South Florida Mediators

South Florida Mediators

South Florida Mediators

The South Florida area has been defined as Miami metropolitan area (generally defined as Miami-Dade), Broward, the Palm Beach counties, the Florida Keys, and the area known as the Glades. However for the purpose of being consistent with the legal profession and the vocation of Mediator the definition of South Florida is better defined as those counties that comprise the jurisdiction of United States District Court Southern District which are the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, Highlands, Indian River, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie.

Mediators who are Certified by the Florida Supreme Court (County, Family, Circuit and Appellate) are Certified not only in Southern Florida but throughout the state. However the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida has through Local Rule 16.2 permitted mediators to apply for an additional Certification by that Court.

Local Rule 16.2 b (S.D. Fla.) provides in part:

(b) Certification; Qualification of Certified Mediators;

  1. Certification of Mediators. The Chief Judge shall certify those persons who are eligible and qualified to serve as mediators under this Local Rule, in such numbers as the Chief Judge shall deem appropriate. Thereafter, the Chief Judge shall have complete discretion and authority to withdraw the certification of any mediator at any time.
  2. Lists of Certified Mediators. Lists of certified mediators shall be maintained in the offices of the Clerk of the Court and shall be made available to counsel and the public upon request.

Neil Flaxman, in addition to his Circuit and Appellate Certifications is also a Certified Mediator under Local Rule 16.2 b (S.D.Fla.).