Monday, August 7, 2017

Professional Mediation Conference

(Day 2)

Presented by the Professional Mediation Institute

(Pre-Registration is required.  Refer to Registration Form.)

Getting the Most out of Mediation:  
Tips and Tools for Everyone 
Interested in the Outcome

    

8:30 – 10:30 am    
Grand Ballrooms 8A & 8B    
Convention Level

Concurrent sessions to choose from:
    
8:30 – 10:30 am    
Breakout Session 8A                 
Conditional Payments and Private Causes of Action

(2 hours general)

Grand Ballroom 8A
Convention Level

Welcome and Introductions:
Robin Caral Shaw, Attorney and Mediator
Chairperson PMI
Law Office of Robin Caral Shaw, PA
Boca Raton, FL

Panel:
Rafael Gonzalez, Attorney         
Flagship Services Group         
Lithia, FL                 

Handout

Mark Popolizio, Attorney         
ISO Claims Partners         
Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Don’t get caught unprepared or your wallet cleaned out! Be aware of conditional payments with MSAs and private causes of action. What can happen if you do not consider a third party’s interests when you settle your case? This very experienced panel will address the critical things attorneys, adjusters, and mediators need to know about conditional payments liability, MSA requirements, and private causes of action which can potentially expose you to personal liability and double damages. This is a must-attend program for all attorneys, mediators, and adjusters.

8:30 – 9:30 am     
Breakout Session 8B                
Mediating Workplace Issues Other Than Workers’ Compensation 

(1 hour general)

Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level

Welcome and Introductions:
Stuart Suskin, Attorney and State Mediator
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Gainesville, FL    

Moderator:    
Patricia Sigman, Attorney and Mediator             
Sigman & Sigman, PA                 
Altamonte Springs, FL
    
Panel:        
Cathleen Scott, Attorney and Mediator         
Scott Wagner & Associates, PA             
Jupiter, FL                

Mark Touby, Attorney                 
Touby Chait & Sicking, PA             
Miami, FL

Does the workers’ compensation claimant also have employment law claims? Does the workers’ compensation employer or carrier insist on a global release and resignation as part of the workers’ compensation settlement? How do the claimant’s attorney, mediator, and employer/carrier’s attorney address this web of separate but interrelated claims and issues in mediation? This panel presentation is designed to help practitioners prepare for mediation, navigate the issues, and successfully achieve “global settlement” at mediation. 
    
9:30 – 10:30 am    
Breakout Session 9                 
Winning Tactics and Strategies for Adjusters and Attorneys   
 
(1 hour general)

Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level

Moderator:     
Stuart Suskin, Attorney and State Mediator             
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims         
Gainesville, FL
    
Panel:        
Michele Mecca, Attorney             
Zurich North America Insurance             
Orlando, FL     

Richard S. Thompson, Attorney
Vice President of Claims – Legal
The Zenith Insurance Company
Sarasota, FL

Ray Malca, Attorney
Malca and Jacobs, PA             
Miami, FL

This program will focus on common mistakes made by attorneys, adjusters, and corporate decision-makers when attending mediation. Our panel of prominent and experienced attorneys, mediators, and adjusters will address many important winning negotiation styles and strategies to arrive at the best results for the client. Mediators are trained in negotiation strategies, but few attorneys, adjusters, or corporate decision-makers have similar training. While learning on the job, they may utilize tactics that can be counter-productive or even disastrous. This breakout is a must attend for anyone who participates in mediation and wants to obtain the best possible outcome.