Judge Marvin S. Kaminetz (Ret.)

The Platt Group
P. O. Box 6604
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Areas Of Practice

Child Custody
Partnership Disputes
Personal Injury
Real Estate
Same Sex Disputes
Trusts and Estates


Judge Marvin S. Kaminetz (Ret.) is currently engaged in private mediation, arbitration of civil litigation with a concentration in the areas of Family Law, Personal Injury, Real and Personal Property disputes. Judge Kaminetz practiced law in St. Mary’s County for 21 years before being appointed to the Circuit Court in 1989 and being elected thereafter toa 15 year term in 1990. He therefore brings over 40 years of experience to the resolution of disputes.
In the Family Law, in addition to 21 years of law practice before going on the Bench, Judge Kaminetz brings his 15 years experience as a Master for Juvenile Causes as well as his experience as a Director on the St. Mary’s County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Board. He also served on the St. Mary’s County Commission on Women. His background teaching in the Rape and Sexual Assault Prevention Program in the St. Mary’s County Public School System makes him uniquely qualified to evaluate and resolve disputes relating to children’s issues and their best interests.
Judge Kaminetz is a former Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, President of the St. Mary’s County Bar Association, member of the Maryland and American Bar Association as well as the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He is widely respected and sought after as a mediator and Neutral evaluator of Family Law and other cases.


are a group of experienced and respected retired appellate and trial court judges, attorney adjudicators, a nationally renown and respected neuro-psychologist and sophisticated community mediators with backgrounds as elected and appointed officials who have mediated federal, state, local and community disputes. We offer experience and expertise in specific practice areas as well as advanced skill-based training in the mediation, arbitration, neutral case evaluation, and case management of both simple and complex litigation. All of our neutrals continue to educate themselves in both their specialized practice areas and in dispute resolution skill development.



You should choose us because The Platt Group provides dispute resolution services tailored to your specific dispute. We are highly trained, thoroughly experienced neutrals who are knowledgeable in the law governing your dispute and have experience in adjudicating, litigating, mediating, arbitrating and evaluating cases with similar issues to those in your case.   We recognize that most disputes have a legal, economic and social / psychological component, and that sometimes they cannot be separated. Each must therefore be addressed in the conflict resolution process. The Neutral in The Platt Group who will work with you, your counsel and the other parties to resolve your dispute will be selected by you based on his or her background and experience which is available on this website and in written materials through our offices. If you desire assistance in selecting a neutral, a panel or team of neutrals, our trained administrator, or upon request our founding member, Judge Steven I. Platt (Ret.) will provide additional information and assistance in selecting the right neutral for your case. Our neutrals present a broad range of backgrounds, education, and experience. We will meet your dispute resolution needs fairly, efficiently and economically.




The Platt Group is different because its neutrals are selected by you with our assistance if requested based on the neutrals knowledge, background and experience in adjudicating, resolving and evaluating cases with issues similar to those presented by your case or controversy.  The panel of neutrals available through The Platt Group includes retired judges and highly trained and experienced practitioners in many different areas.  These include professional liability, business conflict and litigation including, simple and complex tort and contract disputes, regulatory practice, appeals from administrative agencies (federal, state and local), intellectual property, real estate, land use and family law.

The Platt Group also uniquely offers in certain cases at competitive prices co-mediators or panel of 3 arbitrators where the parties and counsel recognize the need for expertise in multiple disciplines.  We also work directly with forensic accountants and other professionals with whom we can consult if business or property valuations are needed to efficiently mediate and economically arbitrate a case as a part of a unified rapid and reliable dispute resolution process.  We also uniquely offer a mediation or neutral case evaluation by co-mediators or evaluators made up of a retired judge and a PHD neuro-psychologist in family law cases or experts in related disciplines in other cases.



The Platt Group boasts a Distinguished Panel of Neutrals who are each experienced retired Judges, lawyers, distinguished professionals and/or past elected and appointed officials providing services including Settlement Conferencing , Mediation, Arbitration, Neutral Case Evaluation, Public Policy Facilitation, Dispute Resolution System Design , as well as Discovery Mediation and / or Arbitration / Special Master.

Judge Marvin S. Kaminetz (Ret.)

PO Box 6604

Annapolis, MD 21401


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