In Florida, both Federal and State Court judges have long required mediation before even scheduling a lawsuit for trial. Due to this mandate, Mr. Merting has successfully mediated hundreds of maritime claims as an attorney for the injured party or their families.
Many of these cases were mediated pre-suit, while others were mediated early in the litigation process, and others could not be mediated until shortly before trial.
Since virtually every maritime case in Florida will have to be mediated at some point, it only makes sense to see if a case can be mediated pre-suit. Many claims managers and claims superintendents have determined that pre-suit mediation can save tremendous sums of money in litigation expenses and defense attorney's fees. Insurance company claims managers have referred cases to Mr. Merting for mediation.
Many other states and attorneys who practice in those states have begun to recognize the vast savings of time and money for all parties that can be achieved through the mediation process. Claimants can frequently put more tax free money in their pockets through early mediation because attorney's fees, expenses for expert witnesses, and other court costs are much lower.
As the first Board-Certified Admiralty and Maritime Law attorney in North Florida, John Merting has been consulted and retained in maritime matters by various governmental entities. Due to Mr. Merting's recognized maritime law experience, he has been appointed as a mediator by Federal judges, and he has received many referrals for complex admiralty and maritime law matters by lawyers throughout the United States. As further recognition of his experience in the field of maritime law, Mr. Merting has also been selected by agreement of private attorneys to mediate complex maritime death and serious injury claims. He has successfully mediated a triple death case arising from asphyxiation aboard a vessel, and multiple cases of serious injuries occurring on oil rigs and vessels. The attorneys retaining Mr. Merting's services as mediator practice in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and throughout Florida.
Mr. Merting holds an AV* rating (the highest possible rating) from Martindale-Hubbell, which is a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
A native of Pensacola Florida, John W. Merting has been in practice in the Pensacola area continuously since 1968. He is a three-time director of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, and was elected Chairman for 2005, becoming only the second plaintiff's lawyer to serve in this capacity in the institute's 40+- year history. Mr. Merting's reputation and accomplishments brought him an invitation to the Academy of Trial Advocacy (formerly the Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys), an honor given to less than 300 lawyers in the entire United States, and one of only nine attorneys in Florida. He has also been selected to be included in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyerstm, the definitive guide to America's leading lawyers and law firms. He has also received an award from the Florida Bar Association for his pro bono work.
If you or your present attorney want to discuss the advantages of the mediation process with Mr. Merting, or if there are questions you want answered, contact Mr. Merting's office today.
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