Michael J. Gelfand

Michael Gelfand

MICHAEL J. GELFAND, a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer, Certified Circuit and County Civil Court Mediator, Homeowners’ Association Mediator, Arbitrator, and Parliamentarian.

Mr. Gelfand is the senior partner of Gelfand & Arpe, P.A.  Located in West Palm Beach, his firm emphasizes a community association law practice, counseling associations and owners how to set legitimate goals and how to effectively achieve those goals.  Mr. Gelfand is also a co-owner of ARC Mediation, Palm Beach County’s largest mediation and arbitration firm.

Mr. Gelfand is Immediate Past Chair of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, the Bar’s largest substantive law section with over 10,000 members.  He has served as the Section’s Real Property Division Director, and chaired the Section’s Legislative Review Committee, and the Section’s Condominium and Planned Development Committee.  He also chaired the Palm Beach County Bar’s Community Association Law Continuing Legal Education Committee.

He served many terms as Special Master for the City of Boca Raton after chairing the City’s Builders Board of Adjustment and Appeals.  He received a gubernatorial appointment to the Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Michael Gelfand is a sought after community association law commentator, including presentations for the American Bar Association, American Legal Institute, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, The Florida Bar, the University of Miami and the Chautauqua Institute, among others.

His writings have received acclaim, including “The Plaza East Trilogy: Not a Nursery Rhyme, but Scary Warfare”, The Florida Bar Journal, a critical analysis of the collision between hurricanes and Florida’s condominium property insurance legislation.  The Florida Bar has published his works including “Alternate Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Mediation” and “Condominium and Homeowner Association Liens” and many statutory updates.

Mr. Gelfand has been recognized nationally, as a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers, and as a Fellow of the renowned American College of Real Estate Lawyers, serving as Chair of ACREL’s Common Interest Ownership Committee.

Michael Gelfand believes in personal community involvement and encourages others to become involved in their communities.  He is a recipient of the Palm Beach County Pro Bono Child Advocate of the Year Award.  His public school volunteer efforts include serving as the real estate/construction appointee on the Palm Beach County School District’s Construction Oversight and Review Committee, and as a magistrate for the District’s Law Magnet Program.  He has also served as chair and as a director of the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County, Florida.

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