Robert A. "Bob" Berlin, J.D.
President, The New Decision Management Associates, Inc. has primary responsibility for Mediation, Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Services. Bob has experience in handling ADR cases numbering in excess of 4000 civil and family law mediations since 1968. As a registered arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, he has handled a broad spectrum of cases in numerous courts throughout the state. He draws from an eclectic professional background in law, marriage and family therapy, communications and teaching. In addition to his present involvements, he is doing CE Trainings and Coaching of Neutrals.
A Mediate.com Certified Mediator, Bob is a graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, receiving the LLB (J.D.) in 1963 and was a senior partner in the law firm of Berlin and Hodges, P.C. for 39 years. He served as a Municipal Court Judge for 25 years and has served as a pro hac Judge in three other courts. Bob served in the State House of Representatives, District 86, 1973-1975 and was appointed by the Governor as a member of numerous state commissions.
Bob has served as an adjunct professor at Mercer University Law School, Macon State College, Georgia Military College and Middle Georgia College. His is an approved Mediator for the United States Postal Service, EEOC, and the FBI.
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