PERSONAL HISTORY: I am a Miami Native of Spanish Basque descent. My wife Julie and I currently live in Coral Gables with our two daughters. I have been a lawyer since 1994 and a mediator since 2004. Currently, my practice is dedicated solely to serving as a neutral. I am fluent in English, Spanish and Basque.
EDUCATION: I am a graduate of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. I received a Bachelors in Business Administration from The University of Miami and a J.D. 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 1994. I have been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator since 2004. I am also a USDC, Southern District of Florida Certified Mediator.
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 and commercial disputes. From 2005 to 2013, I was also an agent of Attorney's Title Insurance Fund, serving as closing agent on both residential and commercial transactions. Today, my practice is dedicated solely to serving as a neutral through K&A Mediation, a statewide mediation firm largely dealing with personal injury disputes (premises, auto, professional malpractice, nursing home claims. . . ), first party insurance disputes (residential, commercial, CGL, marine, . . . ), construction disputes and commercial disputes. I have mediated claims involving retailers and other corporations such as Publix, Toys R Us, Home Depot, K-Mart, Macy's, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Winn-Dixie, Walgreens, Target, Sedano's, Costco, BJ's, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Tenet and many others. I have mediated claims involving carriers such as Citizens, Florida Peninsula, State Farm, Allstate, Progressive, GEICO, e-surance, Southern Fidelity, London Underwriters, QBE, Liberty Mutual, Tower Hill, Castle Key, Scottsdale, Farmers, Universal, Heritage, American Security, American Integrity, Safepoint, Zurich, Olympus, Homeowners Choice, Anchor and many others. Prior to K&A, I practiced law in the insurance defense department at Adorno & Zeder, which later became known as Adorno Yoss, a large Miami law firm.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I am an active, lifelong member of The Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables and a member of the Belen Alumni Lawyers Section.