Fred Berman

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Berman Mediation, represented by Fred J. Berman, is serviced by Mediar, Inc. Mr. Berman has a distinguished legal and judicial career that spans 47 years. After graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 1969, he served four years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. Following discharge, he entered the private practice of law in Broward County and his broad civil litigation trial experience included personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice. He was appointed to the bench of the 17th Judicial Circuit in 1995 and served until 2013. Since retirement from the bench, he has been engaged full time in mediation and alternative dispute services, as a Qualified Arbitrator and with Florida Supreme Court Certifications in both Circuit Civil and County Court. His mediation experience includes all types of civil cases, including collections, foreclosures and PIP suits. Fred Berman has mediated over a thousand county and circuit cases.

Robert S. Zack

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Robert S. Zack retired from the Broward County Court Bench after 22 years of service. Prior to taking the Bench he was a trial attorney for 20 years and specialized in civil litigation including automobile negligence, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, contract disputes and family law. He received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his J.D. from Wayne State University in Michigan. Since retiring from the Bench, he has mediated cases in areas of personal injury, contract and labor disputes, collections, foreclosures, and PIP suits. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator, Qualified Arbitrator, and licensed Florida Realtor.

Stephen N. Lipton

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Stephen N. Lipton is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator with over 40 years of practice as a trial attorney in complex commercial litigation and trials in State and Federal Courts. He has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.B 1966) and University of Pittsburgh (B.A. 1963). He has taught as an instructor in evidence at University of Miami School of Law and lectured to the Bar at CLE seminars. He is available as a Mediator or Arbitrator in any commercial matter and is especially experienced in commercial, construction and land use litigation.

Miette K. Burnstein

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Miette K. Burnstein has a distinguished legal and judicial career. After graduating from South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida, she received her B.S. Degree from Syracuse University and her J.D. Degree from the University of Miami Law School. She was elected to the Broward County Circuit Court in 1976 and was the first woman Circuit Judge in Broward County. She served as Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit from 1985 through 1991.

Gerald Mager

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Gerald Mager has over 50 years of combined legal and judicial experience beginning as Assistant Attorney General of the State of Florida, followed by service as General Counsel to the Governor of Florida, Chief Judge of the 4th District Court of Appeal as well as Senior Judge and a Martindale-Hubbel® AV® rated civil trial lawyer. Over the last 20 years he has been engaged full time as a mediator and arbitrator, participating in over 5,000 cases ranging from probate and estate disputes, a wide variety of commercial, business, corporate and banking cases, professional malpractice, products liability, personal injury and wrongful death cases to zoning and land use, intellectual property, bankruptcy, securities law, whistleblower cases as well as a number of civil rights cases such as ADA, etc. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator.

Philip S. Shailer

Philip S. Shailer has more than 45 years of combined experience in private practice, public office and as a senior executive of Alamo Rent-a-Car. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Duke University. He has held the elected positions of State Attorney and Public Defender, and the appointed office of City Attorney for the City of Fort Lauderdale. While in private practice, he specialized in commercial and insurance coverage litigation and real estate transactions. He served as counsel to four Sheriffs. He is a Qualified Arbitrator.

Rose-Ann Flynn

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Rose-Ann Flynn is a Florida Supreme Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (1993), Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator (2003) and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator (2011), as well as a Qualified Arbitrator (1993). She graduated from Nova  Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center (J.D. 1985) and got her Undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (BA 1981). She also has an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse. Private practice has included all types of civil litigation, including personal injury/wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home, products liability, commercial litigation and insurance defense. She serves as Special Magistrate for the City of Ft. Lauderdale Code Enforcement.

H. Mark Purdy

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H. Mark Purdy has over 42 years of combined judicial and private practice experience. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law (J.D. 1970). He served as a County Court Judge (1979-81) and as a Circuit Judge (1981-85) in the 17th Judicial Circuit. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Mediation and ADR at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (1990); Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator (1993); Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator (2011); and a Qualified Arbitrator since 1993.