ABOUT ROCHEN MEDIATION

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein.

Rochen Mediation is a full-service alternative dispute resolution firm servicing southeast Florida, with offices in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. In addition to holding ADR sessions in our offices, we routinely accommodate our clients by scheduling ADR sessions at suitable alternative locations of their choosing.

Our Philosophy / Mission

In contrast to traditional dispute resolution practices, our approach to ADR involves a collaborative effort dedicated to helping opposing parties identify and focus on respective interests rather than clouded partisan positions. When there is conflict, defenses naturally become elevated, often-times resulting in position overshadowing interest. At Rochen Mediation, we provide a safe and supportive environment, which allows us to assist the parties with breaking down their defenses and revealing their true interests. We utilize a directed approach to gather information through empathetic interaction, and focus on educating the parties in relation to the various perspectives, motivations and concerns driving the conflict from all sides. We do not simply move from room-to-room communicating offers; rather, we spend time with each party exploring the facts, potential legal issues affecting their case, the risks associated with proceeding to trial as opposed to self-determination. Although impartiality is an integral part of the process, we work hard to ensure that the parties gain a solid understanding of the cost/benefit analysis associated with their case.

Consider a scenario involving three adult siblings fighting over the rights to a parcel of land left to them by their parents. After months of fighting, the siblings agree to engage in mediation. At the mediation, it is determined that the first sibling wants to live on the land, the second sibling wants to harvest the natural resources from the land, and the third sibling wants the profit from the sale of the land. In such situation, it is possible for all three siblings to have their interests met. Revealing respective interests in a conflict is a primary focus at Rochen Mediation.

Of course, we understand that it is not always possible to satisfy all interests involved in a dispute. In such circumstance, we employ an artful and in-depth approach focused on helping the parties find common ground and reach an amicable compromise. Through patience, persistence and diligence, creative resolution alternatives are possible.

We encourage attorneys to direct their clients to our website prior to mediation, which will help them to understand the ADR process and what to expect. We are also happy to answer any questions a particular client may have prior to mediation.

CONTACT US

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Andrew J. Rochen, Esq.

  • Supreme Court Certified Circuit, County, Family & Appellate Court Mediator
  • Qualified Arbitrator

ajr@rochenmediation.com

Andrew J. Rochen is a Supreme Court certified circuit, county, family, and appellate court mediator.  Prior to opening Rochen Mediation, Mr. Rochen was a shareholder in a large state-wide Florida law firm, where he was engaged in an extensive state and federal civil litigation and trial practice.  In addition to chairing the litigation division of his prior law firm, Mr. Rochen focused his personal practice on litigating various types of claims arising out of tort liability, transportation liability, corporate liability, professional liability, and government liability.  He also routinely litigated high-exposure matters involving catastrophic loss, including claims involving wrongful death, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.  Mr. Rochen has litigated several hundred claims throughout his career, from pre-suit through trial, and has trial experience at both the state and federal levels.  He has served as a consultant for both plaintiffs and defendants, and has had the benefit of direct interaction with dozens of insurance companies during the course of his career, thus providing him a unique understanding as to how the insurance industry and respective insurance carriers view the litigation and settlement processes.  He is intimately familiar with the emotional, psychological, and financial costs associated with prolonged litigation, and understands the advantages of resolving a legal dispute in the conference room rather than the courtroom.  Mr. Rochen’s overall experience affords him a unique perspective into the mediation process.

In addition to working as a mediator / arbitrator, Mr. Rochen remains actively involved in the Florida legal community, spending much of his time offering lectures to respective legal professionals regarding the myriad of issues that arise out of Florida litigation.

Honors / Awards / Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Judicial Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Client Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award – Top 1% of listed attorneys (2016, 2017)
  • Rue Rating Best Attorneys of America – Lifetime Charter Member (awarded to only 100 attorneys per state)
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers – Top 2.5% of all Florida attorneys (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Avvo 10/10 Rating – Mediation
  • Avvo 10/10 Rating – Litigation
  • Avvo Client’s Choice Award
  • American Lawyer - Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyers (2017)
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1% of American Professionals (2016)
  • South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer (2015, 2016)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advocate’s Award (2015)
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite – Top 2% of all Florida attorneys (2013, 2014)
  • Top Attorneys – Florida’s Outstanding Young Lawyers (2013, 2014)
  • Listed in Miami Herald as one of Florida’s Top Attorneys (July 2013, July 2014)
  • Listed in Wall Street Journal as one of Florida’s Top Attorneys (July 2013)
  • CLM Award for Excellence in Adherence to Highest Professional Standards and Integrity (2012)

Associations, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Florida Bar
  • Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association
  • Miami-Dade County Justice / Trial Lawyers Association
  • Coral Gables Bar Association
  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Broward County Justice / Trial Lawyers Association
  • Weston Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Justice / Trial Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association – Broward Chapter
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Education

  • J.D.,  University of Miami, Honors
  • B.A., University of Michigan, Honors

Professional, Certifications
& Licenses

  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • Certified County Court Mediator
  • Certified Family Court Mediator
  • Certified Appellate Court Mediator

Court Admissions

  • All Florida state courts
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of International Trade
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US Tax Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • US District Court – Southern Dist of Florida
  • US District Court – Middle Dist of Florida
  • US District Court – Northern Dist of Florida