Eric S. Dawson, Esq.

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Eric S. Dawson is a Florida State Supreme Court Certified Mediator in the following areas: County Court; Circuit Civil; Family; and Appellate. In an effort to successfully mediate a matter, Mr. Dawson is adept at employing various mediation techniques, such as informality, confidentiality, collaboration, and self­ determination of the party participants during the course of a mediation.

A member of the Florida Bar since 2001, Mr. Dawson has substantial legal experience as a former prosecutor, civil trial attorney, and in-house counsel. Mr. Dawson’s background as an attorney provides him not only with exceptional integrity and ethics but also with a unique ability to understand liability and risk management issues facing individuals, companies, and organizations.

Mr. Dawson’s post-collegiate/pre-law background, when Mr. Dawson lived and worked in Northern Europe for several years, means that Mr. Dawson has superior communication and interpersonal skills. Such unique experiences also mean that Mr. Dawson is well-versed at orchestrating a productive dialogue among many diverse types of party participants at a mediation.

When combined, these various traits often lead to the successful resolution at mediation of current legal matters, avoidance of further legal fees and costs, ending a loss of time and productivity due to on-going litigation, and minimizing the risk of potentially adverse publicity for the mediation’s party participants.

Joshua Entin

Joshua Entin is an AV Rated Martindale-Hubble attorney who brings a strong academic record and a wealth of trial experience to Mediar. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Thomas University School of Law and for almost 20 years has focused his litigation skills on complex civil matters in Federal and state court.

Now a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Mediator, he will bring his vast experience to facilitate resolution of a wide variety of complex civil cases including employment discrimination, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, civil rights, wage and hour disputes, class and collective actions, all commercial matters and personal injury cases.

Joel T. Lazarus

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Joel T. Lazarus has a distinguished legal career spanning over 41 years. A native of Massachusetts, he graduated from Babson College and then received his Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University.  He graduated from Nova Southeastern Law School with High Honors in 1977. After 16 years with the Broward County State’s Attorney’s Office he was appointed to the Broward County Court where he served with distinction for over 25 years. He presided over more than 900 jury trials. His accomplishments include receipt of the prestigious Ford Award as the Outstanding County Court Judge in Florida in 2010. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator, and a Qualified Arbitrator.

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.

J. Leonard Fleet


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.

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.

Oscar J. Franco

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Oscar J. Franco has a culturally diverse background as well as post graduate degrees obtained in Venezuela, Brazil and the United States. He received his law degree from Santa Maria University in Caracas, Venezuela where he practiced family and civil litigation for 20 years. In addition, he has a degree in veterinary medicine from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a Masters of Science from the University of California, Davis. For the last 18 years he has focused his diverse talents on resolution of complex, culturally diverse issues as a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator, Circuit Civil Mediator and Family Mediator. He is available to mediate in all of these areas and he is fully fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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.

Mary H. McCleary


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.

Richard Phillips


With more than 40 years of practice and over a thousand cases litigated, Richard H. Phillips, Esq. has the experience and the diplomacy you need to get any dispute rapidly and fairly resolved. Mr. Phillips has represented clients across the corporate spectrum from Fortune 500 companies to sole proprietors, as well as students, families, and nonprofit organizations. For over 25 years he specialized in insurance subrogation. Advocating for this diverse clientele gives him a unique perspective into the conflict mechanisms at work in most legal disputes. As a result, Richard’s services as a mediator are in high demand. His areas of expertise include: Personal injury, family disputes, commercial litigation, insurance disputes and, of course, insurance subrogation. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator, and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.

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.

Robert S. Zack


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, FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator and licensed Florida Realtor.