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Jeffrey Grubman, Esq.

T: 305-371-5267
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Jeffrey Grubman is a veteran ADR professional who has served as a mediator in approximately 1,000 cases in 24 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in a wide variety of complex cases, including class actions and high impact, multi-party matters. Mr. Grubman works tirelessly to settle every case he mediates, employing a variety of creative settlement techniques. He joined the JAMS national panel in 2012.

Mr. Grubman regularly lectures and publishes articles on a local and national level regarding timely ADR issues, including continuing legal education presentations to law firms. Before he became a full time neutral, Mr. Grubman was a litigator with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and subsequently became a partner in two boutique South Florida law firms.

In addition to his active mediation practice, Mr. Grubman is a qualified arbitrator under Florida law and has been a certified arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He has adjudicated disputes as a single arbitrator and as a member of tripartite panels.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Arbitration
    • Served as sole arbitrator and as a member of tripartite arbitration panels in a variety of business, securities, and commercial disputes
  • Business/Commercial
    • Mediated a wide array of business, banking, and commercial disputes including actions among partners/members/shareholders in closely held companies, shareholder derivative claims and direct claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, usurpation of corporate opportunities, corporate waste, dissolutions, forced buyout of one party’s shares, non-compete and non-solicitation claims, attempts by purchasers of businesses to undo transactions on the basis of fraud, breach of contract and business torts among a broad range of industries, and a variety of commercial claims under the Uniform Commercial Code including banking matters
  • Employment 
    • Mediated wage-and-hour claims, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disability claims, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims, non-compete and non-solicitation matters, whistleblower actions, age and national origin discrimination, harassment, disability discrimination, including Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) claims
  • Entertainment
    • Mediated numerous entertainment litigation matters involving the music, television, and film industries
    • Substantial experience representing parties in entertainment litigation, including major record companies, independent record companies, recording artists, songwriters, personal managers, producers, actors, and actresses
  • Insurance
    • Mediated many first-party insurance and bad faith claims, including hurricane claims related to large commercial losses, claims of fraud against insurance companies and agents involving life insurance and annuities, and a wide variety of insurance coverage disputes
  • Intellectual Property
    • Substantial experience representing parties in intellectual property matters, including trademark infringement, copyright infringement, patent infringement, and trade secret disputes. Among other industries, Mr. Grubman has litigated many cases involving the entertainment industry
    • Mediated many trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, and copyright infringement claims involving a wide variety of industries and products
  • Probate/Trust 
    • Utilized the knowledge acquired from litigating probate and trust matters to assist parties and their counsel in mediating probate and trust disputes
  • Real Property
    • Mediated a wide variety of real estate related disputes, including commercial foreclosure actions, actions to quiet title, actions by purchasers to obtain the return of their condominium deposits, actions between condominium associations and country clubs and their residents, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes
  • Securities
    • Mediated hundreds of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration cases throughout the country involving customer-broker disputes and disputes among broker dealers and between broker dealers and registered representatives
    • Mediated securities class actions
    • Mediated shareholder derivative actions
    • Mediated claims under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, and the Investment Advisor’s Act of 1940
    • Mediated claims under a variety of state blue sky laws 
    • Mediated a wide variety of hedge fund cases
    • Mediated numerous Ponzi scheme cases, including claims emanating from the Bernard Madoff and Scott Rothstein Ponzi schemes

Representative Matters

  • Mediated class action against Fortune 100 company related to alleged overcharging of consumers in leases for office copiers
  • Mediated $10 million plus dispute regarding the corporate control of a large telecommunications company
  • Mediated complex international dispute involving the sale of patents and trademarks between two large South American companies and encompassing claims of tortious interference and breach of non-compete agreement
  • Mediated action with pending motion for class certification related to the propriety of a national bank’s process for instituting force-placed property insurance
  • Arbitrator in dispute between international television programmer and television station regarding interpretation of termination provision in programming agreement
  • Mediation of music copyright case involving alleged unauthorized use of an internationally known recording artist’s song in a national television advertising campaign
  • Mediated dispute between two independent record companies regarding their claim to rights concerning a superstar recording artist, which included causes of action for trademark infringement and tortious interference
  • Mediated multi-million dollar life insurance dispute involving premium financing and allegations of STOLI (Stranger Originated Life Insurance)
  • Mediated coverage dispute regarding whether insurer was obligated to provide coverage for multiple collective and individual FLSA overtime compensation actions
  • Mediated high profile copyright infringement claim involving television commercial aired by Fortune 100 company
  • Mediated trademark infringement actions pending in multiple courts with multiple parties regarding a well-known watch brand
  • Mediated multiple claims against financial professionals arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme
  • Arbitrator on multi-million dollar case against investment advisor related to feeder fund investment in Madoff ponzi scheme
  • Fraud claims by investors of long standing NYSE broker dealer against the principal and control persons claiming that the principal’s actions put the firm out of business
  • $10 million plus securities fraud action against the principals of a closely held limited liability company involving corporate waste and theft
  • Mediated multi-million dollar claim for disgorgement of short-term profits pursuant to Section 16 (b) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934
  • Mediated 20+ claimant, multi-million dollar claim involving major broker dealer’s sale of a complex private placement involving an options trading strategy, which was sold to customers inside a variable annuity

    Comments from Counsel

    • I thought this case had no chance of being resolved, I am so impressed you kept at it and got the parties to agree. - International Law Firm Business Litigation Partner
    • I do not think anyone else could have accomplished the settlement you brought the parties...The situation seemed virtually hopeless and yet you gracefully brought both sides to their senses and to common ground...we thank you for sharing with us your profound experience and uniquely elegant professional abilities. - Prominent Litigation Attorney
    • Thank you so much!  What a great resolution.  I am glad that we can be one of your success stories!  What a miracle worker you are, to turn such animosity into laughter and hugs!  As you say, I hope it continues smoothly, but we are certainly in a much better place than we were on Friday morning! It was great to be with you, and I will certainly recommend you to our entertainment attorney community here.  I'm glad to know you can come here as well. –  Prominent Atlanta Entertainment Attorney
    • I should tell you that my client (a plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorney) is not a big fan of mediators.  When I first raised the idea of mediating his case, he indicated that he had yet to meet a mediator he thought was helpful.  Yet he thought you did a great job.  He thought you added much value to the process.  So there's that: you impressed him.  And us. - Prominent Plaintiffs’ Business Litigation Attorney
    • I think Jeff brings a wealth of experience and a practical perspective to every case.  He’s litigated cases from both the plaintiff and defense side, and combining that experience with his practical experience and business sense, he has the ability to keep a balanced perspective in evaluating the relative strengths and weaknesses in cases. - Prominent South Florida Business Litigation Firm Partner
    • Our firm has used several mediators over the last several years but found in particular that Jeff has a unique ability to convey and articulate the issues in a manner which engages both sides into constructive discussions.  Furthermore, we found that Jeff does excellent preparation prior to the mediation in understanding the issues and his evaluative approach is very effective in assisting the parties reach an amicable resolution. - Plaintiffs’ Securities Litigation Firm Partner
    • I primarily use Jeff because he gets the job done. Jeff understands the subject matter and clearly puts in the time necessary to prepare for a mediation session. He is not dogmatic in his approach; he recognizes the different personalities that are involved in any particular mediation, and acts accordingly. He has insight as to what will work with the parties; he is not adverse to employing different strategies and thinking out of the box – he is willing to change to accommodate the parties involved in the proceeding. He is different than his competitors in that he employs a certain personable and professional demeanor in relaying to my clients his evaluation and opinion on their exposure, without alienating or insulting them. Furthermore, his evaluations are well thought out and the product of his preparation and ability to listen and comprehend the information that he learns during the course of a session. I can think of one case in particular where he was extremely effective; the matter involved multiple parties, numerous investments, and several damage calculations. Miraculously, he was able to bring everything together and get the case settled to the satisfaction of all involved. - National Law Firm Business Litigation Shareholder
    • I feel that we have all worked cooperatively together over the past 6 six weeks to reach this point.  Jeff, you simply did a fine and resolute job with both sets of attorneys and clients – and I know it was a challenge.  I simply cannot ask for more from a mediator.  - Plaintiffs’ Securities Litigation Attorney from California
    • There are four reasons I use Jeff and propose him as a favored mediator in my cases.  First, he prepares meticulously for each mediation and takes the time to understand the factual and legal issues in the case.  Second, Jeff has a special ability to put the parties at ease and to eliminate the posturing that unfortunately tends to occur in such proceedings.  Third, Jeff quickly focuses on the key issues in the case.  Fourth, Jeff works tirelessly, even in the days after the mediation if necessary, to bring the matter to a successful resolution. - Prominent Plaintiff's Securities Litigation Attorney
    • Of course.  And thanks again for all of your assistance and candor.  Your involvement was an integral force that extracted the settlement. -Commercial Litigation, Partner

    Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

     Bar Admissions
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1991 
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1991 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1991
    • Florida, 1991
    • California, 1989 
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1989
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989

    • CLE lecture regarding Evaluative Mediation, ADR Committee Meeting, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2011
    • CLE lecture regarding Business Mediation, Fall ADR Committee Meeting, South Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2010
    • CLE lecture regarding Mediation, Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Florida Bar’s Business Law Section, 2008 
    • Lectured regarding Mediation at the 2008 Mid-Year Meeting and 2004 Annual Meeting of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the Florida Bar
    • Conducted Mock Mediation, Florida Bar Mid-Year Meeting, 2008
    • Conducted Mock Mediation, hosted by Caitlin, Inc. before an audience of independent broker dealers in Phoenix, AZ, 2007
    • Mediation Skills Presentation, Securities Committee of South Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2008
    • Moderator, Mediation Panel, Public Investors American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2007
    • Speaker in web broadcast, “Managing Litigation Risk,” Financial Services Institute, March 2007

    Professional Activities
    • Serves on the “Together, We Must” Campaign for Justice Campaign Leadership Committee, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
    • Steering Committee, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.

    • "Lawyer Limelight: Jeffrey Grubman," Lawdragon, ADR Profile, October 2014
    • Author, "Raging Bull" Decision Highlights Importance of ADR in Entertainment Disputes," Law.com, June 2014
    • Author, "Securities Litigators Who Do Not Understand Insurance Coverage Could Pay Dearly," Law.com, March 2014
    • Author, "Taking Advantage of ADR in the Entertainment Industry," Inside Counsel, April 2013 
    • Author, “Achieving Excellent Results for Your Clients in Mediation,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, April and May 2011
    • Author, Mediation: A Roadmap to Success for Counsel and Client, Conflict Management Newsletter, American Bar Association, Summer 2008
    • Author, Chapter on Mediation, PLI Securities Arbitration, 2006
    • Author, Securities Mediation, PIABA Bar Journal, Winter 2006

    Background and Education

    • Jeffrey Grubman, P.A, focusing on Mediation and Arbitration, 2005-2012
    • Litigation Partner, at two boutique law firms (Herman & Grubman, Miami and Stollman & Grubman, Boca Raton), 1994-2005 
    • Morgan, Lewis & Bokius LLP, 1991-1994
    • Ruden McClosky, 1990-1991
    • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, 1989-1990 
    • J.D., University of Southern California, 1989 (Hale Moot Court Honors)
    • B.S., Finance (with High Honors), University of Florida, 1986