In 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, Ms. Jernigan served as a consultant to the Florida 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. Ms. Jernigan's service on the Board continued through March 2013.
In her 29-year career as a mediator Ms. Jernigan has mediated multi-party, multi-district cases to successful conclusion. She has experience mediating a broad range of civil disputes: commercial, personal injury, employment, government, business dissolutions, medical and other professional negligence, trusts and estates, real property, insurance, family law, and appellate. She also has experience as a FINRA arbitrator, serving as sole arbiter and as chair on three-panel arbitrations. Ms. Jernigan also has arbitrated consumer and commercial 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.
Professional Education and Qualifications
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1981
B.S. (Political Science), Stetson University, 1979
Nova University, Post Graduate Studies / Psychology
Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Florida Certified Family Court Mediator
Certified U.S. District Court Mediator, Middle District of Florida
Florida Certified 5th DCA Appellate Mediator
Florida Qualified Arbitrator (1992 to present)
Newsletter Editor / Treasurer: ADR Section of The Florida Bar
Member / Past Director: American College of Civil Trial Mediators
Founding Member / Past Director / Past President: Florida Academy of
Author: "How Clients Think: The Brains Behind Decision Making," The Briefs:
-----------A Publication of the Orange County Bar Association
-----------(June, July and August 2014)
Co-Author: “Ten Cornerstones of Effective Mediation Advocacy,”
Claims magazine (February and March 2014) and other publications
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)