Tampa Family Law Mediators
Fred was admitted to Federal Court in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida in 1999, and in July, 2000, Fred opened the doors to his own firm, the law offices of Frederick L. Pollack, P.A., a full service civil practice representing clients in the Tampa Bay area, in state and federal courts.
Continuing to grow his practice, Fred was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in February, 2001 and served on the Admiralty Law Committee of The Florida Bar in 2001-2003. Fred was appointed to serve as an Animal Control Services Hearing Officer in Polk County for 2004-2006, and served on the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee from 2005-2006.
From 2007 – 2008 Fred was appointed to serve as a Family Law General Magistrate and Child Support Hearing Officer for the Sixth Circuit in Pinellas and Pasco Counties, and since May, 2007 Fred has been serving on the Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee helping to shape the rules and forms used in Family Law proceedings throughout the State of Florida.
In 2011 Fred joined the law firm of HUNTER LAW, P.A. - a full service civil litigation practice concentrating on Marital and Family Law issues, Fred’s practice continues to concentrate on Family Law issues - helping clients with establishment and disestablishment of paternity cases, contested and uncontested divorces, and countless actions for the establishment, modification and/or enforcement of support obligations.
Finally (and most importantly) when Fred is not in the office he would love to be out boating or SCUBA diving but is kept just as busy by his wife and two little girls, kids' swim lessons, soccer practice, gymnastics, dance classes, and countless family events and a never-ending to-do-list of domestic chores that will get done eventually.
Fred graduated from Alfred University in New York in 1993, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
At California Western School of Law in San Diego, Fred pursued concentrations in Environmental Law and Telecommunications Law, while working as a Rescue Diver for a local SCUBA company and as a law clerk for a mining corporation where he earned his MSHA Underground Hard Rock Miner License. He wrote and spoke on the California Coastal Commission’s involvement in the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center as well as the Multiple Species Conservation Plan, and actively participated in the San Diego City of the Future project, addressing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Fred received his Juris Doctor in 1997 along with the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Entertainment Law.
Following law school, Fred went to work as a Graduate Law Clerk for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement. There he dealt exclusively with Title IV-D Paternity and Child Support Actions, receiving recognition for his work with URESA/UIFSA actions and paternity cases.
Returning to his home in the Tampa Bay area in 1998, Fred continued to work with Title IV-D Paternity and Child Support Actions, clerking for the law firm of Mensh and MacIntosh, P.A. After being admitted to the Florida Bar in October of 1998, Fred became an Associate with the firm and acted as a legal service provider for the State of Florida Department of Revenue, prosecuting thousands of cases on behalf of the interests of minor children and custodial parents, with regular appearances in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Highlands Counties.
Fred believes that mediation is the most efficient and least expensive way for parties to resolve their differences.
Even as widely accepted as mediation is today, it remains underused. Too many parties still view mediation as a hurdle to litigation. Unfortunately, having their "day in court" often takes far too long, is too expensive, and traps the parties in an unhealthy state of “limbo” until they can get a judge to rule in their case.
The judge who is tasked with ordering a solution does not have enough time to really get to know the parties, much less understand their children or their children’s needs. And, a court is restricted by the Rules of Evidence and Family Law Rules of Procedure. These Rules of Evidence and the expense of satisfying them often prevents the parties from putting on their best case. Many families cannot afford a forensic accountant, a forensic psychologist, or even a guardian ad litem.
Fred believes strongly that the parties themselves are in the best position to make decisions concerning their own lives and their children. The parties have the most knowledge about their family, how things have been handled in the past, and what will actually WORK for their family in the future.
Mediation affords the parties an opportunity to craft and develop a personalized resolution to their differences without becoming the “War of the Roses.” In short, the goal of a successful mediation should not just be numbers and jockeying for position, but to “take the fight out of the fight”, to encourage successful communication and co-parenting, and to avoid the pitfall of protracted adversarial litigation.