Workshop Session A2:

Privadentiality: Making Sense of Florida Statutory Communication Protections 

(CME: Mediator Ethics)


Gregory Firestone 
President, My Florida Mediator 

Gregory Firestone, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized mediator and University of South Florida (USF) Affiliate Associate Professor. He directed the USF Conflict Resolution Collaborative for decades and served on standing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) committees of the Florida Supreme Court for more than two decades, including seven years as Vice Chair of the Florida Supreme Court ADR Rules and Policy Committee and as Official Observer (representing national mediation organizations) to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (aka Uniform Law Commission) Uniform Mediation Act Drafting Committee for three years. Greg is a practicing 1) Florida Supreme Court certified Appellate, Circuit Court, Dependency, and Family Mediator, 2) Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Advanced Practitioner, 3) Diplomate Member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, and 4) licensed Psychologist (PY3033). Dr. Firestone has maintained a private mediation practice since 1984 and received numerous awards including the Florida Supreme Court Sharon Press Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution Award and Florida Academy of Professional Mediators Merit Award.

Sharon Press  
Director, Dispute Resolution Institute and Professor,
Mitchell Hamline School of Law 

Sharon Press is Director of the Dispute Resolution Institute and Professor of Law at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN. In addition, Press coaches the Mediation Representation Team, and serves as the academic advisor to the students who are completing a Certificate in Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice.

Press currently serves as Co-President of Community Mediation Minnesota and serves on the board of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Community Mediation and Restorative Services.  Press is a Florida Supreme Court certified county and family mediator and on Minnesota’s Rule 114 Roster of Civil Facilitative and Hybrid Neutrals. She also mediates regularly in Conciliation, Housing, and Harassment Courts.

Prior to joining Mitchell Hamline Law, Press served as director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center where she was responsible for the ADR programs for the Florida state court system. She received her B.A. from The George Washington University School of Public and International Affairs and her J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center.