If you are looking for a Florida mediator, I think it is important that you have a clear idea of what you can expect from me before we work together. There is no shortage of court certified mediators in Florida but like every other profession, there are important differences based on experience, training and philosophy. What follows is lots of information that I hope will answer your questions and give you an accurate idea of how I approach my role as your mediator.
Mediation is a process of principled negotiations. “Principled negotiation … is to decide issues on their merits rather than through a haggling process focused on what each side says it will and will not do.
It suggests you look for mutual gains wherever possible, and that where your interests conflict, you should insist that the result be based on some fair standards independent of the will of either side. The method of principled negotiations is hard on the merits and soft on the people. It employs no tricks and no posturing. Principled negotiation shows you how to obtain what you are entitled to and still be decent. It enables you to be fair while protecting you against those who would take advantage of your fairness.” Getting to Yes" by Roger Fisher and Bill Urey.
Choosing the mediator is an important decision.
I became a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator (circuit civil, county and family) in 1989.
Since then, I have mediated over 2,500 cases of every type and variety. I have firmly established a reputation as a strong, creative and tireless professional committed to a philosophy of neutrality combined with a rigorous, activist approach to problem solving. My 26 + years of mediation experience includes labor and employment mediation, divorce mediation, mediating intellectual property disputes, mediating commercial claims, real estate law (including financing, land use and foreclosure) and insurance coverage and bad faith claims.