Michael S. Orfinger
Michael S. Orfinger joined UWWM’s panel of neutrals in 2001 and became a shareholder and principal in 2004, when he decided to devote his entire practice to mediation. As a member of The Florida Bar since 1989, Mr. Orfinger has a broad base of litigation experience that allows him to effectively mediate a wide range of disputes.
Mr. Orfinger is an experienced appellate practitioner, as well, and has been a contributing author to continuing legal education publications of The Florida Bar. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator; a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator; a Certified Mediator for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; and a Qualified Florida Arbitrator. He is also a primary trainer for appellate mediation certification in Florida.
Professional Education and Qualifications
B.A., Wake Forest University
J.D., University of Florida College of Law
Member: Order of the Coif, Florida Law Review (Articles Editor and Title Standards Editor)
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
Certified U.S. District Court Mediator, Middle District of Florida
Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator
Qualified Florida Arbitrator
Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV
Firm Experience, Memberships, Publications
Smith, Hood, Perkins, Loucks, Stout & Orfinger, P.A. 1991 – 2003.
Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A. 1989 – 1991.
Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters (ACAM)
Director, Professional Mediation Institute, Inc.
Member, Association of Attorney Mediators
Member, Appellate Mediation Subcommittee of ADR Rules and Policy Committee
Member, Dunn-Blount Chapter of American Inns of Court
Member, Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 7A, 1998 – 2000; Chair, Feb. – Dec. 2000
Author, “Depositions and Discovery”, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial (6th ed. 2000 &
5th ed. 1995 supp.)
Author, “Compelling Attendance of Witnesses and Production of Evidence” Florida Civil Trial Practice (5th ed. 1998 and 4th ed. 1994 supp.)
Author, “Depositions and Discovery” Florida Civil Practice Before Trial (5th ed. 1993 and 1995
supp.) (co-authored with Lawrence M. Watson, Jr.)
Author, “Battered Child Syndrome: Evidence of Prior Acts in Disguise,” 41 Fla. L. Rev. 345