Cindy Niad Hannah, Esq. is President and Chief Executive Officer of ATD Mediation. She has mediated over
7,500 lawsuits and pre-suit disputes. Her ADR and arbitration practice largely consists of complex commercial cases, personal injury, wrongful death, premises and auto liability claims, employment discrimination, ADA and wage/hour disputes. She also concentrates on admiralty and Jones Act cases, banking and collection matters, insurance coverage issues, construction delay and defect, windstorm and property damage claims, and medical malpractice, healthcare and nursing home cases. Her secret to success is applying a proactive approach to the resolution process.
Cindy is an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell and has been a Florida Certified Circuit Civil Mediator since 1993 and is a Florida Certified Appellate
Mediator. Cindy is a panel mediator on the AAA / ICDR
Roster of Mediators. She is also a panel mediator with
the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
Florida, and was chosen to be a AAA mediator for the New
York Sandy pre-suit program. She gained her AAA mortgage
foreclosure mediation certificate for Florida Circuit
Court foreclosures, is an approved mediator for the
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile
Homes, and she has served as an EEOC Private Mediation
panel member. Cindy is a panel Arbitrator on AAA / ICDR roster of Arbitrators and is a Qualified Arbitrator for Miami-Dade and Broward County Circuit Courts.
In 2015 Cindy was profiled by Fortune Magazine in its September 15, 2015 edition for being selected as one of the Leading Women Lawyers in the Law by Martindale Hubbell and ALM Media. Cindy is also a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, where she previously served as member of its Board of Directors. Cindy was honored to be voted by the Daily Business Review as one of the top three South Florida Mediators in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Cindy was honored to be a member of the first class of Florida Certified Appellate mediators. Cindy's alternative dispute resolution practice is not limited to Florida. She has traveled nationally and internationally to as far away as Romania, in Eastern Europe, to mediate lawsuits.
Cindy's Florida legal career began in 1984 as an associate in the commercial litigation department of the now defunct Ruden, Barnett, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell law firm, where she handled complex commercial cases and class action disputes. From private practice, Cindy became Vice President and Legal Counsel for Southeast Bank, N.A and Southeast Mortgage Company where she was responsible for litigation. After Southeast's demise, she became Senior Counsel for Barnett Banks, Inc. and later, as Senior Legal Counsel, created the Legal Department for Eastern Financial Federal Credit Union. After 10 years as a mediator with Florida Mediation Group, Inc., Cindy founded Agree to Disagree Mediation to better serve attorneys and parties seeking experienced mediators in South Florida.
Cindy graduated with a Bachelors of Arts with Honors, from Emory University in 1980, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctor from the State University of New York in 1984, where she graduated with Honors and was elected to serve on the Moot Court Board and Student Bar Association.
Cindy's charitable interests include being a Godparent to JAFCO, serving the needs of children in the foster care and adoptive process, and
served as a member of the first Board of Trustees of the JAFCO Respite and Residential Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities. She
was also a member of the Women Executive Leadership and
was twice selected by the Boy's and Girl's Club of Broward County as one of the 100 outstanding Women of Broward County. Cindy previously served as a member of the St. Thomas Law School Inns of Court and on the Executive Council of the Legal Aid Service of Broward, Inc.