Member Profile: Terrance Edward Schmidt

Terrance Edward Schmidt
Bledsoe, Schmidt, Lang & Wilkinson, P.A.
501 Riverside Avenue
Suite 903
Jacksonville, FL 32202
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Tel: (904) 398-1818
Fax: (904) 398-7073

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Terrance Edward Schmidt has substantive case experience in the following areas...

ADA Disability
Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Civil Rights
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Elder Abuse
Intellectual Property
Land Use/Planning
Libel & Slander
Medical Malpractice
Mortgage Foreclosure
Nursing Homes
Pensions / ERISA
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Negligence
Real Estate
Trusts / Estates
Unfair Competition
Venture Capital
Wage & Hour/FMLA
Wrongful Death



Work History:

Vice-President/Shareholder, Bledsoe & Schmidt, P.A. (and predecessor firms) 1979 - present; Associate/Partner - Mahoney, Hadlow, Chambers & Adams (1973 - 1978); certified as a mediator by the Florida Supreme Court in 1997; certified as a Federal District Court mediator by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 1997; appointed by the American Arbitration Association to its Commercial Panel of Neutrals in 1998; certified as an American Arbitration Association Mediator in 1999.

I have mediated more than 4,000 cases in state and federal courts and for the American Arbitration Association over the past 19 years, including, among others, a breach of contract claim in the telecommunications industry involving a claim of more than $400 million; a commercial breach of contract and breach of warranty case involving claims of over $30 million;  a first party bad faith insurance claim for over $25 million; a consolidated action involving multiple securities fraud and negligent supervision claims in excess of $20 million; a dispute between FDIC and a borrower and a subsequent dispute between the borrower and a third party involving real property valued in excess of $20 million; a dissenting stockholders-rights dispute involving claims in excess of $15 million; a catastrophic burn case involving claims in excess of $10 million; a dispute between a sponsor and a cigarette manufacturer over a NASCAR promotion involving a claim in excess of $5 million; numerous condominium construction disputes involving claims in excess of $5 million; a wrongful death/Civil Rights case involving claims in excess of $2 million; and numerous personal injury, employment discrimination, construction, and other commercial cases involving claims in excess of $1,000,000.

As an attorney representing a party to multi-party cases, I have been involved in numerous multi-party mediations or settlement conferences, including litigation involving antitrust and tort claims filed by a former National Football League team owner against the National Football League and others in which the claimed damages exceeded $450 million; an insurance insolvency case in which the claims exceeded $20 million; an ERISA class action against the trustees of profit sharing plan involving a claimed loss exceeding $10 million; a toxic tort case in which 43 families sued a major waste hauling company and the United States Government for personal injuries arising out of a contaminated landfill which was settled by one defendant for $8.5 million and was tried against the other defendant; and construction litigation by a condominium association against the developer, architect, and contractor for damages exceeding $3.0 million. As a mediator, I have been involved in over 500 multi-party disputes involving all kinds of claims, including major construction cases.


  • Wittenberg University, B.A., Political Science (1967)
  • Duke Law School, J.D. (1973)
  • Editor, Duke Law Journal (1972-1973)

ADR Training:
ADR Section Seventh Annual CME Seminar 6/2014; ADR Section Sixth Annual CME Seminar 5/2013; National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) 8/2012 Advanced Mediation Training Retreat; ADR Section of Dispute Resolution (JBA), Fifth Annual CME Seminar 6/2012; NADN Advanced Mediation Training Retreat 2011; Fourth Annual Institute on Advanced Mediation-Advocacy Skills Training:  2005;

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional Licenses:
Admitted to the Bar: Florida, 1973; Admitted to United States Supreme Court, 9th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal, and United States District Court for Middle District of Florida.

Awards & Honors:
Master, Chester Bedell Inn of Court; Senior Counsel, The College of Master Advocates and Barristers; listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2001- , (Woodward White, Inc.) for Commercial Litigation; named in Jacksonville's Best Lawyers by Jacksonville Magazine (February 2001) and November 2004; honored in 2002 with a Resolution by The Florida Bar for pro bono service as Special Counsel to the Florida Bar in the F. Lee Bailey disbarment

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association (Section on Dispute Resolution);
  • Florida Bar Association (Special Counsel to The Florida Bar);
  • Jacksonville Bar Association;
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators;
  • Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society


  • $195 per hour per party for two-party dispute
  • $450 per hour to be divided among the parties for a multi-party dispute

  • $3,400 per day; $ 425 per hour


Terrance Edward Schmidt is a member of our FL chapter, Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society, Florida's premier roster of distinguished attorney-mediators. The FCCMS profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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