Chair’s Message


I have the distinct privilege and pleasure of serving as the Chair of the ADR Section of the Florida Bar this year, following in the footsteps of those leading ADR practitioners who have served before me. This year our Section is committed to helping serve you, our members, and to enhance the ethical and professional practice of ADR in Florida so that we can better serve the lawyers, the public and the courts in the State of Florida. I want to thank our current newsletter editor Chris Magee and our past newsletter editor A. Michelle Jernigan for creating a newsletter which has helped us to achieve this goal. The Chair of our CLE committee, Kim Torres, has spent countless hours developing meaningful educational programming to fulfill this goal. If you are in need of CLE or Continuing Mediation Education Credits please consider some of the seminars our Section has made available for your purchase.

For those of you who do not know me, my passion is bilingual mediation. I began my career in the field of alternative dispute resolution as an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and continue to serve on their employment and commercial arbitration panels today. I began my work as a mediator in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit mediation program in 1989 and I am a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family, Circuit Civil, Appellate and County Court Mediator and Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator. I have served as President of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, and have served on three of the four existing Florida Supreme Court ADR Committees: ADR Rules and Policy, Mediator Training Review Board and the Mediator Ethics and Advisory Committee.

The other nineteen members of the Executive Council of this Section similarly have contributed tens of thousands of hours working as mediators, arbitrators, and ADR professionals, as well as training, lecturing, writing articles, and serving in leadership positions in the field of ADR throughout Florida. I am fortunate to have the support and assistance of our multi-talented Executive Council in carrying out my duties as Chair this year. The Executive Council is making efforts this year to connect to other Sections of the Florida Bar, Florida Supreme Court ADR Committees, local bar associations, and other groups involved in legislation, rule making, or programming that impacts the field of ADR. We want to collaborate with you and/or to provide our assistance or input in your ADR endeavors. Please contact us, and let us know how we can work with you, or what kind of programming or other resources we can offer to you.


Thank you/mil gracias.
Meah Tell,
Chair, ADR Section