Mailing Address: P.O. Box 508, Stuart, FL 34995
W. Jay Hunston, Jr., Esq.
Attorney & Dispute Resolution Professional
Summary of Legal Qualifications
1979 - Florida, Admitted to Practice in all State Courts
2001 - Montana, Admitted to Practice in all State Courts
1983 - 2003 - Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
1976 - Ohio (Currently Registered “Inactive”)
Summary of ADR Qualifications
1991 - Florida Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
1998 - Florida Certified Family Mediator
2000 - Qualified Florida Arbitrator
2012 - Florida Certified Appellate Mediator
2013 - AAA Roster of Neutrals, Commercial & Construction
1971 - B. A., Denison University, Granville, OH
1976 - J. D. Stetson University, College of Law, Gulfport, FL
1976 - 1979 - Hunston, Hunston & Hunston, Salem, OH, Litigation Partner
1980 - 1995 - DeSantis, Gaskill & Hunston, North Palm Beach, FL, Litigation Partner
1996 - 2000 - Boose Casey Ciklin, et al., West Palm Beach, FL, Litigation Partner
2001 - 2005 - Boose Casey Ciklin, et al., West Palm Beach, FL, Of Counsel (Full Time Dispute Resolution)
2005 - Present - W. Jay Hunston, Jr., P.A., Stuart, FL, Principal
- Mediation Services (Civil, Appellate & Family)
- Dispute Resolution Services
- Special Master Services
- Arbitration Services
Association for Conflict Resolution, Practitioner Member
Palm Beach County Bar Association, ADR Committee, Member
American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, Member
Montana State Bar Association, Member
Montana Mediation Association, Certified Mediator
Martin County Bar Association, Member
Areas of Experience
Complex civil and family law matters, including construction defects litigation, probate litigation, multi-party litigation, private and professional business association dissolutions, eminent domain and inverse condemnation proceedings on behalf of property owners and condemning authorities, real estate disputes, construction disputes for municipal and governmental utility and wastewater treatment authorities, residential and commercial real estate disputes, real estate foreclosures, workouts of significant commercial and residential properties, defense of fair-housing fair-lending discrimination cases, representation as special trial counsel for debtors in Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings, informal and formal administrative agency proceedings, zoning and land use litigation matters, and employment and labor law disputes involving both the public and private sectors.
Positive, creative results. When the dispute resolution professional truly believes in the process and the results that can be achieved through proper utilization of the process, there is no limit to the creative solutions which can be designed by parties to a dispute. The imposition of an outcome by a third- party judge, arbitrator or jury oftentimes produces an outcome from which disputing parties cannot move forward and beyond their differences. In many instances the decision actually further divides the parties and results in additional litigation or appeals.
As a trial attorney I found it frustrating when an arbitrator or arbitration panel would listen to days of testimony, review reams of documentary evidence, receive expert reports on all facets of the case, request detailed summaries from the parties, and then enter a compromise award. Arbitrators should follow the facts and law to whatever results are just and fair under all of the circumstances and authorities. Compromise awards are rarely justified by the facts and law. An arbitrator owes it to the parties and the process to enter a reasoned award that concisely decides all contested issues, without favoritism to any party or desire to please in hopes of obtaining future arbitration business.
Geographic Areas of Practice
Day to day practice throughout the State of Florida.
Available upon prior arrangements throughout Montana.
Hourly or per diem rates, with one uniform state-wide per diem rate available upon request.