Mr. O'Neill was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts and joined Gould Cooksey Fennell in... more
Mr. O'Neill was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts and joined Gould Cooksey Fennell in 1977, becoming a partner in 1980. He chairs the firm's Commercial Litigation and Construction Disputes Practice Group. Mr. O'Neill now holds the rare distinction of being triple board-certified in areas of specialty by the Florida Bar. In 1983, he became a member of the first group of Florida attorneys ever board... view profile
I attended Iowa State University on a full-ride U.S. Army ROTC scholarship,... more
I attended Iowa State University on a full-ride U.S. Army ROTC scholarship, graduating from Iowa State University in May of 1996 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served as a Cavalry Officer with B Troop, 1/113th Armored Cavalry in the Iowa National Guard. My last duty assignment was as the assistant plans officer of the 294th Training Support Battalion in the U.S. A... view profile
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.