Featured Speakers

Sharon Press
Dispute Resolution Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Sharon Press is a Professor of Law and serves as the director of the nationally ranked Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. At Mitchell Hamline, Press teaches mediation, a mediation clinic, negotiation and advanced international business negotiation. In addition, Press directs the Jerusalem Study Abroad Program: Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions; coaches the Mediation Representation Teams; and serves as the academic advisor to the students who are completing a Certificate in Conflict Resolution.

Press is a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics Board, serves as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section Council, is secretary of Community Mediation and Restorative Services (CMRS) Board, and is a member of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation Board and the Community Dispute Resolution Programs Advisory Council. She also mediates regularly for the Dispute Resolution Center at Ramsey County Conciliation Court.

Previously Professor Press served for 18 years as director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center where she was responsible for the ADR programs associated with the state courts. In that capacity, Press assisted in the development of rules, statutes and policies related to court-connected dispute resolution in Florida, including providing staff support to the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee and the Mediator Grievance Board.

Press is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Mary Parker Follett Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dispute Resolution presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution, the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution's Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field and Future of Dispute Resolution, and the 2017 Conflict Resolution and Restorative Services Volunteer of the Year Award. Press is a Florida Supreme Court certified county and family mediator and a Minnesota Rule 114 qualified facilitative/hybrid neutral. She is co-author of the textbook: Mediation Theory and Practice (3rd Edition Fall 2013), with J. Alfini and J. Stulberg, and her scholarship has focused on mediation ethics and institutionalization of ADR. She served on the committee that re-drafted the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (2005) and as vice-chair for ACR’s Pre-Dispute Arbitration Task Force.  

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Marshal Silvester Dawson
Supreme Court of Florida

Marshal Silvester Dawson grew up in Wakulla County, Florida. In 1979, he served a tour of duty in the United States Army. In 1983, he became a state trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and served throughout the state of Florida.

Marshal Dawson spent 28 years with the Florida Highway Patrol. In 1998, he became the first African-American to be promoted to Troop Commander with the Florida Highway Patrol. During his FHP career, he served as the FHP Training Academy Director, Chief of the Bureau of Investigations and Internal Affairs, and FHP Deputy Director/Chief of Staff where he managed, at that time, a 220 million dollar budget.

On June 1, 2011, Marshal Dawson became the 8th Marshal of the Supreme Court of Florida. The Supreme Court Marshal is appointed in accordance to Article V of the Florida Constitution. As Marshal, his duties include managing the Supreme Court’s budget, facilities, deputy marshals, and has the power to execute the process of the Supreme Court throughout the state.

The Florida Supreme Court Office of the Marshal is a state law enforcement agency that provides threat investigations, security, and dignitary protection for Justices, judges, court officials and facilities.

Marshal Dawson lectures statewide to judges and court administrators on court and personal safety and security. His articles on leadership have been published in popular law enforcement magazines to include the “Florida Police Chief”.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Florida Police Chief Association, the FBI National Academy Associates, and currently serves as the president of the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association.

Marshal Dawson is a graduate of the 194th Session of the FBI National Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from St. Leo University. However, most importantly, he is a proud graduate of Wakulla High School (Class of 1979).

Susan Marvin
Chief of ADR
Dispute Resolution Center
Susan Marvin, Esq. is the Chief of ADR of the Dispute Resolution Center, Office of the State Courts Administrator. She served as the staff attorney for the DRC from 2012 through May of 2016, and is a Florida Supreme Court certified county, family and dependency mediator. Susan served as a staff mediator for the Second Judicial Circuit Court’s ADR program for six years during one of which she was also the small claims and county mediator services coordinator, supervising about sixty volunteers. For eight years Susan was the director of The Family Visitation Program in Tallahassee, and she has previously been a case coordinator and attorney for the Second Circuit’s Guardian ad Litem Program.


Darryll R. Bauchert, Sr.
President, Certified Financial Planner, Mediator
Columbus Financial Group
Darryll R. Bauchert, Sr., MBA, CFP®, CDFA™, is a Certified Financial Planner Practitioner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Registered Investment Advisor and Certified Family, Dependency, Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator. Darryll's firm, Columbus Financial Group in Fort Myers, which has been in existence since 1990, specializes in comprehensive financial planning and wealth management for individuals, families and businesses. Darryll holds a Bachelor's degree in Administration from The Ohio State University and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Toledo in Ohio. Among other areas, Darryll has specialized expertise in retirement plans, their administration, taxation issues and the use of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) in Dissolution of Marriage Cases. In addition, Darryll has significant experience in the field of Human Resources and he holds a lifetime accreditation of a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resources Accreditation Institute.
Stephanie Favilli Bodolay
Law Offices of Robert T. Terenzio
Stephanie Favilli Bodolay, Esq. received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Florida with a minor in Spanish and later attended Stetson University College of Law, receiving her Juris Doctor degree in May 2013. At Stetson, Stephanie wrote a seminar paper in embryo donation and her interest in assisted reproductive technology only grew. She currently works exclusively in the field of assisted reproduction at The Law Offices of Robert T. Terenzio in Tampa, Florida and lives with her husband and daughter in the Tampa Bay area. Stephanie is a member of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Section of the American Bar Association, Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, the Lakeland Bar Association, the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, and the Hillsborough and Orange County Bars. Her academic interests in contract and constitutional law, coupled with her passion for family, culture, travel, and medicine, has led her to pursue this area of law in the hopes of fulfilling someone's dream of having a family.
Keya Brandon
Data Analyst
Miami-Dade County
Keya Brandon, Ed.D, is a Data Analyst of the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) and the Child Abuse Death Review (CADR) Team. Dr. Brandon holds a Doctorate in Education in Human Services Administration with a specialty in Conflict Resolution from NOVA Southeastern University. Dr. Brandon has over a year of service with the local Fatality Review Team, has over four years of experience working for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and for over ten years through her non-profit organization provided In-home Support services to clients of under the Department of Elder Affairs and for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). Dr. Brandon has performed in depth research on the topic of domestic violence and the services that are provided to survivors. Dr. Brandon continues to work in the field of domestic violence in an effort to develop effective death prevention strategies for the Miami-Dade County. Dr. Brandon is an active member of the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC), Human Trafficking Coalition of Miami-Dade County, JASMINE Project, and Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Team.
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Ana Braun
Supervising Certified Court Interpreter
Fifth Judicial Circuit
Ana Braun is the Supervising Certified Court Interpreter for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. She is based in Lake County. Ms. Braun was born and raised in Argentina; immigrated to the United States in 1963; studied higher learning in Chicago and continues to study in Orlando. She has been an interpreter for nineteen (19) years. In addition to her busy interpreter schedule, Ms. Braun serves on the Board of Directors of a billion-dollar fraternal society. Ms. Braun has brought awareness to the field of interpreting through her appearances on Lake County Court Television (Judge Miller) and presentations to the Lake County and Citrus County Bar Associations. She has also served as a volunteer and Board Member of the Teen Court Program in Orange County.
Harold Coleman
AAA Senior Vice President
American Arbitration Association
Harold Coleman, Jr., Esq., is senior vice president for mediation at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and executive director/mediator for MEDIATION.org, a division of the AAA. Coleman also trains new AAA arbitrators and aspiring mediators in basic/advanced arbitration case management techniques and basic/advanced mediation skills. A former multi-disciplinary project manager and complex litigation attorney, Coleman has mediated and arbitrated multiplied hundreds of litigated and pre-litigated disputes during a legal and ADR career that spans more than 29 years. He is a Fellow and director of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) and director of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). Coleman serves the global ADR community from the Association's Los Angeles and New York offices.
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Jo Dell Coning
Esquire, Alternative Dispute Resolution Director
Fifth Judicial Circuit
Jo Dell Coning, Esquire, is the Alternative Dispute Resolution Director for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. She is a certified county, family, dependency, circuit civil, and appellate mediator. Ms. Coning graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
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Adam Cordover
Collaborative Attorney and Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm
Adam B. Cordover is a collaborative attorney and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator in Tampa, Florida. He is editor and co-author with Forrest (Woody) Mosten of an upcoming American Bar Association book on Building a Successful Collaborative Law Practice. Adam is also a Founder and Principal Trainer of the Tampa Bay Collaborative Trainers and the Peacemaking Practice Trainers. Additionally, Adam served as collaborative attorney and appellate counsel on Shaw v. Shaw, the first dissolution of marriage matter to challenge Florida's Defense of Marriage Act and Constitutional Ban against same-sex marriage. Adam holds a J.D. as well as a Master's degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. Adam now practices exclusively in private dispute resolution and is managing attorney of Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm
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Chris DelMarco
Staff Attorney
Legal Services of North Florida
Chris DelMarco has been a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of North Florida, specializing in Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence cases, for sixteen years. She graduated from Florida State University with her Juris Doctorate in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Counseling in 1993. She has worked in the field of Domestic and Sexual Violence for approximately 25 years, including working at a Domestic and Sexual Violence Program, prior to entering law school. She has provided multiple trainings and seminars throughout her career on domestic and sexual violence, including their legal implications, to a variety of audiences. She has participated in a multiple advisory boards and task forces on these issues, as well. Her practice at Legal Services consists primarily of family law with a focus on cases for injunctions for protection, dissolution of marriage, and emergency custody actions, where domestic and/or sexual violence are present.
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Susan Dubow
President, Primary Trainer
Mediation Training Group, Inc
Professor Susan F. Dubow, a pioneer in the field of Mediation, served as Director of the 17th Judicial Circuit's Court Mediation and Arbitration Program for over 20 years. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Primary Trainer, an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, and a Past President of both The Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators (ASFMA)and The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators (FAPM). She is Chairperson of the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC).
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Eric Dunlap
Mediation Trainer
Dunlap Mediation
Eric Dunlap serves as a neutral dispute resolution professional (mediator and arbitrator) practicing in areas such as employment/labor, ADA disability, Title VII and civil rights, EEOC, homeowner’s association matters, contractual/business disputes, police liability, and insurance claims. In addition to certification as a Circuit, County, and Appellate Mediator, State Court Arbitrator, and Federal Court Mediator, Eric served as a mediator for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Mandatory Homeowner’s Association Mediation Program, and presently serves as a mediator for the Florida Department of Financial Services Insurance Claims mediation program, a volunteer mediator for the Florida Bar’s Grievance Mediation Program, a volunteer county court mediator at the Orange County Courthouse, a Primary Trainer in Certified Circuit and County Court Mediation Training Programs, and an Adjunct Professor (Mediation) at Barry University School of Law.

Eric is a member of the Florida Bar, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the District Court for the Middle District of Florida.Since beginning the practice of law in 1991, Eric has represented both employers and employees in a variety of legal matters. Eric has participated in EEO investigations, conducted EEO training, represented employees who were the focus of investigations conducted by the Department of Justice or the subject of civil rights and section 1983 lawsuits, and represented employers in liability claims, career service cases, arbitrations, and collective bargaining negotiations. Eric has served as an Assistant General Counsel for a major law enforcement agency in Orange County (Orlando, Florida) since 2002 where he represents, trains, and advises law enforcement officers on a wide range of matters, including employment/labor disputes, liability and civil rights claims against the agency and deputies, civil and criminal litigation, and appeals.

Prior to that, Eric served for more than ten years as the Deputy Chief Legal Counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families District 7 (Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard counties) where he represented, trained, and advised the District Administrator, senior management, and employees on employment/labor disputes, administrative, liability claims against the Department and employees, and appellate matters. Eric has extensive litigation experience, particularly in employment disputes and administrative issues.
The Honorable Peter Estrada
Chair, Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity
Circuit Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit
Judge Peter Estrada is a circuit court serving in Sebring, Florida. He is the current chair of the Florida Supreme Court's Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity. A longtime member of the committee, he has been a leader in creating a bench book for Recognizing and Eliminating Bias in Court Operations for the use of the judiciary as well as a Best Practices Guide for the use of state court diversity teams.
Gary M. Farmer, Jr.
Florida Senate District 34
Senator Gary Farmer has spent most of his career fighting for the rights of consumers, fair and just compensation for victims, the protection of the civil justice system and full access to the courts. Over the past decade, he has been at the forefront of high-profile consumer litigation in Florida and across the country: creating new law and causes of actions for subscribers denied coverage by their HMOs; litigating the “Butterfly Ballot” and absentee voting cases to the Florida Supreme Court during the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election; and representing patients, consumers and employees in cases against various corporations, hospitals and insurance companies. In the past few years, Senator Farmer served as lead counsel in some of the largest qui tam recoveries in the country’s history involving off-label marketing of pharmaceutical drugs. In addition to his work in the courtroom, Senator. Farmer has devoted thousands of hours serving as a board member, officer and in 2012-2013 as President of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), the state’s largest and most effective consumer protection organization. The FJA has recognized him with the EAGLE Legend Award, the EAGLE Top Recruiting Champion Award and the Gold EAGLE Award.
Gregory Firestone
My Florida Mediator

Gregory Firestone, Ph.D. is President of My Florida Mediator and serves on the Editorial Board of Family Court Review. He served as Director of the University of South Florida Conflict Resolution Collaborative from 1994 - 2016 and on standing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) committees of the Florida Supreme Court for more than two decades, including seven years as Vice Chair of the Florida Supreme Court ADR Rules and Policy Committee.

He has been a Florida Supreme Court approved primary mediation trainer for more than twenty years. Dr. Firestone is a practicing Florida Supreme Court certified Appellate, Circuit Court, Dependency, and Family Mediator, Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Advanced Practitioner, Diplomate Member ofthe Florida Academy of Professional Mediator, Licensed Psychologist (PY3033) and has maintained a private mediation practice since 1984.

He also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), as founding president of the Florida Chapter of AFCC, and as Official Observer (on behalf of the Association for Conflict Resolution) to the Uniform Law Commission drafting of the Uniform Mediation Act .Greg has lectured and published widely in the field and trained thousands of mediators around the U.S. and Europe. He has received numerous awards including the 2012 Florida Supreme Court Sharon Press Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution Award and 2011 Florida Academy of Professional Mediators Merit Award.

Christy Foley
The Law Office of Christy L. Foley, LLC
Christy L. Foley, Esq. is an attorney who is certified to practice law in both Florida and New York. She manages an entertainment and small business law firm in Central Florida, where she represents athletes, musicians, filmmakers, and numerous small businesses. Christy also mediates disputes regularly. She serves as a volunteer mediator for the Orange County courthouse and is a member of the Florida Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee.
Jeremy Gaies
Psychologist, Mediator, Collaborative Facilitator, Trainer
Tampa Bay Collaborative Trainers
Dr. Gaies is a licensed psychologist and certified family mediator who devotes his practice to peacemaking for families. His practice focuses on resolving co-parenting disputes and helping parents design parenting plans, primarily through his roles as a parenting coordinator or consultant. Dr. Gaies also serves as the team leader, or facilitator, in collaborative divorce cases. He is the co-author of Mindful Co-parenting: A Child-Friendly Path through Divorce, a concise, reader-friendly guide for parents who are considering or pursuing divorce. A graduate of Brown University (B.A.) and Rutgers University (Psy.D.), Dr. Gaies has practiced in Tampa, Florida, for over twenty-five years.
Alexia Georgakopoulos
Ph.D., Associate Professor
Dept. of Conflict Resolution Studies, NSU; Institute of Conflict Resolution & Communication
Alexia Georgakopoulos, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Conflict Studies at Nova Southeastern University. She is the Director of the Institute of Conflict Resolution and Communication, a mediation and conflict resolution training and consulting firm specializing in delivering educational training and Florida Supreme Court mediation certification and CMEs to professionals. A world-class scholar and practitioner in mediation with numerous articles, book chapters, and speaking engagements, she was featured on NBC’s Today Show to discuss peace in a diverse world. She is the Editor of The Handbook of Mediation: Theory, Research and Practice published by Routledge in 2017.
Marquita Green
Senior Attorney
Office of the State Courts Administrator, Innovations and Outreach
Marquita Green, Senior Attorney, Innovations and Outreach, Office of the State Courts Administrator, Tallahassee (2014-present). B.A. in Psychology, University of Virginia (2000); M.S. in Community Psychology, Springfield College (2002); J.D. in Law, Florida State University (2009). Formerly Supervising Attorney, Florida Department of Children & Families (2009-2014); Employment Investigator, Florida Commission on Human Relations (2007-2008); Manager of Truancy & Juvenile Justice Programs, Northern Home for Children (2002-2006). She became a certified trainer of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in 2016. She also started teaching Train the Trainer courses in 2016.
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Melvia B. Green P.A.
Jennifer Hodges
ADR Director
Second Judicial Circuit
Jennifer Hodges has been in the court system as a researcher, program developer, executive manager, and mediator for over 30 years. She brings her experience and knowledge from all these professional walks of life to the training environment as she leads groups through lively discussions about unique and complex family mediation scenarios. She currently is the ADR Director for the 2nd Judicial Circuit and is a certified county, family and dependency mediator.
Karina Igla
Solo Practitioner
Law Office of Karina Grunauer-Igla
Ms. Igla has been a licensed New Jersey attorney since 2008. She has worked in the legal field most of her adult working life starting as a paralegal for the Office of the District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY in the year 2000. Over the years, Ms. Igla has had the opportunity to work in Ann Habor, Michigan Public Defender's Office, and was an Associate Attorney for a personal injury firm in of Perth Amboy, NJ. Currently, Ms. Igla is a solo practitioner in Elizabeth, New Jersey representing clients in the areas of worker's compensation, criminal and municipal court, divorce, child custody, child support, and immigration law.
The Honorable Claudia Isom
Vice-Chair Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness & Diversity
Circuit Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit
Judge Claudia Rickert Isom is a circuit judge in the Thirteenth Judicial circuit in Tampa. She is the vice-chair of the Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity and is a frequent educator in the area of diversity and fairness in the courts. In 2016, Judge Isom was a member of the faculty for the Florida Court Personnel’s first Diversity Faculty Training seminar for court staff.
Veronica Jackson
Family Mediator, Mediation Services Coordinator
Second Judicial Circuit
Veronica Jackson is a county civil, family and dependency mediator for the 2nd Judicial Circuit. With a professional background in risk management and insurance, Veronica became interested in the mediation field during negotiations with insurance agents and agencies. She then embarked on becoming certified which led to her full-time position with the 2nd Judicial Circuit as a certified mediator covering county, family and dependency mediations.
George Knox
George Knox Mediation
As a respected attorney, business and community leader, George F. Knox was instrumental in shaping South Florida's diverse economic landscape. Both behind-the-scenes and "on-the-record," Mr. Knox has helped establish many of Miami's signature enterprises. He was City Attorney of the City of Miami from 1976-1982, and was in private practice, specializing in public policy and local government operations. He terminated his active legal practice in 2010, after 37 years.Mr. Knox served as a Visiting Faculty Member at the Florida International University College of Law between 2010 and December, 2014, teaching courses in Negotiation and Mediation. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Arkansas School of Law. He has also lectured at the University of Miami School of Law, as well as its School of Business Administration; Nova University Law School, and Florida International University College of Urban and Public Affairs. George Knox is a Florida Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, and a Certified Federal Court Mediator
Richard Kolodinsky
Law Office of Rick Kolodinsky
Board certified civil trial lawyer, American Board of Trial Advocates, Martindale AV rated, plaintiffs personal injury lawyer for over 38 years. Rick was the innovator of Legal Fee Guard, the only insurance product in the nation which insures against the risk of paying adverse attorney fees and costs pursuant to a Proposal for settlement.
Jeanne D. Maes
Professor and University Ombudsperson
University of South Alabama

Jeanne D. Maes is Professor of Management at the Mitchell College of Business and University Ombudsperson to the 850+ faculty at the University of South Alabama.

A seasoned dispute resolution professional, facilitator, executive trainer, and consultant, Dr. Maes' areas of expertise include communication skills, conflict management, partnering, team-building, and leadership. She has been honored as Outstanding Professor in the Mitchell College of Business, and was named Outstanding OD Consultant for 2010 by the Organization Development Institute (now ISODC).

She is President Emeritus of the International Society for Organization Development and Change, which she led for five years.She has worked as a partnering consultant and facilitator in both the private and public sectors on various complex, multi-party projects. Some of these projects include: military construction (Chem-Demil Facility at Toole, Utah, etc.), general facilities construction (the U.S. Labor Department, GSA, etc.), the Central Artery Tunnel in Boston (MDT), highway construction (California DOT, Texas DOT, Nevada DOT, Federal Highway Administration, etc.), flood control (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, & private contractors), facility maintenance (Naval Engineering, Johnson Controls Worldwide, IAP Hill, etc.), base construction (Army, Navy, Air Force, contractors such as Turner, Sundt, Granite, Roger Kennedy, etc.), environmental (EPA, and various state agencies), detention facilities construction (Krome Service Processing), design-build, and numerous others since 1989. She has written numerous articles for national and international publications, including the Dispute Resolution Journal, National Productivity Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Communication, the Organization Development Journal, etc. She has co-authored chapters of books dealing with leadership and corporate governance. 

Howard Marsee
Mediator/Arbitrator/Special Magistrate
Upchurch Watson White & Max
Howard Marsee began the practice of law in 1971 as a trial attorney. Since 1996, he has served thousands of hours as a mediator, arbitrator and special magistrate. He has for fifteen years served as a mediator, arbitrator and special magistrate with the ADR firm of Upchurch Watson White & Max. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil mediator, and he is certified by the Fifth District Court of Appeal as an appellate mediator. He is also certified by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida to accept mediation appointments in cases pending before that Court. He also serves currently as the Special Magistrate for the City of Oviedo.
Kate Marshman
Mediation Services Coordinator
Second Judicial Circuit
Kate Marshman, Esq. is a staff mediator for the Second Judicial Circuit. She is certified to mediate county-civil, family and dependency cases. Over the past two and a half years she has primarily mediated family and county cases for the court. In addition, the DRC has approved her as an Assistant County Mediation Trainer. As an instructor she has logged over 50 hours of time teaching both county and family mediators continuing education classes on a variety of topics. She received both her undergraduate degree in Telecommunications News and her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Before becoming a mediator she worked as a reporter, weather forecaster, and as a certified legal intern with the Second Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney.
Rodney Max
Firm Principal/Mediator
Upchurch Watson White & Max
Principal Rodney A. Max has led more than 4,000 mediations arising from more than 10,000 cases for matters including wrongful death, personal injury, breach of contract, insurance disputes, antitrust, mass and class action issues involving products and services in all consumer areas, patent and trademark infringement, employment cases, family and decedent estate issues, fraud and negligence, health and general commercial liability insurance coverage cases and more. He has practiced since 1975, including representation of plaintiffs and defendants in breach of contract, fraud, commercial products liability, lender liability, mass and class actions and other statutory remedies.

Mr. Max has been selected and/or court appointed as a third party neutral or mediator in a number of significant state and federal mass and class actions involving personal injury, wrongful death and property damage claims. These claims have involved products, services, and/or consumer rights (e.g., privacy). The mass and class actions have encompassed areas of insurance, pharmaceuticals, transportation, environmental, computer, cell phones, and other technological issues.He is a noted speaker on mediation and alternative dispute resolution topics, delivering his message to organizations throughout the country, including national and state bar associations and sections ~ on both sides of the trial aisle, as well as neutral groups.

Among his published works: "Multiparty Mediation", The American Journal of Trial Advocacy (volume 23, Issue 2, Fall 1999) and "Mediation: The Humanization of the Justice System Resulting in the Truest Equities Among the Parties" (The Alabama Defense Lawyer Journal, 1999).
Robert Merlin
Senior Partner
Robert J. Merlin, P.A.
Bob is a partner in Robert J. Merlin, P.A. in Coral Gables, Florida specializing in Marital and Family Law, especially Collaborative Family Law. Bob is Florida Bar Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and he is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. He is involved in local, statewide and international organizations that are dedicated to the Collaborative Process and he teaches the Collaborative Process to other professionals. Bob has been intimately involved in the creation and passage of the Florida Collaborative Law Process Act and the rules of procedure and conduct that have been presented to the Florida Supreme Court for adoption.
Jackie Miller
Lead Mediator
J.A. Miller Consulting
Jacqueline Miller has been passionate about helping others from the moment she began her Doctoral of Psychology degree focusing on organizational development and leadership, mediation and conflict resolution. Her studies of personality disorders, development and psychology were instrumental in her becoming an effective divorce and civil mediator. She is a professional peacemaker and currently certified as a mediator. Jacqueline has worked as a Human Resource professional, served as a volunteer mediator and co-mediator handling both civil and domestic cases. She has served on several Boards including the Spirituality Section of ACR. In 2013, Jacqueline Miller founded JA Miller Consulting to serve the mediation needs of individuals facing conflict, building organizational leaders and effective teams. JA Miller Consulting was founded on comprehensive principle and centered on empathy and appreciation for human experience. Jacqueline focuses on the wellness of the family and the individuals she serves. Ms. Miller is dedicated to mediation as the most effective means to solve the conflict
Abby Milon
Associate Lecturer
Department of Legal Studies, University of Central Florida
Dr. Abby F. Milon is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida. She is a certified circuit civil and appellate court mediator in Florida. She has taught alternative dispute resolution for over twelve years and incorporates lateral thinking tools as part of that course. Dr. Milon has both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Science degree from the University of Florida.
Kristen Mory
Labor Relations and Training Manager
City of St. Petersburg
Kristen Mory is the labor relations and training manager for the City of St. Petersburg. In her current role, she is the lead negotiator representing the City in labor negotiations and oversees general labor and employment related matters, along with employee training, community affairs, and the records division of human resources. Prior to working in human resources, Kristen was a mediation and compliance specialist for the City of St. Petersburg Community Affairs Department, where she mediated and investigated charges of discrimination based on housing, employment and public accommodations. Prior to working for the City, Kristen practiced employment law in a small firm and worked for Stetson University College of Law, Office for Continuing Education. Kristen is an attorney licensed in Florida, a Florida certified circuit civil mediator, an assistant trainer for Florida certified circuit court mediation training programs, and a Florida Bar certified diversity trainer. Kristen attended Eckerd College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Business Management; received her J.D. degree from The Ohio State University, College of Law; and her M.B.A. from Stetson University.
Damarie Nix
St. Johns River State College
Ms. Nix has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Qualified Arbitrator since 2014. She has worked for the Office of the District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY since 2002, where she processes and completes cases for court consideration. Before that, she served as a Patient Account Representative for Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL. She served as a U.S. Navy Corpsman from 1989 to 1996, where she was awarded with multiple letters of commendation and certifications, including National Defense Medal, 1991.She serves as full-time faculty at St. Johns River State College while also serving as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of North Florida since 2011. Before that, she served as a Faculty Instructor for Everest University in Orange Park, Florida. She was named Instructor of the Year at Everest University in 2008; and her program was honored in 2009. Ms. Nix earned her Master of Science Health Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University; her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida; and her Bachelor of Science Health Administration from the University of North Florida. When she's not teaching, Ms. Nix enjoys traveling with her family.
Jason O'Steen
O'Steen & O'Steen, P.L., Tallahassee

Since forming O'Steen & O'Steen, P.L., in 2010, Jason O'Steen has combined his trial experience with his business know-how and financial expertise to build a full-time mediation practice. Mr. O'Steen has mediated hundreds of cases in North Florida and throughout the state. He has focused primarily on federal cases, such as employment discrimination claims, civil rights violations, and 1983 actions. However, as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Mr. O'Steen has also mediated a wide range of state civil cases, including whistleblower claims, ADA/FMLA/FLSA violations, personal injury claims, premises liability, wrongful death, commercial foreclosures and bankruptcy.

Mr. O'Steen has also served as an adjunct professor at The Florida State University College of Business teaching Business Law, and he is a regular presenter at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center's Annual Conference. In 2015, Mr. O'Steen served as mediator for a negotiated rulemaking session for the Florida Department of Health. Mr. O'Steen worked as a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter prior to co-founding and becoming President and a shareholder of Lobbytools, Inc., Florida's leading legislative tracking firm.

Mr. O'Steen later entered public service as an Assistant State Attorney in Leon and Wakulla Counties in the misdemeanor and felony divisions.Education:Florida State University College of Law (Tallahassee, FL) Juris Doctor, 2007 with honors Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) Bachelor of Science, Business Admin, 1998 Certifications and Affiliations: Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator Member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals - Florida Chapter Member Florida Bar Member of the Tallahassee Bar Member of the Jefferson County Bar Member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida Member of Florida Association of Professional Mediators Former Board Member - Director of Development for The Tallahassee Woman's Lawyers Chaired Methodist Church Nomination Committee Member.

In his spare time Mr. O'Steen spends time with his wife, Chasity, also an attorney, and their two children, Jackson and Ava, on their small cattle farm just outside of Tallahassee, Florida.

J.C. O'Steen
O'Steen & O'Steen, P.L., Tallahassee
EDUCATION: Florida State University, College of Law, J. D. Degree, 1980 (with honors). Florida State University, College of Business, B.S. Degree, Accounting, 1968. LEGAL: 1989 - current: Private law practice in Tallahassee with emphasis in personal injury/wrongful death, probate, real estate, civil litigation, and governmental law. 1985 - 1989: Assistant Attorney General, Tax Section, Office of Attorney General. 1981 - 1985: Private law practice in Tallahassee.1980 - 1981: Assistant State Attorney, Office of State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit. Also, served as a Special Master for courts in the Second and Sixth Judicial Circuits.

MEDIATION: 1991 - current: Conduct mediation conferences involving employment litigation, personal injury, commercial litigation, real estate, probate litigation, governmental law, business transactions, eminent domain and family. 1991: Harvard College of Law, Program on Negotiations for Senior Executives.1991: Circuit Civil Mediation Training. 1989: Litigation Risk Analysis Training.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Florida Bar U. S. District Court (Northern and Middle Districts of Florida) U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit U. S. Court of Claims U. S. Tax Court U. S. Supreme Court American Mediation Association Florida Academy of Certified Mediators. Current President of the Jefferson County Bar Association (2011 - Present)
Richard Perlman
Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
Member of the Florida Bar
I herald from Westchester County New York after which I attended Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia. From 1976 to 1996 I practiced law as a solo practitioner in the suburbs of Philadelphia where my practice was primarily devoted to Family Law. I retired from the practice of law and relocated to Longboat Key in 1996 at which time I earned my certification from the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Mediator.In 1999, I was admitted to the Florida Bar. I have mediated sometimes as many as 100 family law cases per year over the past 20 years and lecture periodically to the members of the Sarasota and Manatee county family law groups and most recently to the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators of which I am a member.
Brandon Peters
Dispute Resolution Counsel
Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group
Brandon Peters has successfully mediated complex disputes involving nearly 500 parties. He enjoys the challenge of cases in which one or more participants are considered “difficult” by their opponents.
He brings more than two decades of experience as a highly respected civil litigator to his mediation practice. As an attorney, his clients included numerous well-known lawyers and judges.

During mediation, Brandon usually avoids the “soft approach” because he knows it is critical to identify weaknesses and tell each party the truth – even when the truth is unpleasant. Only then can the parties negotiate from the same script with a realistic view of their relative risks and a working awareness of the full spectrum of possible outcomes.

“I work differently,” Brandon says. “I challenge the status quo to achieve better outcomes. I do that by focusing on the people involved in a mediation conference before I focus on the issues. It is important to know my audience and to know what factors – emotional or otherwise – may be driving negotiations. This helps me do my job more effectively.”

His mediation clients characterize him as “firm but friendly.” That style is based on his knowledge that three factors intersect in nearly every dispute: financial interests, human feelings and the law. The more complex a dispute, the more difficult is a mediator’s task of identifying and separating those factors. “Like the game of Jenga,” Brandon says, “you have to be very careful which pieces you pull out and when.”

Brandon and his wife, Stacey, love the outdoors. They especially enjoy spending time with their five boys, four dogs and a cat in the Gulf Hammock region of Florida, near Cedar Key. For fun, they hike, cook, garden and participate in the shooting sports. Brandon is an insatiable reader on a relentless quest for personal growth and professional development.
Elinor Robin
Mediator and Mediation Trainer
Mediation Training Group
Elinor Robin, PhD is a writer and author whose credentials include Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family, Circuit, County, Appellate, and Dependency Mediator. As a Primary Mediation Trainer, nationally and internationally, Elinor has trained over 13,000 professionals in the mediation process. With natural wit and wisdom, Elinor brings her small business expertise and experiences from the family, juvenile, civil, and criminal courts to her teaching. Elinor serves as a member of the Mediator's Qualification Board (MQB). She is a co-founder of both Mediation Training Group and A Friendly Divorce.
Rick Salcedo
University of Central Florida Police Department
After serving in the United States Air Force, Detective Salcedo joined the Orlando Police Department where he served for 25 years. He retired after distinguishing himself in the agency's sex crimes unit, crimes against children unit and crisis negotiation, among other assignments. Detective Salcedo has taught at law enforcement academies around the country, sharing his unique knowledge of the latest, research-based methods for managing highly-agitated individuals who are a danger to themselves and others.
Kimberly Sands
Upchurch Watson White & Max
Kimberly Sands has been litigating or mediating cases since 1983.She is currently a principal in the ADR firm of Watson White and Max. Ms. Sands has provided ADR services throughout Florida and the Southeast United States. She is a: Florida Supreme Court Civil Circuit Mediator; a Certified Florida Supreme Court Appellate Mediator; and a Certified U.S. District Court Mediator for the Middle DFistrict of Florida. She is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Nicholas Shannin
Shannin Law Firm, P.A.

Nicholas A. Shannin, Founder of the Shannin Law Firm, is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in appellate practice and is"AV-Preeminent" rated by Martindale Hubbell. He has been recognized by his peers in the area of Appellate Practice by both Super Lawyers and Florida Trend's Legal Elite for each of the past several years and was named in 2014 and 2015 as one of the "Top 100 Attorneys in Florida" by Super Lawyers. He is also a Certified Circuit, Appellate and Federal Court Mediator. He is an experienced appellate advocate with an extensive background in state and federal appellate representation.

Owner of the Shannin Law Firm, Nick specializes in assisting attorneys, governmental entities,corporations and individuals with their legal needs statewide. Nick is admitted to practice in every state and federal court in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Nick earned his Juris Doctor with honors from The University of Florida School of Law and his dual major B.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Shannin is an active member of The Florida Bar, and currently serves on the Executive Council of the Appellate Practice Section. Mr. Shannin is the immediate past-President of the Orange County Bar Association, and has served as President of its Young Lawyers Section, President of the Orange County Bar Foundation, and as President of the Legal Aid Society Board of Trustees. Nick has the uncommon distinction of having qualified by examination and training as a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Nick is also proud to actively support the work of Habitat for Humanity, and serves as spokesman and past-President of West Orange Habitat for Humanity.

Robert Shearer
Professor Emeritus
University of South Alabama

Robert A. Shearer is Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and a dispute resolution and management consultant. A member of the Florida (full) and Virginia (associate) state bars, he is a certified state and federal court mediator and is on the mediation and arbitrator rosters of the Dispute Resolution Centers of Alabama and Florida. He has presented numerous programs at conferences sponsored by organizations such as the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, the Alabama Governor's Task Force on State Agency ADR, and the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution in the areas of mediation, arbitration, conflict management, interest-based negotiation, team-building, and workplace legal issues. In addition, he conducts executive training sessions on these topics and has chaired public employee grievance hearing panels.

As a partnering consultant and facilitator, he has worked throughout the United States for more than 20 years with private contractors and government agencies and the military on large-scale, complex, multi-party projects. He served as a co-facilitator/trainer for the Governor's Task Force on State Agency ADR, leading representatives from multiple state agencies in public policy consensus-building related to the Alabama Scrap Tire Environmental Quality Act. He also facilitated a Community Advisory Panel concerned with the impact of a chemical plant in Mobile County. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Mr. Shearer served as facilitator/coordinator of USA's strategic planning process, involving multiple stakeholders in the development of mission and vision statements, overarching goals, objectives, and assessment measures. His articles on mediation and arbitration, conflict management, sexual harassment, and various employment law subjects have appeared in publications such as Dispute Resolution Journal, Labor Law Journal, and Employee Relations Law Journal.

As a faculty member of Labor Arbitration Services, he has taught arbitration advocacy skills to attorneys, corporate and government labor relations specialists, and union advocates. In 2012-2014, he judged, by invitation, the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Representation in Mediation competition among students from law schools throughout the southeastern United States.

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Chris Shulman
Mediator – Arbitrator – Attorney
Shulman ADR Law, P.A.

Christopher Shulman is an alumnus of Stetson University College of Law, and spent the first approximately 10 years of his practice representing individuals, labor unions, and employers in connection with a variety of labor and employment law claims, as well as estate planning, probate, business, and personal injury matters.

A 24+ year attorney, Chris is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. From 1995 to 2001, Chris mediated on and off, but, since January 2002, Chris has essentially limited his practice to service as a neutral dispute resolution professional; the only real client representation work he currently does is in the field of estate planning and probate. He is a member of the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (of which he is also a member of the Executive Committee). A Diplomate and 2005-2006 Board Member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Chris Shulman is a certified Florida Circuit, Family, and County Court Mediator, and a Federal Court Mediator. He mediates and arbitrates cases for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and privately. Between service as a mediator, arbitrator, hearing officer, and federal-sector EEO complaints adjudicator, Chris has resolved or, in the case of mediation, helped the parties resolve more than 4,400 matters.

Chris served two four-year terms on the Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee, and is currently a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s ADR Rules and Policy Committee. He has served as co-chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association ADR Committee. An approved Primary Circuit Civil and County Mediator Trainer, and a Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator Trainer, Chris is also an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law, teaching Negotiation and Mediation and the Law Student Mediator Training classes.

James Stokes
Arbitrator | Mediator | Attorney
James D. Stokes, Arbitration & Mediation Services
James D. Stokes is a sole practitioner, Board Certified in both Labor & Employment law (since 2004) and City, County & Local Government Law (since 2008), with offices in Melbourne and Fort Lauderdale. He served for over twelve years in law enforcement, certified as a sworn officer in both California and Florida. His experience in local government matters began with service in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and spans over twenty years serving the public sector, including appointments in the City Attorney's Offices in Pompano Beach, Palm Bay, West Melbourne and Greenacres. He is currently a certified Circuit Civil and Appellate mediator; an Arbitrator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the National Mediation Board (NMB); as well as serving as a Special Magistrate for the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC), and a hearing officer handling a variety of local government matters.
Rebecca Storrow
Commercial Vice President
American Arbitration Association
Dr. Rebecca Storrow is a Regional Vice President with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) in Miami, Florida, managing large commercial arbitration and mediation cases. In conjunction with My Florida Mediator, she is the AAA's Director of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Mortgage Mediation Program. Within the AAA, Dr. Storrow is the Process Chair for the AAA-ICDR Foundation Grant Committee, sits on the ADRScholars Committee, is a member of Educational Services faculty, and supports Mediation.org. Dr. Storrow has Florida Supreme Court certification in family, dependency, circuit, and county mediation. She was ADR Program Director for two Florida Judicial Circuit Courts. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University, and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Storrow is a University of Minnesota certified Restorative Justice trainer, an assistant trainer for Florida Supreme Court certified mediation, an active member in many professional ADR organizations; and was appointed by Chief Justice Peggy Quince to the Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Foreclosure in 2009.
Lauren Villalba
Data Analyst
Miami-Dade County
Lauren Villalba, M.P.A., is the Coordinator of the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) and the Child Abuse Death Review (CADR) Team. She has five year experiences in local Fatality Review and also sits on the Florida Statewide Fatality Review Team. She performs research and data analysis to develop death prevention strategies for the county. As part of the team, Ms. Villalba collects and analyzes data related to documented, county-wide domestic violence adult fatalities and all child deaths that were initially called into the Department of Children and Families (DCF) as initially suspicious. As part of her on-going research, she maintains all county-wide statistics on DV and child abuse data, identifies homicide trends, and generates comprehensive annual reports. Ms. Villalba is vice-chair of the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC), LGBTQI Initiative of Miami-Dade County, Human Trafficking Coalition of Miami-Dade County, and Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Team. In addition to the undergraduate degree in Public Administration that she earned from Florida International University, she also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Public Policy.
Lawrence M. Watson, Jr.
Firm Founder & Principal/Mediator
Upchurch Watson White & Max
Lawrence M. Watson, Jr. has practiced exclusively in litigation and alternative dispute resolution with an emphasis in complex multiparty, commercial problems and construction claims since becoming a member of The Florida Bar in 1969. In 1988, while serving as President of The Florida Bar Trial Lawyer’s Section and litigation counsel for the Carlton Fields law firm, Mr. Watson became one of the first civil trial mediators certified by the Florida Supreme Court. Since then, Mr. Watson has maintained a practice as a mediator and third-party neutral, designing, administering and executing a wide range of dispute resolution procedures. He is a past president, founder and fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and received the ACCTM Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. In 2015, he received the Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award.
Andrew Wentzell
Senior Attorney I
Office of the State Courts Administrator, Office of Court Improvement
Andrew Wentzell graduated from Florida Statute University College of Law in 2007. He has worked in the area of interpersonal violence since 2009, and has examined the role that interpersonal violence plays in the numerous areas of Florida criminal and civil law. He has provided education on domestic, sexual, and interpersonal violence to stakeholders throughout Florida.
Patrick Williams
Coach, Author, Speaker, Life and Wellness Coach
Williams and Associates
Patrick Williams, Ed.D., MCC, is founder of The Institute for Life Coach Training, the first-of-its-kind training institute that specializes in training psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors and helping professionals in building a successful coaching practice. He is a licensed psychologist who began executive coaching in 1990 with Hewlett Packard, IBM and Kodak. He joined Coach U and was an International Coach Federation board director. He co-authored Therapist as Coach: Transforming Your Practice and Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance your Practice and Your life. His newest book (with Diane Menendez), Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training. In May of 2006 Pat was awarded the first Global Visionary Fellowship by the Foundation of Coaching for his Coaching the Global Village (www.CoachingtheGlobalVillage.org) initiative to bring coaching methodologies to villages in developing countries and to leaders of non-profits and nongovernmental organizations who serve them. He is passionate about coaching and dedicated to ensuring it remains a respected profession Pat's background education is in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology with specialized training in Psychosynthesis. He has been a leader in the field of professional coaching and speaks worldwide. His newest book, Getting Naked: On Emotional Transparency at the Right Time, the Right Place and with the Right Person is available on Amazon and audiobooks.
Zanita Zacks-Gabriel
Zanita Zacks-Gabriel, Esquire
I am a collaborative lawyer, mediator, trainer and peacemaker. For over 40 years I have dedicated my practice to ably and effectively representing families in conflict and/or in crisis. I also provide collaborative and mediation services in other civil areas, including labor disputes, employment disputes, estate disputes and the like. I graduated from Brandeis University, magna cum laude, and from Temple Law School in 1975. I began practicing under Rule 11 in 1974 and was the first woman to practice law in Erie. I founded the Collaborative Professionals of Northwest PA (CPNWPA) and was its President for a number of years. I am now chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Collaborative Law Committee and the chair of the subcommittee on Legislation, including the PCLA. I have also served for several years on the IACP UCLA Advisory Committee. I am a member of the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and drafter of the Pennsylvania Collaborative Law Act. I have also been published and train widely in collaborative practice matters as well as mediation matters.