Richard J. DeWitt


  • Fellow - The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow – The College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Distinguished Fellow - Intrnational Academy of Mediators
  • Member - The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Richard DeWitt provides neutral and dispute resolution serves including serving as an arbitrator and mediator in domestic and international commercial, business, technology, franchise and employment disputes. He is a  Supreme Court of Florida Certificated Arbitrator and  Supreme Court of Florida Certified Circuit Civil and Applet Court Mediator. He also provides assisted negotiation and settlement counsel services. 


Professional History:
  • Principal, DeWitt Law, P.A./ Resolve Disputes;
  • Patrner, DeWitt Grossman, P.L.;
  • Chief Executive Officer, Quest Group International, Inc.;
  • EVP / GC, Tele-America Communications Corp.;
  • Partner, Cohen, Berke, Bernstein, Brode & Kondel, P.A.;
  • Attorney (Profit Sharing), Squire Sanders;
  • Attorney, Shutts & Bowen.

Experience: 

Over 30 years experience in law, business and dispute resolution as a business and technology attorney, business executive and arbitrator and mediator.
  • Business: Legal and business experience in corporate, commercial, franchise and real estate matters; complex transactions including, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, contracts, commercial mortgages, commercial leases, retail and wholesale distribution; supply and product development and marketing and sales agreements; securities and investment advisor issues; workouts, liquidations and divestitures; shareholder agreements and disputes, insurance disputes, joint ventures, minority shareholders issues, strategic relationships and receiverships including banks and other financial institutions; Former CEO of high-growth technology company.
     
  • Technology: Experience in technology and software development and licensing agreements; computer law; carrier, long distance, VoIP and billing/collection arrangements (including credit card services and payment systems); network services; operator and customer services and equipment purchases; web site development agreements and Internet law. Experience also includes wireless services, SMS messaging, gateway agreements, prepaid phone cards and services, and public and prison payphone systems. Represented competitive and regulated carriers, LEC's and BOC's. Former Chairman of both the American Public Communications Council and the Prepaid Communications Association.
     
  • Employment: Experience representing employers and employees regarding employment, employment contracts, executive compensation arrangements, stock option plans, non-competition, non-diversion and confidentiality agreements, and termination arrangements.
     
  • International: Experience in both international business and technology matters including trans-border agreements and disputes. Representation of European and Latin American companies doing business in the U.S. and internationally and import/export businesses. Business experience managing multinational operations. Serve as international arbitrator and mediator in large, complex cases.

Arbitration Experience:

Mr. DeWitt has served as an arbitrator in over 400 arbitrations including large complex cases involving national and international parties and complicated multi-party disputes. He has experience and training in both domestic and international arbitration laws and procedures, including AAA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC and LCIA rules and procedures. He also serves as an arbitrator in non administered ad hoc arbitrations and has served as a Florida Bar Association fee grievance arbitrator.


Mediation Experience:
 
Mr. DeWitt has served as a mediator in numerous commercial, business, franchise, real estate, technology and employment related disputes, including large complex cases involving national and international parties and complicated multi party disputes. Cases mediated have also including complex multi-million dollar commercial and international disputes regarding contract, franchise, shareholder, construction, commercial mortgages,  trade-mark and warranty claims and in civil disputes including personal injury and insurance claims. He also participated in resolving billions of dollars in disputes as part of the claims process in conjunction with the take over of failed Savings and Loan Associations on behalf of the FSLIC and the RTC.