LLOYD COMITER - Lloyd became a member of the Florida bar in 1991 and represents small
and medium size businesses as well as individuals in business disputes, landlord/tenant matters
and other contract litigation matters. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator,
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and Florida Supreme Court Certified
Lloyd has been rated AV by Martindale Hubbell meaning that he has reached the highest of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. He was an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University where he taught county mediation training programs. Lloyd frequently lectures of landlord/tenant disputes, small claims disputes and mediation.
Lloyd is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association where he is the co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and is a member of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association where he is the co-chair of the Mentorship Committee. Lloyd is serving his fifth term on The Florida Bar Small Claims Rules Committee and is the former Chair. He is an approved program mediator for The Florida Bar assisting attorneys and their former clients to resolve their fee disputes. The Florida Bar’s Grievance Mediation program is provided at no charge to help clients and attorneys solve disputes. Established in 2004, the program is governed by Chapter 14 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and offers attorneys and former clients the means by which to resolve their fee disputes outside of the civil court system. Lloyd serves on Grievance Committee “F” of The Florida Bar in the 17 th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida. The disciplinary process is usually initiated by receipt of an inquiry concerning a Florida lawyer. Local grievance committees are composed of lawyers and nonlawyers and are responsible for continuing the investigation of possible lawyer misconduct referred by Bar discipline attorneys. Additionally, Lloyd is a former Civil Traffic Hearing Officer in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Lloyd was honored to be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida to the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy for a term that expires in 2026. Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, requires the Supreme Court of Florida to establish rules of practice and procedure for court-ordered mediation and court-ordered arbitration. The Court established the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy to assist the Court in exercising its powers and performing its duties under the statute.
Through Mediation Training Academy, Lloyd’s students have come from Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nigeria, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas and the United States Virgin Islands. Additionally, Lloyd worked internationally with other mediators from Canada, Italy and the United States to train Italian mediators in mediation simulations.
Lloyd has lived in South Florida since 1967 and is married to Meryl; they have three children.
Lloyd is the President of Mediation Training Academy, is an Approved Primary Trainer in County Mediation, an Approved Primary Trainer is Circuit Civil Mediation and an Approved Primary Trainer in Family Mediation.
With notable experience in handling commercial and business disputes, breach of contract and
negligence cases, construction disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, and employment
discrimination claims, Mr. George has honed his expertise through a combination of practical
experience, licensing, and certification. His dedication to achieving excellence is evident in the
breadth of his certifications, which include Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator,
ADA coordinator, paralegal, workers’ compensation specialist, human resource specialist,
conflict management expert, risk management specialist, and construction project manager.
What sets Joseph apart from other mediators and arbitrators is his training and certification as a hostage and crisis negotiator, which further amplifies his ability to handle high-pressure situations. As a hostage negotiator, Joseph’s responsibility is to defuse situations where individuals have taken hostages or are holding others against their will. He employs his exceptional communication skills to convince the individual in question to release their captives unharmed. His abilities extend beyond standard hostage situations and include negotiations with barricaded criminals, terrorists, and suicidal individuals, with the overarching goal of ensuring everyone emerges from the situation unharmed.
Joseph George has demonstrated his commitment to serving his clients in employment disputes by becoming a certified EEO Investigator, equipped with comprehensive knowledge of EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) regulations and their claim process. As an unbiased and independent investigator, he leads thorough investigations into allegations of employment discrimination and produces detailed investigative reports and recommendations for leadership. Mr. George’s extensive knowledge of federal and state nondiscrimination laws, including but not limited to Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, further strengthens his ability to serve his client’s needs in this area.
Apart from the business world, Mr. George has a meticulous work-life balance, as he is a devout family man. He currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his family and is very hands-on with his autistic child. He works closely with an individualized education program (IEP) which helps him to address any therapy for speech, behavior, or sensory concerns his child may have. He is also a promoter of community service and is an avid supporter of community groups designed to inspire and motivate women of all ages.
Joseph is an Approved Assistant Trainer in County Mediation.
Roxana Payano is an MBA graduate from California’s University of La Verne. She excelled in
the real estate industry for over 15 years prior to pursuing her passion in Family Mediation.
She is certified as a County, Circuit and Family Mediator. In addition to volunteering for the
18th Judicial Circuit, she is a contract family mediator for the 11th Judicial Circuit mediating
dissolution of marriage and child custody issues.
Roxana is an Approved Assistant Trainer in County Mediation, an Approved Assistant Trainer in Circuit Civil Mediation and an Approved Assistant Trainer in Family Mediation.
Stephanie completed her undergraduate studies at Florida Gulf Coast University in Legal
Studies. Thereafter, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Masters Degree in Legal Studies
from Hodges University in Fort Myers. Between the years of 2013 and 2018, Stephanie worked
as a Family Law paralegal in Cape Coral, Florida. She held a Florida Registered Paralegal
designation with the Florida Bar, and an Advanced Certified Paralegal certification from the
National Association of Legal Assistants, specializing in parenting and timesharing issues for
family law matters.
Stephanie is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family, Dependency, and Circuit Court Mediator throughout the State of Florida. Stephanie previously served as the board president, among other positions, for the Association of Family Law Professionals (founded within the Twentieth Judicial Circuit), in addition to volunteering for ad hoc committees. Stephanie also volunteers as a public speaker on various legal and/or mediation discussions to undergraduate students at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Southwestern University.
Stephanie has lived in South Florida for 35 years and has been married to her husband Jose for 12 years, raising one daughter together.
Stephanie is an Approved Assistant Trainer in County Mediation, an Approved Assistant Trainer in Circuit Civil Mediation and an Approved Assistant Trainer in Family Mediation.
From an early age, Michael knew that she had feelings that were not
“normal”. In the 1980’s there were few resources for transgender people; in many cases, no one
knew that transgender people existed. At the age of ten she tried to express feelings of gender
dysphoria to a family member and the reaction she received convinced her to hide how she felt
for 27 years.
Today, Michael happily works at Compass Community Center and is in the process of transitioning from male to female. Unlike many transgender individuals, she goes by any pronoun and is keeping her birth name. She has a BS in Communications and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Michael is a firm believer that transgender people should live openly and proudly when it is healthy for them to do so and advocates for equal rights and better mental health services for transgender people.
Michael is an Approved Subject Matter Specialist in County Mediation, an Approved Subject Matter Specialist in Circuit Civil Mediation and an Approved Subject Matter Specialist in Family Mediation.
Elinor Robin, PhD, LMHC, LMFT - Elinor Robin, PhD, LMHC, LMFT is a Mediator and Mediation Trainer
who brings academic depth, small business experience, revolutionary spirit, and a wide range of
experiences from within the family, juvenile, civil and criminal courts to her work. She has served on the
faculty of mediation symposiums nationally and internationally and has taught mediation to over 13,000
professionals. Elinor is an appointed member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on ADR Rules
and Policy, a co-founder of the Association of North Central Florida Mediators, and an advanced
practitioner member with the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). Her quotes and articles have
appeared in Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com and various other media. She is the author of The
Professional Woman’s Guide to Conflict Management (Packt Publishing, 2014).
Elinor is an Approved Primary Trainer in County Mediation, an Approved Primary Trainer in Circuit Civil Mediation and an Approved Primary Trainer in Family Mediation.
David is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. In addition to his current work as a
Mediator, David’s career has included law practice in Texas and Florida, and work as both a
software engineer and a life-coach. A “seeker,” for most of his adult life, David is very involved
with various personal growth and men’s groups. He has spent the last thirty years gathering,
learning, and using tools to aid himself and others in claiming and experiencing the glorious lives
we all deserve. His formal education includes the following achievements:
Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Houston, Houston, TX Masters of Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Houston, Houston, TX Professional Coaching Certificate Program, Florida International University, Miami, FL
David is an Approved Subject Matter Specialist in Circuit Civil Mediation and an Approved Assistant Trainer in Family Mediation.
Marquise Steward is a life learner, advocate, and community organizer. From the age of 16, he
has worked with the Encampment for Citizenship, an international, non-profit organization for
social justice education, as a member of the Board of Directors. He has served as the Youth
Advisory Council Representative and liaison as well as many committees. He holds a Bachelor
of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Pace University, NYC.
During his undergraduate studies, he has served as an award-winning student leader and mentor
and advocate for federally funded programs such as TRIO - Student Support Services, to help
students from low-income, first-generation, and disabled backgrounds.
Recently completing his Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University, Marquise served as a graduate assistant for both the Women's Center and Pride Center (formerly LGBTQAI Initiatives) within the Office of Social Justice and Inclusion (Formerly Multicultural Programs and Services) and the Miami community. In addition to his work, he served as the President of the Higher Education Student Association (formerly known as the Student Affairs Graduate Association) and a member of multiple Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees and initiatives to advocate for his fellow students.
Marquise is a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator and an Approved Subject Matter Specialist in Circuit Civil Mediation.