Gregory Firestone

Gregory Firestone Gregory Firestone, Ph.D. is President of My Florida Mediator and Global Resolutions LLC. He previously served for twenty-two years as Director of the University of South Florida Conflict Resolution Collaborative, on standing alternative dispute resolution committees of the Florida Supreme Court for more than two decades (including seven years as Vice Chair of the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy Committee) and as Official Observer (on behalf of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Academy of Family Mediators) to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Uniform Mediation Act Drafting Committee. Greg currently serves on the Editorial Board of Family Court Review and has received numerous awards the 2012 Florida Supreme Court Sharon Press Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution Award and 2011 Florida Academy of Professional Mediators Merit Award. Dr. Firestone is a licensed psychologist (PY3033), mediator, mediation trainer and dispute resolution system consultant and has maintained a private mediation practice since 1984. Gregory Firestone is a practicing 1) Florida Supreme Court certified Appellate, Circuit Court, Dependency, and Family Mediator, 2) Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Advanced Practitioner, and 3) Diplomate Member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediator. Dr. Firestone has lectured and published widely in the field of mediation and is coauthor of Mediation Works: Make it Work for You, a family mediation orientation video produced by the Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center.

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Articles and Video:

From Greg Firestone (10/14/13)
Congratulations to Jim Melamed and the team for making a great and lasting contribution to the mediation and alternative dispute resolution community!

From Greg Firestone (10/10/11)
Congratulations to for publishing the 400th issue of Weekly. You provide a trusted and invaluable service to both the mediation community and the public. Keep up the great work!

From Greg Firestone (09/03/07)
Congratulations to's celebration of it's 200th newsletter. You've been a great source of readily available and helpful information for collaborative professionals and the general public. Keep up the great work!

Court ADR Systems: The Road Ahead (02/26/07)
How does a court seek to create a more comprehensive process that can incorporate the various “disparate strands” of dispute resolution? As Chair of the Florida Supreme Court ADR Rules and Policy Committee Subcommittee on ADR Systems, I am pleased to report that in Florida we are exploring ways to accomplish the broad goals espoused by Professor Sander even though the challenge that he identifies is vastly more difficult to achieve than it would first appear.

An Analysis of Principled Advocacy in the Development of the Uniform Mediation Act (10/07/02)
This paper will discuss the role of professional mediation association advocacy involved in the drafting of the UMA, outline the eleven guiding principles of advocacy for the UMA adopted by certain national mediation and conflict resolution organizations, and briefly review the UMA according to these eleven guiding principles.