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A. Michelle Jernigan, Mediator & Arbitrator, Orlando, Florida.

A. Michelle Jernigan

Upchurch Watson White & Max
One Orlando Centre
800 North Magnolia Avenue, Suite 400
Orlando, FL 32803
Tel: (800) 863-1462
Fax: (407) 661-5743
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb
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  • Practice Commenced1988
  • # of MEDS (as of 18/7/24)3500
  • # of ARBS (as of 18/7/24)10
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


IIn 1988, Michelle Jernigan was one of the first mediators to be certified by the Florida Supreme Court. Since launching her mediation career in 1987, Ms. Jernigan has mediated thousands of cases throughout Florida. As a pioneer in mediation, she served as a consultant to the state’s Supreme Court as it established mediation mentorship rules. In 1997, Chief Justice Gerald Kogan appointed her to a four-year term on the Florida Supreme Court Mediation Training Review Board. Her service on the board continued through March 2013.

In her career as a mediator Ms. Jernigan has mediated multi-party, complex commercial cases, employment, property damage and personal injury cases to successful conclusion. She has decades of experience as a FINRA arbitrator, serving as sole arbiter and chair on three-panel arbitrations. Ms. Jernigan has arbitrated and continues to arbitrate consumer, commercial, employment, personal injury, family and real estate disputes. She has developed and implemented mediation training programs for Orlando Regional Healthcare Systems and Eckerd Corporation. Ms. Jernigan has trained hundreds of mediators in Florida, written numerous articles on mediation and is a recognized speaker in the field of ADR.


Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • J.D. Stetson University College of Law, 1981 B.S. (Political Science)
  • Stetson University, 1979
  • Nova University, Post Graduate Studies / Psychology
  • Florida Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Florida Certified Family Mediator
  • Certified U.S. District Court Mediator, Middle District of Florida
  • Florida Certified 5th DCA Appellate Mediator
  • Florida Qualified Arbitrator (1992 to present)
  • FINRA Arbitrator (1999 to present)
  • Super Lawyers (2006, 2014, 2015)
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Past Editor / Past Treasurer / Executive Council: ADR Section of The Florida Bar
  • Member / Board of Trustees/ Progam Chair: American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • Founding Member / Past Director / Past President: Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Author: “How Clients Think: The Brains Behind Decision Making”, Orange County Bar Briefs (June, July, August 2014)
  • Co-Author: “Ten Cornerstones of Effective Mediation Advocacy”, Claims Magazine (February, March 2014)
  • Co-Author: “The Mediator’s Role in the Family Business” ACCTM Publication: American Journal of Mediation (Volume 2, 2008)
  • Co-Author: “Mediation Proceedings” Chapter 8, Florida Dissolution of Marriage, (4th ed.1993)

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