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  Judge HoganJudge Geraldine B. Hogan (Ret.)JUDGE GERALDINE B. HOGAN (RET.) - Reserve Appointment
JUDGE GERALDINE B. HOGAN (RET.) Geraldine Hogan served as a Judge of Compensation Claims for the State of Florida in the Fort Lauderdale District for twelve years. Judge Hogan is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Mediator. She is recognized as an expert in workers’ compensation law and focuses her mediation practice on facilitating the resolution of workers’ compensation claims. Judge Hogan has lectured and served on panels at numerous seminars discussing workers’ compensation law. During her tenure as a JCC she consistently served on the faculty of the Trial Advocacy Workshop for the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar. Judge Hogan began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. She later worked in the private sector litigating criminal cases and workers' compensation claims. Her legal experience includes representing injured workers, employers and carriers. Prior to receiving a judicial appointment, she worked as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami where she exclusively litigated workers’ compensation claims. She has extensive experience litigating complex cases including claims involving multiple injures with multiple dates of accidents, repetitive trauma, heart claims, and claims involving collective bargaining agreements. Judge Hogan has a reputation of treating all parties and their attorneys with respect. She facilitates mediation conferences by helping everyone involved to focus on core issues that must be considered in resolving claims. Judge Hogan received her bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. She received a Master of Education and Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a public-school teacher with the Alachua County School Board in Gainesville, Florida for more than ten years. She is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Florida Bar. She is also a member of the Broward County Bar Association.
  Andy BucherANDY BUCHER - Reserve Appointment
Andrew Bucher is a Florida Supreme Court certified Civil Circuit Mediator with The Mediation Group. Mr. Bucher is experienced as a mediator in cases involving employment issues, breach of contract issues, condominium issues, personal injury issues, foreclosure issues and worker's compensation issues. Mr. Bucher is also an Arbitrator with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Prior to joining The Mediation Group, Mr. Bucher was a senior trial attorney for The Zenith Insurance Company, and before that, for The Hartford Insurance Company. While at The Zenith and The Hartford, Mr. Bucher handled complex worker's compensation litigation and complex civil litigation where he gained insight into the manner in which insurance companies evaluate cases. As a defense attorney, Mr. Bucher settled more cases than any other attorney in Florida for the Zenith and The Hartford, and he enjoyed a reputation as an attorney who zealously represented his client's interests while reaching fair and reasonable agreements with opposing counsel. Prior to his employment in Florida, Mr. Bucher worked for The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Office of General Counsel, Bureau of Worker's Compensation, where he assisted in writing judicial opinions. Mr. Bucher began his career in private practice, where he represented plaintiffs who were involved in automobile accidents, slip and fall injuries, product liability disputes, bad faith claims, premises liability, negligent security and commercial litigation disputes. Mr. Bucher received his B.A. from Penn State University and jis J.D. from Widener University School of Law.
  Annette CannonAnnette CannonANNETTE CANNON - Reserve Appointment
Annette Cannon has dedicated most of her career to work as a pioneer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. After graduating from The University of Florida College of Law in 1990, Annette gained experience litigating primarily Worker's Compensation, Labor and Employment law cases while representing a wide variety of insurance carriers and employers. In 1998 Annette was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Civil Mediator, and began mediating with the Center For Conflict Resolution, where she would continue for over 18 years. In 2010 Ms. Cannon earned her certification as a Family Mediator and has been named to the panel of Registered Mediators for mortgage modification mediations for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern and Middle Districts. She also serves as a Special Master for the City of Miami Beach, adjudicating building code and zoning violations. Ms. Cannon has earned a reputation as a thought provoking, fair minded and assertive discussion leader. She has successfully conducted thousands of mediations and is well respected by both claimant/plaintiff attorneys and defense attorneys. As a first generation Cuban American from a Jewish family Annette also has a unique ability to provide relatable perspective to litigants and her fluency in Spanish ensures that nothing is lost in translation. Annette brings her years as an experienced neutral to The Mediation Group as a full time mediator for Worker's Compensation cases, Labor and Employment matters, Family disputes and other civil matters.
  JudgeJudge Charles Hill (Ret.)JUDGE CHARLES HILL (RET.) - Reserve Appointment
Charles “Chick” M. Hill, III is a native Miamian, born in 1945. He earned an AA degree from Dade County Junior College (now MDC) in 1965 and a BA degree from the University of Florida in 1967. Chick served active duty from 1967 to 1972 as a USAF pilot and captain, fulfilling numerous mission assignments in Vietnam. He flew commercial jetliners in 1973 throughout Europe. He later obtained his JD degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1977 and engaged thereafter in the private practice of law until his appointment as a Judge of Compensation Claims by Governor Jeb Bush in 2004. He performed with distinction and with the respect of both the Bench and the Bar in that capacity for 13 years. He serves on the Miami Springs Historical Preservation Board and on the Miami Herald Silver Knight panel to honor outstanding Miami-Dade and Broward County graduating high school seniors. He is rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® as an attorney and on the Judicial Edition as a Judge. Chick brings to the mediation table his enormous experience, the perspective of his varied background and his trademark sense of humor.
  Wil CondryJudge Wil Condry (Ret.)JUDGE WIL CONDRY (RET.) - Reserve Appointment
W. James Condry enthusiastically brings over 33 years of legal experience to The Mediation Group. For more than 16 years, he served as a Judge of Compensation Claims in the Orlando District Office where he presided over industrial claims originating in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties.  Before his appointment as a workers’ compensation Judge he successfully prosecuted claims representing injured workers, employers, carriers and third party administrators for over 12 years. In 1992, he was a founding partner in the insurance defense firm Broussard, Condry, and Willett, P.A. Mr. Condry is rated AV preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and he is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator.  A longstanding member of the Florida and Orange County Bar Associations, he has also been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Military Review, the United States Court of Military Appeals and the United States District Court Middle District of Florida.  He honorably served his country as an officer with the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and he has litigated matters associated with insurance company receiverships for the Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation of the Florida Department of Insurance. Mr. Condry received his B.S., his M.S. and his J.D. degrees from Florida State University.  Mr. Condry also practices with the Insurance defense firm of Jones Hurley and Hand, PA in Orlando.
  Jacqueline Ranart OliveJacqueline Ranart OliveJACQUELINE RANART OLIVE - Reserve Appointment
Jacqueline Ranart Olive has been a litigation attorney for nearly three decades and the focus of her practice has been Worker’s Compensation and related employment matters. Jacqueline has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator. After graduating in 1990 from Nova University Law Center in South Florida, Jacqueline gained experience as a defense attorney litigating Worker's Compensation claims for a wide variety of employers and insurance carriers. She later moved on to the Claimant’s side, representing injured workers for several years. After years of litigation, Jacqueline brought her experience to the table as a mediator in the field of worker’s compensation. She also mediated first party homeowner’s claims with the Department of Financial Services for several years. Mrs. Olive has been active with the Worker’s Compensation Bar throughout her career and actively participated in lobbying efforts during various legislative sessions. In her continuing efforts to improve the field of practice and protect the integrity of the worker’s compensation system she has participated with State Senators and Representatives to both propose and review proposed legislation. She has also been a speaker at seminars on a wide range of topics related to the industry. Jacqueline is respected for her objectivity and candor as well as her willingness to speak the truth. This has made her particularly persuasive to both claimants and adjusters and employers, as she helps each of the parties gain perspective without feeling intimidated. Her years of experience also help her dissect cases quickly and formulate helpful strategies to move Mediation forward. Although worker’s compensation is now a statewide practice, Jacqueline practices in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities but is available to travel throughout the northern part of the state.
  Ken KuglerKen KuglerKEN KUGLER - Reserve Appointment
Ken has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil and County Court Mediator since 2000. His legal career has encompassed a broad spectrum of experience and training, including serving as a Magistrate for the 17th Judicial Circuit and as a General Master in Broward County. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator having served as an Arbitrator for the Attorney General’s Office Department of Legal Affairs. Ken’s law practice focused in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, General Liability, Medical Malpractice, Social Security Disability and Criminal Law. Additionally, Ken is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center where he teaches advanced courses in mediation and negotiation. He previously taught courses at Florida Atlantic University, Broward College and Indian River College. Over the years, Ken has successfully mediated thousands of cases. His unique style of facilitation, combined with his insight and knowledge of the law, has earned him a reputation for consistently achieving the most favorable results for all parties.
  McAlileyJudge Robert McAliley (Ret.)JUDGE ROBERT MCALILEY (RET.) - Reserve Appointment
After serving more than 18 years as a Judge of Compensation Claims, Judge Robert D. McAliley enthusiastically brings his 45 years of experience in all forms of personal injury litigation to The Mediation Group. Judge McAliley presided over hundreds of cases and, in the process, earned the respect of his colleagues as well as the attorneys representing all parties both for fairness and being fully versed in the law. Before taking the bench in 1997, Judge McAliley and his law firm represented insurance companies, employers, and injured workers. Early in his legal career, Judge McAliley became the managing attorney for the workers' compensation section of a large prestigious law firm, before forming his own firm. In addition to workers' compensation, he has extensive experience in a wide range of tort and contract law, including medical malpractice, first party insurance claims, and personal injury litigation. Judge McAliley tried multiple cases to both a judge and jury in addition to wide experience before the appellate courts. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged. He received his J.D. From the University of Florida School of Law.
  May PorraspitaMayleidys PorraspitaMAYLEIDYS PORRASPITA - Reserve Appointment
May Porraspita is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator in both County Court and Family Law with the Mediation Group. For over a decade, May has focused her legal career in the areas of Worker’s Compensation (Claimant & Defense), Family Law, and Insurance Law. In private practice, she has represented a wide range of clients including uninsured employers, multiple insurance companies, Claimants, and Plaintiffs as well as individuals in divorce and child related disputes. Having represented litigants on both sides of the table allows May to bring a unique perspective to the issues at hand with insight on the pitfalls and benefits of taking a case through trial. May is a native of South Florida and is fluent in Spanish. Her Cuban roots and personable demeanor provides Spanish-speaking litigants an opportunity to speak directly with the Mediator and feel she can understand not only their language but also their culture. May is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and a member of the Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators (ASFMA), Florida Bar Worker’s Compensation Section and Florida Bar Family Law Section.
  ScheinerJudge Howard Scheiner (Ret.)JUDGE HOWARD SCHEINER (RET.) - Reserve Appointment
As a former Judge of Compensation of Claims, Howard Scheiner brings to mediation his 30 years of experience and expertise. Judge Scheiner has mediated more than 10,000 cases since 2000 and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court to conduct Circuit Court civil mediations. Prior to taking the bench in 1995, Judge Scheiner represented insurance carriers, injured workers, employers, plaintiffs and physicians in personal injury and worker's compensation cases. He began his legal career as a law clerk at the Third District Court of Appeals and was formerly designated by the Florida Bar in appellate law. A past President of the Statewide Conference of Judges of Compensation Claims, former member of both the Florida Bar Worker's Compensation Rules Committee and the OJCC 60Q Rules Committee and frequent lecturer on mediation techniques, ethics and Worker's Compensation law, Judge Scheiner mediates a wide range of circuit civil matters including Worker's Compensation, Personal Injury, Retaliatory Discharge, ADA, Wage and Hour, Employment Discrimination, Longshore and DBA matters and Collective Bargaining issues. Mediator Scheiner has earned the respect of the most experienced and tenacious lawyers and is often retained for complex multiparty cases all over the United States, and enjoys an extremely high success rate in resolving cases. He is the founding member of the Mediation Group.








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