Kim W. Torres

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1300 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite A
Melbourne, FL 32935
USA
321-821-9995
Fax: 321-574-4224

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Description of Practice

Kim Torres is a Certified mediator in the areas of Circuit Civil, Family and Appellate. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1985 and has practiced exclusively as a Mediator since 2000. In addition to running her private mediation business, Kim is actively involved in mediation in the Civil and Family Mediation courts in Brevard County. In recognition of her professionalism and commitment, she was honored as the Circuit Civil Mediator of the Year for Brevard County in 2007. Kim has become quite adept in mediating foreclosure cases and consumer credit or debt cases. Her practice has also expanded to Elder and Senior Conflicts and includes approval as Appellate Mediator.

Kim is a law graduate of Florida State University. In addition to the Florida Bar, she currently holds memberships with the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, the Brevard County Bar Association and the Brevard Association of Women Lawyers. Kim currently presides on the Board of the Family Counseling Center of Brevard. She is also a member of the elite group of Florida Circuit Civil Mediators and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Kim is available for mediations throughout the State of Florida. Her areas of focus include: Appellate cases, real estate litigation, mortgage foreclosure, debt collection, personal injury, condominium, Homeowners Assn.,contract disputes, Elder/Senior conflicts and Divorce mediation, including cases where couples are not represented by counsel.

Professional Background

As a lawyer, she has practiced in the areas of Real Estate and property transactions, as well as general business issues. Kim has served as an evaluator for mediators-in-training for the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Dispute Institute (DEOMI) at Patrick Air Force Base and has made presentations to other mediators for the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has also served as a presenter and trainer for Peer Mediation programs in Brevard County and on the Panel of a Florida Institute of Technology and Bar Foundation Seminar. Kim most recently serves on the Executive Board of the ADR Section of the Florida Bar, and is an inaugural member of the Eldercaring Coordination Pilot Program in Florida.

Experience

In addition to the 40 hours of training required in each of the areas of Circuit Civil Mediation and Family Law Mediation, Kim continues to earn extensive hours of accreditation in specialized and advanced training techniques. She has been approved as a Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Mediator, and has attended seminars sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, Collins Center of Public Policy, USF and Freddie Mac. Other specializes training has been acquired for Elder/Senior conflicts and by attendance at the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Advanced Skills conference in Boston, MA.

Degrees

Florida State University College of Law, JD Florida State University College of Social Sciences, BA

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
05/21/09    Collins Center for Public Policy    Foreclosure Mediation Training 7,50 hours
03/25/99    Civil Mediation Training    Dispute Management, Inc. 40 hours
04/19/01    Family Mediation Training    Dispute Management, Inc. 40 hours
08/24/13    National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals    Advanced Mediator Skills, Boston, MA 18 hours
080/8/10    National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals    Higher Level Mediation Skills for the Experienced Mediator 16.0 hours
03/12/10    University of So. Florida Mediation Center    residential Foreclosure Mediation Training 8.0 hours
05/13/10    University of So. Florida Mediation Center    Negotiating and Mediating HealthCare Issues 15.50 hours
03/11/13    Mortgage Modification Education    Mtg Modification for Bankruptcy Court 8 hours
12/13/11    Mediation Training Group, Boca Raton    Elder/Shared Family Decision Making 13 hours
08/25/06    Fifth DCA    Appellate Mediation Training
04/12/13    Brevard County Legal Aid    Florida Family Law Basics
8/10/13    National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals    Advanced Mediation stradegies
9/20/14    Fla. Academy of Prof. Mediators    Appellate Mediation Update
07/17/15    Florida Task Force on Eldercare    Eldercaring Coordination 28 hours
08/13/15    Nat'l Assn. of Distinguished Neutrals    Advanced Mediation Tech Denver, CO 18 hours

Approach

Kim believes that a good mediator must exhibit excellent listening skills, innovative approaches to alternatives, and a strong touch of reality to bring parties closer to seeing the persepective of the other. This encourages a shift in direction which leads to a satisfactory resolution for all parties. Based upon years of experience and extensive involvement with people-oriented cases (divorce, elder, Condominium Owners' disputes, Foreclosure and even criminal)Kim is particularly effective in assisting with highly emotional conflicts. Individual participants, lawyers and even claims adjusters have requested for Kim to mediate their cases which require a compassionate and practical approach.

Fees

Services are billed at $250 per hour with a minimum of two hours per session. Please allow a three hour window for a mediation session. Mediations cancelled within 5 business days of the scheuled mediation, and not rescheduled within four weeks will be charged a cancellation fee equal to the minimum fee of $500. Foreclosure cases are charged on a flat fee basis. For Pro Se Divorce mediations, please call for a description of costs based on services requested 321-821-9995. Payment by credit card is accepted, including PayPal.

Other Information

Conference rooms are located in Melbourne, Florida and can be utilized at no additional charge. Conference rooms are also available throughout the State of Florida. No travel fees are charged for Florida mediations. Please call to inquire.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Bankruptcy
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • Health Care
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • LGBT
  • Marital Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Special Education
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional