CHRISTOPHER WEISS - MEDIATION SERVICES
Christopher J. Weiss, Esq.
Christopher Weiss Attorney at Law, P.A.
17 N. Summerlin Ave., Ste. 200
Orlando, FL 32801
Christopher J. Weiss
Ivonne Rivera, Case Manager
17 N. Summerlin Ave., Ste. 200
Orlando, FL 32801
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Construction Defects (condos, commercial & residential properties)
Civil Disputes/litigation (breach of contract, creditor’s rights, collections, negligence, insurance, legal malpractice, professional malpractice)
Contract Disputes (real estate, government, shareholders)
Real Estate Disputes (landlord/tenant,
Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Property/Casualty (hurricane, sinkholes)
Mr. Weiss has handled mediations involving dozens of parties. Mr. Weiss founded his own mediation and construction boutique firm in 2012. He is able to assist you in mediating your dispute or enforcing your contracts to help manage risk in any civil case.
If you need an aggressive mediator, who can handle intransigent parties, Mr. Weiss is the person who can be as tough as necessary to achieve a successful mediation.
Professional Education and Qualifications
Florida State University, College of Law 1974-1977
JD, Law, Cum Laude
Florida State University 1970-1974
Political Science & Government
BA, Cum Laude
Florida Bar (1977) Board Certified - Construction 2005-2018
Florida State Courts
U.S. District Courts (Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and District of Colorado)
U. S. Supreme Court
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 1991-2018
The Best Lawyers in America guide, Construction Law Litigation 2011-2018
The Best Lawyers in America guide, Construction Law 2006-2018
The Best Lawyers in America guide, Bet the Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2012
The Best Lawyers in America guide, Construction Law Lawyer of the Year, 2014
The Best Lawyers in America guide, Orlando, Best Law Firms Tier 1 - Construction Law/Tier 2 - Litigation - Construction, 2014-2015
The Best Lawyers in America guide, Orlando, Best Law Firms Tier 2 - Construction Law/Tier 2 - Litigation - Construction, 2016-2018
Orlando Magazine, Best Lawyers, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2012-2015
Orlando Magazine, Best Lawyers, Construction Law, Litigation - Construction, 2012-2017
Orlando Magazine, Top Orlando-Area Attorneys, 2017
U.S. News & World Report, Best Law Firm Ranking 2015 & 2017
Florida Super Lawyers magazine 2006-2018
Florida Super Lawyers magazine, Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers 2006, 2010 & 2012
Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2005-2008, 2012, 2014-2016
Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards - Arbitration & Mediation - Law Firm of the Year, 2017
Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Construction Law 2005-2017
Orange County Bar Association
Orange County Legal Aid Society
The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel - AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyers -
The American Registry - America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 10%, 2014
The American Registry - America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1%, 2015-2017
Construction Mediation: Dos and Don’ts During COVID-19
Construction disputes often involve many parties and complex issues, so with a global pandemic unfolding, force majeure provisions being invoked, and many projects at a standstill, a more effective way to settle these disputes other than litigation is necessary. Here is where construction mediation can come in handy. Before getting started, review these dos and don’ts to make your session a success.
Do Be Open to Virtual Mediation
With the virus still impacting multiple industries and public health professionals still cautioning the need for social distancing, many mediators and legal professionals are working with more remote arrangements, such as virtual mediation. This process works similarly to traditional mediation except the parties do not have to be physically present at the mediation site.
Do Be Flexible
One of the tremendous benefits of construction mediation is the ability to reach an agreement that is based on creative terms customized to the parties’ wishes. Construction disputes may be resolved by modifying the contract, entering into a new contract, postponing deadlines, agreeing to certain third-party vendors, or various other options that may not be imposed by a court of law. By being open to different possibilities, you may be able to emerge from the dispute in a better position than if you engaged in protracted litigation.
Do Be Prepared
Even though the pandemic may have interfered with your construction project, do your best to be prepared for construction mediation. This may be the very last day of your dispute, so come prepared for the mediation with documentation showing change orders, delays, the original contract, and other relevant evidence that can help support your version of events. The other side needs to know that continued litigation can have an incentive to settle the case.
Don't Draw a Line in the Sand
On the other hand, it is important to avoid getting too stuck on your position so that you shut out all reason and possibility of resolving your dispute. Do not go into mediation – especially during a pandemic – with only one possible outcome in mind, such as a specific dollar amount of damages. Consider other potential solutions and be willing to hear them out.
Don't Expect All Mediators to Be the Same
Construction disputes are quite complex, so you must work with a mediator who is familiar with them and the possible outcomes. Christopher J. Weiss is a board-certified construction attorney with more than 40 years’ experience, so he can anticipate potential legal issues and solutions that may be borne out of these disputes. Learn about your mediator’s background and experience level before agreeing to a mediator.
If you would like to learn more about the construction mediation process or how construction mediation may help you, visit https://www.cweisslaw.com/mediation-services-1.html.