Donna Lugar (formerly

Mediation & Arbitration Services

Mediation and Arbitration Services via Zoom for cases pending in any county.


We wish the best to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Ian. If you have a case that needs to be cancelled as a result of the hurricane, we ask that you notify us as soon as you are able. If you cannot email us due to power or internet outages, please text your cancellation request to 941-600-9431. Cancellation fees are waived for hurricane cancellations. If you have a case that you need to schedule on short notice, please check the website for availability or call or text 941-600-9431 as there may be new openings due to hurricane cancellations. Please stay well.

All cases are being scheduled remotely via Zoom at this time. You can easily and efficiently book an appointment online to mediate and/or arbitrate legal disputes. 
Donna Lugar is a full-time Certified Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator who provides quality service at a reasonable price.
She has arbitrated and mediated over two thousand cases to conclusion and has been mediating and arbitrating cases on a full-time basis since 2010. Prior to that she mediated and arbitrated cases on a regular basis since 2002.

What We Do


Mediation is a process whereby a neutral and impartial third person acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute without prescribing what it should be. It is an informal and non-adversarial process intended to help disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement. 


Arbitrations are popular in certain venues in both binding and non-binding formats.
We will carefully review pre-arbitration submissions, receive and listen to evidence and arguments presented at arbitration and will then render a fair and impartial written decision.


Donna Lugar (formerly Donna Tisch)

Effective immediately, all arbitrations must be scheduled only on Fridays.  Arbitration time periods are one hour unless Ms. Lugar approves a longer time period.
Start times are 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm 1pm, 2pm  or 3pm.   
You may now book those directly on any agreeable Friday.  

Rates & Fees

$225/hour per party for two party cases; $175/hour per party for multiple party cases. The number of parties is typically determined by the number of attorneys, but may also be determined by the number of claims being mediated.

Please note there is a 3 hour minimum charge for all cancelled half-day mediations/arbitrations. There is a 6 hour minimum charge for all cancelled full-day mediations/arbitrations. There is a 3 hour minimum charge for half day reservations and a 6 hour minimum charge for full day reservations.

We regularly handle cases in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Lee Counties. There is no charge for travel within these counties. For travel outside these counties, travel is billed at one half the hourly rate. For full day reservations outside these areas, alternative billing for travel may apply. Please contact us to discuss.
Note: Lee County cases must be scheduled on Tuesdays only.