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Voluntary Trial Resolution in Florida – An Attractive Option for Litigants



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Description: Florida Statutes contains a little-known law called "Voluntary Trial Resolution" that permits parties to retain a private lawyer to serve as the Trial Resolution Judge in a Florida dispute. "Voluntary Trial Resolution" ("VTR") is different from binding arbitration. A case submitted to VTR is subject to the Florida rules of civil procedure and evidence and concludes in either a bench or jury trial. The parties also retain all available appeal remedies that exist in a typical lawsuit.
 
In this webinar, Joe Goldstein discusses this process, sanctioned by Florida Statute 44.104, which combines the benefits of binding arbitration – a speedy and economical resolution – with the benefits of a non-jury trial.
 
Presenter Bios
 
Joseph M. Goldstein is the Managing Partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Joseph also practices out of the Tallahassee office.
 
A Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney, Joseph is among the less than one percent of attorneys who are Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Mediator. Joseph has been recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America ®, listed as a “Power Leader” by South Florida Business Journal as well as the “Top Lawyers in South Florida” by South Florida Legal Guide.
 
Businesses involved in disputes or government bid protests rely on his expertise, trial experience and government background. Joseph regularly represents defense companies, technology firms, construction firms and government service providers in their business disputes and government bid protests. His practice focuses on business litigation; government contracts, including bid protests; litigation involving non-competition agreements; and real estate related disputes.
 
A former Assistant General Counsel for the federal government, Joseph has experience in government contracting law and is well known within local and state procurement divisions. He has also been a part-time hearing officer for Broward County for bid protests and debarment hearings under the Broward County Procurement Code. He is a former member of the City of Plantation Planning & Zoning Board. The American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section appointed Joseph to Vice-Chair of the State and Local Procurement Division.
 
After graduating from law school, Joseph served as a law clerk to Judge Patricia Fawsett on the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Following his clerkship, he fulfilled his military commitment arising from his ROTC scholarship. He was selected to serve in the Air Force General Counsel's Honors Program at the Pentagon, where he served on active duty from 1991 until 1994. There he represented the Air Force in more than 150 bid protests before the General Services Board of Contract Appeals and the General Accountability Office. He conducted legal reviews and negotiations with major defense contractors and assisted the Department of Justice in prosecuting fraud and qui tam suits. He left the Air Force as a Captain and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.



Practice Areas: Litigation & Appeals, State, Local & Municipal Law, Trial Skills
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 02/01/2022
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 3 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Joseph M. Goldstein - Shutts & Bowen LLP; Fort Lauderdale, FL
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