Steven Gard is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator who practiced the majority of his more than 40-year legal career in the areas of securities litigation and arbitration. He has authored many articles and spoken on securities topics at legal education and securities industry seminars. He has also served as an arbitrator and mediator for FINRA, the New York Stock Exchange and the American Arbitration Association, as well as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mr. Gard is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and has practiced law since 1976. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mr. Gard was certified in 2010 by The Florida Bar as an expert in the field of business litigation. This field includes litigation in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies, mediators and arbitrators. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by The Florida Bar. Mr. Gard is licensed to practice in the states of Florida, Georgia and Missouri, and in several federal district and appellate courts. In 2017 Mr. Gard was invited to join the faculty of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, a national group of approximately 150 faculty members who train attorneys in state Attorneys General offices throughout the country. Since then he has participated in national training programs which included trial advocacy, settlement strategies, and deposition techniques. Mr. Gard retired in 2020 from the Office of the Florida Attorney General to begin a full-time mediation practice.