• In Arbitration (binding and non-binding) makes studied decisions
  • In Mediation facilitates the negotiation of a mutual  agreement
  • Has experience as a finder of fact on Merit Board and as a Hearing Officer
  • Served on Merit Board for fourteen years, thirteen years as its Chairman
  • Served as a Hearing Officer over span of fifteen years
  • Has broad experience in Labor/Employment issues
  • Formulated and drafted Employment Contracts and Employee Handbook Manuals
  • Offers an affordable hourly rate

In arbitration, W. David Shearer, Jr. makes a studied decision (binding or non-binding) based on the evidence and information provided depending on the type of arbitration process selected by the parties. However, in mediation, he facilitates the negotiations between the parties to enable them to accept a mutual agreement. Mr. Shearer is qualified to address Kentucky and Florida mediation labor/employment contracts, Kentucky and Florida mediation employee termination disputes, including the mediation employee handbook policy disputes.

Mr. Shearer has broad practical experience on personnel issues, which exemplifies his unique ability as an arbitrator and a mediatot in Labor/Employment Law. He has not only worked as an attorney in formulating and drafting Labor/Employment Contracts and Employee Handbook Manuals, but he has also litigated and handled employee issues as well. His most noteworthy experiences occurred in the military and on the merit board.

employer-employee-agreementsMr. Shearer first became an employee in 1957 at age fifteen (15) and an employer in 1964 at age twenty-two (22). His employee and employer positions have allowed him to become acutely aware of both personnel issues and key methods of personnel management.

In handling personnel issues, Mr. Shearer biggest challenges were in service as Battery Commander of two National Guard Artillery Batteries, with 100 to 125 people in each. The personnel decisions involved two cases where soldiers had committed serious infractions.

As Commanding Officer, then Lieutenant and later Captain Shearer, he imposed discipline on the two soldiers in a way that maintained the morale and respect of all soldiers, while giving the two soldiers an opportunity to rehabilitate themselves. Later, as the two soldiers turned their lives around, they thanked Mr. Shearer for taking such disciplinary measures.

Mr. Shearer’s next big challenge on personnel issues was as a member of the Jefferson County (Louisville, Kentucky) Merit Board – a position he held for fourteen (14)  years, thirteen (13) of those years as Chairman. The Merit Board heard appeals of county employees who had been suspended or terminated from their employment. After the Notice of Appeal, the Board conducted hearings as Trial de Novo.

As Chairman, Mr. Shearer conducted hearings, and as such, he acted in a similar capacity as an administrative judge, ruling on the admissibility of evidence, including relevance. He also participated as a finder of fact. After the presentation of the evidence, he, along with the other members, went into executive session and deliberated as a jury to decide the case. At the conclusion of the hearing, Mr. Shearer prepared findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommended order.

In addition to his service on the Merit Board, over a span of fifteen (15) years, Mr. Shearer served as a Hearing Officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Louisville Metro Government. He conducted proceedings related to appeals where certain rights (which included awards of rights of minority in government contracts, employment rights and other contractual issues) had been administratively denied.

As a Hearing Officer, he conducted hearings as Trial de Novo in the same manner he did on the Merit Board, ruling on the admissibility of evidence, including relevance. At the conclusion of the hearing, Mr. Shearer prepared findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommended order.

As a Kentucky Arbitrator and Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator and a Kentucky Approved General / Civil and Family Mediator  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 (such as , 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.

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
                              Cell (502) 551-0818
Fax (502) 636-1652


Dispute Resolution Services:

         Civil Arbitration
Contractual Arbitration
Circuit Mediation
       • Civil Mediation
       • Family Mediation

Areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution:

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

Benefits Of Dispute Resolution:

• 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      
  Cell (502) 551-0818               Fax: (502) 636-1652

© 2011 W. David Shearer, Jr. All rights reserved

  Kentucky and Florida based Arbitrator and Mediator W. David Shearer, Jr. provides alternative dispute resolution services for: Equine Law Disputes, Employment Law Disputes, Family Law Disputes, Contract, Corporate & Commercial Business Law Disputes and Tort Disputes throughout the states of Kentucky and Florida.
  Mr. Shearer offers Arbitration and Mediation services within the Kentucky counties: Anderson |  Bath |  Bell |  Boone |  Bourbon | Boyd | Boyle | Bracken | Breathitt |  Bullitt |  Campbell |  Carroll |  Carter |  Casey |  Clark |  Clay |  Elliott |  Estill |  Fayette |  Fleming |  Floyd |  Franklin |  Gallatin |  Garrard |  Grant |  Greenup |  Hardin |  Harlan |  Harrison |  Henry |  Jackson |  Jefferson |  Jessamine |  Johnson |  Kenton |  Knott |  Knox |  LaRue |  Laurel |  Lawrence |  Lee |  Leslie |  Letcher |  Lewis |  Lincoln |  Madison |  Magoffin |  Marion |  Martin |  Mason |  McCreary |  Meade |  Menifee |  Mercer |  Montgomery |  Morgan |  Nelson |  Nicholas |  Oldham |  Owen |  Owsley |  Pendleton |  Perry |  Pike |  Powell |  Pulaski |  Robertson |  Rockcastle |  Rowan |  Scott |  Shelby |  Spencer |  Taylor |  Trimble |  Washington |  Wayne |  Whitley |  Wolfe and Woodford counties are all in the Eastern Time Zone.
  Including the following Kentucky cities: Louisville |  Lexington |  Owensboro |  Bowling Green |  Covington |  Hopkinsville |  Frankfort |  Henderson |  Richmond |  Jeffersontown |  Albany |  Alexandria |  Allen |  Ashland |  Auburn |  Barbourville |  Bardstown |  Bardwell |  Barlow |  Beattyville |  Beaver Dam |  Bedford |  Benton |  Brea |  Brandenburg |  Burkesville |  Burlington |  Burnside |  Cadiz |  Calvert City |  Campbellsville |  Campton |  Caneyville |  Carlisle |  Carrolton |  Cave City |  Central City |  Clinton |  Columbia |  Corbin |  Covington |  Crittenden |  Cynthiana |  Danville |  Dawson Springs |  Dixon |  Dry Ridge |  Eddyville |  Edmonton |  Elizabethtown |  Elkton |  Eminence |  Erlanger |  Evarts |  Flemingsburg |  Florence |  Fort Mitchell |  Fort Thomas |  Franklin |  Fulton |  Georgetown |  Glasgow |  Grand Rivers |  Grayson |  Greenburg |  Greenup |  Greenville | Hardin |  Hardinsburg |  Harlan |  Harrodsburg |  Hartford |  Hazard |  Hickman |  Hindman |  Hodgenville |  Hyden |  Independence |  Inez |  Irvington |  Jackson |  Jamestown |  La Grange |  Lancaster |  Lawrenceburg |  Lebanon |  Leitchfield |  Livingston |  London |  Louisa |  Manchester |  Mayfield |  Maysville |  Middlesboro |  Monticello |  Morehead |  Morganfield |  Morgantown |  Mount Sterling |  Munfordville |  Murray |  Newport |  Nicholasville |  Olive Hill |  Owenton |  Owingsville |  Paducah |  Paintsville |  Paris |  Perryville |  Pikeville |  Pineville |  Prestonsburg |  Princeton |  Providence |  Radcliff |  Richmond |  Russell Springs |  Russellville |  Salyersville |  Sandy Hook |  Scottsville |  Shelbyville |  Shepherdsville |  Simpsonville |  Somerset |  Springfield |  Stanford |  Stanton |  Stearns |  Sturgis |  Talorsville |  Tompkinsville |  Versailles |  Warsaw |  Webster |  West Liberty |  Whitesburg |  Whitley City |  Wickliffe |  Williamsburg |  Winchester
  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