Mr. Matthew S. SarelsonKaplan Young & Moll Parron
600 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Web Site: Kaplan Young & Moll Parron
Law School: George Mason Univ (2004)
Matthew Sarelson’s practice is primarily business litigation and business torts, including partnership,
shareholder, board and corporate disputes, fiduciary, fraud, franchise, banking and real estate
litigation, as well as employment litigation and counseling.
Sarelson also has an extensive but discreet executive compensation practice where he counsels
high-level managers, c-level officers, professional athletes and musicians, doctors, professors and
law firm partners in employment and compensation contracts, severance agreements and noncompete
and non-solicit restrictions.
Born and raised in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, and educated in Virginia and
Washington, D.C., Matthew combines New York street smarts with Southern charm, enabling
him to litigate with ingenuity, compassion and tact. He pours his passion for the law into effective
legal pleadings, setting a high standard for the quality of work litigators deliver.
Following his cum laude graduation from George Mason University School of Law, Matthew
headed to Miami, Florida, eager to take advantage of the area’s international lifestyle and
entrepreneurial business environment. Matthew honed his legal analysis and writing skills during
his clerkship for the Honorable Frank Shepherd of Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals.
Before joining KYMP, he owned and operated his own law firm and gained valuable litigation
experience at the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. While at Morgan
Lewis, Matthew defended Fortune 250 companies in employment and wrongful death suits, and
the firm enjoyed the honor of being named American Lawyer Magazine’s Litigation Firm of the
Year during Sarelson’s time as at the firm. He also worked for the well-known Miami litigation
firm Isicoff, Ragatz & Koenigsberg, P.L. and was a partner at Conrad & Scherer, LLP in Fort
Lauderdale handling fiduciary duty litigation on behalf of major investors in the now infamous
Scott Rothstein billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
The Florida legal community has taken notice of Sarelson’s work since he branched out on his
own in 2007. Florida Trend Magazine named Sarelson a “Legal Elite Up and Comer” in every
year since 2008, an honor bestowed upon 150 out of 103,000 attorneys under age 40. Florida
Super Lawyers honored him as a top “Up and Comer” in every year since 2009, and South
Florida Legal Guide featured him as a top “Up and Comer” in every year since 2009. In 2008,
when he was just 30 years old, his nationwide leadership in filing FACTA lawsuits on behalf of
consumers prompted LawyersUSA to feature him in a cover story.
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Additionally, the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Daily Business Review, South Florida
Business Journal, Washington Times, Bloomberg, and the Jim DeFede Radio Show, as well as
numerous other papers throughout Florida, have interviewed Sarelson, looking to his experience
with high-stakes and groundbreaking investor, fraud, business and employment lawsuits. Also, in
2011, SmartMoney Magazine featured a discussion of Sarelson’s class action suit against Paragon
Properties of Costa Rica in a feature about the dangers of investing in Central American real
Sarelson uses his extensive litigation experience to inform the community and his peers. He led a
sexual harassment prevention seminar for blind employees at The Miami Lighthouse for the
Blind. He also moderated a panel discussion with nationally renowned negligent security attorney
John Leighton at a premises liability seminar.
Outside of the office, Sarelson enjoys being very active in local and national politics. He served
on the City of Miami Beach’s Community Development Advisory Board and the Board of
Directors of the Young President’s Club at Mt. Sinai Medical Center Foundation on Miami
Beach. He also co-chaired the 2009 and 2010 Jurisprudence Receptions. He advises several local
politicians and candidates, remains active in ORT America and serves on the Board of Directors
of Yupro, Inc., d/b/a The Oasis, a non-profit that supports entrepreneurship and community
involvement for 20 and 30 year olds. At the national level, he is active in Maverick PAC.
Sarelson also travels extensively, having visited countries in Asia, South America and Europe,
and he strongly advocates international trade and development. Sarelson believes Miami should
and will play a central role in international affairs and growth.
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