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Gary Birnberg, Mediator & Arbitrator, Miami, Florida.

Gary Birnberg

600 Brickell Avenue
Suite 2600
Miami, FL 33131
Tel: (305) 371-5267
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Facilitation & Systems Design, Insurance Umpire, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 2009
  • Total Mediations (as of Oct 2021): 400
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Oct 2021): 55
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Gary Birnberg, Esq., FCIArb is a full time arbitrator and mediator, specializing in the resolution of a diverse array of commercial matters both domestic and international, with particular experience in insurance/re-insurance, aviation, life sciences, sports and entertainment, fine art, and luxury goods. He has served as mediator, arbitrator, or special master in over 500 disputes and is known for employing his legal acumen and business skills to quickly grasp the facts in complex cases. He is appreciated by attorneys and clients for his ability to nurture trust and for the determination and creativity that he employs to find common settlement ground among the parties.

Mr. Birnberg is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit and Appellate mediator admitted to the Bar in four U.S. states, including New York and the District of Columbia, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has served as an arbitrator or mediator and sits on panel lists maintained by institutions worldwide, including CAM-CCBC, ICC, ICDR, and JAMS. He is a sought-after speaker and trainer in various areas of ADR. Recently, he single-handedly mediated to settlement a US$600 million limit of liability insurance claim in an international, multi-lingual mediation with 56 participants, including insured, insured’s institutional shareholders, numerous insurers and re-insurers, and attorneys for all direct and interested parties.

He has been recognized for his work in both Arbitration and Mediation by Best Lawyers (USA 2022) and in Mediation by Leaders League (Brazil 2021)

Mr. Birnberg is a U.S. citizen and permanent resident of Brazil, fluent in English, French, and Portuguese with conversational capacity in Italian and Spanish.

Case Experience

  • Admiralty
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Debt Collections
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mining
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Natural Disasters
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Wrongful Death


  • M.B.A., INSEAD, 1986
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1985
  • B.A., International Relations, University of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Past Chair, International Bar Association, Mediation Committee
  • Co-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, International Law Section, Florida Bar
  • Founding Chair, Florida Chapter, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North America Branch
  • Past President and past Chair, French-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida
  • Member, University of Miami Citizens Board
  • Member, CBAR - Brazilian Arbitration Committee
  • Member, Miami International Arbitration Society
  • Member, University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program
  • Member, Rules Committee ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, 2021-present
  • Expert Assessor, CDRC Vienna: IBA-VIAC Mediation and Negotiation Competition, 2016-present
  • Operating Committee CDRC Vienna 2018-present
  • Submissions Judge, CONIMA - CBAME, 2015-2019
  • Judge CAMARB Mediation Competition 2018
  • Judge and Mediator, ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) International Mediation Competition, 2016-2020
  • Member Local Organizing Committee, Global Pound Conference: Miami, 2016-2017

Panelist, approved Neutral, or has served as neutral for following institutions

  • AAA American Arbitration Association
  • ADR Agency For Dispute Resolution (Los Angeles)
  • CAE Mediation and Arbitration Chamber of European Chambers of Commerce (São Paulo)
  • CAfA Court of Arbitration for Art (The Hague)
  • CAM-CCBC – Center of Arbitration and Mediation – Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (São Paulo)
  • CAMARB - Brazilian Chamber of Business Arbitration
  • CAMRJ Maritime Arbitration Chamber of Rio de Janeiro
  • CBMA - Brazilian Center of Mediation and Arbitration (Rio de Janeiro)
  • CCFB Mediation Center of the Chamber of Commerce France-Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
  • CIESP/FIESP Center of Industries of the State of São Paulo / Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo
  • CMAA Câmara de Mediação e Arbitragem ACIF (Associação Comercial e Industrial de Floranópolis)
  • CMAP Mediation and Arbitration Center of Paris
  • CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (New York): Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
  • CPR-CMAP joint panel for complex, high value, bilingual, international commercial cases
  • FINRA - Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • ICC - International Chamber of Commerce
  • ICDR - International Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Russian Arbitration Center at Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration
  • Vienna International Arbitral Center (VIAC)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New York

Rates Information

$450 / hour

$8,000 / day for complex commercial / cross-border / multilingual cases

1/2 hourly rate for travel outside Miami-Dade / Broward Counties

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