Ellen L. Leesfield

Ellen Leesfield Alternative Dispute Resolution

201 South Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, Florida 33134


Commercial, Intellectual Property, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Securities, Trademark, Workplace, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination

Ellen Leesfield is a managing partner of  Ellen Leesfield Alternative Dispute Resolution a full service dispute resolution firm.  She frequently serves as a mediator, arbitrator, umpire and special master.  She is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator, panel member of the American Arbitration Association, certified in Employment and International Law, and has served as a special master in numerous disputes, including the widely publicized dispute between the Miccosukee Indian Tribe and a prominent South Florida law firm.

Judge Leesfield spent 19 years on the circuit bench. During that time, she served as the administrative chief of the criminal division, a judge in the civil extended trial division and a judge in the general jurisdiction division. She presided over thousands of cases and hundreds of trials, including a trial against the government of Cuba for the execution of an American businessman, the trial of the Brickell condominium cat burglar known as “Spiderman,” and countless commercial, professional malpractice, products liability, construction, employment, civil RICO, real estate and other actions.  She also won numerous prestigious awards including the Judge Steve Levine Award for Integrity, Fairness and Professionalism; the Justice Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award; and the Judge Mattie Belle Davis Award for Community Service.  Throughout her tenure on the bench, Judge Leesfield taught at the Advanced Judicial College and the Florida Judicial College--the training program for all incoming judges in the State.

In addition to her work in the alternative dispute resolution arena, Judge Leesfield also accepts selected cases and consults with lawyers preparing matters for trial. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Leesfield was the founding partner of a prominent trial law firm and tried over 60 criminal and civil cases to verdict as lead counsel. She has spent her career in the courtroom and teaches trial skills as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law.

Judge Leesfield writes and lectures extensively on the presentation of expert testimony. She has also written and spoken on numerous other areas including evidence, business valuation, DNA evidence, jurisdiction in child custody issues, professional ethics, closing argument, and the Torture Victim Protection Act--a federal law that permits victims of terrorist regimes to bring claims in state and federal court.  She was an innovative jurist, dubbed “revolutionary” by the Daily Business Review for being the first judge to author a model order appointing receivers for the collection of maintenance fees in cases involving condominium owners and investors.

Judge Leesfield is a member of several bars including the Florida Bar, the Southern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.  She was a founding President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami Chapter and a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of Greater Miami, the Dade County Bar Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter. She is presently a member of the Cuban American Bar, and the American Bar Association.

When Judge Leesfield is not resolving or trying cases, you can find her hiking in the mountains of Montana, watching every play she can book on or off Broadway, or playing tennis with her USTA team. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Hollywood, Florida, she is an avid cook who admires a great sauce.

Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez, Machado & Preira LLP is an AV-Rated, South Florida-based law firm offering its clients expertise in a wide range of areas including corporate, securities and lending transactions, complex commercial and business litigation and trial practice, white-collar criminal defense, commercial and residential real estate transactions, with an emphasis in both lender and developer representation, tax, asset protection and estate planning, family law, government relations and entertainment, sports and art law. Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling matters for key industries, including financial, banking and insurance services, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing and industrial, telecommunications and entertainment, having represented a number of Fortune 500, publicly traded and privately held businesses, as well as high-net worth individuals. Being located in a gateway city such as Miami, we represent clients in transactions and legal proceedings both domestically and abroad. The firm enjoys client relations throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Providing our clients with unsurpassed legal representation and responsive, personal attention in a cost-efficient and results oriented manner is the cornerstone of our Firm's philosophy. We apply our experience and sound judgment to determine how to best resolve our clients' problems, especially when there is no apparent solution. We fully engage with our clients to learn and analyze their businesses and the nature of their problems or disputes to better understand their immediate legal concerns, and to account for their long-term goals. Our hard work, intelligent and incisive approach to problem solving, and unyielding commitment to our clients' interests, help us to continuously provide legal and business solutions that surpass our clients' expectations.  As a result, we enjoy long-standing professional relationships with our clients, and value working hand-in-hand with in-house counsel and management, as well as with the individuals and families that we represent.

We are here to serve our clients, but also to contribute to our community. Members of our Firm are involved in various organizations that provide legal services to the indigent through local pro bono programs. Committed attorneys and staff from our Firm also contribute of their time, money and other resources to local, national and international charitable, philanthropic and religious organizations, with the common purpose of giving back to our community.

201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 1205
Coral Gables, FL 33134-5107

Phone: 305-487-7490
Phone: 305.377.1000

Fax:     305.424.0237
Email: [email protected]
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