Chair’s Message


As the Chair of the ADR Section for the Florida Bar, I would like to introduce myself and welcome you to our website. I work as a full-time neutral in Jacksonville, FL, having been born and raised in FL. I would like to express my gratitude to the Immediate Past Chair Meah Tell, who successfully handled a number of difficult issues for the Section over the course of last year. Among other things, we have revised our Section By-laws, which are expected to be approved by the Florida Bar Board of Governors in October 2017. Once those revised By-laws have been approved, they will be posted on our Section webpage for ease of reference.
For the upcoming year, I am excited to announce that we are doing a Section Retreat on November 3-4, 2017 at the Hutchinson Shores Retreat and Spa. You can preview the location at Everyone in the Section is welcome to attend. Keep an eye out for Section email blasts with more details about the Retreat. The purpose of the Retreat is to engage in long range planning for the Section and establish short-term and long-term goals for the leadership to pursue. We will also be looking at what the Section can do to support Dispute Resolution in this state, whether through financial support or other means. Florida has an active and comprehensive dispute resolution system with many different stakeholders. Our Section wants to make sure that concerns of our members are recognized and addressed as part of that process.
If you have ideas about what you would like the ADR Section to do, please consider attending the Retreat or contacting me of any other members of the Executive Council to voice your concerns.


Robert Cole
Chair, ADR Section