Mediation Philosophy

I come to every mediation extremely well-prepared. When I read your submission, I examine the hidden layers that you, or opposing counsel, might not even be aware of. I look for the subtle clues that tell me why your client or the opposing side feels angry, disrespected, or even sad. You rightfully focus on legal rights, remedies, and defenses. I study that, and seek to understand the motivations, interests, biases, and emotions of the parties and of your opposing counsel.

My job is to help you and your client make the very best decision possible in the light of great uncertainty, risk, ambiguity, and emotion. That decision must be made with an acceptance of the deep consequences to the lives involved for the years ahead. If I do those two things, I have done my job well.

I connect to you and your client on multiple levels. Emotions flow through every mediation. I have learned to listen carefully, validate and vindicate where appropriate, help create meaning, and provide a safe space for your stories to be heard. My role is to act as a cognitive counselor and negotiation coach. I help you and your client avoid the decisional errors that plague many lawyers in negotiation.

Experience Matters
Education

Suffolk University Law School, J.D. 1969
Long Island University, B.S. 1965

Certifications

Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator

Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice by
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

Awards and Recognitions

“AV” Preeminent© by Martindale-Hubbell
Florida Super Lawyer©
Florida Top Lawyer©
Leading Florida Attorney©

Lectures and Speaking Engagements

Extensive speaking engagements throughout the United States and Europe on wide range of topics.

Areas of Practice

  • Product Liability
  • Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”) and eDiscovery
  • Civil Trial and Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation/Alternate Dispute Resolution/Arbitration
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (“FSIA”)
  • Torts
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Crashworthiness and Handling Insurance Coverage and Disputes
  • Asbestos
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Biomechanics of Injury Trauma

Work Experience

Over 40 years of extensive civil trial experience representing wide range of clients, both plaintiff and defendants, including individuals, banks, corporations, insurance companies, automotive and product manufacturers, hospitals, physicians, and accountants.

Admissions, Memberships and Affiliations

  • The Florida and New York Bars
  • The Dade, Broward and New York Bar Associations
  • The American College of Board Certified Attorneys (ACBCA)
  • American College of e-Neutrals (ACESIN)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
  • Fellow of the International Institute of Law and Medicine
  • Congress of the Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies
  • Sedona Conference, Working Groups 1, 2 and 8 (Electronic Document Retention and Production, Protective Orders Confidentiality and Public Access, and Mass Torts and Punitive Damages)
  • The Federalist Society
  • The Coral Gables Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association (Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section)
  • Federal Bar Association (Alternate Dispute Resolution Section)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (1984-2010)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA)
  • Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Life Member, (AAAM)
  • Brain Injury Association of Florida
  • The Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • The International Traffic Medicine Association
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. (Board of Directors 2012-2014)
  • The American Bar Association (ABA)