David W. Stillson, Esq. — David is the Founding Owner of The Law Offices of David W. Stillson, P.A. He began his legal career clerking for a consumer debt collections firm in Chicago in the late 90s. He then worked for both insurance defense firms as well as for Claimant/Plaintiff firms for several years.  David then opened up his own law firm and for almost two decades has handled several thousand cases involving workers compensation, first party insurance claims, personal injury, student loan law, and class actions. The scope of his representation has covered pre-suit through trial.

David is also a licensed Circuit Civil Court Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court and also an Arbitrator qualified by the Florida Supreme Court. He estimates that he has successfully resolved approximately 3500 to 4500 cases in both the private and government sector.  Finally, David takes pride in donating a percentage of all revenue that he receives from his mediations and arbitrations to non-profit organizations/charities. His favorite non-profit organizations that he frequently donates to on a rotating basis are 1) The Humane Society of Broward County (Provides animal welfare), 2) Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation (Provides animal welfare), 3) The Tunnel to Towers Foundation (Provides mortgage-free homes to fallen first responder and Gold Star families with young children, and builds free custom-designed smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders), 4) Gilda’s Club of South Florida (Provides free services to cancer patients and their families/friends to assist with the physical, psychological, and emotional challenges of dealing with cancer), and 5) American Red Cross (Provides disaster relief).

Should you want to schedule a mediation or arbitration, or have any legal issue regarding any subject matter, please feel free to contact David directly by emailing him at david@stillsonlaw.com (preferred) or calling at 305-798-4111. If he can not handle your case, he will attempt to steer you in the right direction and refer you to an attorney who may be able to help you.

Education:

  • J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law – 2002
  • B.B.A., Business Management, Florida International University – 1998

Licenses/Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in all Florida State Courts
  • Licensed to practice law in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Licensed as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida with a Certificate in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Training
  • Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Art of Mediation” – 2023 Public Risk Management Educational Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL – Our panel discussed multiple avenues of effective communications involved with the mediation process, the updated Workers’ Compensation laws which affect the Mediation process, and the best practices and strategies that are employed throughout the mediation process with a focus on meeting the goals of everyone involved. – November 2023
  • “Mediation Innovation – Mediation Best Practices” – Annual Workers’ Compensation Education Conference in Orlando, FL – Our panel focused on the best practices for Mediators, Attorneys, Adjusters and all Parties to the mediation conference to best achieve their goals.  Pre-mediation preparation, strategic negotiations at mediation, and the drafting and finalization of mediation agreements was addressed. – August 2023
  • “The Art of Mediation” – Annual Broward County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Conference in Davie, FL – Our panel focused on strategic ways to best proceed in a productive fashion throughout the mediation process, including but not limited to, preparation and productive dialogue with everyone engaged with the mediation process including the Mediators, Attorneys, Adjusters, and Parties. – February 2023
  • “How to Lose Friends and Not Influence People (Satire)” – Annual Workers’ Compensation Education Conference in Orlando, FL – Our panel focused on the skills and techniques that Mediators and participants should use at mediation to ensure a positive outcome whether resolution of issues or an overall settlement.  Particular focus was on preparation and an understanding of the goals of everyone involved. – August 2022

Associations/Affiliations:

  • Broward County Bar Association Member
  • Dade County Bar Association – ADR Committee Member

Awards:

  • Richard & Sarah Allen Achievers’ Community Service Award in the area of Business – 2008

 

Joshua J. Hertz, Esq.Of Counsel — Joshua is the Founding Owner of The Law Offices of Joshua J. Hertz, PA. He began his legal career in the late 90s clerking in Atlanta for his brother’s law firm, Eric Hertz P.C. Joshua assisted at many trials of which some have reached record-breaking verdicts in the State of Georgia. After graduating from law school, he knew he wanted to open up his own law firm representing injured persons against others and their insurance companies. He continues to fight hard for his clients as an aggressive advocate and has successfully maintained his law firm for almost 15 years.

Joshua is also a graduate from the Florida Bar Leadership Academy in which only 40 lawyers are selected to join per year. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Florida Bar Law Office Management Committee. Also, he is an active member on the Board of Advisors for the St. Thomas University School of Law. Finally, Joshua also currently holds the chair for the Dade County Bar Associations Solo and Small Firm Committee.

Education:

  • J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law – 2001
  • B.A., Accounting and Business Management at the University of South Carolina – 1997

Licenses:

  • Licensed to practice law in all Florida State Courts
  • Licensed to practice law in The United States District for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida

Associations/Affiliations:

  • Dominican American Bar Association – President
  • Dade County Bar Association – Chair of Solo and Small Firm Committee since 2011

Awards:

  • Super Lawyers – 2012 / 2013 / 2014
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from St. Thomas University School of Law – 2007