Kevin C. Lunsford, Esq. is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit, County, Family and Appellate Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator that has been providing mediation and arbitration services since 2001. Kevin is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and its local Chapter, the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is a professional association whose membership consists of ADR professionals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution. Membership is by invitation only and all Academy members have been thoroughly reviewed and found to meet stringent practice criteria. Members are amongst the most in-demand neutrals in their respective states, as selected by their peers and approved by local litigators.
In 2010, Mr. Lunsford was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit to create a circuit-wide mortgage foreclosure mediation program for the Circuit. Kevin went on to serve as the Program Manager for the Third Judicial Circuit's Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program until all state programs were terminated in 2012.
Kevin is the past President of the Association of North Central Florida Mediators and a former Director of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators (2012-2013). In January 2013, the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court appointed Kevin to the Mediator Qualifications and Discipline Review Board (MQDRB) where he served a four year term.
In addition to his private ADR practice, Kevin also serves as a contract mediator for the Third, Eighth, and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits and is available to mediate cases through the court program for parties that have been ordered to the court program and otherwise meet the income requirements.
Mr. Lunsford's educational background includes a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida (1984) and a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad School of Law (1988). Kevin was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988 and has more than 30 years of experience in conflict resolution.
At North Florida Mediation we have identified several areas which we believe are important to a successful mediation. First, we take the time to prepare for your mediation. We encourage pre-mediation discussions with the mediator to find out if there are any special needs or requests. We prefer that the parties furnish us with a summary of the case or provide us with copies of pertinent pleadings. There is never a charge for reviewing summaries or preparation time.
Second, we believe each case is different. We try to customize your mediation for your particular case. We don't treat every mediation the same. Mr. Lunsford strives to tailor the process to your situation and remain flexible as to all aspects of the meeting.
Third, it is important to apply investigative problem-solving techniques. Mr. Lunsford strives to find common ground, ask pointed questions to invoke the underlying issues and then suggest ways to resolve the case.
Lastly, we believe in persistence. We will do our best to keep the parties at the table. If for some reason we can not settle your case, Mr. Lunsford encourages an open line of communication and may in some cases follow up by telephone with each side if he feels there is a potential for settlement. We pride ourselves on remaining actively engaged in helping you settle your dispute. We will not simply impasse the session when the negotiations get difficult. We are committed to the alternative dispute resolution process and believe that with a little creativity and optimism we can resolve your case.
Mr. Lunsford offers a unique combination of litigation experience coupled with a strong background in alternative dispute resolution. Kevin is a Primary Trainer for the Florida Supreme Court mediation training programs and frequently lectures throughout Florida on topics such as mediation, negotiation, and communication skills. In addition to his mediation experience, Kevin is also a qualified arbitrator and arbitration trainer.
At North Florida Mediation, we have the ability to customize the conflict resolution process to best suit the needs of the parties. We can help couples create their own marital settlement agreement and parenting plan without the time and expense associated with the traditional attorney-driven divorce or mediate a multiparty circuit civil dispute.
We also offer online mediation through Zoom video conferencing. This platform allows participants to avoid long-distance travel and in-person meetings. There are no additional costs to participate in a video conference mediation.
Let us put our 30 plus years of experience to work to help you resolve your case! We are conveniently located throughout North Florida with offices in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Live Oak, Tallahassee, and Panama City.