1 Circuit Civil Mediation Archives - Mediar Inc

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, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family 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.

Patricia W. Cocalis

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Patricia W. Cocalis is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator and has over 25 years of judicial experience. She graduated from Emory University with a J.D. and received her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe-Harvard College (AB). She served as a County Court Judge from 1977-81 and as a Circuit Court Judge from 1981-2003 in the 17th Judicial Circuit. She also served as Associate Judge for the Fourth District Court of Appeals in 1983.

Mary H. McCleary

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Mary H. McCleary received her BA from Florida Atlantic University in 1971 and an MBA in 1975. She received her J.D. from Nova University in 1978 and has pursued a diverse legal career including both Civil and Criminal cases. Mary served “Of Counsel” to the AV rated firm of Bogenschutz, Dutko and Kroll from 1994 to 2010 and previously worked as both an Assistant State Attorney and an Assistant Public Defender. She is an active member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and is both a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator. Se habla Español.

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.

J. Leonard Fleet

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J. Leonard Fleet received a bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and graduated from the University of Florida, Levin School of law. His distinguished legal career spanned 23 years centered on the fields of criminal law, civil rights litigation and appellate practice. In 1982 he was elected without opposition to the Broward County Circuit Court and over the next 23 years served in the Criminal, General Civil and Family Divisions.

He attained a Master of Judicial Studies at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, Reno and has completed the Advanced Mediation Program, Straus Institute, Pepperdine University. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Civil Mediator, who mediates and arbitrates family and complex civil matters.

Charles F. Radice

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Charles F. Radice is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator and has been mediating since 1991. Mr. Radice received his J.D. from Fordham Law School (1953) and BS (pre-med) from the University of Notre Dame. He has over 45 years of combined legal and business experience relating to real estate acquisition, development, construction and management of residential, commercial and condominium projects and corporate and real estate securities matters. Mr. Radice is available to mediate or arbitrate any commercial matter and is especially experienced in construction litigation.

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.