Donald R. Smith, PhD.

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1047 Rudolph Ct.
Spring Hill, FL 34609
Fax: 727-245-8777

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Dr. Smith is certified CFR Mediator and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Mediator for Appellate, County, Circuit/Civil, Dependency,Family and Foreclosure disputes. He is qualified by the Florida Supreme Court as an Advanced Arbitrator. Also, qualified as ADR mediator for construction, discrimination, sexual harassment, healthcare and workplace disputes.

Dr. Smith has mediated and arbitrated disputes in the Bahamas, Norway and United States. He has mediated and arbitrated mainly in the Southeastern US for the past seven years. He has been recognized as an outstanding mediator by the Fifth Judicial and Sixth Judicial Circuits of Florida from 2006 thru 2015. Don critique’s at the University of South Florida Department of Alternative Dispute Resolution and has been selected by the Florida Office of State Court Administrator to assist in training and critiquing.

Professional Background

Doppler and Newton, Inc., Spring Hill, Florida - 2004 to present
President, Mediation, Arbitration, Business Consulting Company.
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as Mediator - appellate, circuit/civil,dependency,family,foreclosure.
  • Certified Senior Advanced Mediator, construction, environmental, healthcare and workplace.
  • Certified and registered as an Advanced Arbitrator.
  • Registered and listed on the F.I.N.R.A. roaster of Arbitrators and Mediators.
  • Neighborworks Foreclosure and Homeownership Counseling Certified. Florida Supreme Court Certified Home Foreclosure Mediator/Counselor.
  • C.D.R.S. certified construction Mediator / Arbitrator
  • WindStorm certified insurance Umpire/Mediator
  • Certified Business Coach, International Coaching Federation
  • Center for Guardianship Certification, Certified National Guardian.
  • Harvard Program on Negotiation Certified.
I am a member of the following organizations:

Florida Agriculture Mediation/Arbitration Service, Workplace Mediation/Arbitration Association, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Florida Medical Quality Assurance Association, Collins Center for Public Action, Construction Dispute Resolution Service


I have mediated hundreds of cases involving employee-employer disputes, discrimination disputes, sexual harassment disputes, commercial business disputes,construction disputes, property disputes, monies owed disputes, workplace disputes, small claims disputes, family disputes and healthcare disputes.


PhD Degree LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA Business Administration
M.B.A Degree LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA Business Management
B.B.A. Degree Kent State University, Kent Ohio Business Management


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
03/2001    University of South Florida    Family Mediation 40 hours
11/2001    University of South Florida    Dependency Mediation 40 hours
05/2002    Nova University    Circuit/Civil Mediation 40 hours
2003    Nova University    Healthcare Mediation 20 hours
09/2004    University of South Florida     Circuit/Civil Mediation 40 hours


I have mediated disputes in Norway, Bahamas and the USA. This experience has reinforced the standard that a mediator must remain neutral. No premature conclusions. Listen to the parties and help them to remain focused on the issues. Good listening techniques and control by the mediator helps to develop a sense of trust by the parties in the mediation process. Trust in the mediation process by the parties helps in developing an atmosphere of compromise; and from compromise comes agreement. Each mediation is different and the same. Different in the circumstances, the same in that each party views it from their side.


$225.00 per hour / minimum 2 hour charge
$1,200.00 per day / plus any direct expenses

Other Information

  • Florida Supreme Court certified Mediator appellate, county, circuit/civil, dependency, family.
  • Qualified parenting coordinator for divorced families encountering difficulties.
  • Qualified residential home and commercial building foreclosure mediatior.
  • Certified mediator/arbitrator, construction, environmental, healthcare and workplace disputes.
  • Certified advanced Senior Arbitrator
  • Certified F.I.N.R.A arbitrator/mediator.
  • Florida Agricultural Agency arbitrator/mediator.
  • Federal certified Mediator/Arbitrator.
  • Member of Florida Professional Mediators/Arbitrators.
  • Certified Guardian by National Guardian Association.
  • HUD certified Foreclosure/Homeownership Counselor.
  • WindStorm certified Umpire/Mediator
  • C.D.R.S. certified construction Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Collins Center for Public Policy, Center for Resolution
  • PhD in Business Administration
  • He is HUD certified foreclosure and homeownership counseling
  • Certified Guardian by National Guardian Council
  • F.I.N.R.A. certified arbitrator and mediator
  • Certified Senior Business Coach by International Coaching Federation

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adult Family
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Marital Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Native American
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Postal Service
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Special Education
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Ombudsperson
  • Arbitrator
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Conflict Coach

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.