Leon M. Firtel


Leon M. Firtel joins our panel of mediators after practicing law for 24 years, and becoming a Circuit Court Judge in 1997. During his 18 years as a Circuit court Judge, Leon served in the Family, Civil and Criminal Divisions of the Court. As a lawyer, his practice, both private and as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami, exposed him first hand, to practice in various areas of law.

Leon is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator; Areas of focus are:

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Personal Injury Claims
  • Business Law
  • Divorce / Family
  • Municipal and Administrative Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Condominiums
  • Debt Collections
  • Insurance
  • Landlord / Tenant
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate Closings
  • Securities / Investments
  • Torts


  • 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 leadership award for his service


  • Circuit Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1997 - 2014.
  • City of Miami Assistant City Attorney, 1983-1997
  • 1972-1983, Associate or Partner in general practice firms emphasizing litigation in various areas

Areas Of Expertise

  • Business/Commercial
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury/Torts

Special Designation

  • N/A

Areas Of Certification

  • County Court
  • Circuit Civil
  • Family Law


1395 Brickell Ave Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131

(305) 371-5490




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