Workshop Session D3:
The Collaborative Process: What You Need to Know About It
Robert J. Merlin, P.A.
Bob has been practicing law for more than 40 years. He exclusively practices family law. His office is in Coral Gables, Florida. He specializes in Collaborative Family Law and other non-adversarial processes to help clients resolve their family matters without litigating. Bob is Florida Bar Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. He is on the Boards of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (Treasurer), Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals (President-Elect) and the Collaborative Family Law Institute, and he is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida and the South Palm Beach Collaborative Law Group. Bob is a Past Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee and he is a past President of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Bob lectures regularly on Collaborative Family Law, he has written numerous articles about the Collaborative Process and he meets IACP standards as a qualified trainer of professionals in the Collaborative Process. Bob was the point person in Florida for the passage of the Florida Collaborative Law Process Act, and the adoption of the Collaborative rule of procedure and The Florida Bar Collaborative Rule of Professional Conduct, all of which went into effect on July 1, 2017. Bob has law and accounting degrees from the University of Florida.www.merlinlaw.com