Arbitration and Mediation
Jim Leshaw has more than 25 years of experience as a commercial lawyer handling complex domestic and international business disputes and transactions throughout the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. A large portion of his practice is now dedicated to serving as a mediator and arbitrator. Jim was named Miami “Lawyer of the Year” 2016 for Arbitration by Best Lawyers in America and has the unique honor of being ranked “Tier 1” in Best Lawyers in America in the categories of “Mediation,” “Arbitration,” “Bankruptcy” and “Bankruptcy Litigation.”
Jim is described in Chambers and Partners as “a seasoned bankruptcy attorney an a very quick thinker who is able to break down complex problems and efficiently work through collaborative solutions,” as “smart, results-driven, innovative and effective,” as a ”thoughtful, intellectual and practical lawyer” and as ”extremely knowledgeable” and ”proactive.”
Jim is on the Roster of Mediators for the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of Florida, the Southern District of New York and the District of Delaware, and is a Florida Supreme Court Circuit Court Certified Mediator. Jim is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial, Large Complex Case and Construction Panels, the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel and the CPR Institute’s Municipal Bankruptcy and Real Estate Panels. He also holds a USCG 50 Ton Master License.
In the mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution field, Jim has handled a wide variety of business disputes including numerous domestic and international contract disputes; aviation (aircraft financings, MROs, FBOs, indirect air carriers and freight forwarders); banking law and commercial finance (domestic and international financings); general business law (corporations, partnerships, LLCs and trusts), shareholder and partnership agreements and disputes; venture capital and private equity; communications and telecom (wireless, landline, pre-paid, CLEC); mergers & acquisitions; real estate (sales, leases, acquisitions, title issues); immigration (EB-5 programs); insurance (coverage issues, title policies, commercial policies, homebuilder policies, bad faith); e-commerce; high tech; franchise issues; energy (oil, gas, alternative energy, transportation and distribution); entertainment (music and film, artist/label disputes, distribution agreements, talent and licensing); fraud and Ponzi schemes; bankruptcy (claim objection issues, contract and lease rejection disputes, discharge and dischargeability issues, financing and debtor-in-possession loan issues, fraudulent transfer, preference and lien avoidance issues, plan negotiations, priority issues, and Section 546 safe harbor issues); ground transportation (auto dealerships and trucking); healthcare (health care providers, home health, ALFs, retirement communities, PPOs and medical research); International (commercial litigation, acquisitions, contracts and restructurings throughout Latin America, Caribbean, Canada and Europe); intellectual property (sale, licenses and infringement of intellectual property including patent, trademark and copyright); maritime (cruise lines, cargo operations, freight forwarders, arrests, maritime liens, general average, providers of necessaries, crew and labor issues); labor and employment (WARN Act and union issues).
Jim has written articles or lectured on a wide variety of topics, including mediation and arbitration topics such as “A Case for the Expanded Use of Mediation in Bankruptcy;” “How to Tank a Mediation without Even Trying;” “Supreme Court Holds that Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable;” “Supreme Court Punts on Issue of Arbitrability but Provides Guidance on Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards;” “Attorney Work Product Privilege Rather Than Mediation Privilege Protects Documents From Discovery;” and “Supreme Court Holds that Only Arbitrator and Not State Court Can Make Determination That Contract With Arbitration Clause Is ‘Null and Void Against Public Policy.’”