PERSONAL HISTORY: Born and raised in the small town of Ellenville, New York, I am a product of the Catskills but I have lived in Miami since 1989. My wife Karen and I currently reside in Coral Gables with our two sons (and Tessa, our Portuguese Water Dog). I have been a lawyer since 1992 and a mediator since 2004. Currently, my practice is dedicated solely to serving as a neutral.
EDUCATION: I graduated from Ellenville Central School as Valedictorian in 1985. I received my B.A. from University of Rochester in 1989, cum laude, with a dual major in Political Science and Psychology. In 1992, I received my J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law.
CERTIFICATIONS AND BAR MEMBERSHIPS: I have been a member of the Florida Bar in good standing since 1992 and I am admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. I am a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator (since 2004) and Appellate Mediator (since 2014). I am also certified as a mediator by the USDC for both the Southern and MIddle Districts of Florida.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: In 2004, we founded Kleinman & Arrizabalaga, PA and K&A Mediation. For about a decade, our law firm represented plaintiffs and defendants in matters of personal injury, insurance disputes, construction related disputes, commercial disputes and real estate transactions. My clients included SIKON Construction, Clarendon America Insurance Company and First Mercury Insurance Company. At this time, I work solely as a neutral with K&A Mediation, a statewide mediation practice largely dealing with personal injury disputes (premises, auto, professional malpractice. . . ), first party insurance disputes (residential, commercial, CGL, marine,. . . ), construction disputes and commercial disputes. I have mediated matters involving retailers such as Publix, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Winn-Dixie, Costco and BJ's. I have mediated claims involving carriers such as Citizens, Universal, Florida Peninsula, State Farm, Southern Fidelity, Safepoint, London Underwriters, Prepared, e-surance, GEICO, Progressive, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Scottsdale, Tower Hill, Stillwater, QBE, Heritage, American Security, American Integrity, Olympus, Homeowners Choice, Anchor and many others. Prior to K&A, I practiced law in the insurance defense department at Adorno & Zeder, PA, which became Adorno Yoss, a large Miami firm.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I am an active member of Beth David Congregation, currently serving on the Board of Directors and on several committees. I am a founding board member of The Fishing Experience, a non-profit organization dedicated to making deep sea fishing accessible to kids of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Relative to The University of Rochester, I am a member of the George Eastman Circle and active alumnus of The New York Xi Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.