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Mark Addington

Mark A. Addington is a Labor & Employment attorney that is certified as a Circuit Civil mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. In his litigation practice, he represents employers in both the private and public sectors in contract, business, restrictive covenants, employment and labor disputes. Mr. Addington’s practice includes both alternative dispute resolution and advocating in administrative, state, and federal courts. In addition to his law firm and mediation practice, Mr. Addington teaches graduate-level business law courses at the University of Phoenix College of Business.

He has obtained a J.D., University of Florida College of Law; International Moot Court Board; Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team (Vienna, Austria). He also holds a B.A. in Business Economics (Magna Cum Laude), University of South Florida; Internship with the Federal Trade Commission (Washington, D.C.); U.S.F. Honors Program, Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics), Beta Gamma Sigma (Business), Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key Honor Society.

To schedule a mediation with Mark A. Addington, contact him at maddington@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Cindy Anderson

Cindy L. Anderson has primarily practiced employment law for almost 30 years in many capacities: first as an attorney, later also as a professor of employment law at UNF for several years. She has more than 20 years experience in alternate dispute resolution, first as an arbitrator, and later as a mediator. She has mediated and/or arbitrated employment, insurance, contract, business, lemon law, securities, foreclosure and civil rights issues, lectured at employment law seminars, and published articles in the Florida Bar Journal and elsewhere. She received her JD with honors from the University of Florida. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Georgia, has been appointed to AAA’s Panels for Employment and Commercial Arbitrators and Mediators, FINRA's panel of arbitrators, the 4th Circuit's RMFMP panel of mediators for foreclosure mediations, and is a Certified Florida Circuit Court mediator and Trained Court Appointed Arbitrator. Cindy believes that a negotiated settlement gives parties more power in resolving a dispute than the litigation process will allow them, and enjoys helping them consider the options which will provide them with an avenue to resolution.

To schedule a mediation with Cindy Anderson, contact her at canderson@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Kellie Cameron Baker

Kellie A. Cameron Baker is an attorney licensed in Florida, Maine and Massachusetts, who is also a trained Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and parent coordinator. Ms. Cameron Baker is a shareholder at Cameron Baker & Associates, P.A., a law firm focusing exclusively on family law matters. She mediates all types of family law cases providing services to clients with or without attorneys (pro se), mediating contested or uncontested matters and conducting mediations before, during, and sometimes even after family law litigation.

Ms. Cameron Baker practices in all areas of family law, including divorce, paternity, fathers’ rights, child custody, child support, alimony (spousal support), enforcement of orders, modification of orders, parenting plans, time sharing and visitation issues, division of marital property, relocation issues, contempt, domestic violence injunctions (restraining orders), guardianship issues, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and more. In addition, Ms. Cameron Baker was previously a Guardian ad Litem and has experience representing both parents and children in dependency and guardianship cases. Finally, Ms. Cameron Baker is a parent coordinator, which is a person who may be court ordered to assist parties in high conflict divorce and family law cases. This experience and training helps her work with parties to find the best possible solutions to their family law issues.

Divorce mediation or family law mediation is required in almost every family law case. It is an opportunity for parties to sit down and privately and confidentially create a settlement that is best for them. Ms. Cameron Baker works with parties individually and together as discussions occur and proposals are created with the goal of achieving a complete settlement document resolving their case.

Ms. Cameron Baker has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School (Boston, MA), a B.A. in Social & Behavior Sciences from the University of Southern Maine, and an A.A.S. Degree in Paralegal Studies from Andover College in Portland, Maine and she is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Florida Bar Family Law Section & ABA Family Law Section.

To schedule a mediation with Kellie A. Cameron Baker, contact her at kbaker@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Mark Becker

N. Mark Becker attended Jacksonville University receiving a B.S. in 1981 and an M.B.A. in 1983. He then attended the University of Bridgeport School of Law, receiving a J. D. in 1984. He is a member of the Florida Bar; the American Bar Association; the Jacksonville Bar Association; The Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar and the Jacksonville Bar; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. His past legal experience includes: Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.; Coker, Myers, Schickel, Cooper & Sorenson; and N. Mark Becker, P. A., 1994-present. Mr. Becker is a Certified Circuit Court Mediator and a Certified District Court, Middle District, Mediator. Mr. Becker is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Becker’s areas of concentration are workers’ compensation and employment-related issues. Mr. Becker is also available for foreclosure mediations. As a mediator, Mark prides himself on thinking outside the box to assist the parties in self determination.

To schedule a mediation with Mark Becker, contact him at mbecker@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Diane Bellamy

Diane Bellamy
I am certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family mediator. I retired from the State of Florida with thirty-four years of service assisting clients with dissolution of marriage filings and recording of marriage licenses for all sixty-seven counties in the State of Florida. Currently, I have a contract with Columbia county courthouse as a Family Mediator.

I graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and a Master of Legal Studies degree from Kaplan University in Chicago, Illinois. Helping people is my passion, mediation is a less cost effective process for parties to come to a settlement agreement rather than going through litigation.

To schedule a mediation with Diane Bellamy, contact her at dbellamy@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Dudley Birder

Dudley Birder
Since 1982, I have successfully litigated, tried and settled thousands of civil cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.

Additionally, since 1999, as a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator, I have mediated more than 1,000 disputes throughout Central and North Florida. These involved an array of issues and often these disputes involved six and seven figure values.

Some of the specific issues involved have included, but are not limited to, wrongful death, trucking, product liability, premises liability, personal injury, nursing home, malpractice, motor vehicle, insurance coverage, general liability, civil rights, business disputes, commercial disputes, contract disputes and real estate.

Further, I provide both mediation and arbitration services. My many years experience as an AV Preeminent rated, Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer have benefited me greatly during my years as a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator and Supreme Court Trained Arbitrator.

Allow my mediation and litigation experience to help you CREATE SUCCESS ONE SETTLEMENT AT A TIME.

To schedule a mediation with Dudley Birder, contact him at dbirder@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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William Burroughs

William S. Burroughs, Jr. is a sole practitioner attorney and he has been certified as a Mediator (Circuit-Civil) by the Florida Supreme Court. He has qualified as a mediator for the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Program of the Florida Supreme Court. He has also received the arbitration training provided by the Dispute Resolution Center of that court. He is a member of the bars of Florida (1994), the District of Columbia (1982) and Virginia (1967). He has practiced as a trial lawyer his entire legal career of over 41 years, including service as the elected Commonwealth’s Attorney of Arlington County, Virginia (criminal prosecutor) (1974-1979). In that office he supervised a staff of thirteen, including eight lawyers at a time. In all, he supervised approximately 25 attorneys. Including the cases he has supervised, as well as those he has handled personally, he is a veteran of thousands of cases, civil and criminal, both in court and in arbitration and mediation, with the majority of the civil cases having been settled through negotiation. After leaving that office in 1979, Mr. Burroughs again became a sole practitioner and served for a time as counsel to a medium-sized firm in the District of Columbia. In 1982, he received a Master of Laws degree (L.L.M.) from Georgetown University, in Securities Regulation. Since that time he has been primarily a civil litigator in state and federal trial and appellate courts and in securities arbitration forums. He has experience with foreclosure mediations, securities claims, tax collection, business contract and fraud claims, as well as claims for negligence, premises liability or medical malpractice resulting in personal injury.

To schedule a mediation with Bill Burroughs, contact him at wburroughs@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Rebecca Caballero

Rebecca L. Caballero is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. She is available to assist in family-related disputes, either pro-se/pre-suit (for those who are not represented by an attorney and have not yet filed a case with the court); or, also for those who are already involved in the legal process, both with and without legal representation.

Ms. Caballero enjoys helping families find amicable solutions to potential areas of conflict. In Ms. Caballero's law practice, she practices only in the areas of immigration and family law. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. She also has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Florida, and holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Stetson University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She began her legal career at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid's Refugee Immigration Project as a Staff Attorney before starting her own law practice. Since 2010, she has also been an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, teaching in the areas of Lawyering Process and Interviewing and Counseling. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is currently Co-chair of the Immigration Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. She has been a guest speaker and panelist for numerous conferences, classes, and other events at the University of Florida, Florida Coastal School of Law, the University of North Florida, and other area schools. Ms. Caballero is fluent in Spanish and is also accustomed to working with interpreters as part of her practice. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Ms. Caballero hopes to help the residents of Jacksonville and the surrounding areas find peaceful solutions to their family-related issues.

To schedule a mediation with Rebecca L. Caballero, contact her at rcaballero@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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John Carmen

Dr. John Carmen is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and a qualified Arbitrator. John focuses on mediation topics involving aviation, marine, automotive, engineering, safety, and other technical areas. John is an adjunct Assistant Professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has been involved in aviation for nearly 30 years. John holds a Federal Aviation Administration airframe & powerplant, inspection authorization, and private pilot certificate, as well as other technical certifications in other industries. John earned a Doctorate (Ph.D) from Northcentral University specializing in aeronautical science, a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in aeronautical sciences.

Dr. Carmen does not take on family cases – he is dedicated to technical cases only. Focusing on technical cases, allows John to gain a unique perspective and understanding to help parties come to an agreement. John’s prior experience as an aircraft claims adjuster, mechanic, safety officer, and work in other industries provides a diverse and highly technical background enabling him to quickly identify and understand the issues.

To schedule a mediation with Dr. Carmen, contact him at jcarmen@jaxmediationcenter.com or (904)-207-9987. Flexible times and rates are available.

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Agnes Johnnetta Carswell

Agnes Johnnetta Carswell is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law, Civil Circuit, and County Mediator for court referred or Pro Se clients in all judicial circuits of the State of Florida.

Agnes is passionate about assisting parties in resolving their disputes and brings a creative and energetic perspective to the mediation process by helping the parties settle their disputes without the impact of litigation. She brings a fresh approach and business perspective to mediation because of her extensive business background and successful career for Fortune 500 corporations.

Agnes has facilitated thousands of contract negotiations, and business disputes for over 35 years where she dealt directly with business owners in a broad spectrum of industries. She uses her experience handling complex, multi-party cases to effectively mediate among different cultures, ethnicities, personalities, legal issues, and goals. Agnes believes that mediation is a powerful tool because it puts the control of the case and the issues back into the parties’ hands for resolution.

Agnes recieved her B.A from Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia, recieved her Master of Science in Communications with an emphasis in Diversity and Interpersonal Communications from Barry University, in Miami, Florida and received her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms. Carswell is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College teaching Interpersonal Communications, and Introduction to Speech.

To schedule a mediation with Agnes J. Carswell, contact her at (904)-504-5003 or acarswell@jaxmediationcenter.com. Flexible times and rates available.

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Dwayne Clark

Dwayne L. Clark graduated from the State University College at Buffalo (B.S., summa cum laude) in 1984. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1987. While at the University of Oklahoma, he served as Note Editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, and authored, “Products Liability: Oklahoma's Defective Test for Defect-The Consumer Expectation Test and Its Limitations," 39-2 Oklahoma Law Review (1986).

Mr. Clark is admitted to practice before all Federal and State Courts in the State of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has tried numerous cases in both State and Federal Court, and he has written briefs and argued appeals in the Florida Appellate Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Clark has served on The Florida Bar Fee Arbitration Committee, and is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association; The Florida Bar; The Maritime Law Association of the United States; The Southeastern Admiralty law Institute and the Jacksonville Propeller Club. He has spoken at maritime seminars and has taught legal research and writing to Paralegals studying for their Paralegal certificates. He is an Adjunct Professor at Florida Coastal School of Law where he teaches Pretrial Litigation Drafting. Mr. Clark is a Certified, Circuit-Civil Mediator, and manages the law firm of Clark and Watson, specializing in maritime law, with his Partner, Kristen Z. Watson.

From 1976-1980, Mr. Clark served in the United States Coast Guard aboard a Coast Guard Cutter where he stood helm watches, assisted in navigation, and served on the deck as a Seaman. He also qualified as an Engineer and as a Machinist Mate.

Mr. Clark served in the Port of Houston as a Port Safety Officer. During those years, he boarded hundreds of vessels of every kind that entered the Port of Houston to conduct safety inspections, personally respond to catastrophic maritime disasters including ship and oil refinery explosions, fires, and assisted in the port safety and investigation of those incidents. He also served occasionally on small patrol boats and helicopters during search-and-rescue and pollution- control operations.

After leaving the Coast Guard Mr. Clark worked for a prominent law firm in Houston as a marine investigator. His sole job was the investigation of marine accidents, injuries and damages, of every type, in and around the Port of Houston. Mr. Clark's background and life's experiences have prepared him and this firm to have a comprehensive understanding of maritime things and casualties. Mr. Clark is licensed by the United States Coast Guard as a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer - Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels - Inland - As defined in 46 U.S.C. 2101(42)(B).

Mr. Clark is an avid fisherman, boater and outdoorsman. He regularly boats on the waters of the St. Johns River, the intra-coastal waterway, and is very familiar with waters and ocean around Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

To schedule a mediation with Dwayne Clark, contact him at dclark@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Suzanne Clark

Suzanne H. Clark is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Florida Bar Attorney.  She mediates through her company, “Mediation, Accord & Satisfaction, LLC,” and is eligible to mediate across the state; however, her main concentration is in the 4th and 7th Circuits of Florida in the Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, and surrounding areas.  On the side, Suzanne practices education law for a not-for-profit teachers association.  Suzanne Clark’s previous practice of law was focused in the area of commercial litigation where she travelled across the state of Florida, most often in  Jacksonville, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale. Suzanne is a strong advocate for the benefits of the mediation process, believing whole-heartedly that mediation can provide better outcomes for both sides, to problems that would otherwise be resolved by court orders. She understands that the parties are the ones who care the most about, and are affected the most by, the ultimate outcome.  Mediation affords the opportunity to reach a satisfying resolution that avoids the risks, expense and uncertainty of litigation, while preserving relationships and brining closure to problems.

Suzanne is a “Double Gator” with both her business degree and law degree from the University of Florida.  While at UF, she participated in the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi (a co-ed Business Fraternity), The Lady Gator Water Polo Team, The Journal of Technology Law and Policy, and she earned her Pro Bono Certificate.  Suzanne also studied abroad in England and Costa Rica during her time as a student at UF.  Suzanne volunteers with her church and with the St. Johns County School system.

To schedule a mediation with Suzanne Clark, contact her at sclark@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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William Coalson

William L. Coalson obtained his BSBA from the University of Florida, and his J.D. from FSU - therein lies a tale. Prior to obtaining his law degree, he was a real estate appraiser which led him into the field of eminent domain in which he has specialized as an appraiser and attorney since 1963. He has represented condemnors and condemnees throughout the state of Florida and is counsel of record in numerous reported appellate decisions. As a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, he brings a wealth of experience to the table in real estate and eminent domain matters and enjoys a very high success rate in mediated eminent domain cases.

To schedule a mediation with Bill Coalson, contact him at wcoalson@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Robert Cowles

Robert L. Cowles is a trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, with forty-eight (48) years experience as a member of the Florida Bar and the State Bar of Georgia. His undergraduate degree was obtained at the University of North Carolina and his law degree was received at Emory University Law School in 1969. He is a Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator and was a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer from 1987 to 2012. He was on the Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Committee from 1997 to 2000, serving as Committee Chair in 1999. Since 1991, he has mediated over 2,000 cases and arbitrated at least 250 cases, mostly for the American Arbitration Association. He is a former Circuit Court Judge. He has taught Alternative Dispute Resolution to future lawyers at Florida Coastal School of Law from 2003 to 2015. Mr. Cowles is currently the Chair of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the Jacksonville Bar Association.

Mr. Cowles focuses on helping the parties reach their own settlement in mediations.

To schedule a mediation with Robert Cowles, please contact him at either rcowles@jaxmediationcenter.com or robertcowlesatty@comcast.net. His telephone number is (904) 399-1711.

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Carlos Dawson

Carlos R. Dawson is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Appellate Court Mediator. He mediates through his company, The Cord Strategies Group, LLC. Mr. Dawson comes to the field of alternative dispute resolution following his retirement from a 25-year career as a sentencing guidelines specialist with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. During his tenure, Mr. Dawson facilitated hundreds of position-of-the-parties meetings between the United States Attorney’s Office and counsel for criminal defendants facing substantial sentences including those involving the adjudication of millions of dollars in restitution awards.

Mr. Dawson has a bachelor’s degree from the Florida State University and a master of public administration (MPA) degree from the University of North Florida. In conjunction with providing mediation and alternative dispute resolution through The Cord Strategies Group, Mr. Dawson maintains a private practice as a sentencing mitigation consultant. In this capacity, Mr. Dawson leverages his extensive experience in the judicial process to help defense attorneys assist their clients and families minimize or eliminate the client’s exposure to federal prison time. He is a member of the National Association of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS).

As a mediator, Mr. Dawson has refined listening skills and ancillary training in the analysis and resolution of a complete range of interpersonal conflicts and disputes, within the context of civil and criminal matters. Mr. Dawson is deeply passionate about assisting the parties in resolving their disputes and brings a fresh and energetic perspective in helping the parties mitigate the impact of litigation. Mr. Dawson’s goal is to ensure the self-determination of the parties, while encouraging the preservation of relationships whenever possible.

Mr. Dawson is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil and Appellate Court Mediator.

To schedule a mediation with Carlos Dawson, contact him at cdawson@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Shawn A. Devries

Shawn A. Devries is a licensed Florida Bar Attorney. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Family, Circuit Civil, and Appellate Mediator. Before coming to Jacksonville more than four years ago, Shawn resided in Central Florida after relocating from his home town in Syracuse, New York. Prior to becoming an attorney, Shawn worked in the hospitality industry throughout Central Florida and Upstate NY for over fourteen years. Over those fourteen years he worked for both small hospitality firms as well as Fortune 500 companies. During that time, Shawn received his Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida and has substantially completed his Masters of Business Administration from NOVA Southeastern University.

After gaining many years of experience in hospitality, Shawn then decided to relocate to Jacksonville to pursue law school at Florida Coastal School of Law. Shawn believed he could utilize his many years of experience in the hospitality industry in the legal field. Today, Shawn has his own law firm, The DeVries Law Firm, P.A., that is centered around his passion of combining hospitality and law. The philosophy of the Firm is to solve individual’s legal problems with a taste of hospitality. Shawn’s goal is to make his guests at the Firm feel completely comfortable, safe, and relaxed. He understands that legal problems can be overwhelming and taxing. Therefore, Shawn tries to make the legal process as stress-free as possible by pampering all of his guests that walk through the door. The main areas of law that his Firm practices in are family law, estate planning, and personal injury. However, The Firm will most certainly help individuals with other legal issues outside those three areas of law; or refer to other firms, if necessary.

In addition to maintaining his firm, Shawn concentrates on mediation. Shawn believes that working through legal issues by negotiation and agreement is the best way to proceed; and, he wants individuals to work through and experience a positive journey through the legal process. He understands that everyone has enough stress and worries outside legal process.

To schedule a mediation with Shawn A. DeVries, contact him at sdevries@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Issac D. East

Isaac D. East is a Florida accident, personal injury and criminal attorney certified as a Circuit Civil mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. In addition, he is an experienced litigator with more than 15 trials to back him up. Isaac handles a wide variety of auto claims and takes each claim seriously, no matter how small. Furthermore, Isaac does Probate for Jacksonville Legal Aid. Around the clock service and A+ representation is what Isaac gives every client he represents.

Isaac is from the “City of Brotherly Love”, Philadelphia, but has called Florida home since 2007. He is an alumnus of the Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.A. in Political Science. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University College of Law in Orlando and he is licensed to practice in all Florida state courts.

Isaac is an eight year veteran of the United States Navy, having served at Fleet Training Group in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, USS Mount Whitney at Naval Station Norfolk, and Military Sealift Command at Camp Pendleton.

Whether you have questions, dealing with a criminal matter, probate or in an auto accident, you can always call on Isaac and the other attorneys at Farah & Farah. Isaac is very big on customer service and satisfaction.

To schedule a mediation with Isaac D. East, contact him at (904)-228-4060 or ieast@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Gut O. Farmer II

Guy O. Farmer II is a federal and Florida Court certified arbitrator and mediator who is available to arbitrate and mediate employment, labor and business issues. He is experienced in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, waste management, logistics, retail, hospitality, health care including hospitals, financial services, education, construction, government and government contractors.

Guy has been involved in the full range of employment, labor, contract and business related issues. He has participated in hundreds of cases, at the administrative, trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts throughout the country, involving allegations of employment discrimination and other employment, labor and contract related matters. His litigation and appellate practice has included cases involving individual claims, claims made by federal and state governments, and class actions. He has served as an advocate in over 200 mediations and arbitrations.

Guy's extensive experience as an advocate in mediation and arbitration has provided him with the tools necessary to assist parties in satisfactorily resolving disputes by mediation and/or arbitration, thus avoiding the cost and delay of litigation.

To schedule a mediation with Guy O. Farmer II, contact him at gfarmer@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Thomas J. Geismar

Thomas J. Geismar, Ed.D. is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. Dr. Geismar had a forty-one year career in public education serving as a middle school principal, high school principal, and superintendent of schools.

Dr. Geismar is known for his ability to work with people from all backgrounds to find common ground to resolve differences in a respectful and dignified manner. He has seen the severe impact that divorce has on families and is committed to helping families make this difficult and emotional transition as smoothly as possible. Dr. Geismar believes the mediation process gives the family considerable control over the settlement and provides a cushion against the negative impact of divorce.

As a school administrator, Dr. Geismar has been very effective in achieving positive outcomes resolving disputes with elected officials, labor unions, bureaucrats, employees, students, and parents. He has extensive experience working with attorneys and other professionals in solving problems. A key to Dr. Geismar’s success is his ability to understand and feel what the parties are thinking, the emotions involved, and to respond in an honest and sensitive manner to facilitate reasonable solutions. He establishes a neutral, safe environment in which all parties feel comfortable and can respectfully communicate with each other.

Dr. Geismar earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, his Master of Education, Educational Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Geismar served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for six years.

Dr. Geismar began working for the School Board of Broward County, Florida in 1971. Over a thirty-two year career with Broward Public Schools, he held a wide variety of positions at the school and district level including Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal at two middle schools and a high school, Area Director, Secondary Education Director, and Area Superintendent.

Dr. Geismar retired from Broward Schools to accept the position of Chief of School Operations at Charter Schools USA which is a Ft. Lauderdale based charter school operator. At Charter Schools USA, Dr. Geismar oversaw the development and operation of charter schools in several Florida districts. He left Charter Schools USA to become Superintendent of Schools for the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District in Rhode Island where he served with distinction for five and a half years. Dr. Geismar has been an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Geismar works through his practice, Geismar Family Mediation Services, LLC. To schedule a mediation with Thomas J. Geismar, contact him at tgeismar@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Andrew Goshen

Andrew B. Goshen moved to Jacksonville after receiving his law degree from  FSU College of Law in 1982. Mr. Goshen began working for the Smith Davenport firm. In 1984, he began his own practice in the area of workers’ compensation, social security and foreclosure litigation. In 1993, the Supreme Court of Florida certified Mr. Goshen as a Circuit Civil mediator  By 1995, Mr. Goshen became a full time Mediator in the Office of the Judge of Compensation Claims in Jacksonville, completing over five thousand mediations ranging from a few thousand to over a million dollars. Mr. Goshen’s resolution rate was around 90%, often the highest among the 32 state mediators. Based on that success, he started the ongoing Goshen and Forte Mediations in 2004. His tools include establishing a settlement atmosphere, quickly identifying where the real issues are, and creative problem solving through polite persistence with respect for the parties.

To schedule a mediation with Andy Goshen, contact him at agoshen@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Bruce Greenspan

Bruce J. Greenspan has been actively engaged in the practice of law in Jacksonville since 1977. He received his law degree from the University of  Florida College of Law, with honors, in 1976, and began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida (Jacksonville), defending persons charged with crimes ranging from DWI to robbery and murder. Entering private practice in 1979, Bruce represented individuals and families in all manner of litigation, including criminal defense, marital, and family law, and personal injury. In 1985, he began exclusively representing individuals in claims involving serious bodily injury and/or wrongful death. In 2001 Bruce became certified by the Florida Supreme court as a Circuit Court Mediator.

To schedule a mediation with Bruce Greenspan, contact him at bgreenspan@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Thomas Harper

G. Thomas Harper is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator. As a Board Certified Labor and Employment lawyer, he is uniquely qualified to mediate employment-related disputes. He is an Approved Mediator for all Florida Circuit Courts and for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Mr. Harper has participated in approximately 100 employment-related mediations.

Mr. Harper is “av” rated by Martindale Hubble and has 30 years of experience as a labor relations and employment law attorney. For the past 20 years Mr. Harper has served as Editor of the Florida Employment Law Letter. Mr. Harper is an Adjunct Instructor for the University of North Florida, Division of Continuing Education where he teaches programs to business owners, managers and supervisors on labor and employment law topics. He is also the current Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee for the Jacksonville Bar Association.

Mr. Harper handles cases involving the full range of statutory and contract claims under employment ADR systems and pursuant to individual employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements. As an employment attorney he has handled claims of discrimination (race, sex, religion, age, disability and national origin), sexual harassment and claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act. He is an experienced wage hour litigator and handles cases on wage payment, breaches of individual employment contracts, drug testing, wrongful termination, retaliation claims, OSHA and non-compete litigation. He handles cases of contract interpretation, collective bargaining, seniority, jurisdiction, and “just cause” and “for cause” discipline and terminations.

To schedule a mediation with Thomas Harper, contact him at gtharper@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Charles Cook Howell

Charles Cook Howell, III is a third-generation Jacksonville, Florida, trial lawyer. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his law degree from the University of Florida, College of Law. Before joining the Scott-McRae Group as its Corporate Counsel in 2007, Charlie was an AV-rated trial lawyer, practicing at the trial and appellate level in many different areas of law, including personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, insurance coverage and bad faith, construction defects, and commercial disputes.

Charlie has a great deal of experience on “both sides of the table”, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer (since 1983), a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (since 1994), a Federal Court Certified Mediator, and a trained Court Appointed Arbitrator.

Charlie believes in the mediation process. He enjoys and welcomes the challenges of helping parties arrive at their own resolutions of their disputes, but does not hesitate to call upon his own broad experience when and as appropriate.

To schedule a mediation with Charles Cook Howell, III, contact him at chowell@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Philip Hughes

Philip Hughes is a Florida Certified Family Law Mediator. Mediation in family law cases is a powerful tool that the State of Florida has entrusted to its citizens facing divorce or decisions touching on Florida’s children. Helping families understanding how to use this process to make the best future decisions for the family is not a job but a privilege and honor for Mr. Hughes.

Having lived in Jacksonville since 1974, he has graduated from Terry Parker High School, University of North Florida, and Florida Coastal Law School, all located in Jacksonville, Florida

To schedule a mediation with Philip Hughes, contact him at phughes@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Sunita Kaul

Dr. Sunita Kaul is a recognized Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, an Arbitrator, and an ADR service provider. She brings more than 25 years of successful problem-solving experience and insights into resolving medical practice disputes, and the skills of an experienced Physician Administrator. She delivers Alternate Dispute Resolution services throughout the world in a diverse spectrum of domestic and international healthcare conflicts, along with civil, business and cultural matters.

Dr. Kaul provides mediation services to corporations, healthcare organizations, small hospitals, group medical practices, families, and individuals. Her strong desire to help people resolve their disputes amicably and the ability to “understand and speak the language” of physicians and hospital administrators, offers her a unique credibility in the field of healthcare. She specialized in handling complex healthcare business dispute cases involving physician and hospital care, professional malpractice, physician employment disputes, contract issues, patient complaints, and injuries from defective medical devices or from motor vehicle accidents.

To schedule a mediation with Dr. Kaul, please contact her at skaul@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey L. Lewis is a Jacksonville, Florida native and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, who received his B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. He also received a Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas School of Law in Miami. Mr. Lewis worked as a Public Defender for the City of Jacksonville, and now specializes in personal injury, motor vehicle, employment, pharmaceutical, nursing home issues, collections, aviation, construction, labor and property damage law. Mr. Lewis is admitted to the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and The Federal Bar Association.

To schedule a mediation with Jeffrey L. Lewis, contact him at jlewis@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Myra Loughran

Myra Loughran has lived in Jacksonville, or the Beaches area, for over 45 years. She graduated with honors from both the University of North Florida and the University of Florida College of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar on October 21, 1990. After a decade of practicing law in downtown Jacksonville, she left the law offices of Martin, Ade, Birchfield & Mickler and moved her practice to Jacksonville Beach, where she is still located. Myra’s trial practice specializes in civil and commercial litigation, especially in handling business matters. She is a Florida Supreme Court approved Mediator since 1998. Myra is also approved to mediate Federal Court cases in the United States District Court in the Middle District of Florida. Recently, she has begun mediating ADA cases. Myra mediates at her law firm office in Jacksonville Beach, as well as at the Jax Mediation Center.

To schedule a mediation with Myra Loughran, contact her at mloughran@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Kevin Lunsford

Kevin C. Lunsford has more than 22 years of litigation experience as an attorney with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Live Oak, Florida. Having been raised in the family construction business, Kevin focused his law practice in the areas of construction lien law, construction defects, contract disputes, debtor-creditor, and commercial litigation.

While representing clients in his law practice, Kevin became more and more concerned with the costs, both financial and emotional, of navigating a civil dispute through Florida’s court system. As an alternative to the sometimes unpredictable outcomes and seemingly endless delays, Kevin devoted more of his practice to serving as a third party neutral and opened North Florida Mediation in Live Oak, Florida.

Kevin attended the University of Florida and received his JD from Nova Southeastern University. He is licensed to practice in the State of Florida and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and has been awarded a “BV” Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Kevin is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, County and Family Mediator, is a Qualified Court Appointed Arbitrator and serves as an Assistant Trainer for Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediation Training Programs. He has completed the Florida Supreme Court’s most recent training requirements for Foreclosure Mediators and conducts Foreclosure Mediations. Kevin also serves as a contract mediator for the Third Circuit’s Family Mediation Program.

To schedule a mediation with Kevin C. Lunsford, contact him at klunsford@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Joseph Mantione

Joseph J. Mantione has presided in over 1,250 ADR matters since 2001. He has been published in CCH, BNA, & LRP Reporters. He holds Florida Supreme Court Family, Circuit Civil, County, Dependency, and Appellate Mediation Certification. He maintains placement on the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and National Mediation Board Labor Arbitrator Rosters.

His credentials include an extensive thirty plus years of labor, management, construction, training, consulting, and impartial/non-advocate experience including labor contract negotiations, contract administration, arbitration, mediation, workers’ comp., pensions, NLRB, RLA, EEOC, OSHA, ERISA, DOT, PDA, ADA, and FMLA compliance functions. He served ten years on a medical insurance review board and was very active in maternity, unemployment, compensation dispute representation, discipline systems development, benefits, pension, insurance programs, grievance and comprehensive benefits training programs development.

Mr. Mantione consulted in the development of pioneering labor-management committees in both private and public sectors to promote labor peace and aid in economic development. He also assisted with the inception of a Troubled Employee Referral Program (TERP – a forerunner of modern EAP Programs). He served on the Florida Labor Management Conference Steering Committee and was Chair of the Awards Committee.

Mr. Mantione is the former St. Petersburg 4th Street Club Middleweight Boxing Champion and was also honored with The Most Heart Award. He later served as a Fight Judge.

To schedule a mediation with Mr. Mantione, you may contact him at jmantione@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Dinah Mason

Dinah L. Mason is a Supreme Court Certified County and Family Law Mediator and Arbitrator. Ms. Mason is highly qualified to provide dispute resolution in the areas of construction and government contracts; in addition, to specializing in Elder and Divorce Mediation. 

Ms. Mason has over 12 years experience in dispute resolution and mediation.  She began her career in the area of mediation as a lead consultant on the Better Jacksonville Plan (“BJP”), a $2 billion capital project. The BJP was the largest capital expenditure in the history of the City of Jacksonville. In her role as MBE consultant she was responsible for contractor performance management, and assisting business owners with resolving contractual and sub contractual disputes regarding BJP contracts. Upon completion of the BJP project, Ms. Mason became the Ombudsman for the City of Jacksonville, later creating and heading the Office of the Ombudsman. While serving as Ombudsman, Ms. Mason conducted systemic reviews relating to principles of administrative fairness; the fair and equitable application of laws, policies, procedures, and practices of governing bodies.  She is also responsible for contract compliance and oversight, mediation, and  contract administration.

She holds a Masters of Art in Counseling from Webster University along with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Columbia College. Ms. Mason is an Adjunct Professor at Barry University teaching Administrative Law as well as providing a course in Contract Administration at the Florida State College of Jacksonville.  She has been a guest speaker at the Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials (“FAMBEO”) annual conference as well as a presenter at the Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center Annual Conference, and the United States Ombudsman Association Annual Conference.

Ms. Mason is also a Disabled Veteran of the United States Army; where she served over 17 years, and gained experience in the areas of personnel, recruitment, training, administration, and logistics.

As a Family Law Mediator Ms. Mason is available to provide professional mediation service(s) to aide families in reaching an agreement.  She is a neutral party ready to work with families to discus all their issues relating to family conflict and explore possible options for settlement as well as identify solutions that meet the needs of all involved.

To schedule a mediation with Ms. Mason, you may contact her at dmason@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Stacy Watson May

Stacy Watson May has practiced with large national firms until starting her own small firm in 2010. She also served as in-house counsel for a large corporation. Her practice of more than 15 years includes transactions and litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants regarding environmental issues, toxic torts, asbestos, landlord/tenant disputes, personal injury, foreclosures, property damage and hazardous materials, including administrative litigation. For Stacy’s full biography, click here.

She uses her experience handling complex, multi-party cases to effectively mediate among different personalities, legal issues, and goals. Stacy believes that mediation is a powerful tool because it puts control of the case back into the parties’ hands. She embraces the mediator’s challenge to keep the parties talking in spite of their reluctance to be perceived as “giving in.”

Stacy’s standard rate is $250/hour. Credit card payments with Master Card, Visa, American Express or Discover are accepted, and she is available to serve as a mediator or arbitrator of the following types of cases:

Administrative
Business
Commercial
Contract
Environmental
Foreclosure
General liability
Personal injury
Premises liability
Property damage

Certifications and Affiliations:

• Certified Circuit Mediator in all judicial circuits of the State of Florida
• Certified Mediator for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
• Certified Mediator by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes for disputes under §718.1255, Florida Statutes
• Eligible Mediator for Better Business Bureau disputes
• Florida Qualified Arbitrator
• Certified as a Program Arbitrator and Mediator for The Florida Bar’s Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program

For Ms. Watson May's mediation calendar, click here.

To schedule a mediation with Stacy Watson May, you may contact her at swmay@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Beth McCague

Beth McCague brings a fresh approach and business perspective to mediation and arbitration. She has an extensive business background and a successful career in the banking industry where she dealt directly with businesses in a broad spectrum of industries. Well known and respected in the North Florida community as a financial professional, Ms. McCague focuses her practice on mediations involving financial disputes. For over 32 years she served as an executive with a national banking organization in the areas of lending, executive management, and wealth management. Ms McCague’s career includes serving as President of a major bank in North Florida, later in Tennessee, and Head of Wealth Management for North Florida. These experiences involved dealing with business issues of all types, including loan disputes and workouts, business ownership transfer, business-to-business disputes, bankruptcy and bankruptcy reorganization, the challenges of family business ownership/management transfer, creditor disputes, and estate and trusts disputes. In addition, for five years, she created and served as Director of Customer Service Improvement at a national bank. In this role, she crafted strategies and tactical programs designed to deliver excellent service throughout the banking organization, and created solutions that provided both consumer and commercial clients with rapid resolutions to problems brought about as a result of bank error. This successful effort was the result of her ability to bring people with divergent issues to the table, help each understand the issues of the other side, and together craft solutions that could be supported by all parties. Ms. McCague earned a BSBA in Finance at the University of Florida and an MBA from Jacksonville University. She is a Florida State Supreme Court Certified County and Circuit-Civil Mediator, and a Qualified Arbitrator.

To schedule a mediation with Beth McCague, you may contact her at bmccague@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Blane McCarthy

Blane McCarthy is a Board-Certified, AV-rated and 10.0 Avvo-rated civil trial attorney and mediator who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (magna cum laude) from Stetson University in 1992, and a Juris Doctorate degree (cum laude) from Stetson University College of Law in 1995. He earned Board Certification in Civil Trial by the Florida Bar in 2010, has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2004, and has received a perfect 10.0 rating by Avvo since its inception. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar Association, Christian Legal Society, the Florida Justice Association, the Jacksonville Justice Association, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the Florida Society of Circuit Civil Mediators. In 2000, the Supreme Court of Florida certified Mr. McCarthy to conduct Circuit Civil Mediations. He has mediated injury, commercial, PIP, consumer, nursing home, construction, insurance, collections, probate and foreclosure cases. Mr. McCarthy chaired the ADR Practitioners (Mediators) section of the Jacksonville Bar Association for 8 years, and provides ADR services to the court system, private parties, the State of Florida, and the Better Business Bureau. "As a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, I help bring peaceful resolutions to disputes in a way that is quick, professional and inexpensive."

To schedule a mediation with Blane McCarthy, contact him at bmccarthy@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Myron Mensh

Myron Mensh has been licensed in Florida to practice law since November, 1964. A former prosecuting attorney for twelve years, Myron has devoted himself to representing people with family law issues since 1978.

Myron Mensh is rated A-V by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. A native-born Floridian, Myron has practiced law in the West Coast of Florida since 1964, and now exclusively in Northeast Florida as for the past six years. Since 2005, Myron has devoted his practice exclusively to serving as a Florida Certified Mediator in marital and family law cases and in all Circuit Civil matters.

Myron received his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law located in St. Petersburg, FL, on June 11, 1964. Among his many professional associations are memberships with the American Bar Association and the National Child Support Enforcement Association. He has received many professional recognitions including the Award of Merit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1997 and a Certificate of Recognition from the Sixth Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem program.

Myron Mensh maintained a private practice from the years 1964 through 2005. From 1966 to 1978, he was a prosecutor for the Pinellas and Pasco Counties State Attorney's Office, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. In 1968, he created discovery forms mandated by Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure which are still utilized by the Office of the State Attorney. From 1965 to 1967, he served the city of Madeira Beach as an Associate Judge. From 1973 to 1977, he directed the criminal prosecution for the southern half of Pinellas County, supervising eight attorneys and a full support staff. From 1977 to 1978, he was a designated special assistant to State Wide Grand Jury III and the Governor's Council for the prosecution of Organized Crime. From 1989 to 2003, Myron along with his partner were the legal service providers under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act for Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties.

Myron is sensitive to the many issues confronting persons involved in all types of civil litigation, especially those cases involving inter-personal relationships, children, and fair distribution of assets and liabilities.

To schedule a mediation with Myron Mensh, contact him at mmensh@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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John Mordecai

John S. Mordecai was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from Episcopal High School in 1974. He graduated with Distinction from the University of North Florida in 1978 with a Bachelors of Business Administration; his major was Real Estate. He then worked as a Real Estate Appraiser. He earned his law degree from Florida State University where he graduated with Honors in 1982. In the past 27 years, John has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in contractual, insurance, real estate, product liability, professional negligence (e.g. medical, legal, and architect), and general liability matters. The amounts in controversy in those cases ranged from less than ten thousand to five million dollars. He holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest available distinction for legal ability and adherence to ethical standards. As a Certified Civil Circuit Mediator, John naturally establishes rapport with all mediation participants and has earned a reputation as being engaged, friendly and effective. He brings impartial diligence, energy, and reality to each conference.

To schedule a mediation with John Mordecai, contact him at jmordecai@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Daniel Noey

R. Daniel Noey is a partner with Schutt, Schmidt, & Noey. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He then obtained his law degree from The Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University in 1982. After graduation from law school, Mr. Noey served on active duty in the United States Navy, from 1982 through 1989, as a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps. After leaving active duty, he continued in the United States Navy Reserve; and ultimately earned his retirement from the Navy, retiring at the rank of Commander. In 2005, he became a partner in his current firm. To see Mr. Noey's complete bio, click here.

Mr. Noey is admitted to the Florida Bar and the U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel, Jacksonville Claim Association, Florida Trial Lawyers, and Trial Lawyers of America. Mr. Noey specializes in civil trial litigation. His main areas of concentration include personal injury, wrongful death, insurance law and coverage issues, products liability, nursing home litigation, construction litigation, motor vehicle liability, and premises liability. He is also certified to mediate residential foreclosure cases.

To schedule a mediation with Dan Noey, contact him at dannoey@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Edward Nowak

Edward L. Nowak is a Buffalo, New York native who migrated to Florida as a result of several career decisions. These included service as a Special Agent for the FBI, Assistant District Counsel for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Senior Attorney for the Florida Department of Transportation, and 30 years of private practice representing all manner of contractors, owners, bond sureties, and business clients - A path that has given him the unique ability to quickly identify and analyze the key legal and emotional issues involved in a dispute, and to suggest available win-win resolutions. From first-hand experience, he conveys to others the wisdom of finding alternative ways to settle disputes without litigation. Ed has lived in Jacksonville, Florida, for over 35 years. He is married and has four children. In addition to helping resolve disputes, he takes great pride and joy in his avocation as a fine art photographer. Favorite motto “Be unencumbered by reality”, or, at least what you think may be “reality”.

For Mr. Nowak's complete biography, click here.

To schedule a mediation with Ed Nowak, contact him at ednowak@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Michael O'Neal

Michael S. O'Neal was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1948. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of North Florida. He served in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1974 and graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1979. He has practiced law in Jacksonville since that time. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (Jacksonville Chapter President, 2009; Lawyer of the Year, 2010), the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Northeast Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Counsel (President, 1996), and the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel (President, 1999). He is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a Certified Circuit Civil Court Mediator. His primary areas of practice include litigation, specializing in personal injury, insurance coverage, products liability, professional liability, medical malpractice defense, and civil mediation.

To schedule a mediation with Michael S. O'Neal, contact him at moneal@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Gaylon Powers

Gaylon Powers is a sole practitioner of a small business providing mediation and computer forensic services. He has been certified as a Mediator (County) by the Florida Supreme Court and as a computer forensic technician by the Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Gaylon has a professional background in the information technology industry which includes working in small, medium, and large corporations supporting various business applications. With more than 15 years experience as an equity partner in a local corporation, his business understanding lends expertise in matters related to non-competes, intellectual property, software development, electronic data preservation, contract employment, and general business disputes.

After graduating from high school in Jacksonville, Gaylon served honorably from 1976-1980, in the United States Air Force. Upon returning to Jacksonville, Gaylon obtained his A.A. from Florida Junior College and earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of North Florida.

Mr. Powers is a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and has completed mediation training in the area of county, circuit-civil, and family. Gaylon takes pride in and enjoys helping parties find amicable solutions to areas of conflict. He believes that a negotiated settlement gives parties more power in resolving a dispute than the litigation process will allow. Gaylon is eligible to mediate across the state; however, his main concentration is in the 4th and 7th Circuits of Florida in the Jacksonville, St Augustine, and surrounding areas. On the side, Gaylon serves as a volunteer mediator for small claims disputes in Duval and St Johns County.

To schedule a mediation with Gaylon Powers, contact him at gpowers@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Brooks Rathet

Brooks Rathet is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator who received his BA degree from the University of Virginia, received a Juris Doctor and MA degree from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Brooks is an “AV”-rated attorney who practices in litigation, specializing in warranty defense, plaintiff’s personal injury, insurance defense, subrogation, complex commercial litigation, media law and First Amendment law. His practice includes the defense of major automobile, boat and recreational vehicle manufacturers, large insurance companies, publishers and broadcasters. He has been lead or sole counsel in numerous jury trials, successfully receiving several zero damages defense verdicts, a multi-million dollar plaintiff's verdict and several six-figure plaintiffs’ verdicts. He has appeared for oral argument before Florida District Courts of Appeal. He is admitted to practice in Florida, Georgia, New York and the District of Columbia.

As a mediator, Brooks is committed to empowering litigants and potential litigants by helping them make informed decisions to resolve the case while saving the time, money and avoiding the risk of further litigation and trial. He believes that his litigation and trial experience on both the plaintiff and defense sides allows him to best evaluate each side’s case’s potential strengths and weaknesses. Brooks aims to facilitate communication between the disputants and assist in devising creative ways to solve difficult conflicts.

To schedule a mediation with Brooks Rathet, contact him at brathet@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Bryan R. Rendzio

Bryan R. Rendzio is a construction and business litigation attorney that is certified as a Circuit Civil mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. He is a Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Attorney. Mr. Rendzio has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyer Magazine in the area of Construction Law. Mr. Rendzio is AV® Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and his experience involves litigating a variety of construction defect and construction lien matters for developers, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, sureties, insurance companies and condominium associations. He has prosecuted and defended construction defect litigation involving, among other things, roof design, building envelope and water intrusion, general construction issues, mechanical equipment design and construction, EIFS-related issues and overall design defects. Mr. Rendzio has a diverse practice that also includes business litigation, as well as experience with personal injury matters. He has obtained a J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law; Managing Editor, Law Review; Moot Court. He also holds a B.A. from Florida State University. Mr. Rendzio is a licensed attorney in Florida and the District of Columbia.

Additionally, he is licensed to practice before all Florida federal courts, the Eleventh and Fifth Circuit of Appeals, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He is an active member of the Florida Bar’s Construction Law Committee, and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar Construction Law Review Course Committee (i.e., the committee tasked with teaching the review course for all attorneys seeking certification in the area of construction law).

To schedule a mediation with Bryan R. Rendzio, contact him at brendzio@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Bruce Robinson

Bruce W. Robinson is the senior partner in the firm of Robinson, Kennon & Kendron, P.A., in Lake City, Florida. His current practice focuses on civil litigation, involving commercial and personal injury litigation, as well as business law and corporate matters. In addition, Mr. Robinson also has experience in administrative law, including trials and appeals. He is a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Trained Court-Appointed Arbitrator.

To schedule a mediation with Bruce Robinson, contact him at brobinson@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Michele Rollins

Michele L.A. Rollins, Esq. is President of L. A. & Associates PR, Inc., a full service Public Outreach & Communications Consulting firm. The firm specializes in Community Outreach and Public Involvement within the Jacksonville community, including Media Relations, Strategic Planning and Crisis Communications services. Additionally, L. A. & Associates PR offers a variety of Real Estate services as well as Mediation & Arbitration services. Michele has nineteen years of combined real estate, legal, government affairs, public relations & communications experience specializing in creating and executing strategic public relations and community affairs plans as well as developing and building relationships between her clients and the local Jacksonville business, political and non-profit community.

Before forming LAPR, Michele worked with The Dalton Agency, as their Director of Government & Public Affairs, where she managed the Agency’s public affairs clients including the City of Jacksonville’s Storm Water Compliance Program, The Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Wal-Mart, Shands HealthCare and Swisher International, Hines Corporation, Summer Beach Development and Epping Forest Yacht Club. Michele also supervised the Public Relations department staff and interns and was responsible for all accounting, billing, projections, invoicing and collections. Prior to joining The Dalton Agency, Michele was formerly employed with a national homebuilder and contractor, KB Home, where she held a variety of positions including Regional Director of Government & Community Affairs, Land Acquisitions Manager, Operations Manager and Closing Manager. In the latter two positions, she was directly responsible for managing in excess of $20 million dollars in real estate sales and closings monthly. She oversaw the Operations Department functions related to the sales, permitting and closing goals monthly.

In the early part of her career in Atlanta, Michele worked for a local real estate investment agency, where she was responsible for all real estate acquisitions of run down, dilapidated properties and the subsequent rehabilitation of those properties. Once rehabilitated, the properties were marketed to qualified buyers or renters, most of whom were approved with the city’s HUD housing program. Additionally, she served as liaison with local banks and other financial institutions to obtain creative financing options in order to place low-income, first-time homebuyers into newly renovated properties, as well as oversaw the department that managed the monthly rentals of rehabilitated properties.

Michele is a licensed Florida Attorney-at-Law and member of the Florida Bar, as well as an active licensed Florida Realtor. Additionally, she is a certified Florida Supreme Court Circuit Civil Mediator as well as a qualified arbitrator. In her spare time, she serves pro bono as a Commissioner on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission where she chairs the Communications Sub-Committee. She is a member of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Jacksonville Bar Association (JBA). Michele holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. She and her husband live in the greater Jacksonville area and are both avid golfers. Michele is passionate about the Jacksonville community and volunteers for the Jacksonville Juvenile Justice Guardian Ad Litem program.

To schedule a mediation with Michele Rollins, contact her at mrollins@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Marla J. Rosin

Marla J. Rosin calls Jacksonville home, but practiced law in Tampa upon her graduation from law school in 1988. She received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is proud to be a member of the class that had a 100% Florida Bar Exam passage rate for all first time examinees. Marla began her legal career while in law school, serving the needs of the elderly with Bay Area Legal Services as an intern in the Elder Law Clinic. While in private practice, Marla focused primarily on family law matters, opening her own law firm within 2 years of graduation, and welcoming her brother, Scott, into the practice upon his graduation from law school in 1991. Together Marla and Scott represented clients in various matters, but focused primarily on bankruptcy and family law issues.

Marla was recognized by the Hillsborough County Bar Association for her extraordinary contribution to those who could not otherwise afford legal services and was presented with a “Have a Heart” award for her efforts on behalf of Bay Area Legal Services. Marla also served on the unlicensed practice of law committee to help protect the public from those who would otherwise prey on people in need.

In 2001, Marla became certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Mediator and more recently as a Circuit Civil Mediator. As a mediator for divorce and other family-related cases, Marla looks forward to assisting the good people of Jacksonville through one of the most difficult and stressful events in their lives.

To schedule a mediation with Marla J. Rosin, contact her at mrosin@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Julie Rountree

Julie A. Rountree is a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator who obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. In addition to her mediation practice, Julie litigates high-conflict family issues as an attorney practicing exclusively in the area of family law.

During the mediation process, Julie will meet with both parties as a neutral and impartial third person to assist in deciding the terms of the dissolution of marriage or other family law matter. The final agreement will cover all the pending issues in the case, which may include parenting of children, division of assets and liabilities, and obligations for support.

Julie encourages mediation as an alternative to the traditional, adversarial divorce process, and it has unbelievable benefits. It is less expensive, less stressful, less emotional, and could provide a better future for your family. Most importantly, YOU control the terms of the agreement. Parties are more likely to comply with the terms they have agreed upon, rather than those that are imposed by a Judge (a complete stranger to your case!) If all parties come to an agreement, you will leave the Jax Mediation Center knowing the outcome of your case, and knowing you created an agreement that is the most practical for you and your family. In addition, mediation is informal, private, and confidential. Even if you don’t settle your case with Julie, nothing you say in mediation can be repeated at trial. Also, you are not required to reach a decision – the mediation is always completely in your control.

Julie offers mediation to parties who are represented by an attorney or those who are “pro se” (representing themselves).

To schedule a mediation with Julie Rountree, contact her at jrountree@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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William Savage

William M. Savage comes to the world of mediation/arbitration from the airline industry, where he served as a line pilot for thirty-six years in international wide body freighter operations with Fedex Express, having served as a Captain on every transport category jet aircraft operated by Fedex. While engaged in the piloting profession, Mr. Savage found time to become a Certified Aircraft Accident Investigator, having studied at the Southern California Institute of Safety in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Savage participated in the investigations on TWA 800, Egypt Air 90, AA 587, and FDX 196, a B-727 that crashed on landing at Tallahassee Airport. Capt. Savage also participated in numerous arbitration cases while a member of the Airline Pilot Association, representing the pilots in the service of Fedex Express. Also, along the way, Bill earned a law degree from Concord Law School, Los Angeles, California.

Originally certified by the New Jersey Superior Court to be a mediator at the County level in 1992, upon moving to Florida, Mr. Savage received additional certification in mediation and arbitration from the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service in 2012. Further certifications from the Florida Supreme Court have followed, accruing Civil Circuit, Elder, County, and Appellate designations. Mr. Savage also serves as an on-air aviation consultant with CNN, where he is called upon to offer expert opinion concerning aircraft accident cases.

Mr. Savage's areas of expertise in the mediation field are in aviation, maritime law, personal injury, accident investigation, and evaluation.

To schedule a mediation with William Savage, contact him at wsavage@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Penny Schmidt

Penny W. Schmidt is a proud Gator, having obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida while working full-time as a paralegal. She obtained her law degree, with honors, from St. Thomas College of Law in 1992. While in law school, she served as the Chairman of the Moot Court Board and was the recipient of American Jurisprudence Awards in the areas of Civil Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Evidence, Wills and Trusts, and Taxation. Subsequently, she was named Graduate of the Year for the State of Florida by the legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. After graduation from law school, Penny worked as an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Fuller & Minor, P.A., located in Ft. Myers, Florida, becoming a partner in the law firm of Minor & Schmidt, P.A., in Ft. Myers. During her tenure in Ft. Myers, she was an active member of the Lee County Bar Association, Lee County Personal Injury Association and the Calusa Inns of Court. In 1997, she and her husband relocated to the Jacksonville area where she continued her legal career with one of her current partners, Dennis R. Schutt.

Penny has been a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated partner at the law firm of Schutt, Schmidt, & Noey since 1997. She is a member of the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Additionally, Penny’s memberships in the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute expand her professional credentials. Continuing her involvement as a legal advocate, she served as former president of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel, where she remains an active member.

Civil trial litigation constitutes the majority of her practice, including areas of concentration such as: personal injury/wrongful death, insurance coverage issues, complex commercial and construction defect litigation, contract litigation, and appellate law.

Penny is a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediators Society. She is also a member and current Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Jacksonville Bar Association as well as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Florida Bar. She is a Volunteer Mediator and Arbitrator for the Florida Bar Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program, and was the former co-chairman of the Marketing and Webinar sub-committee for the ADR Section of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, where she teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution to future lawyers. She has lectured to various professional organization on a variety of mediation-related topics, such as “Getting More out of Mediation than Just a Settlement” and “A Paralegals Guide to Help Prepare Your Attorney for Mediation/Arbitration.”

Commitment to positive mediation and arbitration outcomes forms the cornerstone of her professional practice. Personal attention to detail ensures the participants’ respect and successful problem resolution. As a mediator, she describes her style as “firm and direct, but engaged and creative.”


To schedule a mediation with Penny Schmidt, contact her at pschmidt@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Dennis Schutt

Dennis R. Schutt is a Jacksonville native, a University of Florida College of Law graduate, and has been a civil litigator for almost thirty years. He has hundreds of civil trials under his belt and is pleased to add an active mediation practice to his resume. To see Dennis's complete bio, click here.

He is especially proud of the state-of-the-art Jax Mediation Center, and describes it as, “The perfect location for resolving disputes.” He has a talent for establishing a rapport with both plaintiffs and defendants, having represented both over the course of his long practice. In continued service to community, he serves as an adjunct professor teaching at Florida Coastal School of Law. Dennis is a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and his areas of focus as a mediator include personal injury/wrongful death, insurance coverage disputes, complex commercial litigation, construction defect litigation, and civil trial litigation. He is also a certified mediator for residential foreclosure cases. As a Mediator, Dennis focuses on “persuasive encouragement toward creative solutions.”

To schedule a mediation with Dennis Schutt, contact him at dschutt@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Harvey Slentz

Harvey Slentz is a Florida Supreme Court Certified County, Family, and Civil Circuit Mediator, and Court-appointed Qualified Arbitrator. Harvey has conducted hundreds of mediations and arbitrations, and has taught mediation topics in negotiation and resolution for the Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center. He is also a Federal EEOC-certified Discrimination Investigator, and a certified Federal Agency Final Decision (FAD) writer. In labor law, Harvey handled issues involving statutory topics such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and their application to collective bargaining agreements. His experience includes complex economic analysis of labor cost content, work rules, and bargaining unit jurisdiction. His work has been referenced as testimony in national rate determination cases before the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission. He has mediated many cases arising through the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program, as well as a pre-litigation foreclosure mediation program, as well as homeowner and condominium association disputes.

Having worked as an industrial engineer, senior executive, and attorney for more than 40 years, Harvey has an appreciation for the perspectives of both employees and employers. He has engaged in complex, collective bargaining and contract administration matters, including arbitration, in employment matters involving hundreds of thousands of employees, and in cases that had hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute. He has also conducted many employment and discrimination mediation conferences.

In addition to the above, Harvey teaches college and university courses in business and employment law, and has authored several topics in business and employment law for national textbook publishers. He has authored business model analysis studies for the U.S. Postal Service and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the U.S. Congress. He has been recognized in the U.S. Senate for his public service. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, and is a Fellow in the National Academy for Legal Studies in Business.

To schedule a mediation with Harvey Slentz, you may contact him at hslentz@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Cindy M. Swinson

Cindy M. Swinson has over 30 years experience serving clients; as both a corporate and a civil litigation lawyer in private practice, and as a corporate executive and general counsel to many well-known companies such as Cotton States Insurance, Waffle House, World Airways and most recently, Darden Restaurants, a Fortune 500 company. She also gained experience in the non-profit arena working for Nemours (children's hospital) in Jacksonville, Florida. Having worked in both private and corporate practice, Ms. Swinson understands the perspectives and challenges facing individuals and companies alike. She has spent her career in the trenches of negotiation, effectively managing relationships to mitigate the need for litigation. She has worked collaboratively and effectively across diverse cultures and at various organizational levels to find effective and efficient approaches that open the door to resolution.

Ms. Swinson received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. She was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1982, having graduated from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2007. Throughout her career, Ms. Swinson has handled securities and corporate matters, labor and employment, contracts, regulatory compliance, banking, finance, real estate, construction, personal injury and additional insured interests. Ms. Swinson has appeared in both State and Federal Courts as a civil litigator, and has extensive knowledge in intellectual property, telecommunications, aviation and professional negligence. She has experienced alternative dispute resolution as a corporate participant and knows how to effectively evaluate, manage, and resolve conflicts. Ms. Swinson is a mediator that you can trust to handle even the most complex matters.

As a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Ms. Swinson brings her vast experience as a skilled and accomplished negotiator to the mediation table. With her first-hand insights, Ms. Swinson provides her mediation clients with confidence that resolution is possible. Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator as well as completing the requirements for appellate mediation certification (application pending), Ms. Swinson is well prepared to guide you through conflict with compassion and encouragement.

To schedule a mediation with Cindy M. Swinson, visit her website at http://www.cmsmediationservices.com/calendar or contact her at cswinson@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Albert R. Tetrault

Albert R. Tetrault is an Attorney and member of the Florida Bar, and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Al acquired experience and expertise through a business career in the computer industry. He began as a sales representative with IBM and concluded his business career as CEO of an early-stage Internet Company. During this career, he managed field operations in F100 and entrepreneurial companies, including an international experience in Russia.

The computer industry provides services to every type of business and industry, and Al developed in-depth understanding of many of them. Among the industries he understands are aviation, manufacturing (process and discreet), distribution (wholesale and retail), computers and the Internet, professional services (consulting, accounting, law, medicine), education, medical facilities, real estate, construction, condominiums and condominium associations. He has negotiated complex transactions for products, services, intellectual property and employment, both domestic and international.

Al earned a JD at Florida Coastal School of Law, an MBA (with distinction) at the Harvard Business School, and a BA in Economics at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). He studied international business at the London Business School and IMEDE (Lausanne, Switzerland). He now teaches Business Law at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

A Vietnam Veteran, Al was a USAF Pilot and earned the Bronze Star and several Air Medals. He is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFII) and a former owner/pilot of a Beech A-36 Bonanza. The Veterans Administration has accredited him to represent veterans in their appeals.

Al believes that mediation is the best approach to dispute resolution. Self-determination is the rule in mediation; the parties control the discussion and results. Furthermore, the parties cannot use the discussion in subsequent litigation, which the parties can pursue if mediation fails.

You can read more about Al here.

To schedule a mediation with Albert R. Tetrault, you may contact him at atetrault@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Gary Tullis

Gary B. Tullis is a trial lawyer with over forty years of experience as a member of the Florida Bar. His undergraduate degree and law degree were received at the University of Florida in Gainesville. During his career, Mr. Tullis represented Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, St. Vincent’s Hospital, banks, real estate investment trusts, as well as many other corporations in the state of Florida and the city of Jacksonville. Mr. Tullis has represented plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases and medical malpractice cases. Mr. Tullis maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

After being involved in a significant number of civil jury trials, as well as non-jury trials prior to the inception of “mediation”, Mr. Tullis appreciates the mediation process to enable the parties in litigation to resolve disputes to avoid the cost and uncertainty of jury and non-jury trials. Mr. Tullis has been involved in a substantial number of mediations and is well prepared to assist parties to reach a settlement of their disputes.

To schedule a mediation with Gary B. Tullis, you may contact him at gtullis@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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Kristen Watson

Kristen Z. Watson attended Oxford College of Emory University and Emory University on full scholarship, graduating in 1991(A.A.) and in 1993 (B.A. Political Science), respectively. She received her Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University in 1996 and was admitted to the Bar in October 1996.

While attending law school, Ms. Watson was a law clerk for a prominent Tallahassee personal injury firm, assisting in the representation of clients injured in automobile, tractor-trailer, medical malpractice and premises liability cases.

Ms. Watson is a native of Jacksonville and has strong ties to the local community. Upon returning home to Jacksonville, Ms. Watson began her legal practice in the maritime field with her partner, Dwayne L. Clark. In the last fourteen years she has primarily devoted her practice to maritime legal matters, with particular emphasis on serious personal injury cases. She has become a specialist in the maritime and admiralty law field.

Ms. Watson is admitted to practice in all of the Florida State Courts and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Ms. Watson is a member of The Jacksonville Bar Association, The Jacksonville Women Lawyers, The Florida Bar, and The Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, and she is a certified Circuit Civil-mediator.

Ms. Watson is an avid runner, boater and outdoor enthusiast. She regularly boats on the waters of the St. Johns River and the First Coast.

To schedule a mediation with Kristen Z. Watson, you may contact her at kwatson@jaxmediationcenter.com.

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