Donald P. DeCort

DeCort & Kirkner, P.L.

215 W. Verne Street, Suite A

Tampa, Florida 33606

(813) 254-0156

Mediation Rates:  $200 to $300 per hour (depending on the parties' combined gross income)

Donald P. DeCort

Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator


Don DeCort entered private practice in 1994 after an illustrious career in the U.S. Army, which culminated with his retirement as a colonel.

He practiced with the firm of Anderson & Artigliere, PA from 1994 to 1995 and spent eight years as a partner in Holcomb & DeCort, P.A., from 1995 to 2003. He opened the Law Office of Donald P. DeCort, P.A. in 2003.  On July 1, 2010, he and Kristin R. H. Kirkner opened DeCort & Kirkner, P.L. 

Don continues to concentrate his practice in the areas of family law, including military aspects of divorce and small business.

Don is admitted to practice in Texas, Florida, and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.  He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with his B.S. in 1970 and received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas in 1978.

He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®, earning the highest distinction possible for ethics and legal ability from his peers.Don belongs to the Hillsborough County and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Texas, the Florida Bar, and American Inns of Court.

In 2007, he received the Hillsborough County Family Law Inn of Court Professionalism Award.

Mediation Philosophy

I have been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family Law Mediator since January 2001, and I have had the opportunity to mediate somewhere in the range of 1,000 cases. 

In Florida, Mediation is intended to provide a forum for consensual dispute resolution by the parties as an alternative to litigation.  I strongly believe​​ in the mediation process and try to get my own cases to mediation as early as possible, because it works.  

At the outset, I often tell parties that Mediation is one of the few times in the process that they are able to exercise a degree of control over the outcome of their case.  This is because the lawyers and Judges are bound by the rules of procedure, rules of evidence, time, and resources.  

As a Supreme Court Certified Mediator, I am required to be fair, honest and impartial. Moreover, I believe that my responsibility and role are to actively participate in the process while simultaneously creating an environment in which the parties can exercise their right of self-determination  with an expectation of confidentiality and without conflicts of interest, coercion, improper influence or favoritism.

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