Mediation and Arbritration

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
  • Probate
  • 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

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