About Mel Rubin
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.
In 1997 Mr. Rubin was honored by the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, an organization with over 1,000 members, with the
“Award of Merit” for his “Outstanding Contribution to Mediation in Florida”.
Mr. Rubin continues to serve as a member of the Supreme Court of Florida ADR Policy and Rules Committee, responsible for recommendations to the
Court in the formulation of the standards and rules for mediators and arbitrators in the state of Florida. Mr. Rubin has also served
for two years as president of the Florida Association of Professional Family Mediators and served as a member of the Board of Directors
of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. He is a Fellow and Director of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators
and a practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution.
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.
He is adjunct professor at the University of Miami Law School with evaluations by his students as “awesome” (a modern hip term
referring to one’s ability to instill “awe in some”). He
previously served as adjunct professor in conflict resolution at Nova Southeastern University’s Mediation Institute and at
Florida Memorial College (now Florida Memorial University), the only predominantly African American college in the Miami area.
He serves on the Board of Advisors of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, a new approach for collaborative
lawyering. He has been lecturing on ethics and mediator malpractice for the past two years and has provided defense and consulting
services in several malpractice cases.