Resumes

Lisa J. Long / Richard G. Wack / Thomas G. Kane / Jonathan Hollingshead / Reinald Werrenrath / Thomas K. Brown / Michael F. Sutton

Lisa J. Long
Mediation Counsel

1991-1994
Shoene, Byrd, Piercefield & Heinkel, P.A.
General civil litigation
1985-1990
Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Wack & Dickson, P.A.
General insurance defense, commercial and construction litigation
1982-1985
University of Florida College of Law
Juris Doctor, Honors
1978-1982
Rollins College
Bachelor of Arts, Honors
Legal Experience:
1998-Present
Mediation Offices of Lisa J. Long
Full-time circuit civil and federal court mediation practice
1993-1997
Cobb Cole & Bell, P.A.
1991-1993
Mediation, Inc.
Professional Organizations:
  • Florida Bar
  • Orange Country Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR)
Lisa J. Long has conducted over 2,000 mediations in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home, employment discrimination, and commercial litigation.

Richard G. Wack
Mediation Counsel

1972-1975
University of Florida College of Law
Juris Doctor, Honors
1968-1972
University of Illinois
Bachelor of Arts, High Honors
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University of Florida Law Review
Board Member
Legal Experience:
1999-Present
Mediation Services of Central Florida, Inc.
Mediation Counsel
1984-1998
Fisher Rushmer Werrenrath Wack & Dickson, P.A.
Partner
1976-1984
Akerman Senterfitt & Eidson, P.A.
Partner
1975-1976
Maguire, Voorhis & Wells
Associate
Professional Organizations:
  • Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA)
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Florida Society of Circuit-Civil Mediators
  • Association for Conflict Resolution

Certification

  • Florida Appellate Court Mediator, 2006 to present
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator, 1998 to present
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar, 1984 to 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating – AV
  • Adjunct Professor, Barry University of Law, 2005

Civic Involvement

  • Horizon Program Tomoka State Prison
  • Central Florida Coalition For The Homeless, Board Member
  • The Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Central Florida, Board of Directors
  • Meals on Wheels
  • League Of Women Voters
  • 2nd Lieutenant, United States Army
  • Eagle Scout

Thomas G. Kane
Mediation Counsel

1972-1975
University of Miami School of Law
Juris Doctor
1968-1972
Rutgers College
Bachelor of Arts in History, Honors
Legal Experience:
2001-Present
Mediation Services of Central Florida
Mediation Counsel - Circuit Court Mediations
2007-March 2010
Kane Law Firm, P.A.
Personal Injury law firm specializing in representation of the Plaintiff.
-2000
Mediate First, Inc.
Mediation Counsel - Circuit Court Mediations
-1999
Thomas G. Kane, P.A. Mediations
Focused own firm strictly on mediation services.
1985-1999
Kane, Singer, Planck, Donoghue, Clark and Mixson, P.A.
Formed own firm, Thomas G. Kane, P.A., which grew to a nine-attorney firm, with offices in Orlando, and Melbourne. Specialized in Civil Trial practice, focused on Personal Injury Defense. County Court and Appellate Court matters.
1975-1985
Driscoll, Conrad, Langston & Layton, P.A.
Partner in from from 1977-1985. Specialized in Civil Trial practice, focused on Personal Injury Defense
1974-1975
Dade County State Attorney's Office
Law school intern - Full responsibility for over 20 Circuit Court Criminal Cases at Trial

Admissions and Certifications

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1983 – present
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 1984 – Present
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator, 1999 – Present
  • Florida Appellate Court Certified Mediator, 2005 – Present
  • The Florida Bar, 1975 – Present
  • United States Middle District, 1975 – Present

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association, 1975-2005
  • Orange County Bar Association, 1975-2008
  • Brevard County Bar Association, 1975-1999
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Brevard County Inns of Court

Civic Involvement

  • Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Central Florida – Board Member
  • Magnolia Bay Homeowner’s Association, Maitland, FL. – President
  • Quail Hollow Homeowner’s Association, Winter Park, FL. – President
  • St. Margaret Mary Church, Winter Park, FL – Legal Committee

Significant Appellate Cases

Florida Supreme Court

  • Shearer v. Central Florida YMCA, 546 So.2d 1050, 14 Fla. L. Weekly 361 (Fla., 1989)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. v. Bergman, 408 So.2d 1043 (Fla., 1982)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Olsen, 406 So.2d 1109 (Fla., 1981)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Judges of District Court of Appeal, Fifth District, 405 So.2d 980 (Fla., 1981)

Florida Appellate Court

  • Mangual v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 719 So.2d 981 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1998)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Miller, 688 So.2d 935 (Fla. App. 4 Dist., 1996)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Isom 681 So.2d 1170 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1996)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Smith,565 So.2d 751 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1990)
  • Bonds v. Fleming, 539 So.2d 583, 14 Fla. L. Weekly 617 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1989)
  • McCullough v. Central Florida YMCA, 523 So.2d 1208, 13 Fla. L. Weekly 836 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1988)
  • Brown v. Sisto, 532 So.2d 683, 13 Fla. L. Weekly 1490 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1988)
  • Quarles v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 533 So.2d 809, 13 Fla. L. Weekly 2276 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1988)
  • State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, 474 So.2d 1206 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1985)
  • Lake Conway Shores Homeowners Association, Inc., v. Driscoll, 476 So.2d 1306, 10 Fla. L. Weekly 2118 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1985)
  • Sunshine Dodge, Inc. v. Ketchem, 445 So.2d 395 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1984)
  • Sunshine Dodge, Inc. v. Ketchem, 427 So.2d 819 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1983)
  • Guy v. Kight, 431 So.2d 653 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1983)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Kilbreath, 419 So.2d 632 (Fla., 1982)
  • Olsen v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 408 So.2d 827 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1982)
  • City of Melbourne v. Floyd, 415 So.2d 758 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1982)
  • Lobry v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 398 So.2d 877 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1981)
  • Guy v. Kight, 397 So.2d 402 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1981)
  • Kilbreath v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 401 So.2d 846 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1981)
  • Willard v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 395 So.2d 1168 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1981)
  • Olsen v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 386 So.2d 600 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1980)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Walter, 388 So.2d 1082 (Fla. App. 5 Dist., 1980)
  • McLellan v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 366 So.2d 811 (Fla. App. 4 Dist., 1979)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Kilbreath,362 So.2d 474 (Fla. App. 4 Dist., 1978)
  • Burnette v. Thomas, 349 So.2d 1208 (Fla. App. 2 Dist., 1977)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Becton, 353 So.2d 563 (Fla. App. 4 Dist., 1977)
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Butler, 340 So.2d 1185 (Fla. App. 4 Dist., 1976)

Jonathan Hollingshead
Mediation Counsel

1977-1980
University of Florida College of Law
Juris Doctor / Law Review, Editor
1973-1977
Emory University
Bachelor of Arts, Physics
Legal Experience:
2014-Present
Mediation Services of Central Florida, Inc.
Mediation Counsel
1986-2013
Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A.
Shareholder
1986-1986
Harmening and McCrae, P. A.
Associate
1983-1986
Pitts, Eubanks, Hannah, Marsee and Hilyard, P.A.
Associate
1980-1983
Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal
Law Clerk to Judge Joe A. Cowart, Jr.
Professional Organizations:
  • The Florida Bar

    • Trial Lawyers Section
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Certifications:

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1999 – Present
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar, 1994 – Present
  • Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, 2014
  • Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator, 2014
  • Certified Mediator for Federal Civil cases, Middle District of Florida, 2014

Admissions:

  • The Florida Bar, 1980
  • Middle District Florida, 1981
  • Southern District of Florida, 1989
  • Northern District of Florida, 1997
  • United States Claims Court, 1987
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990

Civic Involvement:

  • Florida Lacrosse Officials Association
  • Central Florida Woodturners Association, Steering Committee Member

Reinald Werrenrath
Mediation Counsel

1966-1969
University of Illinois Law School
1962-1966
DePauw University
Legal Experience:
1984-Aug. 2010
Fisher Rushmer Werrenrath Dickson Talley & Dunlap, P.A.
Partner
1974-1984
Akerman Senterfitt
Partner
1969-1973
USAF JAG
Professional Organizations:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar

Certifications:

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator, 2010
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

Community Involvement:

  • Captain, USAF JAG
  • Former Board Member, America Red Cross, Central Florida Chapter
  • Former Board Member, Mustard Seed of Central Florida

Thomas K. Brown

-1994
University of Florida College of Law
Juris doctorate
-1991
University of Florida
Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Legal Experience:
2006-2016
The Nation Law Firm
Represented Plaintiffs and claimants in cases including wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, products liability, construction defects, negligent security, general negligence, insurer bad faith, homeowners’ insurance coverage disputes, commercial insurance coverage disputes, and professional liability insurance coverage disputes.
1999-2006
Progressive Staff Counsel
Defended Progressive and Progressive insureds in litigation and also supervised all attorneys and staff while simultaneously handling a full caseload.
1998-1999
Rogers, Dowling, Fleming & Coleman
Insurance defense litigation, handled cases for numerous insurers including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction defects, commercial litigation and coverage opinions.
1995-1998
Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Prosecuted and tried all types of criminal cases from misdemeanors up to and including vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, sexual battery and first degree murder.

Admissions, Certification & Organizations

  • The Florida Bar, 1994 – Present
  • United States Middle District of Florida, 1998 – Present
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, The Florida Bar, 2008 – Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, 1998 – Present
  • Seminole County Bar Association, 2006 – Present
  • Seminole County Inns of Court, 2006 – Present
  • Honored for Pro Bono work with Guardian Ad Litem Program by Orange County Bar Association, 2003-2005
  • St. James Catholic Cathedral Knights of Columbus, Charter Member

Michael F. Sutton
Mediation Counsel

-1977
University of Florida School of Law
with Honors
-1975
Florida Technological University
B.A., Magna cum Laude
Legal Experience:
-Present
Mediation Services of Central Florida
Mediation Counsel - Circuit Court Mediations
1995-April 2017
Morgan and Morgan, P.A.
Personal Injury law firm specializing in representation of the Plaintiff
1980-1995
Gurney & Handley PA
Personal Injury law firm specializing in Insurance Defense
1978-1980
Sherrill Moore and Hill PA
Personal Injury law firm specializing in Insurance Defense

Professional Organizations/Admissions and Certifications

  • Dunlap Mediations, Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Civil Court Mediator, 2016
  • Recognized by The Global Directory of Who’s Who as a Top Lawyer 2015
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial
  • AV/Preeminent Rated By Martindale-Hubble
  • Consecutive Orlando Home & Leisure Top Lawyers In Orlando
  • National Trial Lawyers Associations’ top 100 lawyers
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida-1978

Civic Involvement

  • St. Charles Catholic Church
  • Member of Knights of Columbus

Legal Experience/Practice Areas

  • Car Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Animal attacks
  • Negligent security
  • Aviation accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Construction law
  • Commercial law
  • Insurance disputes

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar since 1978
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Board Certified as a specialist in Civil Trials by the Florida Bar
  • St. Charles Catholic Church
  • Member of Knights of Columbus
  • National Trial Lawyers Association

Honors & Awards

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial
  • AV/Preeminent Rated By Martindale-Hubble
  • Consecutive Orlando Home & Leisure Top Lawyers In Orlando
  • National Trial Lawyers Associations’ top 100 lawyers
  • Certified by the Florida Supreme court as a Circuit court Mediator