John W. Salmon

John W. Salmon



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Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Family & Appellate Mediator
Federal Mediator: U.S. Souther District Court of Florida
Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
Windostorm Insurance Network Umpire; IAUA Certified Property Insurance Umpire


Commercial disputes; Complex Personal Injury; First Party Insurance Claims; Probate; Professional Malpractice; Employment; Construction; Disability claims.

John W. Salmon is a natural mediator with a broad-based educational, legal and business background. He is a graduate of Penn State University “with Distinction,” the University of Florida College of Law and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Florida International University where he was an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business for over 15 years. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the FIU College of Law teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution.

John is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, Diplomate Member and past President of The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. John was the 2010 recipient of the Florida Academy’s Award of Merit for service to the mediation community in Florida. He has served as Chair of the Alternative Dispute Committee of the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and as Chair of the Florida Bar Grievance Mediation Committee.

In addition to having mediated over 7,000 cases, John has also served as both a binding and non-binding arbitrator and Special Magistrate for discovery matters. He is a frequent lecturer on “Appropriate Dispute Resolution”, often incorporating martial arts and mediation techniques into his presentations. He is a Nidan – Second Degree Black Belt – with the Cuong Nhu Martial Arts Association.


University of Florida, College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1978
Pennsylvania State University, B.A. “with Distinction”, 1975
Florida International University, M.B.A., 1989
Adjunct Professor, FIU College of Law, Subject – ADR, 2005-2007
Adjunct Professor, FIU College of Business, 1992-2002


  • Member, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Trial Bar, U.S. Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator
  • Approved as Mediator for the U.S. Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
  • Windstorm Insurance Network Fellow
  • Windstorm Insurance Network Umpire
  • Insurance Appraisal and Umpire Association Certified Property Insurance Umpire
  • Distinguished Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • Editorial Board, American Journal of Mediation
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Former Chair, ADR Committee, Trial Lawyers Section, The Florida Bar
  • Chair, The Florida Bar Grievance Mediation Committee, 1999-2002
  • Recipient, Award of Merit, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, 2010
  • Recipient, Presidents Award, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, 2008
  • Selected as a Florida SuperLawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Selected to Who’s Who Legal for Commercial Mediation, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • Selected as Florida Legal Elite Lawyer for Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2007
  • Diplomate, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Member, Florida Circuit Civil Mediator Society
  • Of Counsel, Salmon Legal Group, Miami, Florida
  • Member, Broward County Bar Association
  • Former Hurricane Mediator, Collins Center for Public Policy
  • Former Member of NASD Board of Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Contract Mediator, EEOC, Miami District Office, 2001-2002
  • Primary Trainer for Circuit Civil Mediation Certification Training
  • Assistant Trainer for Family Mediation Certification Training
  • APCOM Reviewer, Prudential Policyholder Remediation Plan
  • President, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, 1995-1997
  • Past Member, Dade County Bar Association Mediation Committee
  • Author, “Maximizing Mediation”, Dade County Bar Bulletin
  • Past Advisory Board Member, MetroBank of Dade County
  • Past President, South Miami-Kendall Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Director, South Miami-Kendall Bar Association
  • Former Director, Industrial Association of Dade County
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Beth Ahm Israel
  • Former Chairperson, Dade Partners/School Volunteers
  • Outstanding Business Partnership Volunteer at Embassy Creek Elementary School for mentoring a fifth grade Mediation Program, 1993-1994
  • Volunteer of the Year, Broward Outreach Center, 2002
  • Former Vice President, Young Leaders, National Committee of Hadassah Associates
  • Recipient of “Book Award” – Moot Court – University of Florida Law School – 1978
  • Volunteer Arbitrator, The Florida Bar Grievance Mediation & Fee Arbitration Program
  • Nidan, Second Degree Black Belt, Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts
  • Former Vice President and Director of Marketing, Executive National Bank
  • Former Partner, Whitman, Wolfe, Gross & Salmon, P.A.
  • Licensed Real Estate Salesman, State of Florida, Inactive
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