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Deborah Bovarnick Mastin is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator with the mediation and arbitration panels of: American Arbitration Association (Mega Projects, Master Mediator, large complex construction disputes, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and Dispute Review Board panels), International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (construction and commercial disputes), Dispute Resolution Centre of Trinidad and Tobago, and International Chamber of Commerce. She is a Fellow of: American College of Construction Lawyers, College of Commercial Arbitrators, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Dispute Board Federation.  For over 3 decades she was an Assistant County Attorney for Miami-Dade and for Broward Counties. She is a Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Lawyer and a Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator.  She earned her J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, and S.B., MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Her practice concentrates on energy, construction and intellectual property law and included a $6 billion airport expansion at Miami International Airport, a $2 billion expansion at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport,, libraries, museums, performing arts centers, power and chiller plants, public transit and solid waste disposal facilities. She wrote "ADR from an Owner's Perspective," Construction ADR, American Bar Association; "Managing Risk of Construction Defects," (co-author) Construction Defects, American Bar Association; "Damages in Construction Litigation," Florida Civil Practice Damages, Florida Bar;  and articles on alternate dispute resolution.

She is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, ABA Construction Industry Forum Governing Committee, ABA Dispute Resolution Section, ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division Council, ABA Business Law Section, Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law (ADR Committee past co-chair, Construction Committee), Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section past chair, and Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, past chair Region 1 (US and Canada).


Practice areas


  1. Arbitration: 50%
    20 years
  2. Construction & Development: 30%
    40 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Mediation: 20%
    20 years



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Law Office of Deborah Mastin, PLLC

500 NE 55th Ter
Miami, FL, 331372619


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
founderLaw Office of Deborah Mastin, PLLC2013 - Present
Assistant County AttorneyBroward County Attorney's Office2011 - 2013
Assistant County AttorneyMiami-Dade County Attorney's Office1978 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dispute Board FederationFellow2014 - Present
Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Construction Certification Review Course CommitteeCo-Chair2014 - Present
Chartered Institute of ArbitratorsFellow2014 - Present
College of Commercial ArbitratorsFellow2014 - Present
ConsensusDocsDRB Addendum drafting committee Vice Chair2012 - Present
International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)arbitrator and mediator2012 - Present
Dispute Resolution Board FoundationPast President USA Canada2011 - 2013
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionADR Committee Co-chair2011 - 2014
American College of Construction LawyersFellow2011 - Present
International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolutionmember, construction panel2011 - Present
US Green Building CouncilLEED Green Associate2011 - 2012
Miami International Arbitration Societymember2010 - Present
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Educational CouncilRegional Co-Chair2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionCouncil Member2009 - Present
Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law SectionExecutive Council2009 - 2011
Associated General ContractorsPublic/Private Industry Owners Council2008 - 2013
Construction Owners Association of Americamember2008 - 2013
Arbitral Womenmember2008 - Present
Florida Dispute Resolution Centerqualified arbitrator2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Sectionmember2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryGoverning Council 2013-2015; D11 Past Chair; Technology2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionMember2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Sectionmember2005 - Present
American Arbitration Association UniversityFaculty2004 - Present
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Sectionmember2002 - Present
Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law SectionChair1996 - 1997
Florida Dispute Resolution Centercertified circuit court mediator1996 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationMediator, Arbitrator: construction & commercial1996 - Present
Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Sectionmember1994 - Present
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Educational Councilmember1982 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Construction ADR, American Bar AssociationADR from the Owner's Perspective2014
Subcontracting; American Bar AssociationGlobal and International Project2014
"Under Construction" ABA Forum on the Construction IndustryDispute Boards to the Rescue2013
JAMS Global EngineeringAdmissibility of Non-binding Dispute Board Recommendations2013
CIArb AustraliaAdmissibility of Non-binding Dispute Board Recommendations2012
ABA Construction Forum Construction Defects Desk BookManaging Risk of Construction Defects2012
Florida Bar JournalGreen Issues in Real Estate Development and Construction2011
Florida Civil Practice Damages, Florida BarDamages in Construction Cases, Chapter 72005
American Arbitration Association Dispute Resolution JournalTo Mediate or Not, that is the Question2005
Florida Bar JournalFine Arts Multiples and Limited EditionsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawN/AJD law1975
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySchool of Architecture and PlanningBS - Bachelor of Science1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Bar Construction Law Certification Review CourseConstruction ADR2014
American College of Construction Lawyers Annual ConferenceDispute Boards2014
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section Spring ConferenceInternational Dispute Boards2014
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section Spring ConferenceArbitrator Ethics2014
2014 Construction Law InstituteRevised Florida Arbitration Code2014
Florida Bar Construction Law Certification Review CourseFlorida Public Construction2013
2013 Construction Law InstituteProject Delivery Methods2013
Dispute Resolution Board Foundation AustraliaDispute Avoidance in the USA2012
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section Spring ConferenceDispute Boards to Preserve Commercial Relationships2012
American Arbitration Association UniversityAdvanced Mediation2012
Managing the multiparty disputeAdvanced Mediation2011
Managing Arbitration after the Prehearing ConferenceAdvanced Arbitration2011
International Construction Law ConferenceDispute Resolution Boards in the USA2011
Greening the LawContract Issues in Sustainable Construction2011
Brussels Belgium Regional Dispute Board ConferenceDispute Avoidance2011
2011 Florida Bar Construction Law InstituteCounselling Your Client on Public Projects2011
2011 COAA Spring ConferenceContract Issues in Green Construction2011
Midwinter MeetingEffective Advocacy in Mediation2010
Dispute Avoidance in ConstructionDispute Review Boards in Public Construction2010
Construction Law InstituteBeyond Bid Protests2010
ABA Construction Forum Annual MeetingEffective Dispute Avoidance in Vertical Construction2010
3d Annual International Arbitration ConferencePractitioner's Roundtable - Cultural Differences in International Arbitration2010
Project Delivery Summit IVConstruction Management Agreements2009
DRBF Annual ConferenceHow to Spoiil a Dispute Resolution Board2009
Alternate Dispute Resolution in Construction CasesHow to Manage A Dispute Resolution Board2009
2d Annual Construction Law InstitutePeculiarities of Public Construction Contracts2009
Project Delivery Summit IIIProject Delivery Methods comparison2008
ABA Construction Forum Annual MeetingManaging Construction Defects from an Owner's Perspective2008
ABA Dispute Resolution ADR in BloomArbitration Best Practices2007