David S. Brecher is a Florida Supreme Court certified Circuit Court Mediator, a Federal Court Certified Mediator and a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator. Mr. Brecher has a broad-based background in commercial litigation, product liability litigation, tort and insurance-related litigation and personal injury litigation, having litigated, mediated and tried cases in the state and federal courts of Florida for over twenty (20) years. Since devoting his practice to full-time conflict resolution, Mr. Brecher has mediated over 800 cases in Jacksonville and throughout the state of Florida involving a wide variety of subject matters including product liability, professional negligence, toxic torts, insurance coverage and bad faith, personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, construction, suretyship, employment (including discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, non-compete, non-solicitation, trade secrets and other matters involving the employer/employee relationship), condominium and homeowners' association disputes, creditor’s rights, foreclosure, estates & trusts, warranty, contract disputes and other commercial matters.
Mr. Brecher’s background representing product manufacturers, corporations, business owners, and insurance companies, while at the same time representing plaintiffs in a wide range of matters, allows him to bring a unique, fair and impartial perspective to the mediation process. His creative and persistent approach frequently result in unanticipated settlements in the “difficult to settle” cases he is selected to mediate. He has also been described as tireless and committed in terms of staying engaged and following up when necessary after a mediation session. Mr. Brecher holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell reflecting the highest distinction available for legal ability and adherence to professional ethical standards. He dedicates his practice to full-time conflict resolution, and focuses his mediation practice on the mediation of civil disputes throughout the state of Florida, including pre-suit voluntary mediations and settlement conferences, court-ordered mediations and appellate mediations.
Prior to devoting his practice to full-time conflict resolution, Mr. Brecher practiced in Jacksonville and throughout the state of Florida with the Atlanta-based law firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. Mr. Brecher's federal and state court practice involved a broad range of matters, primarily commercial litigation, product liability litigation, tort and insurance-related litigation and personal injury litigation.
Florida State University, College of Law (Tallahassee, Florida)
Juris Doctor, 1995 with High Honors
Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama)
Bachelor of Science in Finance, 1992
The Florida Bar
U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U. S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships, Affiliations & Certifications
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Federal Court Certified Mediator – United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator
Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
American College of Civil Trial Mediators, Fellow
Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society, Member
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member (Florida Chapter)
Jacksonville Bar Association, ADR Practitioners Committee, Chair
Florida Bar Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Member (2008-2011)
Florida Bar Association
Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Barrister (2007-2010)
Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2011-2013)
Mediation Rate Schedule (Eff. 1/1/2017)
Two-party mediations are billed at a rate of $350 per hour. Three-party mediations are billed at a rate of $400 per hour. Mediations involving four (4) or more parties are billed at a rate of $450 per hour. Travel time for mediations outside Northeast Florida is billed at one-half the applicable hourly rate, but will be waived with a four (4) hour minimum mediation. Charges are divided equally among the parties, unless agreed otherwise. Minimum charge for half-day mediations is two (2) hours, and full-day mediations is four (4) hours. Cancelations with less than five (5) business days notice will result in a charge equal to two (2) hours at applicable hourly rate.