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Melvin A.Rubin (D), Esquire

IN MEMORIAM
(1944 - 2015)
Coral Gables (Miami), FL 33134


Mr. Rubin passed away on August 12, 2015.

Melvin A. Rubin is a professional in dispute resolution with over 25 years of experience. His dispute resolution services range from civil mediation to divorce and family mediation to collaborative law. Additionally, Mr. Rubin conducts state-certified and tailor-made mediation training courses, speaks to audiences ranging from several dozen to over a thousand on cutting-edge dispute resolution topics, and provides consulting services in the area of dispute resolution to corporations and professionals. Above all, Mr. Rubin believes in a creative approach to dispute resolution and mediation that reflects the specific circumstances and needs of each individual client.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family (other)
  • General Mediation
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor Management
  • Land Use
  • Probate
  • Real Estate

MEMBER: 1997

DISTINGUISHED: 2010

Background

Melvin A. Rubin helped pioneer Mediation and ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) in his home state of Florida with his wife, Susan, a Ph.D. psychologist who also specializes in dispute resolution. Mr. Rubin tries to avoid characterization as the “grandfather” of mediation in Florida by staying on the cutting edge of ADR, specifically in new areas, such as collaborative law and mediator malpractice.
Mr. Rubin has personally mediated and arbitrated several thousand diverse ADR cases, including space satellite disputes, cigar band infringements, intergenerational family business disputes, class actions and occasionally who gets the stuffed bat. He enjoys unique and challenging conflicts.
One of Mr. Rubin’s most gratifying experiences was to assist in the formation and creation of the ADR response to Hurricane Andrews’ devastation in South Florida in 1992. Again in 2004 and 2005 he helped design the State’s response to six hurricanes affecting his home state. Mr. Rubin also facilitated the “Children’s Submit” in South Florida, a conclave of over 200 regional and community groups and leaders meeting to deal with issues and crises of children and families.
Mr. Rubin and his firm, Mediation Services, Inc., have trained over 6,000 professionals in ADR, including two former Florida Supreme Court Justices and a former president of the American Bar Association (ABA). Nationally, he has trained for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Navy, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the ABA, and The Florida Bar. Internationally, he has trained in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Roma, Italy.

Education/Training

Mr. Rubin is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law in Berkeley, California. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Miami and attended American University’s School of International Politics in Washington, D.C. He received his initial ADR training at Harvard University and the American Bar Association’s program and later at the University of Florida with the American Arbitration Association.
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