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ADR Section Annual Retreat

September 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – September 23, 2023 @ 9:00 pm
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
8000 Fins Up Cir
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Registration is open for the ADR Section’s two-day Annual Retreat at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando. Chair Christy Foley has planned a fun itinerary that includes a Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, a three-hour CLE (details below), an Executive Council Meeting, and an optional escapology (escape room) adventure. Register here. Book rooms here.

  • Full Registration ($250): Includes Friday evening dinner reception (casual attire), Saturday morning breakfast, Saturday morning CLE (business casual attire), and—for Executive Council members only—a Saturday boxed lunch.
  • Friday Reception and Dinner ($100): Includes Friday evening dinner reception only.
  • Escapology ($30 pp; tickets must be reserved through the ADR Section’s annual retreat registration): Choose a Batman or 7 Deadly Sins theme at Orlando’s premier escape room adventure.
  • 9/23 CLE (9 AM–12 PM; included with full registration):  Advanced Tips & Tricks for Handling Employment Law, Construction Law, and Family Law Mediations by Karen Evans-Putney, Ido Alexander, and Damary Stokes. Course number and CLE credit pending approval. Live (in-person only) at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando. Course number and CLE credit pending approval. This course will be helpful for mediators who want to learn creative techniques for effectively handling different types of cases—employment law, construction law, and family law.

Smiling woman in black sweaterKaren Evans-Putney, an attorney and the founder of Litigation Resolution, Inc., has spent thirty years working exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator.  Ms. Evans-Putney specializes in civil rights, employment, disability, commercial and construction law claims pending in federal court, state court, arbitration, or pre-suit.  Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Ms. Evans-Putney spent ten years specializing in complex commercial litigation with Kluger Kaplan (f/k/a Kluger Peretz Kaplan & Berlin), a Miami commercial litigation boutique.

Ms. Evans-Putney is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  She was a long-time member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Mediation for the U.S.D.C. for the Southern District of Florida, chairing that Committee from 2018–2021.  She was also a founding member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Florida Bar, serving as the Chair of that Section and on the Executive Council.  Ms. Evans-Putney currently serves on the Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Section of the Florida Bar, is a charter member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a member of the South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a member of Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and a member of the Dade County Bar Association.

Man in business attireIdo Alexander possesses significant experience mediating first-party property claims, personal injuries claims, as well as complex business disputes. He is a Supreme Court of Florida Circuit Civil Mediator who is recognized by his peers. His straightforward approach cuts through the noise to focus the parties on resolving their disputes efficiently and beneficially. He is adept at understanding and utilizing new technologies, and has presided over hundreds of virtual mediations throughout the State of Florida.


Smiling woman wearing red topDamary Stokes is the founder of Ideal Compromise Mediation & Family Law, PLLC. In 2019, she was appointed as a General Magistrate for the 15th Judicial Circuit, where she was the trier of fact on post-judgment family law issues, Baker Act and March Act cases. As a mediator, Damary enjoys helping parties take control of their family decisions instead of having a General Magistrate or Judge make those decisions for them. Damary is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.