Rolando J. Santiago is a:
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator,
Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator,
Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
Mediation is an informal and non-adversarial process in which a neutral impartial person, the -mediator-, facilitates negotiations between the disputing parties. The mediator helps the parties find a mutually acceptable solution to their dispute. A mediator has no power to impose a solution and will not attempt to do so. This approach is different from arbitration or a court solution where the arbitrator(s) or the judge decides the dispute.
Unlike lengthy and time consuming court proceedings, a mediation conference can be scheduled very quickly and requires a relatively small amount of preparation time. The conference usually begins with a joint discussion of the case, followed by the mediator working with the disputants both together and separately, if appropriate, to resolve the case. Many cases are resolved within a few hours.
Mediator Rolando Santiago brings to the process extensive practice and experience representing private and governmental clients.
Arbitration is a formal private proceeding where the arbitrator has decision-making authority on certain issues at controversy. Arbitration is usually conducted by a sole arbitrator or a panel of three arbitrators. An arbitrator listens to adversarial presentations by all sides of the dispute or case and thereafter makes a decision, usually resulting in an award to one of the disputants.
Community Association Disputes:
In 2007 (Special Act 2007-173) the Florida legislature modified the requirements for community association disputes set forth in Florida Statute Chapter 720. Under the new provisions must first be submitted to a certified mediator. Serving central and southwest Florida, attorney Rolando Santiago is available to mediate community association disputes and can accommodate evening and weekend schedules.
Areas of Experience and Concentration:
- Eminent Domain
- Inverse Condemnation and Bert Harris Act
- Land Use & Zoning Litigation
- Bidding & Construction
- Homeowner Association Disputes
- Condo Association Disputes
- Personal Injury
- Commercial/Business Disputes
- Commercial and Residential Real Estate Sales Disputes
- Commercial and Residential Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Contract Disputes
- Insurance disputes, including bad faith, delay and coverage disputes
- Family matters including divorce, property division, shared or sole parental responsibility, child support and custody
- International Contract Arbitration