Mediator Profiles
Our Certified Mediators and Arbitrators

Helping Florida Clients Resolve Conflicts Efficiently and Effectively

At ARC Mediation, we bring together a team of mediators, arbitrators and consultants that includes senior judges, experienced litigators and academics. Our mediators and arbitrators are certified by the Florida Supreme Court, and many are also certified by federal and county courts.  As Palm Beach County’s premier full-service dispute resolution firm, we take pride in the wide range of mediation, arbitration and litigation experience, skill and knowledge represented by our members.  With two locations in Palm Beach and one in Broward, we help individuals and businesses throughout the Palm Beaches, Treasure Coast and Gold Coast regions with their dispute resolution matters. All our offices provide free parking, Wi-Fi Internet access and free refreshments. If you have any questions about ARC Mediation, contact us today.

Michelle Berg, Esq.
Mediator

Email: mnorthberg@icloud.com 

Practice Areas: Auto; Commercial; Condominium; Contract; Corporate; Family; Foreclosure; General Civil Litigation; Homeowner’s Association; Landlord/Tenant; Mortgage; Personal Injury; Real Estate; Title Insurance.

Hourly Rate: $300

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil; Family; Qualified Florida Arbitrator; Residential Mortgage Foreclosure.

Michelle Berg, Esq Bio

Walter Colbath, Jr. (Circuit Judge, retired)
Mediator

Email: bbtcolbath@aol.com

Judge Colbath has served as a Palm Beach County Judge for well over 15 years, and most recently as Chief Judge from 1997 through 2001. His experience is diverse and extensive having been assigned to the Criminal, Civil, Family and Foreclosure Divisions of the Court during his judicial tenure.

Hourly Rate: $400

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil

Walter N. Colbath, Jr. (Circuit Judge, Retired) Bio

Jack Cook (Circuit Judge, retired)
Mediator

Email: jhcook1755@comcast.net

After having served on the bench for the past 30 years, Jack H. Cook, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family mediator, is now helping to continue to resolve Civil and Family cases as Mediator, Umpire, Referee, and Special Master

Hourly Rate: $350

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil

Jack H. Cook (Circuit Judge, Retired) Bio

Ryan Copple, Esq.
Mediator

Email: ryan@csclawgroup.com

Mr. Copple concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, real property and business law and has successfully litigated numerous cases from inception through trial.

Hourly Rate: $300

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil

Ryan Copple, Esq. Bio

Edward Deutsch, Esq.
Mediator

Email: edbd@bellsouth.net

Mr. Deutsch's real estate/commercial practice, and mediation services have involved land-use entitlements, issues between buyers and sellers, construction contract disputes, governmental relations with the private sector, and issues with and between labor unions.

Hourly Rate: $400

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil;
*added qualification in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation

Edward Deutsch, Esq. Bio

Lawrence Ginsberg, Esq., CPA
Mediator

Email: lawgins@bellsouth.net

Mr. Ginsberg has been in private practice as both an Attorney and CPA for over 30 years in both New York and Florida after working in the audit and tax departments of international CPA firms.

Hourly Rate: $250

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil;
*added qualification in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation

Lawrence Ginsberg, Esq., CPA Bio

David Horvath, Esq.
Mediator

Email: dhorvath@hurdlaw.com; gshoupp@hurdlaw.com

David Horvath is a State of Florida approved Circuit Court Civil Mediator, and is a member of The Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Florida Academy of Certified Mediators and Florida Academy of Professional Mediators.

Hourly Rate: $300

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil;
*added qualification in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation

David Horvath, Esq. Bio

Wesley Lauer, Esq.
Mediator

Email: walauer@comcast.net

With over 44 years of practice involving state and federal trial experience in all types of civil litigation, Mr. Lauer has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator since 2011.

Hourly Rate: $300

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil

Wesley Lauer, Esq. Bio

Timothy McCarthy (Circuit Judge, Retired)
Mediator

Email: tmccarth45@aol.com

Hourly Rate: $350

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil

Timothy McCarthy (Circuit Judge, Retired) Bio

Thomas Meyer, Esq.
Mediator

Email: meyer@4disputes.com

With over twenty years of experience in real estate, contract litigation, loan workouts and foreclosure, Mr. Meyer is available to mediate from St. Lucie to Miami-Dade Counties.

Hourly Rate: $300

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil;
Florida County;
*added qualification in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation

Thomas Meyer, Esq. Bio

Richard Oftedal (Circuit Judge, Retired)
Mediator

Email: roftedal@bellsouth.net

Richard L. Oftedal is a retired Judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, having served as a judge for the past thirty years in Palm Beach County until his retirement in January, 2018.

Certifications: Florida Circuit Civil

Richard Oftedal (Circuit Judge, Retired) Bio

Jane Socoloff, Esq.

Email: jbsoco@verizon.net

Ms. Socoloff is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association where she sits on the Family Law and Appellate Law Committees. She also maintains active memberships with the statewide Florida Academy of Professional Mediators (FAPM) and the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). 

Hourly Rate: $250

Certifications: Qualified Arbitrator; Florida Appellate, Circuit-Civil,* and Family Mediator
*added qualification in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation

Jane Socoloff, Esq. Bio