Orestes "Rusty" Perez, Esq.

Mediation Specialties 

Personal Injury, Auto Liability, Trucking Liability, Premises Liability, Medical Malpractice, Negligent Security, UM claims, SIU Fraud Claims, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice, Insurance Disputes, Bad Faith, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Cemetery and Funeral Home Negligence, Resort Negligence, Cruise Ship Negligence, Scuba Diving and Water Sport Negligence, Class Actions, Property/Casualty, Multinational Mediations


Nova Southeastern University

Shepard Broad Law Centre, Juris Doctorate

Barry University, BS

Memberships and Admissions

Florida Bar 1994

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit


Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Circuit Civil Mediator

Qualified Arbitrator

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Broward County Bar Association

Miami Dade County Bar Association

Cuban American Bar Association

Special Counsel, Zendo USA (Non Profit Organization)

Lecturer CLE Seminars

Lecturer CEU Seminars (Insurance Adjusters)

Guardian Ad Litem for minors


Fluent in Spanish

Interests / Activities

Martial Arts (Kenpo & Tai Chi)

Hiking / Camping


Mediation Philosophy

One must listen before one hears. Listening for what is truly motivating each party toward their respective goals is the key to a successful mediation.

Having litigated, mediated, tried and argued appeals in hundreds of cases in Circuit and Federal Courts, the key to success has always been, understanding what motivates each participant. We all come to the table with unique backgrounds, biases, experiences and negotiation styles. One of my roles as a mediator is to recognize the intangible elements that affect meaningful dialogue and negotiation. By understanding these elements I am able to guide the dialogue and negotiations through the pitfalls that often needlessly result in an impasse.

I am committed to the process of mediation and the goal of resolution. I will work hard to gain an unbiased understanding of your case and the other sides' case. I AM NOT A MESSAGE CARRIER! I will tirelessly explore the evidentiary, legal and practical issues in your case to facilitate meaningful dialogue and negotiations. I will offer creative options and solutions for the parties to consider. I view myself as a guide that will take you from conflict to resolution providing a road map that is specifically customized for your case with all of its unique elements. But this road must be traveled with objectivity.

Significantly, objectivity through insight comes only from having been in your seat at mediation. I have been blessed with the experience of having represented defendants and plaintiffs throughout my career. I have had the pleasure of working with almost every major insurance carrier and major self-insured company doing business in Florida. I have also had the honor of representing injured parties throughout the State of Florida. I have prepared hundreds of Case Evaluation Reports for the Insurance Companies and hundreds of Demand Packages for injured Victims. I have litigated and tried cases in both capacities. I KNOW BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE . . .

I look forward to successful mediations for all.