Meet the Organizers


Hon. Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez​, LOC Co-Chair 

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgHon. Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez(ret.) brings to her mediation and arbitration practice at JAMS an exemplary career as a lawyer, judge, and legal journalist. Mrs. Pereyra-Alvarez has a rich cultural and legal background, growing up in Mexico and holding a law degree from both the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City as well as the University of Miami School of Law.  After a distinguished career as an assistant public defender, Mrs. Pereyra-Alvarez served as a Miami-Dade County Court Judge and Circuit Court Judge. In 2007, Mrs. Pereyra-Alvarez  retired from the Circuit bench to preside on the first national Spanish language court reality program and in 2011 she became Univision’s in-house legal correspondent. Mrs. Pereyra-Alvarez is fluent in Spanish and regularly mediates complex commercial matters involving Latin American entities in Mexico, Miami and the Caribbean.  

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Scott J. SilvermanLOC Co-Chair

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgScott J. Silverman is an international arbitrator and mediator of complex disputes. Prior to his distinguished career of nearly 22 years on the bench in Miami, where he was recognized as one of South Florida’s highest rated jurists, Mr. Silverman served as Assistant Attorney General for Oklahoma and as a practicing lawyer. Mr. Silverman has been selected as one of the “Top Three Mediators” in South Florida by the Daily Business Review for five years in a row, is ranked by Chambers as a top mediator in Florida and is ranked by Chambers and Partners among the top 20 mediators in the United States in its guide, ‘2016: USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.’  

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Allison Alcasabas

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgAllison Alcasabas is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP. She has over two decades of experience in advising and defending global clients involved in complex commercial and products liability litigation throughout the United States and internationally. 

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Gary Birnberg

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgAn active commercial mediator and arbitrator, Gary also lectures on and provides trainings in ADR for both professionals and students. He is a panelist at major dispute resolution institutions in Brazil, France, and the USA, where he handles, primarily, cross-border disputes, including  high-value, multilingual, complex, and multi-party cases. He has been admitted to four bars in the USA and accumulated over twenty years experience in management consulting, including in the Paris office of Oliver Wyman, before focusing his professional activities on ADR, in which he has handled hundreds of conflicts. He is a frequent judge and coach in ADR competitions and an active member, and former officer, of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association. 


Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgMario Adolfo Búcaro Flores is President and founder of the International Mediation Center Guatemala. He is a Notary Public and Attorney at Law, President, Postgraduate Studies in Private International Law at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He completed his Postgraduate Studies in International Contracting at University Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He holds a Masters in Commercial Law and Competitiveness at University of San Carlos de Guatemala. He is an Arbitrator from CRECIG. Lic. Búcaro is also an Instructor and Certified Mediator at the International Mediation Center, specialization in commercial and international disputes.


Arlene Buchanan

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Arlene Buchanan is the Senior Program Coordinator of the International Arbitration LL.M. Program and the International Arbitration Institute of the University Of Miami School Of Law. ​


Lynn Cole

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgLynn Cole is the recent past President of Mediators Beyond Borders International.  She works as a USAID Mediation Specialist and lived and assisted in bringing court-related mediation to Bulgaria; Jordan; Kosovo; and (currently) Sri Lanka. She trains internationally in mediation around the world and is the President and Founder of BRDGES Academy ( Building Resolutions for Disputes Globally with E-learning Strategies), the first e-learning academic platforms of its kind in the globalization of intercultural education and discourse for mediators, conflict resolution practitioners, and peace-builders.  She also practices fulltime in Florida as a Mediator and Arbitrator. ​

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Stephanie D. Cox

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgStephanie D. Cox is the Assistant Dean for External Relations at University of Miami School of Law. Before joining Miami Law, Stephanie served over the last fifteen years in various roles and capacities within Advancement both in higher education and independent K-12 co-educational day schools. Most recently, Stephanie was the Assistant Dean for Advancement at the University of Washington School of Law, where she was responsible for the management and leadership of the law school’s Advancement Unit which included Development, Alumni Relations, Marketing, Communications and Media Relations; Advancement Services and Academic Conferences, Symposia and CLE. 

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Rochelle Eades

​​Allison Alcasabas.jpgRochelle Eades is the senior business development manager responsible for the business development efforts of the firm's pre-eminent New York office.  


Don Hayden 

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Don Hayden has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of international arbitration and dispute resolution.  Don's diverse practice involves all facets of multijurisdictional commercial litigation particularly for companies involved in cross border transactions.  He represents both U.S. domestic and foreign multinational corporations, mid-size firms and high net worth individuals in complex commercial disputes.  Don has a particular emphasis in international arbitration and alternative disputes resolution and has negotiated significant settlements in high-profile cases.  He has successfully resolved significant multi-faceted matters that involve parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions and served as lead counsel in high profile national class litigation. 

Don is a member of the Board of Directors for the Miami International Arbitration Society and serves as Secretary for that organization.  He is also an active member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration ("ICCA").  Don is consistently recognized by his peers through vetting by highly recognized organizations such as Chambers and Partners USA, Florida's Super Lawyers, Florida's Legal Elite,  Best Lawyers in America, and Legal 500, where he has been recognized for his work in both Commercial Litigation and  International Arbitration.  He is recognized by Martindale Hubbell with an AV Preeminent ranking.  He also sits on Law360's International Arbitration Editorial Advisory Board and is Co-Manager of his firm's Dispute Resolution Team.  

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Sherman Humphrey

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Sherman Humphrey, Business Manager, JAMS Miami Resolution Center, helped to open JAMS presence in South Florida and manages the day-to-day operations and administration of the Miami Resolution Center, in addition to his focus on promoting the use of ADR in Latin America and domestically. Mr. Humphrey was born in Kenya yet lived most of his life in Latin America, and holds degrees in both International Relations, Geography and International Business. 


Laura Jannett​​

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As a Senior Practice Development Manager at JAMS, Laura is part of the East Coast practice development team for marketing efforts that align with regional and national goals.  Laura is responsible for strategic business planning, developing and executing marketing plans for regional and national practice areas as well as facilitating client feedback and outreach efforts.


Richard Lord​

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Richard Lord, a shareholder with Upchurch Watson White & Max, is co-chair of the Mediation Committee and a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, an ABA Foundation Fellow and a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM). An experienced dispute resolution professional since 1997, Mr. Lord also is chief moderator for UWWM's 2016 Continuing Legal Education Webinar series.

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Yara Lorenzo

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Yara Lorenzo is a problem solver.  Her clients rely on her to find solutions and produce results in response to their most difficult local and international challenges.   Before joining Hogan Lovells, Yara was a judicial law clerk to The Honorable James Lawrence King of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and The Honorable Peter T. Fay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and worked as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Member of Congress Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Washington, DC.  In 2015 and 2016, has been named a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers.

Mohamed S Mostafa

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Mohamed S Mostafa is a lead mediator at the Arab Mediation Center affiliated with JAMS International and has over twelve years of experience as a prosecutor and a judge in Egypt. Mr. Mostafa is a Fulbright and a Chevening scholar and he is a holder of three master’s degrees from Egypt, the U.K., and the United States where he is now mediating county cases.​

Carolina Obarrio

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Carolina Obarrio serves as The Secretary General of the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) and is a Florida Bar Certified Foreign Legal Consultants for Argentine Law.  She is a member of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar and of The Florida Bar Permanent Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. After 20 years of litigation experience in Buenos Aires, she served as a Judicial Mediator for the Judiciary of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, prior to relocating to Miami, Florida. 

Professor Marike Paulsson

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Professor Marike Paulsson is Director of the University of Miami School of Law’s International Arbitration Institute and Lecturer in Law. She is a consultant at Shook, Hardy and Bacon in Miami, and former counsel at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, Belgium. She has authored numerous publications on international arbitration and the 1958 New York Convention. Professor Paulsson is the author of the upcoming treatise on the New York Convention, “The 1958 New York Convention in Action.” She is writing her Ph.D at Leiden University on enforcement of annulled awards under the New York Convention.  

Kathleen Pierz

Allison Alcasabas.jpgKathleen Pierz is the Practice Development Manager, Global at JAMS (  Ms. Pierz works with mediators and arbitrators, law firms, in-house counsel, law schools and professional organizations around the world to develop and promote the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. ​

María Andrea Yon

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María Andrea Yon is the Executive Coordinator in the International Mediation Center in Guatemala and Coordinator of the Alternative Justice Center, School of Law, San Pablo University. She is Certified Mediator with studies in Law, Public Law, Online Mediation, International Mediation Techniques and specialization in Labor conflicts. She has experience with media promoting a justice and peace culture.​