Patrick M. Cusack, Esq.

 

Full Time Mediator

VIRTUAL MEDIATION THROUGHOUT FLORIDA

Calendar

To reserve a mediation session, please select a suitable time slot from any of the available dates on the real-time calendar below. A quick interactive APPOINTMENT REQUEST will collect contact details and case information. Once submitted, we will be in touch promptly with confirmation and required paperwork.

Notifications and reminders are also set up to ensure participants are well-prepared and informed.

FEE SCHEDULE

What are my rates and cancellation policy

RETENTION OF SERVICES AS A MEDIATOR

$165 per hour, per party with a three (3) hour minimum for mediations scheduled for a half day. Note: Hourly rate increases to $195 per hour, per party for mediations booked after August 1, 2024.

Mediations with five or more parties will be billed at the four party rate and split pro rata among all parties.

CANCELLATION POLICY

A cancellation fee of three (3) hours will be charged for any mediation cancelled less than seventy two (72) hours prior to the scheduled mediation.

BILLING MATTERS

This fee schedule will encompass all time spent on the case, including, but not limited to, reviewing documents and preparing documents.

All fees are calculated using the per hour rates above, and all invoices are due upon receipt. Following a confirmation email, each party will be billed for their portion of the fee, unless the parties agree otherwise. Payments should be made in accordance with the payment instructions on the invoice.

Suggestions for Successful Mediation

The litigation process allows the parties to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their own and their adversaries’ cases. Once the parties agree to mediate, it is vital to a successful mediation that both parties exchange all information that will be relied upon at mediation. Producing records, pictures, or any evidence for the first time at mediation makes it infinitely more difficult for the parties to negotiate a settlement.

Consider This...

  • Respect the mediation process
    Mediation will be the first time the parties get to speak face to face and lay their “cards on the table” so to speak. A party’s communication of his/her case should always be presented in a civil manner.  A discourteous presentation has the immediate effect of throwing up barriers which will frequently lead to an impasse.
  • Evaluating your opponents case
    Carefully consider facts presented by your opponent, and the likelihood that they will prevail at trial on part of their claim/defense to the court or jury.
  • Negotiating a settlement
    A successful mediation requires all parties to “give-and-take.“ Both parties must be willing to compromise their respective interests in order to reach a mutually agreeable settlement. When this happens, it is always better to mediate than litigate.

RESOURCES

The resource hub contains easy access to essential documents to enhance your mediation experience with Cusack Mediation. Please download Patrick Cusack’s RateCard & CV for future reference. Also find guidance on preparing for virtual mediation sessions via Zoom, which will make the process seamless and efficient. Additionally, explore a comprehensive Rules for Mediation, providing clarity and structure to the mediation journey.

DOWNLOAD RATE CARD & CURRICULUM VITAE

DOWNLOAD VIRTUAL MEDIATION HELPFUL HINTS

MEDIATION GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS

ABOUT

City of Jacksonville, FL
City of Pensacola, FL
Patrick M. Cusack, Esq.
City of Miami, FL

FLUENT IN ENGLISH & SPANISH

Patrick M. Cusack, Esq.

Pat Cusack, a seasoned mediator, has a career spanning over four decades in the legal field. Born and raised in Chicago, Pat began his legal journey in 1981. After a brief practice in Illinois, he and his family moved to Florida, where he worked as a civil litigator for 32 years before transitioning to full-time mediation in 2017.

Throughout his legal career, Pat handled over 100 trials, representing both individuals and businesses. His extensive courtroom experience gave him insights into the complexities of the legal system. Recognizing the benefits of mediation, Pat shifted to full-time mediation, drawing on his expertise in insurance cases and his deep knowledge of the insurance industry. This transition has made him a respected mediator in Florida’s legal community, known for his ability to guide parties toward fair and efficient resolutions.

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Florida Bar – 1985 to present
  • Member, Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Member, Escambia–Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator 2017 to present
  • Florida Department of Financial Services Mediator
  • Former Member, Illinois Bar (1981 – 1997)
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois (1982 – 1997)
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida (1985 – 1993)
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida (1987 – 1993)

EDUCATION

  • Northern Illinois University, J.D. – 1980, DeKalb Illinois
  • Elmhurst University, B.A. – 1975, Elmhurst, Illinois

EXPERIENCE

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator 2017 to present
  • Department of Financial Services Mediator
  • Managing Attorney Geico Staff Counsel Dates From 2004-2018
  • Managed all Litigation 5-County Area in the Florida Panhandle
  • Trial Attorney CNA and USAA 1985 – 2004
  • Litigated cases from Key West to Martin County

CASE EXPERIENCE

Commercial/Business
Construction
Contract Disputes
Insurance
Personal Injury
Subrogation
Torts

Automotive
Debt Collections
Landlord/Tenant
Lemon Law
Natural Disasters
Police
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Property Damage
Religious Institutions
Wrongful Death