Spencer Aronfeld, Esq.

Founder, Board Certified Trial Lawyer

Spencer Aronfeld has enjoyed powerful courtroom victories over Walt Disney World, Wild Oats, P.A.C. Construction, Fedan Tire, and Todel Apartments and has gained international recognition as a lawyer for the people.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Aronfeld graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991. Upon graduation, he founded his own firm, in Coral Gables, Florida. He has dedicated his life to representing individuals against corporate giants, such as the Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, Carnival Corporation, Florida Marlins, Bayside Marketplace, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami-Dade County, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., State Farm Insurance Company, United Automobile Insurance Company, Baptist Health South Florida, South Miami Hospital and International Airplane Leasing.

Aronfeld earned international recognition after his first jury trial, when an Orlando, Florida jury awarded his Uruguayan clients a $100,000.00 verdict against Walt Disney World. Before trial, Disney had offered his clients only $1,200.00. That verdict remains one of the largest in a personal injury case against the Mouse and his legal battle was recounted in the book, “Disney, the Mouse Betrayed.”

Aronfeld graduated from the Trial Lawyer College, a non-profit institution founded and directed by legendary trial lawyer, Gerry Spence in Dubois, Wyoming. Lawyers are admitted by invitation only and learn how to try cases on behalf of the people. Aronfeld has since returned as part of the faculty and has joined Spence on several of his nationwide book tours.

Aronfeld has hosted his own weekly radio talk and lectures frequently around the country to both lawyers and law students. He has appeared on Dr. Phil,The Doctors, NBC’s Today Show, Court TV, Primer Impacto, Univision, Montel, Tyra, Dateline NBC, America’s Most Wanted, The Insider, Cristina, Sevsec al Fondo, CNN and HLN with Jane Velez-Mitchell.

Aronfeld is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by both the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Board Certificate was established in 1982 by the Supreme Court of Florida. It provides clients with the assurance in the selection of legal counsel. A lawyer who is Board Certified by The Florida Bar has demonstrated ability and experience in the field of practice and has earned a reputation for professionalism with the legal community. Furthermore, a lawyer who is Board Certified by The Florida Bar exhibits outstanding character and ethics.

Aronfeld is an active member of The Florida Bar and has substantial experience in his area of specialty: Medical Malpractice , Personal Injury Law, Defective Products,  Dangerous Medical Devices, Recalled Prescription Drugs and Cruise Ship Passenger Accidents.

He has been recognized as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers and was named one of the “20 Most Intriguing Floridians” by Florida Magazine.

In addition to the Florida Bar, he is admitted to practice in Federal Court, the District of Colombia and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of American Justice Association, Miami-Dade Justice Association, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and an Eagle Member of the Florida Justice Association. His firm is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Aronfeld lectures at the prestigious Trial Lawyers College, founded by legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and open by invitation only; he also tours with Mr. Spence. He is licensed to practice in Florida and the District of Columbia, and was admitted to both the Federal District Court Practice (1992) and the Federal Trial Bar of the US District Court (1993). He has chaired numerous seminars for the Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers) and spoken at the annual convention of the American Association of Justice (Association of Trial Lawyers of America) in San Francisco, Maui and Phoenix.

Aronfeld has written numerous featured articles for the American Association for Justice’s “Trial Magazine” as well as other national legal publications which can be purchased on Amazon.  He frequently blogs concerning national legal issues, civil rights and the rights of the injured for the “Huffington Post.”

In 2010, in response to the earthquake in Haiti, Aronfeld founded Lawyers to the Rescue, a not for profit humanitarian initiative to provide legal assistance and civil rights activism for those in need.

In September 2010 Aronfeld’s first book was published, Sara Rose, Kid Lawyer. Sara Rose, Kid Lawyer is a fully illustrated children’s book that tells the story of a tenacious fourth-grade girl who likes to argue. He wrote the book to inspire young children and girls in particular to consider the legal profession. A portion of the proceeds of this book go to support Lawyers to the Rescue. The book can be purchased on Sara Rose Kid Lawyer. Aronfeld is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

In 2011, Aronfeld published his second book: Make It Your Own, the Ultimate Law Student’s Guide to Starting Your Own Law Firm.The book launched at Florida International University College of Law.

In 2011 Aronfeld coordinated the Student Trial Advocacy Competition for the American Association for Justice. The event was held at the University of Miami School of Law March 4-6, 2011. Students from 8 law schools participated in the event. See video here.

Despite his national visibility, Aronfeld is deeply tied to the Miami and South Florida.

Additional Credentials:

  • Named in Who’s Who in American Law as an Outstanding Young American (1998).
  • Lectured for the Coral Gables Bar Association on the First Amendment (1999).
  • Successfully sued Carnival Cruise Line, Bayside Marketplace, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami-Dade County, Mt.Sinai Hospital, South Miami Hospital, State Farm Insurance Company, United Automobile Insurance Company and International Airplane Leasing and others.
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell (AV ® Preeminent  5.0 out of 5).
  • Admitted to practice before the Federal District Court of Appeals (1993) and the United States Supreme Court (1996).
  • Earned a Trial Advocacy Skills Diploma and a Deposition Skills Diploma from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (1994 and 1997).
  • Was named an Advocate by the National College of Advocacy (2001).
  • Member of the American Bar Association.
  • Florida Super Lawyer (2010 and 2011).
  • South Florida’s Movers and Shakers (2006 – 2007, 2009 – 2010, 2014 – 2018).
  • Top Lawyer Personal Injury South Florida Legal Guide (2012).
  • Top Lawyer Medical Malpractice South Florida Legal Guide (2012).

Education

Juris Doctor, University of Miami School of Law, 1991
Cum Laude, Associate Editor Inter-American Law Review, Winner International Moot Court Competition (1991) Honorable Mention Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition Southeast Regionals-Best Oralist.

Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Miami , 1988
Italian Club-Founder (1985) The University of Miami Hurricane (1988)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Florida , 1991
District of Columbia, 1993
U.S. Supreme Court , 1996

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Lawyers to the Rescue
Member Since: 2010
Founder and Chairman of the Board

Florida Justice Association
Member Since: 1994
Eagle Member

American Association for Justice
Member Since: 1997
* Leader’s Forum * Law Schools Committee * Public Affairs Committee * Membership Oversight Committee

Public Justice Foundation
Member

American Bar Association

In high school one of my dearest childhood friends, Carrie Marcus, was diagnosed with incurable cancer. At the time, I did not even know what that meant. She missed most of our senior year. And when she came back to school she parked in a handicap space. She did not have the handicap decal and the school gave her a number of parking tickets. One day in class, she was telling this to our teacher. He told her to tell the principal. I asked if I could go and help her.I went to the principal and “argued” her case. He could see that she was ill, far more than I realized and agreed to waive the parking tickets. She thanked me for speaking for her.  That event stuck with me in my life. I had an enormous feeling of happiness, knowing that I was able to help my friend. I was always told that I would make a good lawyer. To me, every client is Carrie Marcus and I am proud of it.

Committees

Mr. Aronfeld has been appointed to the following committees of the American Association for Justice:

  • Law Schools Committee
  • Public Affairs Committee
  • Membership Oversight Committee