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Michael J. Schofield, Mediator & Arbitrator, Pensacola, Florida.

Michael J. Schofield

Clark Partington
125 East Intendencia Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Tel: (850) 434-8141
Fax: (850) 432-7340
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Alabama

Other ADR Services: Facilitation & Systems Design, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1996
  • # of MEDS (as of 18/7/24)2500
  • # of ARBS (as of 18/7/24)200
Current Practice
Online / In-Person



Michael J. Schofield has 40 years experience in litigation in complex tort matters, products, liability, aviation, medical malpractice, insurance coverage and bad faith claims.  He began his career at Kimbrell & Hamann in Miami, Florida in 1983.  He returned to North Florida in 1989 and practices at one of Pensacola’s most prestigious firms, Clark, Partington. Mr. Schofield has represented both plaintiffs and defendants and has tried cases ranging from simple tort claims to aviation crash claims and currently litigates and mediates.

Mr. Schofield has written articles for Florida’s Trial Advocate Quarterly, Law Seminars, Inc., and other publications both in Alabama and Florida.  He has provided seminar speeches to various groups.  He served on numerous boards and committees, including the Florida Bar Committee on Aviation at its inception.  Mr. Schofield is a past or current member of ATLA, Florida Trial Lawyers Association, Alabama Trial Lawyers, DRI, International Association of Defense Counsel (invitation only), and other groups.  He obtained Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of AV, signifying excellence in his field and the highest of ethical standards.  Past clients included individuals, corporations, airlines, fixed-base operators (FBO’s), pilots, air crew members, construction companies, manufacturers, and sales and distribution companies.  

 Mr. Schofield is licensed to practice law in Florida and Alabama, and is also a Circuit Court Certified Mediator and an Alabama Mediator. He has been involved in mediating under the Florida Hurricane mediation program in residential and commercial matters and through the Florida State Department of Financial Services.

Mr. Schofield is a member in good standing in all courts in the State of Florida and State of Alabama, all Florida and Alabama Federal District Courts, and the Eleventh Circuit and Fifth Circuit US Courts of Appeal.         

Mr. Schofield attends arbitration training courses on a regular basis.  He is a Rostered Arbitrator in Alabama, under the auspices of the Alabama Dispute Resolution Center, and a Qualified Arbitrator in Florida.  He regularly attends the Dispute Resolution Center’s annual convention to continue his mediation and arbitration training and a current member of various professional mediation and alternative dispute organizations.  Mr. Schofield currently mediates, serves as arbitrator, and serves as umpire in appraisal claims while maintaining an active legal practice.

Mr. Schofield may be reached at Clark Partington Attorneys At Law at (850) 434-9200 or or his website for mediations and arbitrations, which includes an interactive calendar, can be found at

Pensacola office:
125 East Intendencia Street, 4th Floor
Pensacola, FL 32502

Destin Office:
4100 Legendary Drive Suite 200
Destin, Florida 32541

Santa Rosa Beach Office:
1414 County HWY 283 S., Suite B 
Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459

Tallahassee Office:
106 E. College Avenue, Suite 600
Tallahassee FL 32301


Case Experience

  • Admiralty
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Telecommunications
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of Florida (B.S., 1980)
  • University of Florida (J.D., 1983) 
       Moot Court; Appellant Advocacy Honors; and
       Academic Honors 1981, 1983
  • Luther Rice University and Seminary (M.A., 2013)
        Master of Arts  Apologetics 2013
  • Board Certified in Aviation Law (2017)
  • Commercial Pilot, multi-engine, instrument ratings
  • Certificated Flight Instructor, single, multi, and instrument

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Committee on Aviation Law, 1985-1986, 2004-present; 
  • Member, Construction Law Committee, 2007 
  • Florida Bar (1983)
  • Alabama State Bar (1993)
  • American Bar Association - Torts and Insurance Practice Section
    - Former Member ABA Committee on Aviation Law
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (Panel Attorney)
  • Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
    - (also past chairman, Legislation Committee and Committee on Auto/Transportation,
    Board Liason for both, Board of Directors 1997 - 2003)
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • A.E. Rho National Honorary Broadcasting Society
  • I.A.D.C. (International Association of Defense Counsel-invitation only membership)
  • Member, Med Marc Product Liability Network
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
  • Appellate Advocacy Advanced Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell - AV rated

Rates Information

$425.00 per hour, split between the parties. Videoconferencing is also available, without the necessity of live appearances for any or all parties.  Please contact us to arrange a live or  videoconference mediation, arbitration, or appraisal hearing.


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