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Christopher M. Shulman, Mediator & Arbitrator, Tampa, Florida.

Christopher M. Shulman

Shulman ADR Law, P.A.
5111 Ehrlich Road
Suite 120
Tampa, FL, 33624
Tel: (813) 935-9922
Fax: (813) 333-7326
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 1995
  • Total Mediations (as of Aug 2020): 3200
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Aug 2020): 2134
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  • 2nd Circuit
  • 3rd Circuit
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  • 20th Circuit
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Christopher M. Shulman has mediated approximately 3,500 disputes and served as arbitrator, hearing officer, or decision-writer in approximately 2100 adjudicative matters.

An alumnus of Stetson University College of Law, Chris is a 27+ year lawyer who spent the first approximately 10 years of his practice representing individuals, labor unions, and employers in connection with a variety of statutory, contractual, and common-law employment law claims. He also handled general practice, business, and personal injury matters for individuals. He is a member of the Florida Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. 

From 1995 to 2001, Chris mediated on and off, but, since January 2002, Chris has essentially limited his practice to service as a neutral dispute resolution professional; the only real client representation work he currently does is in the field of estate planning and probate.  He is a member of the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (of which he is also a member of the Executive Committee).  A Diplomate and 2005-2006 Board Member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Chris Shulman is a certified Florida Circuit, Family, and County Court Mediator, and a Federal Court Mediator. He mediates and arbitrates cases for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Dispute Resolution Service, the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA), and privately, including labor disputes through AAA, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and two permanent panels.  He is also on the current Florida Public Employees' Relations Commission's (PERC's) list of Impasse Special Magistrates.  For eight years, he served as a Hillsborough County Childcare Licensing Hearing Officer and, over approximately the past four years, as a Wage Theft Special Magistrate for Pinellas County (and for the City of St. Petersburg, during that program’s existence). 

Chris served two four-year terms on the Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee, and, as of June 2020, will have completed his second four-year term as a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s ADR Rules and Policy Committee; he is currently in his second four-year term on the Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Qualifications and Disciplinary Review Board (where he served as the Chair of the Qualifications Inquiry Committee, 2018 – 2019).  He has also served as co-chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association ADR Committee. An approved Primary Circuit Civil and County Mediator Trainer, and a Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator Trainer, Chris is also an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law, teaching Negotiation and Mediation and law student Mediator Training classes.

Published Labor Awards:

  • Palm Beach County (FL) Schools, 2017 LA Supp. 201032 (July 2017)
  • Palm Beach County (FL) Schools, 2017 LA Supp. 200968 (June 2017)
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, 2017 LA Supp. 200763 (February 2017)
  • City of Hialeah (FL), 2016 LA Supp. 205249 (November 2016)
  • Miami-Dade County Transit, 2015 LA Supp. 199232 (November 2015)
  • U.S. Forest Service, 68 FLRA 90 (Arbitration Award: March 2014; FLRA Decision affirming Award: November 2014)

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Postal
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation


  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL Juris Doctor cum laude, May 1991
  • Honors and Activities: Research Editor, Stetson Law Review
  • Published Law Review Case Note; won Leeman Award for best student writing
  • Public Service Fellow Judicial Intern to Hon. Elizabeth A. Jenkins, U.S. Magistrate Judge
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, May 1987

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association (Large and Complex Case (LCC) Panel: Arbitrator; Commercial/Employment Panel: Mediator; Arbitrator)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (Mediator and Arbitrator)
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Labor Arbitrator)
  • State of Florida Public Employees Relations Commission Impasse Special Master
  • Impartial Decisionmaker Registry for Senior Connection Center, Inc. 
  • Randolph-Sheppard Act Blind Services Bid Arbitrator 
  • Medical Peer Review Hearing Officer 
  • Pinellas County Wage Theft Special Magistrate
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Fellow; Prior)
  • Next Generation Divorce Collaborative Practice Group (Neutral Facilitator)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (Member)
  • Collins Center for Public Policy, Inc. (DFS Hurricane Mediator)
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. Solutions Program (External Mediator)
  • Resolute Systems, Inc. (Mediator)
  • Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium (Mediator)
  • Florida Division of Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes (HOA Dispute Mediator)
  • Florida Department of Financial Services (Homeowners Insurance Presuit Claims Mediator)
  • Florida Supreme Court ADR Rules and Policy Committee (2012 – date)
  • Florida Supreme Court Mediator Qualifications and Disciplinary Review Board (2016 – date)
  • Florida Supreme Court Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (2000 – 2008)
  • Hearing Officer, Hillsborough County Childcare Licensing Board (2001 – 2012)
  • Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Law Section (1992- date)
  • Florida Bar Clients' Security Fund Committee (1994-2003; Chair, 1998-99)
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. (2002 to date; Board of Directors 2005-06)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (1999 - date; ADR Committee Co-Chair)

Rates Information

Mediation: $350/hour ($175/hour/side): no travel time but with minimum engagements, based on distance from Tampa. 

  • Local Mediation (provided at our Tampa Office or within 1 hour’s travel time, each way (i.e., Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk Counties, FL))
    • Half-Day (4 hrs) Reserved
      $700.00 (2-hr) Minimum; $350.00/hour thereafter
      $700.00 Late Cancellation/Postponement (on less than seven calendar days’ notice)
    • Full Day Reserved
      $1,400.00 (4-hr) Minimum; $350.00/hour thereafter
      $1,400.00 Late Cancellation/Postponement (on less than seven calendar days’ notice)
  • Non-Local Mediation (provided outside the Local area, described above) No Charge For Travel Time (for mediation), but overnight hotel, mileage and similar travel expenses are charged at actual cost.
    • Full Day Reserved
      $2,100.00 (6-hr) Minimum; $350.00/hour thereafter
      $2,100.00 Late Cancellation/Postponement (on less than seven calendar days’ notice)
  • Additional Fees:  Included in the above fees is up to 15 minutes (per side) of standard pre-mediation communication.  Review of materials or conversation in excess of 15 minutes will be billed to the side requesting at the rate of $350/hour (charged in increments of 1/10th of an hour) with those fees to be added to that side’s bill to be paid at the end of mediation.

Arbitration: Arbitration services (other than labor arbitration) are billed at the rate of $400/hour, subject to certain minimums and late cancellation/postponement** Daily rate ($3,200 for arbitration hearings – up to seven hours in a day; time in excess of seven hours is billed at the rate of $400/hour, in one-tenth hour increments). Study time (including pre-hearing conferences, pre-hearing motion practice and orders, and post-hearing deliberating and rendering awards billed at the rate of $400/hour, in one-tenth hour increments). Travel time billed in half-day increments (of $1,600) when hearing location requires air travel or other travel of more than one hour each way. Regardless of length of travel, actual travel expenses incurred (e.g., meals, tolls, hotels, air travel) plus mileage at the prevailing IRS rate will be billed to the Parties. **Fees as stated apply unless court order, agency order, or published panel/roster rates dictate different rate, in which case that rate governs.

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