Leon M. Firtel

Judge Leon M. Firtel (Ret.)

Leon M. Firtel

Scheduling: katie@sd-adr.com
O: 305.371.5490 | C: 305.321.5988

Real-Time Availability Calendar

Mediation Rates:
– 2 Party Case: $400 per hour
– 3 Party Case: $450 per hour
– 4 Party Case: $480 per hour

Minimum Fees:
– Half Day – 2 hours, or the amount of time reserved if more than 2 hours
– Full Day – 6 hours, or the amount of time reserved if more than 6 hours

The mediation fee is calculated based on your Mediator’s hourly billing rate as detailed above including any pre-mediation preparation time and post-mediation follow-up time spent on the matter. Note: we do not charge any administrative, scheduling, or rescheduling fees. In exchange we ask that you please respect our time and the cancellation policy below.


If the mediation is canceled or rescheduled less than 72 hours (Monday – Friday) prior to the scheduled session, each party will be billed for their portion of the minimum fee. Note: it is your responsibility to notify us of a schedule change or cancellation; you should not rely on another party to do so. Please keep in mind our cancellation policy is meant to fairly compensate your Mediator for reserving the time scheduled for this mediation, which typically cannot be filled in less than 72 hours.

  • Non-Binding Arbitration
  • Binding Arbitration
  • First Party Property
  • Business Litigation
  • Condo & HOA Disputes
  • Construction/Real Estate
  • Family
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Municipal Zoning Government

Leon M. Firtel, a retired Circuit Court Judge, served in the Civil, Family and Criminal divisions of the 11th Judicial Circuit for Miami-Dade County. Prior to becoming a Circuit Court Judge in 1997, Leon practiced law for 24 years as both a private lawyer as well as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami for 14 years, Leon gained excellent experience in a wide range of case matters, which has proven immensely valuable to his mediation career where he utilizes his comprehensive knowledge and experience as powerful tools to bring parties to agreeable solutions.


Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator


  • University of Miami College of Law, J.D., 1972
  • University of Florida, B.S.B.A., 1966
  • Circuit Court Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1997 – 2014
  • Member of the Florida Bar
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Past President, Miami Beach Bar Association, 1983
  • Former Member, Florida Bar Grievance Committee
  • Former Member, Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy, Executive Committee, Board of Directors & VIce President of Legal Affairs
  • Former Vice President and Director, Miami Beach Civic League
  • Former Member, City of Miami Beach Committees: Youth Center, Hurricane Defense and Juvenile Programs Advisory Committee
  • Former Vice President and Director, Biscayne Democratic Club
  • Former Vice President, Koach Lodge B’nai Brith
  • Former Vice President, Temple Emanuel Young Family League and Men’s Club
  • Former Director, Greater Miami Jewish Jewish Federation Young Adults Division
  • Former Director, Legal Services of Greater Miami
  • Former Member, Miami Beach Taxpayers Association
  • Boy Scouts of America, South Florida Council, Pioneer District Chairman – 1992-1993, Recipient of Silver Beaver Leadership Award