Summary of Qualifications

  • Highly accomplished independent conflict resolution professional providing appropriate dispute resolution solutions including mediation, arbitration, independent investigation of EEOC and other employment related claims and service as a contract ombudsman. One of the first court-certified mediators in Florida. Extensive experience teaching mediation and negotiation skills. Willing to travel — no charge for time spent travelling.
  • Firmly established reputation as a creative and tireless ADR professional committed to a philosophy of proactive and engaged problem solving.
  • Creative, dynamic problem solver with excellent mediation, risk management, fact-gathering and negotiation skills.
  • Results-oriented with the ability to quickly identify, understand and address legal and emotional issues and pave the way for the parties to settle disputes in a durable, cost-effective way.
  • Skilled at engaging reluctant and difficult personalities in the conflict resolution process. Focused, patient, confident, calm and diplomatic, working in even the most stressful and challenging circumstances.
  • Licenses: Member, The Florida Bar; Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator: County, Circuit, Family

Professional Experience

Mediator

  • Mediated 2,500+ cases, including complex, multi-party litigation in both state and federal courts, throughout the United States
  • Issues included employment and civil rights claims, labor law claims, medical, dental, nursing and hospital/nursing home malpractice, personal injury/wrongful death, construction disputes, real estate matters, contested high asset divorce, securities claims, insurance claims, commercial claims, environmental/land use and residential foreclosure; bankruptcy

Independent, Neutral Investigator

  • Extensive experience investigating claims of employment discrimination and breach of contract/wrongful termination in the private and public sectors and providing employers with in-depth analysis of complex and conflicting narratives and recommendations for innovative, cost-effective and durable solutions.

Arbitrator

  • Served as arbitrator and arbitration panel member in a wide variety of claims: collective bargaining grievance arbitration, non-binding arbitration of claims pending in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida and the 6th and 13th Judicial Circuits, Florida; FINRA claims; class action claims resolution arbitration, Florida Lemon Law recreational vehicle arbitration.

Ombudsman

  • Design and establish ombuds program for employers and serve as the program ombudsman on a contract basis.

Professional Training

  • Harvard Law School — Advanced Negotiation: Applications to Gender
  • U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act mediation training for professional mediators
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator: circuit/country/family/appellate
  • Additional advanced circuit and family mediation training
  • Advanced Workshop for Mediators in Intellectual Property Disputes, World Intellectual Property
    Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Holocaust Studies for Educators, International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Florida Growth Management Consortium, mediating public policy disputes involving environmental issues
  • Primary trainer for Florida Supreme Court Mediation Certification Program

 

Served on the following mediation or arbitration panels:

  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida — Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Florida State Courts — Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) — Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Collins Center for Public Policy, Mediator and Arbitrator, hurricane insurance claims program
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), Mediator
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, panel of mediators, Geneva, Switzerland
  • National Panel of Mediators, In re: The Prudential Insurance Company of America Sales Practices Litigation, Class Action ADR Process
  • National Panel of Mediators, Cremin, et al. v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc., Class Action Claims Resolution Process
  • National Panel of Mediators, Martens, et al. v. Smith Barney, Class Action Claims Resolution Process
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit (Florida) foreclosure mediation panel member; family law mediation panel
  • Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, foreclosure mediation panel member

Work History

  • More than 25 years of trial experience, including both jury and bench trials, in federal and state courts and federal and state administrative agencies; employment and labor law (NLRA, FLSA, ADEA,OSHA, etc.), personal injury, commercial/UCC, probate (will contests), contested divorce

Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman, New York, New York, Associate

  • Represented management in all areas of employment and labor law

National Labor Relations Board, Tampa, Florida, Field Attorney

  • Investigated unfair labor practices, conducted administrative hearings, prosecuted claims before administrative law judges representing NLRB

Education

  • University of Miami Law School, Coral Gables, Florida Juris Doctor, 1973

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Bachelor of Science, Major: Journalism/Finance, 1970