Welcome to Pinellas Mediation
Lawyer-Mediator Ken Bowen, a graduate of Georgetown Law School, is based in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, but mediates and arbitrates cases throughout the entire state. Counties frequently served include Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Lake, Hernando, Citrus, Marion, Sumter, Charlotte, Lee and Orange Counties. Mediator Bowen is certified by the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, to mediate cases in federal court, and is one of the few mediators approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court-Tampa Division, to mediate foreclosure cases. Ken Bowen is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit-civil and county mediator, and Court-Appointed Arbitrator. Mediator Ken Bowen is a foreclosure mediator, having received a certificate in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Training, pursuant to Administrative Order No. AOSC09-54, and issued by the Conflict Resolution Collaborative at The University of South Florida. Ken Bowen mediates Hillsborough and Pinellas County cases, as well cases across Florida. As your mediator, Mr. Bowen will work hard to facilitate a satisfactory settlement of your case. He will assist lawyers and their clients, as well as pro-se parties, to resolve their disputes in an informal, confidential and non-adversarial setting. Mr. Bowen’s mediation style has been described as “creative” and “tenacious”. He describes his mediation style as proactive and flexible.
Mediation has been defined as:
“… a flexible process conducted confidentially, in which a neutral person actively assists parties in working towards a negotiated agreement of a dispute or difference, with the parties in ultimate control of the decision to settle and the terms of resolution.”
Ken Bowen believes that every case presents its own unique issues and challenges which in turn requires different strategies and techniques to facilitate a satisfactory settlement, thus the importance of flexibility. Mr. Bowen is not merely a messenger, but rather an energetic yet patient participant in the process. However, as your mediator, Mr. Bowen respects the right of the parties to control their own destinies and will, at all times, act in a neutral and impartial manner. The process of attempting to reach an agreement, and the specifics of that agreement, belong entirely to the parties.
“Ken Bowen’s mediation goals extend beyond merely achieving a satisfactory settlement. He aims as well to enhance clients satisfaction with their attorneys. His unique vision of mediation results in clients who are pleased with their settlements — and with their attorneys.“
Unfortunately, not every case will settle at mediation, however, for those that do not settle, Mr. Bowen will work hard to assist the parties to identify and explore the stubborn issues acting as obstacles to settlement so that they leave the process with a thorough understanding of each parties positions, which often leads to a settlement shortly after mediation, or at the very least, a better understanding of the challenges they will face should a trial be necessary.
Mediation is a consensual process. While serving as your mediator, Mr. Bowen shall remain impartial while guiding the process and will work toward facilitating a resolution among the parties, however, any ultimate resolution will only be achieved by agreement of the parties. As your mediator, Mr. Bowen has no authority to impose a resolution nor adjudicate any aspect of your dispute. Mr. Bowen is not permitted to offer any legal advice, nor any opinion as to the ultimate outcome of any dispute he is mediating, and as such, nothing Mr. Bowen says or does during a mediation should be construed as legal advice or a prediction of outcome. Mr. Bowen will at all times respect the right of self determination of the parties. Communications made during the mediation process shall remain confidential, except where disclosure is required or permitted by law.
Any mediation conducted by Mr. Bowen, shall be conducted under the rules set forth in Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, as if it were court ordered, regardless of whether the court has entered a formal order of referral to Mediation. In addition, any applicable Court Order referring the matter to Mediation will govern the proceedings, and in Federal cases, the Rules of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Local Rules 9.01 – 9.07) shall apply. Without limitation of the foregoing, the Mediation Confidentiality and Privilege Act, Fla. Stat. §44.401, et. Seq. on confidentiality shall apply. The Florida Supreme Court has certified Mr. Bowen as a Circuit Civil and County Court Mediator, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has certified Mr. Bowen as a Federal Court Mediator, for the Middle District of Florida. The Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators as well as Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, will govern Mr. Bowen’s role as Mediator. Without limitation of the foregoing, Fla. Stat. §44.107(1) on Mediator immunity shall apply.