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W. David Shearer, Jr.W. David Shearer, Jr., a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator is available to accept assignments as an arbitrator and/or mediator in the field of alternative dispute resolution relating to Equine Law, Employment Law, Contract Law, Commercial Business Law, Corporate Law, Family Law as well as other areas or matters of dispute.

 Let Mr. Shearer reconcile or guide your litigants to resolve their own disputes through an expeditious, fair and just arbitration or mediation process. You may contact Mr. Shearer via this web site by clicking here or by telephone:

Direct numbers   KY (502) 636-1636    FL (239) 537-4691
Fax (502) 636-1652

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?

Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of methods for resolving disputes outside traditional methods such as litigation. Sometimes the "A" in ADR is defined as "appropriate" rather than "alternative" as a way of indicating that ADR relates to finding the most fitting way to resolve disputes. Sometimes there is no "A" used and simply the phrase "dispute resolution" is used, as a way to indicate that all approaches to dispute resolution are potentially considered. Whichever way the acronym is spelled out - alternative, appropriate, or just dispute resolution - the concept of ADR is based on expanding the tools available for resolving disputes.

What Is Court ADR?

Court Alternative Dispute Resolution, or (court ADR), refers to the application of ADR methods for resolving disputes outside of traditional litigation. The two most widely used methods are arbitration and mediation. Other methods include the following:

  • Collaborative or Cooperative Law
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
  • Family Group Conferencing
  • Judicial Settlement Conferences
  • Parenting Coordination
  • Private Judging
  • Sentencing Circles
  • Special Master
  • Summary Jury Trial
  • Mini-Trial ADR

These ADR methods have different emphases that make them suitable for particular types of cases. Some forms of ADR, such as mediation, are intended to put decision-making power into the hands of the parties. Because of this, mediation has been found to be suitable for a wide-variety of case types from family to commercial business law.

Other methods, such as early neutral evaluation or non-binding arbitration, are intended to provide expert input about the strengths and weaknesses of each side's case and the likely outcome. However, certain cases are well suited to finality, such as binding arbitration. Others, such as parenting coordination, are intended to address ongoing conflicts between the parties in family law cases.

Certain ADR methods are used to effect goals specific to particular cases. For example, sentencing circles and family group conferencing are used to reconcile the harm to communities caused by juvenile misbehavior. Parenting coordination is used to reduce ongoing conflicts between divorced parents and to refocus them on the needs of the children. Cooperative and collaborative law, while used predominantly in family law settings, are not based on the particular needs of family issues but more on a desire to change the dynamics towards settlement.

In the court setting, the common thread is for the courts to take the dispute out of the litigation forum and into non-binding arbitration and mediation, thus bringing the parties closer to a settlement. The two exceptions are Binding Arbitration and Private Judging.

You may contact Mr. Shearer via this web site by clicking here or by telephone:


Direct number (239) 537- 4691

As a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator, Mr. Shearer is committed to the following:

  • Informing participants about the process of arbitration/mediation
  • Adopting a neutral stance with all parties revealing any potential conflicts of interest to the arbitration/mediation
  • Conducting the arbitration/mediation in an impartial manner
  • Confidentiality (mediation), except as agreed to by the parties or except when disclosure is required or permitted by law
  • Abstaining from offering legal advice
Whatever your issue might be, it is very likely that Mr. Shearer has significant, relevant experience. Successful resolutions occur when the participants feel that the best decision has been made and that the process was efficient and professional. Your satisfaction with the resolution process is Mr. Shearer's primary goal.

Dispute Resolution Services:


Civil Arbitration
Contractual Arbitration


Circuit Mediation
Civil Mediation
Family Mediation

Areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution:

Florida Administrative Law Dispute
Florida Appellate Law Dispute
Florida Broker-Dealer Securities Investment Dispute
Florida Condemnation Law Dispute
Florida Contract & Corporate Law Dispute
Florida Commercial Business Law Dispute
Florida Employment Law Dispute
Florida Equine Law Dispute
Florida Family Law Dispute
Florida Foreclosure & Real Estate Law Dispute
Florida Insurance Law Dispute
Florida Tort Law Dispute
Florida Workers Compensation Law Dispute


• Less adversarial than litigation
• Less costly than litigation
• Less formal than litigation
• Much faster than litigation
• Less prolonged anxiety for the parties
• More control over the process

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W. David Shearer, Jr., J. D.
Kentucky - c/o Regus Group, MET Building, 312 South Fourth Street, Suite 700, Louisville, KY 40202
Florida - c/o Regus Group, 4851 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 200, Naples, FL 34103

Office: Kentucky (502) 636-1636     Florida (239) 537-4691      Fax: (502) 636-1652
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Naples Florida based Arbitrator and Mediator W. David Shearer, Jr. provides alternative dispute resolution services for: Equine Law Disputes, Employment Law Disputes, Family Law Disputes and Contract, Corporate & Commercial Business Law Disputes throughout the state of Florida.

Mr. Shearer offers Arbitration and Mediation services within the Florida Counties of: Alachua  | Brevard  | Broward  | Citrus  | Collier  | Duval  | Hernando  | Hillsborough  | Indian River  | Lee  | Leon  | Orange  | Osceola  | Palm Beach  | Pinellas  | Polk  | Sarasota  | St. Johns  | St. Lucie  and other Florida Counties.

Including the following Florida Cities: Adventura, Boca Raton, Bradenton, Brandon, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Davie, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Hallandale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Inverness, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Maitland, Melbourne, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens (Carol City-Norland), Miramar, Naples, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Palm Beach, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota, South Daytona, Spring Hill, St Augustine, St. Petersburg, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, Vero Beach, Villages of Oriole, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Winterpark, and other Florida Cities