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.

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.

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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214 SE 13th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
954-467-1276 – 954-914-9443 (cell)

H. Mark Purdy is a Martindale-Hubbell AV ® PreeminentTM Rated Lawyer with 51 years of combined Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Judicial experience. His extensive civil litigation experience is now exclusively focused on serving as Mediator, Arbitrator, and Trial Resolution Judge.



Univ. of So. Mississippi, 1967, B.S. (History & Political Science -double major)
Florida State University College of Law, 1970, J.D.


Florida (1970); Hawaii (1992)


1970-1979, 1986-2021: Private practice of law in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 1992-2021, Partner in Purdy & Flynn, P.A.


1979-1981: County Court Judge for Broward County, Florida.
1981-1985: Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida.
2007-Present: Code Enforcement, Special Magistrate for City of Fort Lauderdale
2020-Present: Code Compliance Magistrate for City of Margate


Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator – (1990); Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator,(1993); Certified Mediator, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (1993); Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator (2011); Qualified Arbitrator (1993). Trained in the mediation of residential mortgage foreclosures (2010).


The depth and breadth of his civil litigation provide a solid foundation to assist in resolving a wide range of civil cases, including dissolution of marriage, personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, all commercial, business, and contract disputes, collection of debts, condominium and HOA disputes, insurance issues (including PIP, coverage and bad-faith disputes), governmental disputes, civil rights, professional liability (including medical and legal malpractice) and construction defects litigation.