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The 2019 PMI Mediation Institute will be August 11 – 12 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in conjunction with the annual Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) conference. Click here to register.

 



PMI 2019: MEDIATION INSIGHTS – SEE HOW EVERYONE CAN GET MORE FROM THE MEDIATION PROCESS

 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

1A: An Analysis of Diversity in Sports (Diversity)

Presenters:

Eric Hires, Esq. Eric V. Hires, LLC
P.O. Box 568943 Orlando, FL 32856-8943
407.841.1902
eric@hireslegal.com

Celia Mendez, Esq./Mediator
Moreland & Mendez, P.A.
202 Lookout Pl, Maitland, FL 32751-4488
407-539-2121
celiam@mandmpa.com

On your marks, get set, GO!!!! Come explore with the panel the ever-growing world of sports and how it has diversified over the decades. Explore sports diversity in local, collegiate and professional sports. Learn mediation skills geared specifically to negotiations associated with the representation of athletes’ contracts and disputes.

1B: Dealing with 3 Mediation Issues from the Judge’s Perspective (Ethics)

Moderator:
JCC Robert Dietz, Sebastian, Melbourne District

1627 U.S.-1, Suite 115, Sebastian, FL 32958
772.581.6800
Robert.Dietz@doah.state.fl.us

Panelists:
Judge Deborah Blevins (Virginia)

Tanglewood West, Suite 425 3959 Electric Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24018
540.283.5005
Deborah.Blevins@workcomp.virginia.gov

JCC Gregory Johnsen, West Palm Beach District
250 S. Australian Ave., Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
954.714.3400
Greg.Johnson@doah.state.fl.us

JCC Wilbur Anderson, Daytona District
444 Seabreeze Blvd, Suite 450, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
386.254.3734
Wilbur.Anderson@doah.state.fl.us

JCC John Lazzara (Retired)
2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy, Suite D4-275, Tallahassee, FL 32309
386.254.3734
John.Lazzara18@gmail.com

Whether mediation is mandatory or optional in your State, judges have definitive opinions on what they want to see accomplished regardless of the outcome. Our panel of judges will discuss narrowing the issues a judge will have to address, dealing with the litigants’ question of what the judge will do, and identifying what the judge needs in the mediation agreement.

10:05 – 11:05 a.m.

2A: Shhh, Don’t Tell Anyone: Social Media and Confidentiality Issues (Technology)

Moderator:
Thomas E Glick, Esq./Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
4500 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 320, Miami, Florida 33137
305.892.1577
Glick@centerforconflictresolution.com

Panelists:
Bruce Blitman, Esq./Mediator

Law Office of Bruce Blitman
12447 Aviles Cir., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418-8993
954.646.1128
babmediate@aol.com

Rosanne Shore, Esq./Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
4500 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 320, Miami, Florida 33137
305.892.1577
Shore@centerforconflictresolution.com

Renee Thompson, Esq./Mediator
Upchurch Watson White & Max
7 E Silver Springs Blvd #500, Ocala, FL 34470
352.351.8003
rthompson@uww-adr.com

“Oops! I should not have sent that email!” “The text that I sent is being misconstrued!” “One of the parties is trying to use my email — that I thought was confidential — to enforce a mediation agreement!” “One of the parties posted the mediation agreement on social media and now the other side wants to back out.” Issues like these will be discussed during our panel presentation. We will leave time for questions and answers for these very current subjects.

2B: How Mediators Win Friends, Influence Litigants, and the Power of an Apology (Ethics)

Moderator:
Stuart F. Suskin, Esq./Mediator

5200 NW 43rd Street, Suite 102-124, Gainesville, FL 32606
352.665.4724
Ssuskin7@gmail.com

Panelists: Tania Ogden, Esq./Mediator
Office of Judge of Compensation Claims
4379 Colonial Blvd, Suite 200, Fort Myers, FL 33966-1145
239.938.1159
tania.ogden@doah.state.fl.us

Adam Ross, Esq./Mediator
Office of Judge of Compensation Claims
4500 N. State Road 7, Bldg 1, Suite 200, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319-5882
954.714.3400 x 125
adam.ross@doah.state.fl.us

Michael Nebel, Esq.
Law Offices of Michael E. Nebel, P.A.
790 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32801-1020
407.540.1411
men@flacomp.net

All successful mediators have special human dynamics tools in their toolbox. Learn some of the best tips and tools mediators use to influence litigants and attorneys to persuade clients and the opposition. This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn about and consider how effective these approaches might be in persuading you before you adopt them to use in dealing with others. It will also explore the power of an apology.

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

3: Keynote: What Do You Look For When Violence Might Break Out? (General)

Presenter:
Marcos Cintron

Defense Development Group, LLC
6511 Nova Drive, Suite 284, Davie, FL 33317
954.284.0215
Marcos@defensedevelopmentgroup.com

This very topical program is led by Marcos Cintron, a certified Federal Law Enforcement Trainer and Active Shooter Threat Response Instructor. He started the Tourniquets 4 Teachers initiative in South Florida to provide free Active Shooter Survival Seminars. His Keynote will cover warning signs to look for where violence might erupt, measures taken to react, and methods to survive. He will also share skills for helping others traumatized or wounded during a violent event. There will time at the end for questions and answers.

12:10 – 1:20 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

 

1:20 – 2:20 p.m.

4A: Bite-Size Topics (General)

Security in Mediation: Protecting Yourself, Confidentiality, Caucus and Sexual Harassment

Moderator:
Scott Williams, Esq./Mediator
(Security)
218 Annie St, Orlando, FL 32806
407.236.0023
SPW440ATTY@aol.com

Panelists:
Christine Harter, Esq./Mediator (Confidentiality)

P.O. Box 1779, Ocala, FL 34478-1779
352.694.4242
Harterlaw@earthlink.net

Sarah deLaurentis, Esq./Mediator (Sexual Harassment)
73 N.E. Verde Cir., Boca Raton, FL 33487-5201
954.914.3086
sdl5050@aol.com

Robin Caral Shaw, Esq./Mediator (Caucus)
Law Office of Robin Caral Shaw, P.A.
P.O. Box 812171, Boca Raton, FL 33481-2171
561.504.9090
Robin@ladymediator.net

There are single-bite courses in fine dining, and speed dating to minimize wasted time, and now there are bite-size mediation topics – topics that don’t necessarily need an hour but are of particular interest to mediators and mediation participants. Join us for 15 minutes each on Confidentiality, Security, Sexual Harassment, and Caucus as our 4 topics this year.

4B: MEAC Opinions: Let’s Dissect Them! Hand Me the scalpel! (Ethics)

Presenter: TBD

Mediators know that Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC) opinions exist but rarely are familiar with them or how they actually impact mediation and mediators. This will be an interactive hour.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.

5A: Painting by Numbers: Offers and Demands: Where Did You Come Up With That? (General)

Moderator: John Brooks, Esq.
444 Seabreeze Blvd, Suite 450, Daytona Beach, FL 32118-3951
386.254.3734
johnpbrookslaw@gmail.com

Panelists: Jon Benezette, Esq.
516 N. Peninsula Dr., Daytona Beach, FL 32118
386.253.6864
Jonbenezette@cfl.rr.com

Tim Dunbrack, Esq.
Kelley Kronenberg Law Firm
20 N. Orange Ave, Suite 1207, Orlando, FL 32801
407.648.9450
tdunbrack@kelleykronenberg.com

JCC Rita Young, Tampa District
6302 E. Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tampa, FL 33619
813.664.4000
Rita.Young@DOAH.state.fl.us

Believe it or not, one of the hardest things for a party in mediation to do is to come up with an effective dollar value. A strategy is needed in presenting numbers, whether the initial demand or the final offer. Numbers are the “tea leaves” that allow the parties to read where a mediation may go and provide a road map to the final result. A panel with various backgrounds and perspectives will discuss strategies and the import role of numbers to get where the parties need to go to get a case resolved.

5B: Interpersonal Violence – An Elephant in the Office (Interpersonal Violence)

Presenters: Liz Bradshaw, M.S., Victim Advocate/SVU
Ft Lauderdale Police Department
1300 W. Broward Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312
954.271.2962
ebradshaw@fortlauderdale.gov

Increasingly, interpersonal violence is occurring in the workplace. However, it remains an issue that is not often discussed and can leave employers and employees feeling “caught off guard” when it happens. Interpersonal violence, including domestic violence, brings a tremendous negative impact to companies, employees, victims, and perpetrators especially when policies and mitigation strategies are lacking. These issues can wind up in employment mediation and need to be explored.

3: 30 – 4:30 p.m.

6A: When You Least Expect It: Mediation on Appeal! (Appellate)

Moderator: Celia Mendez, Esq./Mediator
Moreland & Mendez, P.A.
202 Lookout Pl, Maitland, FL 32751-4488
407-539-2121
celiam@mandmpa.com

Panelists: H. George Kagan, Esq.
1171 N Ocean Blvd 1 B, Delray Beach, FL 33483-7273
786-280-6577
hgkagan@georgekagan.com

Robin Caral Shaw, Esq./Mediator
Law Office of Robin Caral Shaw, P.A.
P.O. Box 812171, Boca Raton, FL 33481-2171
561.504.9090
Robin@ladymediator.net

After trial, the parties’ positions have hardened; one confident in the victory, the other unhappy with the loss. An appeal may be possible but is it necessary? The panel will address the time, expense, and requirements for filing an appeal; the risks and realities for each side in the appeal process; and the opportunity to mediate a resolution to eliminate the risks, costs, and consequences of a litigated appeal. They’ll also bring some war stories of cases appealed and mediated, and share some little known facts about appellate mediation.

6B: Medicare Set-Asides in Tort Claims (General)

Presenters: Rafael Gonzalez, Esq.
President Optum Workers Compensation an
6309 Wild Orchid Dr, Lithia, FL 33547-5043
813-967-7598
rgonz@tampabay.rr.com

Mark Popolizio, Esq.
500 Bayview Dr Apt 2128, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160-4750
786-459-9117
mpopolizio@iso.com

Parties, mediators, and attorneys in the Workers Comp arena are familiar with the issues raised with Medicare Set-Asides, but parties, mediators, and attorneys involved with other types of lawsuits – those arising from torts and negligence – including medical malpractice and personal injury unrelated to Workers Comp are less familiar with MSAs. The panel, familiar and highly respected presenters at PMI, will talk more broadly about MSAs and how they affect litigation.

Monday, August 12, 2019

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

7: Best Practices and Strategies for Adjusters and Claims Professionals in Mediation (General)

Moderator:
Adam Ross, Esq./Mediator
Office of the Judge of Compensation Claims
4500 N. State Rd 7, Bldg1, Suite 200, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
954.714.3400 x 125
adam.ross@doah.state.fl.us

Panelists:
Taysha Carmody, Esq.

McConnaughhay, Conrood, Pope, Weaver & Stern, P.A.
5900 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 710 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309
954.332.0050
tcarmody@mcconnaughhay.com

Cindy Norris, Senior Claims Adjuster
Travelers
P.O. Box 4614 Buffalo, NY 14240-4614
813.357.0451
cnorris@travelers.com

Jeffery Taylor, Insurance Consultant
Taylor Insurance Consulting
5312 Bent Oak Drive, Sarasota, FL 34232
941.350.2111
jtaylor@msaannuity.com

Did you ever wonder how to prepare for a mediation to achieve your desired result? Or about the approach to take at mediation to get a particularly nasty case settled? Did you ever reflect upon how best at mediation to relate to a particular Claimant or Employer/Carrier or Attorney or Mediator to achieve your goals? Please join us and prepare to be educated, entertained, and amazed by the answers to these and other important questions by our diverse panel of experts.

9:35 – 10:35 a.m.

8: Negotiation: The Cornerstone of Winning Mediation Strategies (General)

Moderator: Scott P. Williams, Esq./Mediator
218 Annie St, Orlando, FL 32806
407.236.0023
SPW440ATTY@aol.com

Panelists: Naomi Kuker, Adjuster
Gallagher Bassett
Miami, FL
305.995.7161
naomi_kuker@gbtpa.com

Michele Mecca, Adjuster Zurich
American Ins. Co.
P.O. Box 968084, Schaumberg, IL 60196-8084
407.667.8632
michele.mecca@zurichna.com

Stuart Suskin, Esq./Mediator
5200 NW 43rd Street, Suite 102-124, Gainesville, FL 32606
352.665.4724
Ssuskin7@gmail.com

Negotiating can be a combination of playing poker, playing “chicken”, and buying a car – all at the same time. Here, a great group of speakers will give unique perspectives on how to bring a case to resolution. Understanding your adversary, determining what “makes-em-tick”, and “reading the room” are just some of the strategies we will discuss to help all participants reach the goal of settlement.

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

9: Is the Doctor In? (General)

Moderator: Rosanne Shore, Esq./Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
4500 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 320, Miami, Florida 33137
305.892.1577
Shore@centerforconflictresolution.com

Panelists: Dr. Benjamin Shore
Chief Medical Consultant, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
305.539.6091
bshore@rccl.com

Stephanie Robinson, Esq.
Conroy Simberg
3440 Hollywood Blvd, 2nd Floor, Hollywood, FL 33021
954.964.1400
srobinson@conroysimberg.com

Thomas E Glick, Esq./Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
4500 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 320, Miami, Florida 33137
305.892.1577
Glick@centerforconflictresolution.com

The presentation provides an overview of relevant medical issues that may arise during the course of mediation. How does a doctor apportion an injury as to what is related to the accident? What is deemed pre-existing? What is the major contributing cause of the accident? What you see is not necessarily what you get! How reviewing an x-ray might not be what you think it is. Time will be reserved for questions and answers.

 

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