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Mediating Partnerships and Business Relationships: A Commercial Divorce

May 9, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Live GoToWebinar
$50 for ADR Section members

Live GoToWebinar by Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator Steven Gard of Gard Mediation, LLC​. Course number 6742 is approved for 1.0 General CLE credit; 1.0 Business Law certification credit. ADR Section members register for only $50. REGISTER

Some businesses reach a point where the business owners can no longer work together as a team.  Mediation can resolve many of these disputes before they reach the courtroom.  Mediators and business lawyers should be aware of how these disputes arise and how they can best be resolved.

Course Outline

Statutes Governing Business Dissolution

  • Partnership, LLC, and Corporation Statutes

Methods of Dissolving Businesses

Alternatives to Business Dissolution

  • Selling business to a third party
  • Selling owner’s interest to other owner(s)
  • Withdrawal of owner/partner

Advantages of Mediating Disputes Between Owners

  • Speed, cost, confidentiality, flexibility, self-determination

Preparing for the Mediation

  • Drafting the Mediation Agreement
  • Mediator’s Due Diligence

Conducting the Mediation

  • Assess potential outcomes
  • Assess the personalities and positions of the parties
  • Determine possible valuation models
  • Assist the parties in agreeing upon an acceptable outcome

Image of a smiling manSteven J. Gard is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and a Certified Federal Court Mediator in the Middle District of Florida. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and Georgia and was Board-certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in the field of Business Litigation in 2010. Mr. Gard is a member of the board of directors for the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. He is also a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution sections of the Florida Bar and the Jacksonville Bar Association. Learn more about Mr. Gard here.