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As manager of the Alternative Dispute Resolution practice, Judge Leesfield now brings her vast wealth of expertise and experience to her role as a special master, arbitrator, mediator, expert witness and consultant on all litigation related matters, including expert testimony, evidentiary issues and trial strategy. She is frequently appointed by the Courts to serve as Special Magistrate in complex litigation matters, including high profile cases, where her pragmatic approach to problem solving has earned her the respect of even the most contentious parties.

Trial Practice Consulting

As a trial lawyer, Ellen Leesfield practiced in Florida’s state and federal courts, trying over 60 cases to jury verdict as lead counsel. She is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the Florida Supreme Court. She handled state, federal and administrative trials as well as administrative hearings and appeals.

Ellen Leesfield’s vast trial experience additionally makes her the ideal partner for litigation consultation, including trial strategy, witness preparation, discovery issues, hearing preparation, fee issues, and post trial matters.

Expert Testimony

One particular area of focus Judge Leesfield has developed during her 30 years as a trial lawyer and trial judge, is the presentation of expert testimony. This expertise has never been more important, given the recent changes in Florida law with respect to the qualifications of expert witnesses and the presentation of their testimony.