Emory University, B.B.A., Accounting, 1983
1987, Florida; 1988, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, March 23, 1961
City Commissioner, City of Cooper City, Florida, 1995-2004; Cooper City Planning & Zoning Board Member, 1990-1995 and 2004-2009, Chair, 2006-2007; Special Magistrate, City of Cooper City, 2009-; Board of Directors, David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 2014-; Nova Southeastern University Ambassadors Board, 2014-; Board of Directors E.A.S.E. Foundation; Davie/Cooper City Chamber of Commerce, Board Member; Vice President, 1st Trust Title, Inc.
M. Scott Kleiman is an experienced and dedicated trial and transactional attorney who has practiced law in Dade, Broward and throughout Florida for more than 25 years. He represents clients in the areas of real estate and corporate transactional matters, after devoting many years of his practice to commercial litigation. He continues to litigate select matters for his clients, primarily in commercial and real estate based actions—including lender-creditor matters, foreclosures, landlord-tenant disputes, and partnership and shareholder disputes, consumer and collection matters.
Kleiman’s real estate transactional representation and experience includes: the purchase and sale of commercial and residential real property; real estate secured lending, including construction, term, acquisition and refinancing of secured loans; commercial and residential leasing; representation of institutional lenders and developers; the sale, acquisition and financing of hotel properties; workouts and restructuring of problem real estate loans; condominium formation and conversions; and, land-use and zoning representation before governmental entities.
Additionally, Kleiman provides his clients with counseling in negotiating and documenting of residential and commercial real estate transactions. Among his significant accomplishments included the representation of financial institutions a developer in negotiating, structuring and documenting acquisition and construction loans, and the representation of the seller in an $80,000,000.00 beachfront hotel transaction.
Kleiman’s practice also encompasses corporate matters. He provides his clients with representation in matters including stock and asset based acquisitions and sales; corporate and limited liability company formation; employment and independent contractor agreements; non-disclosure and non-competition agreements; shareholder and operating agreements; management agreements; confidentiality agreements; limited liability company transactions; and the resolution of shareholder disputes.
Kleiman is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. According to Martindale-Hubbell the rating indicates an attorney has reached “the height of professional excellence” and “is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.” He strives for successful dispute resolution through creative counseling and negotiation to achieve a settlement tailored to his client’s goals and needs—prior to trial or by trial before a judge, jury, or arbitration board.
Kleiman also has a strong record of community involvement. He served three terms as a City Commissioner in Cooper City, and was appointed in August 2009 as a Special Magistrate for Cooper City. Upon his appointment, he left his position as a member of the City’s Planning and Zoning Board, after ten years of service, five before becoming a City Commissioner and the last five after hitting his City Commission term limit. In addition, he has served the logistics chair for the Relay for Life; served as the Chair of the E.A.S.E. Foundation—a community based assistance charity; was a member of the Davie/Cooper City Rotary Club; active in the Davie/Cooper City Chamber of Commerce serving as the chair of both the Education and the Governmental Affairs committees; served on the Board of Directors and as Second Vice-President of the Broward League of Cities; and served on the Broward County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Active with children, he also founded the Broward Blaze Travel Sport Club, Inc., where he served as the head coach of the national champion Broward Blaze travel baseball team for twelve seasons. He is active in the Nova Titan Booster Club.