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An effective mediator helps the parties find common ground, focuses the discussion on key issues, and makes practical suggestions for intelligent compromise.
— Richard J. Mockler

Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator

Mediation Practice

Richard is a mediator certified by the Florida Supreme Court in Circuit Civil and Family Mediation.  His practice is focused on mediation as a means to resolving disputes.  Richard's experience as a mediator is unique.  In addition to his legal education, Richard has a strong business background, a degree in Finance, and a Master of Laws in Taxation.  Richard also gained significant worldly experience in the United States Marine Corps.  He is also a divorced father who is incredibly involved in the lives of his children.

As an attorney, Richard worked at three of the country's largest and most prestigious national law firms, representing many of America's most well-known companies in financial and intellectual property matters.  Richard practiced almost exclusively in federal court.  Richard later established his own practice, where he represented small businesses and individuals in civil and business disputes.

Richard also built a substantial family law practice, where he excelled in understanding the technical and financial aspects of the practice, as well as the psychological, parenting, and other "human" issues that pervade family law.  In 2017, Richard was recognized by the Hillsborough County family law community when he received the Theodore Millison Professionalism Award, which is presented by the Stann Givens Tampa Family Law Inn of Court.

In every mediation, Richard uses his aptitude for numbers, broad understanding of the law, ability to listen, and strong sense of human empathy to help resolve disputes.

Litigation Experience

Richard started his legal career in Miami, where he worked at two of the nation’s most prestigious national law firms.  Richard was involved in high-stakes litigation matters for many of America’s most well-known businesses and financial institutions.  Richard defended public companies and their officers and directors in connection with class actions lawsuits, derivative actions, and federal investigations.  Richard worked on several matters that received national media coverage and a number of cases with more than $100 million at stake.  

After Richard opened his own law firm in 2008, he continued to represent companies and individuals in federal cases, business disputes, and commercial litigation.  Richard also focused much of his private practice on family law matters.  In the family law arena, Richard devoted his time to representing men and women in cases involving complex financial issues, disputes over the control and valuation of closely held companies, high-conflict child custody disputes, relocation requests, and military divorces. 

Richard currently serves on the Executive Counsel of the Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.  Richard has been selected by his peers and recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine.  He was previously recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Florida for 4 consecutive years.


Richard attended the University of Florida College of Law, where he graduated with honors. In 1998, he was the Chester Ferguson Scholarship Recipient.  Richard was also a member of the International Moot Court Team and participated in the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Additionally, Richard served as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy.

Richard was also a leader on campus, where he was elected President of the Law School's Student Bar Association.  He also served on the Executive Board of the University of Florida's Law College Council.  Prior to graduation, Richard was inducted into the Florida Blue Key leadership honorary, received the University of Florida Presidential Recognition Award, received the Levin College of Law Pro Bono Certificate, and was named the Levin College of Law 2000 Student of the Year. 

In 2002, Richard earned his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida’s Graduate Tax Program.  The Graduate Tax Program is widely recognized as one of the nation's best.

Military Service

Prior to becoming an attorney, Richard served as a United States Marine with the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion in Tampa, Florida.  Richard was the Battalion Embarkation Specialist prior to the Unit's mobilization to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Richard received the Navy Achievement Medal for his exemplary efforts to prepare his battalion to embark for combat. Richard was also recognized as the Honor Graduate during his training at the Naval Expeditionary Warfare College, Atlantic.  Richard also received the Outstanding Community Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, and a Marine Corps Certificate of Commendation for exemplary community service.  Richard's military experience helps him relate to many people from different walks of life.

 Bar Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Southern District of Florida
    • Middle District of Florida
    • Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court

Mediator Certifications

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Trial Advocacy in Family Law Cases, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Developing Parenting Plans for Children with Developmental Disorders
  • Discovery of Medical Records and Trial of Cases Involving Medical Evidence, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Preparing Your Family Law Case for Trial, Hillsborough County Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Theodore Millison Professionalism Award, the highest honor in the Tampa family law community (2017)
  • Selected as a Florida Super Lawyer, by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine (2013-2017)
  • Selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine (2009-2012)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Florida Bar Business Law Section
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Cheatwood Inn of Court
  • Tampa Family Law Inn of Court
  • HCBA Executive Board - Family Law Section

If you would like to schedule a mediation with Richard Mockler, please visit our scheduling page or contact us at (813) 331-5699.