Ellen L. Leesfield

Ellen Leesfield Alternative Dispute Resolution

Miami, Florida 33180


Business, Commercial, Contract, Discrimination, Employment, Healthcare, Insurance, International, Labor, Landlord/Tenant, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Partnership Disputes, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Securities, Wage and Hour, Workplace, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination

Ellen Leesfield  serves as a Mediator, Arbitrator, Umpire and Special Master.  She was certified as a Florida Supreme Court mediator in 2012, and has been a panel member (neutral) for the American Arbitration Association since 2012 Ellen was recently admitted to the prestigious International Panel, as well as the AAA Healthcare Panel.  

Over the past 7 years, Ellen has arbitrated over 100 cases, and mediated over 300 cases concentrating in the areas of Complex Commercial, Employment, Hospital/Insurer disputes as well as International (ICDR) cases and Injured Seaman cases.  

In the past three years, her caseload has involved a concentration of Complex Commercial, International, Employment and Health law  issues, including class action cases which she has tried as a judge, heard as an arbitrator, or settled.

Prior to Arbitrating and Mediating, Judge Leesfield served 19 years on the Circuit Court Bench.  During that time, she served as an administrative chief, a judge in the Complex Civil Extended Trial Division, and a judge in the General Jurisdiction division. 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 of Florida.

In addition to her work as a mediator and arbitrator, Judge Leesfield also accepts selected cases in which she consults with lawyers preparing matters for trial.


Ellen L. Leesfield, PA

Founding Partner

2014 – Present

Mediator, Arbitrator, Litigation Consultant, Former Circuit Judge

Circuit Court Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit

Dade County Circuit Court

1993 – 2013


Nova Southeastern University—Shepard Broad Law Center

Doctor of Law (JD), Law Review

University of Florida

Bachelor of Arts and Education with Honors

Overseas study in Florence, Italy in Art and Architecture

Memberships / Affiliations

Judge Leesfield is a member of:

-          The Florida Bar

-          The Southern District of Florida

-          The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

-          The Supreme Court of the United States

Judge Leesfield was:

-          A founding President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami Chapter

-          A member of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of Greater Miami, the Dade County Bar Association

-          A member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter.

She is presently a member of the Cuban American Bar, the American Bar Associations, (Business, Employment, and arbitration divisions,) as well as the Business and Arbitration Divisions of the Florida Bar.

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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