1 Special Magistrate/Trial Resolution Archives - Mediar Inc

Mark E. Polen

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Mark E. Polen has a distinguished legal and judicial career spanning over 44 years. After graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 1969 he entered the private practice of law handling civil litigation. In 1977 he was appointed an Industrial Claims Judge for Broward County and subsequently was appointed to the Circuit Court of Broward County where he served in multiple divisions from 1979 to 1988. From 1989 to 2013 he served with distinction on the Fourth District Court of Appeal, including serving for 2 years as Chief Judge. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Gavin K. Letts Memorial Jurist of the Year, 1994. He served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, 1994-95.

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.

Lawrence L. Korda

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Lawrence L. Korda has over 29 years of judicial experience. He is a graduate of The Citadel and was a commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. He completed his law school training with a J.D. from Mercer University. The last 12 years of his tenure as Broward County Circuit Court Judge was spent in the Family Division. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.

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.

Ronald J. Rothschild

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Ronald J. Rothschild has almost 40 years of combined judicial and private practice legal experience. He graduated from the Ohio State University (B.A. 1969) and from Cleveland State University-John Marshall College of Law (J. D. 1974). He served as a Broward County Judge from 1991 to 1999 and served as Circuit Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, from 1999 through 2012. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards in recognition of his service to the judiciary, the legal profession and the community. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.

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.

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.