In Arbitration (binding and non-binding) makes studied decisions
 In Mediation facilitates the negotiation of a mutual agreement
•  Recognizes multi-level investments of horse owners
 Understands the complex business relationships, the financial stakes and diverse
    legal needs in the horse industry
•  Able to guide litigants to expeditious, fair and just resolution

W. David Shearer, Jr.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.

People with horses are heavily invested in their animals on an emotional and financial level. Mr. Shearer, Kentucky Arbitrator and Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator and a Kentucky Supreme Court Approved General / Civil and Family Mediator  and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator, recognizes the complex business relationship, the financial stakes, and the diverse legal needs of horse owners, stable owners, breeders, trainers, race track owners, para-mutual clerks and equitation instructors.

Equine Law involves the horse family, including all types of horses and their related activities. The areas include contract law, insurance law, commercial business and corporate law, partnership law, property law, tort law, family law and many other practice areas of law. No two equine owners or interested entities become involved in equine related pursuits for the same reason. In fact, these “entities” include breeders, trainers, riding instructors, commercial haulers, veterinarians, racetracks, syndications, associations, business, corporations, partnerships, insurance companies and other entities. These disputes may encompass a range of legal matters such as equine contract disputes, equine contract disputes, equine liability insurance dispute, equine breeding dispute to a thoroughbred horse racing dispute.

Effective dispute resolution requires that an arbitrator / mediator has thorough knowledge of contract law, tort law and administrative law. Perhaps more importantly, an Equine arbitrator / mediator must understand the “language” that is specific to the horse industry as well as the specialized trade practices that are often unfamiliar to persons who are not regularly involved in the horse business. Mr. Shearer possesses those areas of expertise.

 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


 Has extensive background and knowledge in the horse industry
 Has been involved in the thoroughbred industry
•  Has represented owners, breeders and competitors on a variety of issues
 Offers an affordable hourly rate

Mr. Shearer has extensive knowledge about the equine industry, particularly with showing, riding, breeding and racing. His qualifications are exemplified by his broad range of experience in the horse industry.

As a youngster, Mr. Shearer grew up on the family farm in Southern Kentucky. His family was later involved in owning, breeding and showing American Saddle Horses. Similarly, he was involved as an owner and spectator.

Over the years, Mr. Shearer has been involved in the thoroughbred industry as an owner and spectator. He has also been an associate with various syndications involved in horse racing. Mr. Shearer is uniquely aware and knowledgeable about the bloodlines and pedigrees (sires and dams) of thoroughbreds, including performance and racing ability.

As a Civil Trial Attorney, Mr. Shearer has represented owners, breeders and competitors on a variety of issues, concerning disputes, contracts, breeding, sterility and other areas in the equine industry. As such, he brings to the table over thirty-eight (38) years of experience in the practice of law within a broad range of areas.

The spectrum of arbitration and mediation with respect to Equine Law that Mr. Shearer performs include the following:

Administrative Hearings Before Equine Associations (Profit and Non-profit)

  • Breed Associations
  • Competition snd Riding Organizations
  • Trade Associations

Equine Employment Issues

  • Contracts; Non-Compete Clauses; Regulations
  • Employee and Independent Contractors
  • Volunteers and Bartering

Equine Contract Dispute Negotiation

  • Boarding Arrangements
  • Breeding Contracts
  • Consignment Agreements
  • Embryo Transfer Agreements
  • Employment Contracts
  • Foal Sharing Arrangements
  • Hold Harmless and Indemnification Agreements
  • Lease Agreements
  • Operational Documents; Waivers
  • Purchase/Sales of Seasons
  • Purchase/Sales of Shares
  • Purchase and Sale Transactions (Racing Stock, Breeding Stock, Share and Seasonal)
  • Racing and Breeding Syndications
  • Real Estate Transactions, including Horse Farms
  • Rental Agreements
  • Sales and Purchase Agreements; Bill of Sales
  • Stallion Service Agreements
  • Training Agreements
  • Veterinary Pre-Purchase Examination
  • Other Equine Related Transactions

Equine Ownership Rights

  • Livestock Liens
  • Registry Disputes

Equine Partnerships/Limited Liability Companies and Corporations

  • Co-owners
  • Joint Ventures

Equine Litigation (Federal and State Court)

  • Auction Fraud
  • Contract Claim/Fraud
  • Fertility Insurance Disputes
  • Intentional Torts
  • Medication Rules disputes
  • Mortality Insurance Disputes
  • Negligence Claims
  • Sales disputes
  • Veterinary Malpractice
  • Other Equine Litigation Issues

Mr. Shearer's Philosophy of Equine Alternative DisputeResolution:

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

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

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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


• 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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Kentucky Horse Racing Tracks:

Churchill Downs - Louisville, KY
Ellis Park  - Henderson, KY
Keeneland Racecourse - Lexington, KY
Kentucky Downs - Franklin, KY
The Red Mile - Lexington, KY
Turfway Park - Florence, KY

Florida Horse Racing Tracks:

Calder Race Course - Miami, FL
Gulfstream Park  - Hallandale, FL
Hialeah Park - Miami, FL
Mardi Gras Racetrack - Hallendale, FL
Pompano Park - Pompano Park, FL
Tampa Bay Downs - Oldsmar, FL

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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