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William Leininger
William Leininger

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William Leininger

We have offered Divorce Mediation services since 1994.  We conduct most Divorce Mediations via Zoom videoconference so you do not have to travel to a Divorce Mediator’s office, but can attend from home or work!.  If clients wish to do face-to-face mediations in our downtown  Sarasota law office we always try to accomadate them!  Most of our clients wish to divorce with dignity, and with as little emotional injury to their children. Other clients are attracted to our mediation service because a “cash business” or other unreported income situation is present and they desire total confidentiality while negotiating their divorce.

We offer a Free initial 30 minute introductory mediation session via Zoom so that you and your spouse will have an opportunity to get to know Mr. Leininger and he can answer all your questions.

What have you got to lose???

Mr. Leininger was admitted to the New York Bar in 1975, and was subsequently admitted to the Bars of New Jersey and Florida. He devotes his practice solely to Divorce Mediation matters in Florida, New York, and New Jersey. He has been a Certified Divorce Mediator in New York since 1994. Mr. Leininger is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator (28593F). He is also a trained Florida Elder Mediator and a trained Florida Eldercaring Coordinator, and a qualified Florida Parenting Coordinator.

Mr. Leininger has lectured on Divorce Mediation for over 25 years .  We believe that he is one of  the most experienced attorney Divorce Mediators in Sarasota! He has appeared on national TV & radio programs including the Sallie Jessie Raphael Show, The Phil Donahue Show, The Today Show on NBC, CBS Eyewitness News, etc!

Mr. Leininger is a founding member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, and is also a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. and the New York State Council on Divorce.

ADR Experience

Mr. Leininger has mediated over 850 divorce matters in his Mediation Practice since 1996. Many of his Divorce Mediation cases involved business owners and medical professionals, assets of millions of dollars, and Civil Service pensions, and bitter custody disputes.


We provide clients with knowledge of the relevant laws regarding Divorce and then empower the clients to come to a resolution which they can both embrace as fair and reasonable. Our goal is to encourage Divorce with Dignity!


Mr. Leininger graduated from Regis High School in Manhattan, and St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Leininger graduated with the Rank of #1 in his Evening Division graduation class of Fordham Law School in 1974

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Conflict Coach
  • Counselor
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Representational Lawyer



Fees and Provisos

The Divorce Mediation Retainer is $2000 for most Florida mediation cases. All retainer deposits are refunded if not used up, and all retainer deposits are held in our Escrow Account and billed generally on a monthly basis.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • NYSCDM - NY St. Council on Div. Mediation
  • FAPM - FL Acad. of Professional Mediators
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators