Claimed Debt: Disagreements over the exact amount due, possibly due to differences in interest calculations, alleged payments, or perceived errors.

Mediation’s Role in Debt Collection Disputes

Mediation emerges as a potent tool in debt collection disputes. It allows for a neutral environment where creditors and debtors can discuss the specifics of the claimed debt, clarify misunderstandings, and negotiate potential repayment terms. Instead of a zero-sum outcome that litigation might produce, mediation fosters solutions tailored to the debtor’s financial realities while ensuring the creditor recovers a fair amount. Such a collaborative approach can maintain business relationships and result in more effective repayment solutions.

HOA Disputes
Homeowners’ Association (HOA) Dispute Resolution is a pivotal process designed to address disagreements that arise within community associations. These disputes can range from matters related to dues and assessments to architectural modifications or covenant enforcement. Given the close-knit nature of many HOA communities, it’s essential to resolve these disputes in a manner that promotes harmony and understanding. By opting for dispute resolution methods such as mediation or arbitration, parties can engage in constructive dialogue in a neutral setting, often leading to timely and mutually agreeable solutions. This not only saves resources and time compared to litigation but also fosters a collaborative community atmosphere.


Before embarking on a path that may lead to protracted litigation, parties should consider mediation as an initial step. Remember, if a lawsuit has been filed the Court will order both parties to go to mediation.  The benefits are manifold: significant savings in time and costs, preservation of valuable business relationships, and the opportunity to shape solutions tailored to each dispute’s unique circumstances.

Contact us today

If you’re at the crossroads of a business or real property dispute and are seeking an avenue that champions collaboration over confrontation, we invite you to consider the services of Richard Polisner and Elliot Fixler. With their wealth of experience and dedication to equitable resolution, they stand ready to guide you through mediation.

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