For 14 years Joel Levine has served as Mediator in over 1000 cases and as Arbitrator in over 100 commercial cases. He arbitrates domestic and international matters for the American Arbitration Association, other institutions and ad hoc for private parties.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Joel served in the Peace Corps Venezuela, retuned and became a civil rights lawyer for a year before practicing corporate/commercial law in Senator Javits’s law firm in Manhattan. During that period he co-authored "Getting In," published by Random House and taught Real Estate Financing Law at Seton Hall Law School.
Joel moved to Florida in 1973, became a member of the Florida Bar and continued practicing law first with Greenberg Traurig. He founded a law firm, and co founded First Capital Financial Corporation which eventually grew to be the largest real estate syndication company in the southeast. After taking the company public in the first Section 351 Roll up in the real estate industry, which Joel created, and selling the company to GAMI, Joel moved to Los Angeles, teamed up with two former clients, and founded Gibraltar Entertainment. He produced 12 movies and 52 episodes of television and transacted business in over 60 countries.
Joel returned to Miami in 1996 and became a full time State and Federal mediator and arbitrator handling a wide range of commercial, matters including business, employment, construction, technology, intellectual property, insurance, real estate, securities, communications and entertainment. Joel was appointed as a Reviewer providing mediation and arbitration like services to resolve claims in the Prudential Insurance Company of America class action and as the Special Master in the American Bankers Insurance Company Class action resolving insurance and employment issues. The core of his ADR practice is mediating and arbitrating complex commercial disputes for law firms and their clients.
He is a speaker and author of articles in the ADR field and recently published a novel entitled "The Corruption of Michael Levitt."
Joel’s life on all sides of the economic spectrum and extensive business and arbitration experience gives him a pragmatic insight into the arbitration process and he will share very specific tips and suggestions on how counsel (and arbitrators) can perform better in this field.