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Michelle Anchors, Mediator, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Michelle Anchors

AnchorsGordon, P.A.
2113 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Suite 100
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32579
Tel: (850) 863-1974
Fax: (850) 863-1591
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation
Video Conferencing
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Michelle Anchors is one of the Emerald Coast’s preeminent attorneys. A graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A. 1987) and the University of Florida College of Law (J.D. 1991), Michelle is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court Mediator and as a Qualified Arbitrator. She has maintains the highest rating offered by her professional peers in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review system, has been honored as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine, and is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

After graduating from law school, Michelle served as a law clerk to Justice Parker Lee McDonald of the Florida Supreme Court. She subsequently served as Deputy General Counsel to former Governor Lawton Chiles and was a member of his staff when he served in the United States Senate. As a former litigator and attorney for businesses, community associations and public sector clients, Michelle addresses conflicts with professionalism and strength. She brings energy, creativity and perseverence, whether the mediation is in person or via a video platform. 

Michelle and her family have been leaders in Northwest Florida for generations. In addition to serving as pro bono counsel to a number of local non-profit organizations, Michelle is personally and actively involved with a number of organizations and issues. Michelle is a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics, and has previously served as its Chair.  She recently chaired the political action committee “School Cents Makes Sense, Inc.,” an initiative to fund infrastructure for public schools. Former Governor Jeb Bush and former Governor Charlie Crist appointed Michelle to chair the Committee for a Sustainable Emerald Coast.

Michelle was named “Best Corporate Citizen” by Emerald Coast Magazine.  She was honored to serve as one of the founding members and first President of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, which raises and provides significant grant funding for deserving local non-profit organizations. Michelle has served as President of the Greater Fort Walton Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Okaloosa County School Readiness Coalition and on the boards of directors for the University of West Florida Foundation and the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Michelle enjoys long-distance open water swimming (recently completing an 8-mile swim off the Keys of Florida), backpacking with her family, and struggling to learn the cello.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Utilities
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA


  • Vanderbilt University (B.A. 1987)
  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D. 1991)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • President of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida
  • President of the Greater Fort Walton Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair of the Okaloosa County School Readiness Coalition
  • Board of Directors for the University of West Florida Foundation
  • Board of Directors Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Rates Information

$360 per hour

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