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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.

We are excited to announce that chart-topping, singer/songwriter Jake Owen will be the featured entertainment at the 2019 Conference! With seven #1 hits, Jake Owen is sure to have you singing and dancing the night away!

The very talented and inspiring Maria Taylor will be the Keynote Speaker for 2019! As a former volleyball and basketball player for the University of Georgia, Maria Taylor is currently an analyst, host, and reporter for ESPN and others. We can’t wait to hear her speak!

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

 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

9:00 – 10:00 am, Grand Ballroom 8A

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

Panel:
Eric Hires, Attorney and Mediator
Eric V. Hires, LLC
Orlando, FL

Celia Mendez, Attorney and Mediator
Moreland & Mendez, PA
Maitland, FL

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

9:00 – 10:00 am, Grand Ballroom 8B
1B: Dealing with Issues from the Judge’s Perspective (Ethics)

Moderator:
Honorable Robert Dietz
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Sebastian, FL

Panel:
Honorable BrookeAnne Hunter
Mediator
Richmond, VA

Honorable Gregory Johnsen
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
West Palm Beach, FL

Honorable Wilbur Anderson
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Daytona Beach, FL

Honorable John Lazzara
Retired Judge of Compensation Claims and Mediator
Tallahassee, FL

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

10:00 – 11:00 am, Grand Ballroom 8A

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

Moderator:
Thomas E. Glick, Attorney and Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
Miami, FL

Panel:
Bruce Blitman, Attorney and Mediator
Law Office of Bruce Blitman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Rosanne Shore, Attorney and Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
Miami, FL

Renee Thompson, Attorney and Mediator
Upchurch, Watson, White & Max
Ocala, FL

“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.

10:00 – 11:00 am, Grand Ballroom 8B

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

Moderator:
Stuart F. Suskin, Attorney and Mediator
Stuart F. Suskin Mediation
Gainesville, FL

Panel:
Tania Ogden, Attorney and Mediator
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Fort Myers, FL

Adam Ross, Attorney and Mediator
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Lauderdale Lakes, FL

Michael E. Nebel, Attorney and Mediator
Law Offices of Michael E. Nebel, PA
Orlando, FL

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 before you adopt them. It will also explore the power of an apology.

11:10 am – 12:10 pm, Grand Ballroom 8A

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

Speaker:
Marcos Cintron
Defense Development Group, LLC
Davie, FL

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 of when 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 be time at the end for questions and answers.

12:10 – 1:20 pm Lunch (on your own)

 

1:20 – 2:20 pm, Grand Ballroom 8A

4A: Security in Mediation: Protecting Yourself, Confidentiality, Caucus and Sexual Harassment (General)

Moderator:
Scott P. Williams, Attorney and Mediator
(Security)
Law Office of Scott P. Williams, PA
Orlando, FL

Panel:
Christine Harter, Attorney and Mediator
(Confidentiality)
Christine L. Harter, PA
Ocala, FL

Sarah deLaurentis, Attorney and Mediator
(Sexual Harassment)
Boca Raton, FL

Robin Caral Shaw, Attorney and Mediator
(Caucus)
Law Office of Robin Caral Shaw, PA
Boca Raton, FL

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.

1:20 – 2:20 pm, Grand Ballroom 8B
4B: Mediating with an Interpreter – How to Avoid Potential Ethical, Procedural, and Cultural Pitfalls! (Ethics)

Speaker:
Oscar J. Franco, Attorney and Mediator
Weston, FL

Mediating with an interpreter is a natural consequence of America’s multicultural society. Mediators should be aware of the proper techniques to avoid ethical, procedural, and cultural difficulties when using an interpreter in mediation. The presenter, an experienced multi-lingual mediator, will discuss steps for a mediator to follow to protect neutrality, confidentiality, and self-determination of the parties when an interpreter becomes a participant in the mediation process.

2:20 – 3:20 pm, Grand Ballroom 8A

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

Moderator:
John Brooks, Attorney and Mediator
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Daytona Beach, FL

Panel:
Jon Benezette, Attorney
Law Office of Jon E. Benezette
Daytona Beach, FL

Timothy A. Dunbrack, Attorney
Kelley Kronenberg Attorneys at Law
Orlando, FL

Honorable Rita Young
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Tampa, FL

Believe it or not, one of the hardest things for a party in mediation to do is to come up with an effective presentation of demands and offers. 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 important role of numbers to get where the parties need to go to get a case resolved.

2:20 – 3:20 pm, Grand Ballroom 8B

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

Speaker:
Liz Bradshaw, MS
Victim Advocate/SVU
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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, oftentimes has a negative impact on mediation efforts. The mediator must be fully aware of, and appreciate the effects of, personal misconduct both for his or her personal safety and as an obstacle to resolution of issues.

3:30 – 4:30 pm, Grand Ballroom 8A

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

Moderator:
Celia Mendez, Attorney and Mediator
Moreland & Mendez, PA
Maitland, FL

Panel:
H. George Kagan, Attorney
H. George Kagan, PA
Gulf Stream, FL

Robin Caral Shaw, Attorney and Mediator
Law Office of Robin Caral Shaw, PA
Boca Raton, FL

After trial, the parties’ positions have hardened; one confident in the vic- tory, 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 post-trial resolution to eliminate the risks, costs, and consequences of a litigated appeal. The panel will also discuss important outcomes of cases that were appealed and mediated, and share some little known facts about appellate mediation.

3:30 – 4:30 pm, Grand Ballroom 8B
6B: Medicare Set-Asides in Tort Claims (General)

Panel:
Rafael Gonzalez, Attorney
President
Optum Workers Compensation
Lithia, FL

Mark Popolizio, Attorney
Vice President of MSP Compliance and Policy
ISO Claims Partners
Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Geoffrey C. Hudson, CEO, MSCC
Axiom National, LLC
Tampa, FL

Parties, mediators, and attorneys in the workers’ compensation arena are familiar with the issues raised with Medicare Set-Asides, but these same players are not as familiar with the use of MSAs in a civil claim. The panel, familiar and highly respected presenters at PMI, will talk more broadly about MSAs and how they affect such civil litigants.

Monday, August 12, 2019
Grand Ballroom 8A

8:30 – 9:30 am

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

Moderator:
Adam Ross, Attorney and Mediator
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Lauderdale Lakes, FL

Panel:
Taysha Carmody, Attorney
McConnaughhay, Conrood, Pope, Weaver & Stern, PA
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Cindy Norris
Claim Professional Travelers
Buffalo, NY

Jeffery Taylor
Taylor Insurance Consulting
Sarasota, FL

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 challenging 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 panel of experts.

9:30 – 10:30 am

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

Moderator:
Scott P. Williams, Attorney and Mediator
Law Office of Scott P. Williams, PA
Orlando, FL

Panel:
Gina Jacobs
Cole, Scott & Kissane
Orlando, FL

Stuart F. Suskin, Attorney and Mediator
Stuart F. Suskin Mediation
Gainesville, FL

Michael Imber, Senior Attorney/State Mediator
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
West Palm Beach, FL

Negotiating can be a combination of playing poker, playing “chicken,” and buying a car – all at the same time. This group of professionals will give their 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.

10:30 – 11:30 am

9: Is the Doctor In? (General)

Moderator:
Rosanne Shore, Attorney and Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
Miami, FL

Panel:
Dr. Benjamin Shore
Chief Medical Consultant
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd
Miami, FL

Stephanie Robinson, Attorney
Conroy Simberg
Hollywood, FL

Thomas E. Glick, Attorney and Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
Miami, FL

This 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 or is not 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. Plenty of time will be reserved for questions and answers.

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