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The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. would like to welcome the following members to its Board of Directors:
Saul Cimbler is President of Florida Mediation & Arbitration™, including Divorce by Agreement™, Florida Foreclosure Mediators™ and Florida Insurance Claim Solutions™, a fully integrated Alternative Dispute Resolution provider operating in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County whose mediators, like him, are certified by the Florida Supreme Court in their practice area (Circuit Civil, Family and Appellate),including arbitrators who are qualified by the Florida Supreme Court. Saul, was born in Havana, Cuba and is bilingual and biliterate. He is certified as an Appraiser and Umpire by the Insurance Appraiser & Umpire Association and as an Advanced Insurance Umpire by the Wind Insurance Network, He is a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators; the Association of South Florida Mediators & Arbitrators; the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts and is an affiliate member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section committees on General Magistrates; Alimony; Child Support and Mediation.
Saul’s ADR style is to identify the areas where the parties immediately agree; then work to eliminate the
differences in the contested areas, maximizing the goal of the ADR process to reach a settlement on ALL
or SOME of the issues, freeing the parties to move on. His style is proactive and reflects his extensive
experience in the practice groups in which he provides professional services.
Because he is Hispanic (born in Cuba) and Jewish, Saul brings a unique skill set to the process, being able
to vet out cultural diversity issues that may be misread, yet resolvable in achieving a resolution.
Connie L. Ingram has been practicing Psychotherapy in Palm Beach County, Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1994.
Her approach to counseling draws from a distinct range of psychological, behavioral and spiritual perspectives, tailoring the counseling experience to meet the unique needs of each individual. She also uses Biofeedback to help people who are suffering from PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety and panic. Connie has found Biofeedback to be a highly effective treatment that uses biological feedback to stimulate the healing process freeing people to live a more fulfilling life.
People see Connie for a variety of reasons including marriage counseling, family therapy, communication, anxiety, self-esteem issues, as well as depression, sexual abuse, teen and parenting issues, divorce, loss and bereavement.
She sees couples and families together to work on relational issues and individually to deal with the personal issues that prevent them from enjoying a satisfying family life.
Connie is also certified in clinical supervision for undergraduate and graduate students as well as those seeking supervision to obtain professional license.
Connie is an adjunct professor in leadership studies, a supreme court certified mediator and a parenting coordinator for the court system in her county. Connie is most known for her public speaking and training in the areas of relationships, stress/time management and leadership.
-Special Magistrate for the Value Adjustment Board in Miami-Dade and Broward County
-Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Family and County Court Mediator
-Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
-Investigator for the Mediator Qualifications Board for the State of Florida
-Maintain private practice, consisting of real property and contract law, Vice President of title company.
-Partner in the Commercial Real Estate Department of medium size law firm
-Lead Attorney on highest price sale in Aventura, Fl of commercial office building
-Agent for seven title insurance companies
-Practice had heavy emphasis on developer representation and complex real estate transactions.
-Represented institutional mortgage lenders in commercial transactions
-Handled Foreclosure litigation and workouts
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale - Hubbell
Member, Florida Bar
Member, Colorado Bar
Member, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Family and County Court Mediator
Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
Florida Bar Association - Committee Member (1989-1990)
Florida Association of Women Lawyers
North Dade Bar Association
Dade County Bar - Member of Real Property Law Committee
St. Thomas University, Board of Advisors (Executive Committee) (1990 - 1996)
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce - Committee Member (1993- 1995)
Leadership Miami 1992-1993 Graduate
SREA 101 and 102 Courses
FLASH – Florida Bar
Member – Association of South Florida Mediators & Arbitrators
Member – Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES PREVIOUSLY HELD:
2-20 Insurance License (Property & Casualty)
2-18 Insurance License (Life, Health & Disability)
Mortgage Brokers License
William J. Leininger graduated from Fordham Law School with the rank of #1 in his Evening Division. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1975, and was subsequently admitted to the Bar of New Jersey several years later. He has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 1988.
He has handled over 6,000 divorces over the past 35 years, some involving assets of many millions of dollars, including many successful businesses and professional practices, as well as difficult custody cases.
He resides in Sarasota, Florida and New York City.
Mr. Leininger has appeared on the Phil Donahue Show, the Sally Jessy Raphael Show, the Today Show on the NBC network, the Morning Show on the CBS network, and other national television and radio programs, and has lectured on Divorce for over 35 years. Mr. Leininger became a Divorce Mediator in New York in 1994. Since then, he has mediated over 500 cases to completion. Mr. Leininger now divides his professional time between Sarasota and New York City.
Mr. Leininger is a founding member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, and is also a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.
Many of Mr. Leininger's mediation cases have involved substantial assets, businesses and medical practices, sometimes involving millions of dollars. He also has an intimate knowledge of Civil Service pensions, including the pensions of New York City employees, as well as State and Federal retirement plans.
He schedules Divorce Mediations in Sarasota on Monday through Saturday between 9 AM and 8 PM so that clients do not have to take off from their business or employment.
The cost of a 60 minute initial consultation to see whether Pre-Suit Divorce Mediation is right for you and your spouse, is only $150. Most mediations cost between $2,500 and $6,000 total for both spouses, unless a business or difficult custody issues are present.
Further information can be found on our website,
Professional Experience and Background:
• Collective Bargaining: Vice President of Labor Relations and Chief management negotiator for a major beverage company. Responsibilities included negotiating numerous union contracts throughout North America primarily dealing with The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Food and
Commercial Workers Union, and the United Industrial Workers Union (affiliated with the Seafarers Union), utilizing the concepts of Interest Based Bargaining in order to achieve win-win agreements.
• NLRB Union Representation Elections: Actively involved and successfully guided several NLRB Union Representation Election campaigns from a management prospective.
• Grievance Arbitrations: Prepared and presented cases to a multi-plant grievance committee, and assisted legal counsel in certain cases where legal counsel was utilized by the parties as part of processing cases to the arbitration step of the grievance procedure.
• Mediation: Florida Supreme Court Certified County/Circuit Civil/Family/Dependency/Appellate Mediator. Actively involved with mediating small claims cases in Orange County, Osceola County and
Lake County, FL. Acted as mediator for discrimination cases filed in the St. Louis District Office and Tampa Regional Office of the EEOC. Also, mediated/arbitrated consumer complaint cases for the Better Business Bureau in St. Louis. MO and Central Florida offices.
• Labor Relations Consultant: Counseled various levels of management on good labor relations practices in order to achieve and maintain harmonious relations with union officials.
• Plant Closures: Coordinated the closure of union plants represented by Teamsters in Pennsylvania and New York to the satisfaction of the employees and the union, and without incurring any Unfair Labor Practice charges.
• Beverage Production Operations Experience: Held various middle-management positions in manufacturing operations in the states of Missouri, Ohio, and Virginia for a major brewery in the United States which enhanced my knowledge as a labor relations professional.
• Adjunct Professor: Taught courses in business management at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Also, guest lecturer in labor relations at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
• Master’s degree in Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH concentrating on the area of Labor Relations.
• Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA
• B.S. degree in Business from Washington University in St. Louis, MO concentrating on the area of Industrial Relations.
• Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators
• Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
• Certified Volunteer for Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
Candace Duff is a Florida Supreme Court certified Circuit Civil, Appellate and Family Law mediator who specializes in commercial, construction, insurance, employment, bankruptcy, federal, appellate, tort, products liability, and real property mediation. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association's roster of neutrals and a federally certified mediator appearing on the Middle District of Florida and the Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Court's mediation rosters. She is also a Florida Bar Board Certified construction lawyer and a seasoned litigator with more than twenty years of experience successfully representing developers, banks, architects, contractors, condominium associations, corporate clients and individuals in mediation, arbitration, settlement negotiations, and litigation in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings.
Having successfully resolved numerous disputes through mediation and informal settlement negotiations, she is a firm believer in the cost effectiveness and other positive benefits of mediation. She believes that the role of a mediator is to facilitate discussions between the parties designed to achieve a mutually agreeable resolution to the pending dispute. Her approach is to help the parties focus on their interests (as opposed to their perceived legal posture) and figure out how to achieve them in a mutually agreeable manner.
Earl McClure provides mediation services in the areas of contracts, real estate, HOA disputes, residential and commercial foreclosures, mortgage modification in bankruptcy cases, construction, banking, finance and securities. Earl has served as a senior executive involved in legal, financial, securities, marketing, real estate and general contract matters during a career covering over 35 years, including the management dynamics of groups, teams and opposing interests.
Earl has conducted hundreds of mediations throughout central Florida. During his professional career, he has distinguished himself as a leader, a capable manager and an executive sensitive to the human dimensions of the business world.
Possessing a confident professional demeanor in his dealings with others, Earl McClure brings to mediation a calm, reasoned approach geared to common sense, a respectful consideration of all parties’ interests, and a commitment to the balanced and fair treatment required of a neutral in dealing with participants in dispute.
Mediation participants who returned post-mediation evaluation cards have rated Earl’s mediation professionalism very highly. Approximately 95% rate his professional services as “Excellent.” One senior attorney said of him: “Best mediator I have been in front of.”
Earl earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Harvard College with a concentration in Economics; he has further taken many additional courses in real estate, foreclosure mediation, finance, investment analysis and securities. He is a Diplomate Member
of Florida Association of Professional Mediators. The website of his mediation firm, McClure Mediation, LLC, may be viewed at www.mccluremediation.com.
Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law.
Gale H. Moore has practiced law in Florida since 1993 and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator handling all types of family and marital law matters, including divorce, paternity, alimony, child support, modification and relocation actions.
Gale received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 1993. She worked as an Assistant Public Defender representing individuals charged with misdemeanors, felonies, juveniles and those involuntarily committed to mental health facilities under the Baker Act prior to opening her own law practice focusing on family law in 1998. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Clearwater Bar Association, as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Clearwater Bar Association and as Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Florida Bar.
Gale shows compassion, patience and understanding to all parties participating in the mediation process. Self-determination and respect are priorities. To schedule a mediation, call Gale’s Assistant at (727) 584-2528 or e-mail her at CourtService@GaleHMoore.com. Gale charges $200.00 per hour for mediation services.
Mr. Baldwin is the President of Baldwin & Associates LLC, a diversified alternative dispute resolution and skills based training firm. He regularly lectures at area colleges on business and process improvement topics. He is a member of the board of directors for Workforce Florida Inc., the State of Florida Small Business Regulatory Advisory Council and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. He has served as a Florida Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) faculty member lecturing on effective negotiation, diversity in mediation at annual conferences and has served as an Investigator for the Mediator Qualifications Board (MQB).
Mr. Baldwin is a certified mediator and qualified arbitrator. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), licensed mortgage banker, a Six Sigma Black Belt and has earned numerous certificates of competency.
Warren has lived in St. Petersburg since 2004. He moved here from Fairfax,
Warren was managing partner with Workforce Strategies Research Corporation (WSRC) and has previously held positions as a Field Examiner for the National Labor Relations Board; President of TBR & Associates, Inc.; Director of Personnel and Training for Washington, D.C.‘s Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services of the Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools where he negotiated labor agreements for 16 years with unions representing classroom teachers and support staff. His active consulting work, including negotiations training, has taken him throughout the United States and into a number of Latin American, Asian and European Countries. He is currently a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator for Circuit/Civil and County Courts as well as for Foreclosures.
Warren has earned a Bachelor's degree from George Washington University, a Masters degree from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He has served on the Boards of the American Cancer Society, Leadership Fairfax, Hatteras 1510 Club, and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. He is Past Board Chairman of the Council of the Arts of Fairfax County and, Past President of the Annandale Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfax County Committee of 100. He currently serves as President of The Association of Eden Isle, Inc, and as Director and Past-President of the Snell Isle Property Owners Association. He is a member of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club.
As a private mediator, arbitrator, and consultant, Patrick J. Mastronardo is an experienced provider of conflict management services relating to business, families, and the care of the elderly. He is certified by The Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil, County Court, Family, Dependency, and Appellate mediator; and is qualified as an Arbitrator in the courts of Florida.
Pat’s practice includes mediation of disputes on behalf of Florida state agencies relating to the environment, vocational rehabilitation, HOAs, mobile homes, and condominiums. Also, by Court Order, cases relating to residential foreclosure, dissolution of marriage, dependency, and debt collection. In the past, Pat had been a Court appointed Parenting Coordinator in Orange County in twenty high conflict post-divorce cases, and a volunteer court advocate for victims of domestic violence. He presently volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children in Seminole County.
Pat serves on The Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee and is a pro bono participant in The Florida Bar Grievance and Fee Arbitration Program. As a member of The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, he has been a contributing writer to its quarterly publication.
Prior to moving to Florida, Pat acquired extensive business experience as a New York attorney, Wall Street commercial banker, sole owner of an international business, corporate CFO, and an independent financial consultant. He earned JD and BS degrees at Fordham University.
For over a decade, Stanley Zamor has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. He is certified in County, Circuit Civil and Family Court for the State of Florida and is an ADR Expert. Mr. Zamor is a private mediator with a multi-disciplinary practice and has the distinction of being selected, and appointed to Federal and State governmental agency rosters. Mr. Zamor also has the distinction of serving as an arbitrator for Circuit Court, as well as FINRA (f/k/a NASD, participating in securities/consumer claims). Mr. Zamor implements a unique hybrid of conflict resolution styles; and has a keen ability to manage high-conflict personalities/complex legal issues, while assisting participants in achieving mutually beneficial consensus.
Mr. Zamor currently serves as the President of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. (the oldest ADR organization in the state). Mr. Zamor is sought after by organizations and universities to lecture on the processes of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”), and the legal/practical issues regarding ADR and Conflict Resolution Consulting. Mr. Zamor’s unique style, implements very strong evaluative/transformative mediation skills and has proven to be success in a variety of areas. He lectures on topics such as analyzing and resolving interpersonal conflicts, foreclosure and diversity, business relationships & disputes, and conflicts regarding labor unions and business organizations (including conflicts within organizational infrastructure and consumer confidence in business organizations). Also, Mr. Zamor has authored and contributed to numerous publications, including (but not limited to) “Mastering the Trial Notebook in Florida”; E-discovery; “Managing Personality Conflicts Within A Law Firm” and “E-discovery and Forensic Computer Researching”.
Mr. Zamor also has extensive lecturing & teaching experience in the area of conflict resolution, law, and social and behavioral sciences.
Lori Adelson, founding partner at the Adelson Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale, is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law and University of Michigan. She practiced in New York prior to making Florida her home, and in addition to her appearances on FOX News, she is an in-demand speaker as well as a widely published authority on legal employment matters, with articles appearing in publications such as Next in Practitioner Insights, The Fox Business Insider, and The Miami Herald. In addition to her television appearances, Adelson has also been on WIOD Radio, Miami.
Ms. Adelson is a Florida Certified Civil Circuit Court Mediator for all areas of litigation, including labor and employment law, and general commercial and civil litigation. Ms. Adelson also serves as a neutral investigator for workplace disputes and mediates internal disputes for companies. Ms. Adelson is also frequently engaged by companies to offer training for both employees and management.
Ms. Adelson serves on the Executive Council of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section of the Florida Bar, and is a member of Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Human Resources Association of Broward County (HRABC), the Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, and the Broward County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section and the Bench-Bar Committee. Ms. Adelson is a volunteer of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and is a member of the Board of Directors, the Elderly and Dire Needs Strategic Impact Team, and Co-Chairperson of the Women’s Executive Council.
Steven A. Stinson
Stinson Mediation, L.L.C.
5725 Corporate Way, # 209
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Litigator, Trial Attorney & Mediator:
Tried more than 150 Circuit Court cases to conclusion in all areas of personal injury and commercial litigation. Prepared thousands of other cases for trial which eventually settled.
Handled cases in the following areas: general civil litigation, medical malpractice & hospital liability, personal injury & wrongful death, governmental liability & police misconduct, constitutional litigation, insurance coverage & bad faith, construction defects, property insurance and commercial litigation.
Involved in mediation as an attorney since early 1980’s; currently Florida Certified Circuit Civil Mediator. Qualified Arbitration training and Umpire training.
Speaking, Writing & Teaching:
Written numerous articles for bar and insurance publications.
Spoken at numerous bar and insurance seminars.
Taught General Insurance and Business Law courses at college level.
Significant Insurance Background & Training:
Earned both C.P.C.U. (Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter) and C.L.U. (Chartered Life Underwriter). Also received A.I.C. (Associate in Claims) and A.A.I. (Accredited Advisor in Insurance).
Bar & CPCU Leadership:
Palm Beach County Bar Association, President 1989-1990
Rutherford and Cannon County, Tennessee Bar, President 2000.
Florida Gold Coast Chapter President 1993-1994; 2002-2004
National Board of Governors, CPCU Society, 1999-2000.
J.D. (Law) Vanderbilt University
Ll.M. (Air & Space Law) McGill University
B.A. (Psychology) Vanderbilt University
C.P.C.U. (Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter) American Inst. of C.P.C.U.
C.L.U. (Chartered Life Underwriter) American College
A.I.C. ( Associate in Claims) & A.A.I (Accredited Advisor in Insurance) Ins. Inst. Of America
Attorney, Supreme Court of Florida, Supreme Court of Tennessee & Supreme Court of Indiana (Retired). Various Federal Courts, including Supreme Court of the United States
Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, DRC, Supreme Court of Florida
Certified as Paid Mediator by Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobil Homes to mediate disputes arbitrated pursuant to § 718.1255.
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), J.A.G. Corps, United States Army
Seminar presentations and writings sent on request.
Stephen G. Fischer's career with MATRIX Mediation as a full time Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator follows his 25 years of Courtroom experience as a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, representing Plaintiffs and Defendants. Mr. Fischer was formerly with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
He has mediated hundreds of civil cases in State & Federal Court in the fields of Personal Injury & Wrongful Death, Product Liability, Medical Negligence, Nursing Home Negligence, Insurance Coverage, Business & Construction Litigation and Windstorm and Property Damage.
Mr. Fischer is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator and is certified as a Federal Court Mediator in the United States District Courts for both the Southern District and the Middle District of Florida.
Memberships: He is an Advocate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)-Palm Beach Chapter, The Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and an Approved Instructor by the Florida Department of Financial Services, (DOI) for Continuing Education for Insurance Adjuster Law and Policy Courses.
To view Mr. Fischer’s mediation profile, please visit the Matrix Mediation website: www.matrixmediation.com or click here to go directly to his profile.
To schedule a mediation, please call Matrix Mediation at 561.340.3500 or call Mr. Fischer on his direct line: 561.630.7761.
Ms. Miner established Linke Mediation, and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family, County and Circuit Civil Mediator. She holds a Master of Science degree in Dispute Resolution and has been mediating and facilitating since 1995.
Ms. Miner has over twenty years of experience as a legal professional and has been involved with mediation since 1991.
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