Robert Cole Speaks at NBI Seminar on Mediation in Florida

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Robert A. "Bob" Cole gave a presentation titled "Post-Settlement Agreement Issues: What Mediators Need to Know" at a National Business Institute seminar in Jacksonville earlier this month.

The seminar, "Mediation in Florida: Keys to Effective Settlement Negotiations," was designed to teach techniques for  attorneys, paralegals, mediators, arbitrators and other neutrals in order to build their settlement skills. It featured a faculty of veteran mediators and attorneys and offered 7 credits of Continuing Legal Education and 7.20 credits of Continuing Mediation Education through The Florida Bar. Listening to a recording, which is now available at, also makes attorneys and mediators eligible for the same credit.

Bob's presentation discussed these topics under the heading of post-mediation services as ways  a deal could "blow up" after the signing of the mediated settlement agreement:
  • Court approval
  • Government approval
  • "What if a survivor or estate beneficiary disagrees with allocation or split proposed by personal representative?"
  • "What if the parties can’t agree on release language?"
  • "What if the parties need assistance in negotiating medical liens and/or other subrogation claims?"

His talk also addressed the following elements of the mediation process, classified as mediator liability and in answer to the question "What if a mediation participant (attorney or party) makes a claim for legal malpractice against the mediator?":
  • Engagement letter
  • Mediation sign-in sheet
  • Mediation settlement agreement
  • Notice/waiver required by mediator professional liability insurance policy




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