Larry R. Leiby

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Larry Leiby, Esq., widely recognized as one of the foremost experts in Florida Construction Law, was Of Counsel to MALKA & KRAVITZ, P.A. from the firm's inception until he retired in 2017. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Leiby had been practicing construction law in Florida since 1973. He was the founder and first chairman of the Construction Law Committee in the Real Property Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Leiby was appointed to the inaugural Florida Bar Construction Law Certification Committee in 2004 and chaired that committee in 2006-7. Mr. Leiby was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Bar Construction Law Committee in 2008.

For over 40 years as an advocate Mr. Leiby handled construction disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitration. Mr. Leiby has been selected for the following distinctions by peer review: Martindale Hubble AV rating; Martindale-Hubble Register of Preeminent Attorneys (in Construction Law); Woodard/White's Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA American's Leading Business Lawyers; List of Top Lawyers in South Florida by South Florida Legal Guide; Florida's Top Lawyers listed in Florida Monthly; Florida Super Lawyers by Law & Politics, and American Research Corporation "Leading Florida Attorney."

Mr. Leiby is an adjunct faculty member at the Florida International University College of Law, teaching construction law. He is also the author the Florida Construction Law Manual, published by The West Group, Thomson Reuters, annually and online as part of the Florida Practice Series in Westlaw.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. - 1973
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
    • B.M. - 1969

Published Works

  • "Florida Construction Law Manual" (first published in 1981 by Shepard's/McGraw-Hill), Currently Published Annually by Thomson West as Volume 8 of the Florida Practice Series
  • "Florida Construction Lien and Payment Bond Primer" (Approved text for Florida State Construction Licensing Examination), Part of The Contractor's Manual, Published by ABC East Coast Chapter, 1999, 2004, 2007
  • "Contractual Indemnity in Construction for Your Negligence - What Year is it?", The Florida Bar Journal, July/August, 2003
  • "1998 Changes to the Florida Construction Lien Law", The Florida Bar Journal, September, 1999
  • "Survey of Construction Law", Nova Law Review 1992 and 1994
  • "The Role and Liability of the Qualifying Agent in a Corporate Structure", Co-authors with David J. Valdini and Wilson Barnes, Florida International University, 1993
  • "Subcontractor's guide to the Mechanics' Lien Law", ASA So. Fla., 1976
  • How to Comply with Chapter 558 Florida Statutes: Current Challenges amd Future Changes, Florida Bar Journal, February, 2009
  • The Interaction Between Arbitration & Construction Lien Enforcement, AAA Dispute Resolution Journal, Volume 68, Number 2, 2011
  • When is a Final Construction Lien Release Really Final?, Florida Bar Journal, January, 2012
  • "Professional Liability Policies 101", Construction Today, August, 2012
  • "DRB’S Offer a Proactive Approach to Dispute Avoidance/Resolution", Engineering News Record, September, 2012
  • "Class Arbitrations Under Attack – But Survive", Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, Vol. 7 No. 1, 2013
  • "Construction Dispute Resolution - A Comparison of Rules and Fees from U.S. Arbitration Organizations", Florida Bar Journal, 2014

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Arellano Construction Corp.
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter
  • Bostic Steel, Inc.
  • Builders Notice Corp.
  • Coastal Masonry, Inc.
  • Decktight Roofing Services, Inc.
  • Elite Restorations, Inc.
  • G.T. Construction and Development, Inc.
  • Hollub Construction Group
  • Kast Construction Company
  • Kolter Property Company
  • Sumitomo Corp.
  • OHL Building, Inc.
  • Miami-Dade College
  • West Palm Beach Housing Authority


  • Construction Law, Florida International University College of Law, 2008 - Present
  • Construction Law Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Florida Bar Real Property Section, 1977 - Present
  • Construction Law, Construction Law Case Studies and Construction Claims, Florida International University Department of Construction Management, 1994 - 1996
  • Construction Liens, Builders Notice Corp., 1976 - Present
  • Construction Liens, Payment Bonds, Construction Contract Drafting, Construction Contract Administration and Alternate Dispute Resolution, Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board, 1995 - Present
  • Basic Construction Arbitrator Training, American Arbitration Association, 1996 - 1997
  • Arbitrator II, Construction Arbitrator Training, American Arbitration Association, 1999 - Present
  • Arbitration Behind the Scenes, Florida Bar Construction Law Masters Institute, 2008 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Florida Bar Construction Law Committee, 2008
  • American Subcontractors Association Leonard A. Weiss Legislative Achievement Award, 1998
  • Excellence in Construction Education Award from Florida Institute of Technology Construction Industry Advisory Board, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Construction Law Committee of the Real Property Section of the Florida Bar, Founder, Chair (1976-1992), member (1993-present)
  • Construction Law Certification Committee, (2004-present), Chair (2006-7)
  • American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, 1976 - Present
  • American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section, Chairman for State of Florida, 1992 - 1995; Member 1989 - Present
  • American Arbitration Association, 1992 - Present
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Director of East Florida Chapter, 1999 - 2008
  • Associated General Contractors, 2000 - Present