Ira Bergman certified as mediator in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of FL

MediationWorks mediator Ira S. Bergman was recently certified as a mediator in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Having litigated extensively in federal courts throughout Florida and around the country, Mr. Bergman can now utilize his broad knowledge of the federal forum to assist parties in...
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Mediator Ira Bergman Completes Harvard Law’s Mediation and Conflict Management Course

Mediator Ira Bergman recently completed a semester-long course entitled Mediation and Conflict Management offered by Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation (“PON”). PON is a consortium program of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University and serves as an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to developing the theory and practice...
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Bilingual Mediations? Yes, With Caveats

By Jose G. Rodriguez Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator In its recent advisory opinion (2021-002), the Mediation Ethics Advisory Committee of the Florida Supreme Court addressed that question and provided guidance for compliance. First it opined that mediators are not prohibited from conducting bilingual mediations, however, per its...
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A Brief Discussion of the History and Future of Mediation in the US

By: Andrew Y. Winston Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator In recent years, mediation has become one of the most frequently utilized process of conflict resolution. However, while its use has not always been so prevalent, it has deep historical roots. Historians believe the origins of mediation date to...
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So Close, Yet So Far

By: Philip G. Thompson Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator You have been in mediation for several hours representing one of the parties in a hotly contested case. Because we are still dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic (Thanks Delta and Omicron!), chances are this...
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Philip G. Thompson Becomes Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator

Philip G. Thompson of MediationWorks has earned the distinction of Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator. This certification allows Thompson to offer arbitration services throughout Florida. Arbitrator Thompson has been a lawyer for over twenty-five years and is an active civil trial lawyer, handling cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. He...
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