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ABA Dispute Resolution Section Welcomes U.N. Official and Kicks off Spring Conference With Learning
ABA Dispute Resolution Section Welcomes U.N. Official and Kicks off Spring Conference With Learning This morning, attendees of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution's 18th Annual Spring Conference in NYC heard from Johnston Barkat, assistant secretary-general of the United Nations. Sharing insights from around the world, he spo... Read More

Dismissal Without Reserving Enforcement Rights May Limit Parties’ Recourse Under Rule 1.730
Dismissal Without Reserving Enforcement Rights May Limit Parties’ Recourse Under Rule 1.730 In a case that just keeps coming back, like a nightmare or a bad penny -- depending on your perspective -- the Fourth District Court recently weighed in on two “settlement” related subjects that happen every day throughout Florida and elsewhere, with... Read More

At the Very Least, Appear at Mediation, Court Reminds
At the Very Least, Appear at Mediation, Court Reminds In a recent opinion, the Fifth District Court of Appeal reminds participants and counsel how important it is to at least appear at mediation. I've been a Supreme Court of Florida-Certified Appellate Mediator since 2001, so I took special notice wh... Read More

We Look Back at UWWM's 2015
We Look Back at UWWM's 2015 January saw the opening of our current West Palm and Miami offices bringing the number of our South Florida conference rooms to 21. I have enjoyed working in our West Palm, Plantation, and Miami offices and look forward to being there more frequently... Read More

The Power of Principle, Part 2
The Power of Principle, Part 2 Under the circumstances, my ethical and professional obligations are obvious, at least to me; confront the immovable forces with a discussion which assures that the decision-making is informed. This means (1) Trying to get the parties what they want;... Read More

The Power of Principle, Part 1
The Power of Principle, Part 1 I recently had the pleasure of moderating UWWM’s webinar, “The Seven Deadly Sins in Business Negotiation” featuring UWWM’s neutral Judi Lane. I was very happy to do so. I had previously mediated for Judi many times and had great respect for her as an... Read More

How Does Class Action Insurance Work?
How Does Class Action Insurance Work? In cases where a defendant is concerned about the financial impact of a settlement, accounting implications, or the risk going forward , we recommend engaging a specialty risk consulting firm to assist in providing a quantitative and qualitative anal... Read More

Wrapping up a Hot Summer with a Cool JADC Retreat
Wrapping up a Hot Summer with a Cool JADC Retreat I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2015 annual retreat of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island. Not only was the location a treat, but also the program, moderated by Boyd & Jenerette appellate... Read More

What's New and Promising in Class-Action Mediation?
What's New and Promising in Class-Action Mediation? Basic goals in any class action include reaching broad relief for the class and finality for the defendant. The relief must be fairly noticed, claim-available and fair in relation to the multiplicity of claimants. One newly created instrument for aff... Read More

Jury Duty With a Mediator Mindset, Part 6: Conclusion
Jury Duty With a Mediator Mindset, Part 6: Conclusion Not only did I have the opportunity to see how a jury values a particular case, but also I gained insight into their thinking and decision making. Some of my assumptions were shaken; others were confirmed. I was concerned about the actual size of the... Read More

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