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Description of Practice
Since retiring from the Florida circuit court trial bench in 2009, Tom Bateman has been serving as a full-time Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator in the state trial and appellate courts and the federal distrct and bankruptcy courts of Florida and the Southeast United States. An attorney member of The Florida Bar for over 33 years, 19 of which serving as a Florida State Court System trial judge, Tom has trial as well as special magistrate, mediation and arbitration experience in all manner of disputes ranging from employment and workplace disputes, personal injury, medical malpractice, complex commercial transactions, insurance coverage, receivership, non-compete agreement disputes, doctor-hospital employment disputes, public body sovereign immunity, contract interpretation and declaratory judgment disputes, road and building construction disputes, civil rights, patent and trademark infringement cases to non-child custody family law disputes, as well as residential and commercial foreclosure and other real property disputes including title, eminent domain and inverse condemnation disputes. Specializing in complex state and federal civil trial court and state appellate court mediation, arbitration, as well as pre-suit negotiation and mediation, Mr. Bateman was a long-serving member of the Florida Supreme Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy Committee terming off on June 30, 2015, and a former member of the Mediator Qualifications Board, the discipline arm of the Florida Supreme Court as it relates to mediators. He served as a member and chairman of the MQB's Northern Division. He chaired the Florida Supreme Court's Task Force on the Management of Litigation in Complex Cases and served as the chairman of the Florida Supreme Court's Work Group on Jury Management Issues. He has also served The Florida Bar chair or member of numerouls Rules Committees, the Professional Ethics Committee and the Government Lawyers Section.
Mediation for Judges - National Judicial College, Reno, NV
40 Hours + Mentorship, Florida Certified Mediation Training
Contuing Mediation Education, American Arbitration Association
Continuing Mediation Education, Florida Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution
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