Member Profile: Charles L. Cetti Esq.

Charles L. Cetti Esq.
Certified Circuit-Civil Mediator at Law Offices of Charles L. Cettii
817 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
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Tel: (850) 438-4036
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Charles L. Cetti Esq. has substantive case experience in the following areas...

ADA Disability
Civil Rights
Contract Disputes
Eminent Domain
Health Care
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Natural Disasters
Nursing Homes
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Real Estate
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Wrongful Death



Upon graduation from law school in 1965, Mr. Cetti began his law practice in Tampa, Florida, with the firm of McClain, Thompson, Turbeville, White & Davis, where his area of practice was appellate work, both state and federal. Subsequently, he went into solo trial practice in Tampa. In late 1970, he relocated to his hometown, Pensacola, where he established a civil trial practice as a sole practitioner. His practice focused on personal injury, wrongful death and other tort litigation (approximately 60%), about equally divided between plaintiff's work and insurance defense. Significant experience in motor vehicle accidents; premises liability; professional negligence; casualty losses (including fire, windstorm and flood) and other first-party insurance claims; large number of jury trials, chiefly in state court. Also, numerous bench trials, chiefly in divorce and other family law matters (about 20% of case load).

Mr. Cetti began mediating cases in 1989, and became a Certified Circuit-Civil Mediator in 1991. From 1989-2001, he mediated part-time in conjunction with his trial practice (about 30% mediation, 70% litigation) and transitioned into full-time mediation in 2001.

Mediation practice consists chiefly of personal injury, wrongful death, products liability and other torts; professional negligence; employment, discrimination and civil rights; construction; hurricane claims; eminent domain; contract disputes; estate and probate; insurance claims (both first-party and third-party). Also, he has mediated cases involving business disputes and real estate matters. To date, Mr. Cetti has mediated in excess of 3,800 cases, with a high rate of success. In addition, he has been a lecturer in mediation-focused CLE seminars and has written articles published in The Summation, which is a periodic publication of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association. He has mediated cases in all of the counties in the First Judicial Circuit, as well as in Marianna, Panama City, Orlando, and Jacksonville. He is available to mediate cases state-wide, by special arrangement.

Martindale Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent 5.0-out-of-5.0.

Other activities and publications:

Authored Money Management for Young Adults, a book published in 1992.

Principal trumpet, The Pensacola Civic Band (Mr. Cetti has been a member of the Civic Band since 1985). Also, he plays cornet in a dixieland jazz band, The Dixieland Dandies.


  • Undergraduate studies: Pensacola Junior College and Florida State University.
  • LLB magna cum laude, Mercer University, 1965. Editor-in-Chief, Mercer Law Review, 1965 (Executive Editor, 1964).
    Captain, Appellate Moot Court Team. Outstanding Senior award.
  • Authored numerous case comments and lead articles in Mercer Law Review.
  • Authored articles for The Summation, which is a publication of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association.

Memberships & Affiliations

The Florida Bar; State Bar of Georgia; United States District Court, Northern District of Florida; Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association; Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society. National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.


$125.00 per hour, per party, 3-hour minimum for 1/2 day, 5-hour minimum for full day. The $125.00 per hour, per party rate will be applied to mediations up to 4 parties. If more than 4 parties, the 4-party fee ($125.00 x 4) will be pro-rated among the parties. Any mediation charges in excess of the minimum will be billed to the engaging attorney or party, payment requested within 30 days.


Charles L. Cetti Esq. is a member of our FL chapter, Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society, Florida's premier roster of distinguished attorney-mediators. The FCCMS profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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