Francis L. Carter, P.A.

Miami mediator

Miami Mediator & Mediation

Francis Carter, a full-time mediator and settlement counselor in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, has mediated hundreds of bankruptcy and civil business cases, involving avoidance claims (voidable preferences, fraudulent transfers, and Ponzi clawbacks), claims objections, foreclosures, lien contests, deficiency claims, guaranties, contract disputes, and fee disputes, as well as civil cases involving directors and officers liability, business dissolutions, partners’ disputes, construction defects, aviation, landlord tenant, tax, brokers’ commissions, international business disputes, and other commercial and financial issues.

He is also a settlement counselor, serving as an advocate or consultant to assist other counsel in formulating settlement strategy and conducting settlement negotiations, as well as assisting in preparing for and conducting mediation proceedings before other mediators.

A Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Rights Law since 1991. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranks Mr. Carter as a Senior Statesman, and further describes him as, “immensely experienced… one of the Dean’s of Florida’s bankruptcy bar… strategically excellent and… renowned as one of the state’s finest mediators.”

He is also listed as a Top Lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide and in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and is recognized by the Florida edition of Super Lawyers as a mediator in its Alternative Dispute Resolution category.

From the Chambers USA guide
Francis Carter of Francis L. Carter, P.A. is a mediator and settlement counselor with particular experience in bankruptcy and civil business disputes. He is hugely experienced in bankruptcy matters and remains highly thought of by the market.

Top Miami Mediator


  • “Francis’ success as a mediator is not just attributable to his significant legal and practical experience. Most important, is Francis’ ability to listen and understand what is being signaled by each party to bring the parties to an agreement. It’s this quality that separates him from the pack.”

    Jonathan Feldman, Esq.

    Perlman, Bajandas, Yevoli & Albright, P.L.
    Miami, FL
  • “I have used Francis Carter as a mediator with great success in several complex cases. Francis has a unique ability to combine his experience and knowledge of the law with a personality that encourages the parties to remain engaged in the process and reach a negotiated solution acceptable to all concerned. His enthusiasm for the task is unsurpassed.”

    Chad P. Pugatch, Esq.

    Rice Pugatch Robinson Storfer & Cohen PLLC
    Fort lauderdale, FL
  • "Francis Carter is one of the finest mediators I have ever encountered. He has the tools required of successful mediators. He has vast experience; he has excellent intuition; he is extremely sharp and can absorb years worth of litigation during the mediation process; and he is an excellent listener. In a recent mediation involving a complex matter with many moving pieces, Francis Carter zeroed in on the heart of the matter with laser like precision. He assisted the parties focus their negotiations on the core issues in dispute. He recognized and helped diffuse the emotional issues that could have blocked a resolution. His pragmatism won the parties over, and the matter settled. I highly recommend Francis Carter as a mediator."

    Leon N. Patricios

    Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A.
    Coral Gables, FL
  • “I have represented parties in numerous significant litigation matters where Francis Carter served as the mediator. Most of these cases settled at mediation as a result of Francis’ efforts, including his ability to quickly absorb the areas of law and the issues involved, his patience , and his persuasive ability with both the clients and attorneys involved. He is an extremely effective mediator.”

    David M. Levine, Esq.

    Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman, LLP
    Miami, FL
  • “Francis Carter is a dogged and tireless mediator, whose years of experience in commercial litigation and in the bankruptcy courts have left him well-positioned to lead even the most reluctant parties to a settlement. No issue is too complex and no number of parties too large for Carter to see the solution that might lead to a settlement.”

    Jeff Crockett, Esq.

    Coffey Burlington, P.L.
    Miami, FL
  • “I have used Francis’ mediation services several times, including in a recent, complex lien priority dispute involving multiple parties. In two mediation sessions, Francis successfully mediated a comprehensive settlement of the entire case. Francis is proactive, diligent and very effective at building consensus even in the most contentious circumstances. His extensive knowledge of commercial and bankruptcy law is an added plus.”

    Jordi Guso, Esq.

    Berger Singerman LLP
    Miami, FL
  • “I have used Francis Carter as a mediator many times. One of the things I like most about him is that his deep knowledge of the law is not just amazing, but also extremely helpful in resolving commercial cases. Add to that his natural ability to apply the facts to the law, which enables Francis, because of his longstanding reputation for excellence, to tell the parties a realistic view of what their case looks like. He is a proactive mediator and I would use him for almost any case.”

    Charles H. Lichtman, Esq.

    Berger Singerman LLP
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • “I enthusiastically recommended Francis Carter as a mediator in business related cases. He is one of the few mediators whom I have encountered who not only takes the time to read and understand the legal and factual issues that confront a settlement, but also he has the experience and the understanding of the law in order to translate that into the ability to work with the parties to reach a settlement. He never tries to coerce the parties into ‘splitting the baby’, but instead works to create a solution that is based upon the facts and law present in each case.”

    Charles M. Tatelbaum, Esq.

    Tripp Scott, P.A.
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • “I have used Francis Carter as a mediator in several complex business cases. He is excellent. Francis always is very well prepared and has the ability to place the participants at ease throughout the mediation process. In the cases in which I used Francis, he makes an earnest effort to bring cases to closure and was able to assist in crafting settlement structures that worked for all concerned. I highly recommend Francis.”

    Dennis M. Campbell, Esq.

    Campbell Law Firm PLLC
    Miami, FL
  • “Francis has a depth of experience in all aspects of Bankruptcy Law which enables him to get to the heart of a case and focus the parties on a path to a settlement. I consider Francis to be one of the top mediators in Florida because of his ability to bring parties to a consensus.”

    Robert C. Furr, Esq.

    Furr & Cohen, P.A.
    Boca Raton, FL
  • “Francis Carter is one of the best mediators I have ever worked with. He is always prepared, detail-oriented, and uses a variety of techniques to move everyone in the room to "yes". Francis is also a good listener, and he demystifies the legal process for the clients. I have seen Francis bring parties together who began the morning with no hope of settlement and reached an agreement by day's end. That is the sign of an effective mediator.”

    Howard J. Berlin, Esq.

    Berger Singerman LLP
    Miami, FL
  • “In developing his robust mediation practice, Francis brings a wealth of experience as a lawyer and negotiator who has specialized in the resolution of complex legal and commercial situations over the course of his long and distinguished career. I consider Francis to be a highly effective mediator who enjoys widespread respect and affection in the legal and business community, and always include him on my list for mediation engagements.”

    Mark D. Bloom, Esq.

    Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
    Miami, FL