• Our Team of Trainers

Robin Caral Shaw, Esq.

Owner and Primary Trainer

Robin Caral is certified as a Florida Supreme Court Circuit Civil, Family, and Appellate mediator and is a Florida Supreme Court approved Primary Trainer for the Circuit Civil, County, and Family mediator certification training programs, and is also an Appellate Specialist for the Appellate Mediation Certification training. Robin became the owner of the Mediation Training Group after its founder, Susan Dubow, died in early 2019. She has been the Primary Trainer for MTG since that time, and teaches certification programs regularly as well as monthly continuing CME/CLE/CEU full-day programs, and is planning both lunch-and-learn programs as well as half-day programs both for CLE and CME credit.

Robin is also a mediator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, a volunteer grievance mediator for the Florida Bar, and a Florida Qualified Arbitrator. Robin is admitted to the Bar in Florida, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania. She was an Associate with a boutique firm in Washington, D.C., went on to be Division Counsel to a Fortune 100 Company, then relocated to Florida where she established her own firm. She is an Adjunct Professor at Nova Law School. Her law practice ranges from in topics varying from Art and Entertainment Law, to Construction and Tax Law, to Family Law and Collaborative Divorce, all of which provide a strong basis for mediating.

Robin has been Chair of the Professional Mediation Institute (PMI) since 2015 and is Past President of both the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and the Association of South Florida Mediators & Arbitrators. She has been a regular presenter at the Florida Supreme Court’s annual Dispute Resolution Conference since 2000 and has spoken on numerous dispute resolution topics at national, state, and local conferences including Interpersonal Violence, Ethics, Impasse, Mediator Bias, and Diversity.

She was in the Scholar’s Program at Brooklyn College, CUNY where she earned a dual degree (cum laude) in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in French. Her J.D. is from Fordham Law School (while spending two years at Georgetown University Law Center as a Visiting Student). Robin is a graduate of the NY High School of Performing Arts and was an Apprentice with the NYC Ballet Company among many other theater credits.

Liz Bradshaw

Liz Bradshaw has over 20 years of experience working with law enforcement and victims of crime in South Florida for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. As a certified Victim Advocate for the State of Florida and a member of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department’s Special Victims Unit since 1998, Liz has assisted investigators with thousands of cases and victims at both the State and Federal levels. Although cross-trained in all types of crimes, Liz’s expertise includes the areas of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and stalking. Liz was responsible for establishing and continues to facilitate the Department’s Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team.

Liz is also a member, training facilitator, and the mental health consultant for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department’s Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Team. Liz is also involved in the management of critical/hostage incidents, participating in high level briefings as well as planning, establishing, monitoring policy and procedural changes within her agency.

In 2014, Liz was commended by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for her role in the prosecution of multiple defendants in a human trafficking/sexual battery of multiple minor victims’ cases. In 2015, Liz was recognized by the Broward County Victim’s Rights Coalition and also by the Broward County Crime Commission for her work as a Victim Advocate. In 2017, received her Subject Matter Expert Certificate from the Florida State Courts Dispute Resolution Center.

Liz received her bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1996 and her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 1998. As such, Liz meets the FDLE requirement to be an instructor in the State of Florida.

Liz is a long-term member of the Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Palm Beach Chapter of Marriage & Family Therapists, the Broward County Victims’ Rights Coalition, the Broward County Domestic Violence Council, Florida Association for Hostage Negotiators (FAHN), and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).
Additionally, Liz is a mentor and support person for the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) family support program that provides services to the surviving children and families of Officers killed in the line of duty. Liz annually attends National Police Week to volunteer her time to work with the children who are part of the C.O.P.S. KIDS/TEENS program.

Stephen M. Cohen

Stephen M. Cohen has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1981 and the New Mexico Bar since 2000. He became a Florida Supreme Court Certified County and Circuit Court Mediator in 2002 and a Florida Qualified Arbitrator in 2021.

He served as Member/Chair of the 15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “B” (2001-2004), and was a County Court Judge for Palm Beach County (1992-1999).

Stephen has numerous writing credits and professional credentials including: Author, Electronic Data and Discover: Nightmare or Opportunity?, The Florida Bar Journal, February 2002, and Author and Presenter: An Analysis of The May 1990 Draft Soviet Emigration Law: The Political Implications of the Introduction of the Rule of Law to the Soviet Union, International Helsinki Federation Meeting, Vilnius, Lithuania, September 1991, Faculty Member, Conference of County Court Judges (1995 –1999) “New Developments in DWLS Law”, Winter 1998 Meeting “Misdemeanor Sex Crimes”, Summer 1995 Meeting Chairman, Soviet Jewry Legal Advocacy Center (1990- 1992), Delegate (registered with the Delegation of the United States) to C.S.C.L. meetings of the Helsinki

Commission, Moscow, September 1991, Paris 1990, Copenhagen 1989 The Role of Non-Governmental Delegates To CSCE Conferences, Moscow, October 1989, The· Effects of Media Jewish Emigration from the Soviet Union, hosted by The International Foundation for The Preservation of Humanity, Andrei Sakharov, Chairman, Moscow, May 1989, Contributor to the drafting of revised Soviet, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian (Constitutional) Laws on Emigration (1988-1991), Guest speaker, “The Recognition of Human Rights In A Modern Soviet Society,” Leningrad Soviet (city government), June 1990, Founding Program Attorney, Guardian Ad Litem Program of Palm Beach County (1984-1986), and Faculty Member, National Conference of Court Appointed Special Advocates Seattle, April 1985.

Noël Linke Miner

Noël Linke Miner is President of Linke Mediation, Inc. established in 1995, and DivorceWithOutAttorneys.com. She is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit, County, and Family Mediator and  as a Qualified Arbitrator. Her Practice is focused primarily on divorce, employment, workplace, EEO, ADA, insurance, mortgage foreclosure and business disputes.  She earned her Master of Science degree in Dispute Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Her credentials include:
  • U.S.  Department of Justice (DOJ), ADA, Mediator.
  • U.S.  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Mediator.
  • U.S.  Postal Service (USPS), Mediator.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Dispute Resolution Advisor.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., (FDIC), Workplace Disputes Program Mediator.
  • Social Security Administration (SSA), EEO, Mediator
  • State of Florida, Department of Insurance, Mediator
  • State of Florida, Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediator
  • Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Certified Mediator
  • The Florida Bar Grievance Mediation Program, Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court, Dispute Resolution Center, Assistant Trainer
  • Florida Supreme Court, Dispute Resolution Center, Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee, Investigator
  • Palm Beach State College, Dispute Resolution/Mediation, Adjunct Professor
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Diplomate, Director, past Treasure and Secretary
  • Association for Conflict Resolution, Member
  • Licensed Private Investigator, Florida & New Hampshire

Michael Bloom

Michael Bloom has been practicing law in Florida since 1991 and has been a certified mediator since 2003. 

He is Board Certified in Real Estate law by The Florida Bar and has extensive experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

Mike is certified by the Florida Supreme Court in all areas of mediation: county, circuit, dependency and family. Additionally, he has taken advanced training in elder law mediation and is a qualified arbitrator. He is also a contract mediator for the Broward County courts as well as the United States Postal Service.

Mike was born in New York but raised in South Florida. He attended the University of South Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Studies and St. Thomas University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor.

He is happily married and enjoys travel and photography in his free time.

Sarah DeLaurentis, Esq.

Sarah deLaurentis is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and County Mediator who specializes in employment and labor matters. Prior to establishing her private law and mediation practice in Florida, she practiced law as an employment and labor counsel in New York, beginning her career as an employment and labor litigator for General Foods Corporation and represented the company in federal litigation as well as in arbitration, mediation, and before the EEOC, NLRB, and other agencies. She went on to become Chief Human Resources Counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company where she provided legal oversight on all aspects of the corporation’s human resources policies,

including compliance with federal, state, and local employment and labor laws in both a union and non-union workforce environment, supervised in-house legal staff and outside counsel; conducted due diligence in mergers and acquisitions; oversaw WARN Act compliance in workforce reductions and advised senior corporate management regarding executive compensation, severance arrangements, and restrictive covenants.

Sarah has conducted supervisory training programs throughout the country, focusing on 
good employment practices, and spoken extensively on management’s responsibilities 
with regard to sexual harassment in the workplace.

Sarah is admitted to the Bar in both New York and Florida, and the federal courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Southern District of Florida. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section of the Florida Bar, Dispute Resolution Section of New York State Bar Association; the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators.

Sarah obtained her mediation certifications through the Mediation Training Group and is an instructor for the Mediation Training Group in labor and employment matters.

Cristal Cotmon

She is the Mediation Services Coordinator for Broward County and maintains complete responsibility for coordination and implementation of the Small Claims/County Court Mediation Program.

Cristal is a Florida Supreme Court Certified County, Family, and Circuit Mediator.

Having been certified since 1997, she has mediated thousands of court cases, as well as cases for the EEOC, U.S. Postal Service and Department of Financial Services.

Cristal has been an Assistant Trainer with Mediation Training Group since 2000.

Robert H. Loevin, Esq. 

Bob Loevin is a member of both the Florida Bar and New York Bar (retired), and for the past 25 years has been a mediator who has mediated over·8,500 cases. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator. 

Bob is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator in all five areas for which certification is available: Circuit Civil, Family, County, Dependency, and Appellate, mediating primarily circuit court and county cases. 

His areas of mediation concentration include real estate, landlord/tenant, foreclosure, labor, and securities matters, as well as pre-suit dispute resolution. He is a contract mediator for the U.S. Postal Service, FINRA, Dept. of Financial Services of Florida, and the Broward County Mediation Program. 

In addition, Bob has been an Instructor and Roleplay Coach for the Mediation Training Group for many years.         

 Before relocating to Florida, he was an Assistant Attorney General in New York as well as serving in various management positions in New York government.  Once in Florida, he spent 20 years in real estate development, working in management positions for well-known developers, and was president of a publicly- listed real estate development company. 

 He is a graduate of New York University and New York University School of Law.

Prof. Fran L. Tetunic

Prof. Fran L. Tetunic, Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic & Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University Shephard Broad School of Law, directs the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Clinic, and teaches ADR Clinic courses, Mediation Workshop, and Elder Law.  Having created and continuing to direct the law center's Juvenile Mediation Program, she and her students provide pro bono mediation services for juveniles arrested for first-time misdemeanors, their families, and possibly alleged victims. 

In June 2010, Professor Tetunic completed over eight years of service on the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC), a standing committee of the Supreme Court of Florida. She presently serves on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy Committee, which makes recommendations to the Supreme Court of Florida regarding rules of practice and procedure for court-ordered mediation, court-ordered non-binding arbitration, court-connected voluntary binding arbitration, voluntary trial resolution, and training standards for court-appointed mediators and arbitrators. 

Professor Tetunic is certified as a circuit civil, family, and county mediator. She provides training for circuit civil mediation certification courses as a subject matter specialist, and provides Continuing Mediator Education on Ethics. She previously served as chair of the Public Interest Law Section (PILS) of the Florida Bar, and presently serves on the PILS Executive Council and as the section’s Treasurer. 

Combining interests in Elder Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Professor Tetunic is assisting with Florida’s initiative to develop an ADR process for high conflict cases involving elders. An attorney licensed to practice in Florida since 1984, she has practiced personal injury, medical malpractice and family law, and mediated approximately 2000 cases, including cases for the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has spoken in England and to foreign delegations to the United States on mediation. Her publications include law review articles on mediation case law and ethics, and a Florida Bar Journal article on mediation myths.

Mark Popolizio, J.D.

Mark Popolizio, J.D. is the Vice President of MSP Compliance and Verisk Casualty Solutions. Mark is a nationally recognized thought leader in Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance, Third-party Litigation Funding, and other claims issues.  Mark works regularly with carriers, self-insureds, TPAs, and other claims professionals in addressing MSP compliance and other claims issues.  His prior experience includes insurance defense litigation for ten years, concentrating on workers’ compensation and general liability. Mark is a regularly featured presenter on Medicare compliance and other issues at national seminars and other industry events and has authored numerous national articles on these topics over the past 20 years. Mark is licensed to practice law in Florida and Connecticut. 

Oscar J. Franco

Oscar J. Franco is a Venezuelan attorney who litigated commercial, international business as well as family law for 20 years in his native country, until he decided to shift gears and use ADR as his way to resolve conflicts. He was trained as a mediator in Florida in 1998 and returned to Venezuela to teach and practice civil and family mediation. The impact of cultural diversity in the mediation process has been of the utmost interest to Oscar. 

Oscar relocated to Florida in 2003 to be a full-time mediator and later became an American citizen. He is a Supreme Court Florida Certified, County, Circuit Civil and Family Mediator, as well as, a Florida Supreme Court Approved Primary Mediation Trainer in County Mediation and a Qualified Arbitrator. 

Oscar was a County and Family contractor Mediator for the Mediation and Arbitration Program of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Florida (2004-2012), as well as an Independent Associate mediator with the Upchurch, Watson, White and Max Mediation Group (2003-2004), Divorce Without War (2012-2018), and Mediar Inc. (2018 to date). 

Oscar has participated as lecturer as well as a speaker in many national and international ADR Conferences (Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Panama, Colombia, Spain). He is an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University and lectured a Strategic Negotiation and Mediation Course at the Koubeck Center, University of Miami. He is frequently invited to lecture on cultural diversity and other mediation topics to the law students at Nova University. 

Oscar has been a member of the Florida Supreme Court Advisory Committee on ADR Rules and Policy since 2014 (recently reappointed for 4 years term). He is also a member of the Mediator Qualifications & Discipline Review Board. and a former member of the Board of Directors of the South Florida Association of Mediators and Arbitrators, the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and Executive Director of the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce on Miami, Florida.