biography
Renée E. Thompson
Mediator

As a 15-year litigator, Renée Thompson established a reputation at a young age as a high achiever, listed among Super Lawyers since 2015, after the organization named her a Rising Star for five consecutive years. She is an active leader in The Florida Bar, and has received the President’s Award of Merit for the last two years while serving on the Board of Governors. Renée has long had an interest in alternative dispute resolution and was certified as county mediator in 2002 and thereafter as a circuit mediator in 2010.  She mediates disputes in both state and federal court.

Professional Education and Qualifications

J.D.    University of Florida Levin College of Law, with honors, 1999
B.S.    University of South Florida, magna cum laude, 1996
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator
U.S. Middle District Court Civil Mediator
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Mortgage Modification Mediator
Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Civil Mediator

Professional Activities

  • The Florida Bar: Board of Governors 5th Circuit Representative since 2013; Executive Committee 2010-2011, 2014-2016; Communications Committee since 2013 (current chair); Annual Convention Committee 2007-2009, 2014-2016  (current chair); Alternative Dispute Resolution Section since 2010 (Membership Committee 2010-2012); Leadership Academy Chair 2013-2015; Board Technology Committee since 2015; Standing Committee on Technology since 2014; Vision 2016 Commission Technology Committee since 2013; Long Range Planning 2009-2011, 2014-2016; Discipline Review Committee 2009-2011, 2013-2014; Animal Law Committee Board Liaison since 2013; Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Board Liaison since 2015; YLD Board Liaison 2013-2014
  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division: YLD Board of Governors President, 2010-2011; YLD President-Elect, 2009-2010; YLD Fifth Circuit Representative 2003-2009; YLD Executive Committee 2004-2009; YLD Annual Convention Chair 2008-2009, Vice-Chair 2007-2008; YLD Local Bar Affiliates Chair 2008-2009; YLD Long Range Planning Chair 2010, Committee 2003-2009; Affiliate Outreach Conference Chair 2007-2008; YLD Welcome to The FL Bar Chair 2004-2007; YLD Youth Projects Vice Chair 2004-2005; YLD Law School Committee Co-Chair 2005-2006; YLD University of Florida Board Liaison 2008-2009; YLD CLE/PWP Program Chair 2003-2009; YLD Florida Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Florida Justice Technology Center Board member since 2016
  • Florida Supreme Court:  Historical Society Board of Trustees since 2011; Commission on Professionalism 2009-2011, ex-officio member 2012; ProBono Commission 2010-2011
  • Marion County Bar Association: President 2014-15, President-Elect 2013-2014, Treasurer 2008-2009, Secretary 2007-2008, Mentoring program chair and education committee member 2005-2007, Fifth Circuit Professionalism Conference faculty 2016, 2011, hospitality chair 2007; member since 2005.
  • American Inns of Court Chapter Management System Advisory Panel, Florida Leadership Conference Panel
  • D.R. Smith American Inn CLE program chair 2011-2012, Treasurer 2008-2009, Membership chair 2007-2008
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Marion County Chapter (2011-2012)
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Ocala/Marion, Class XXI
  • Marion County Court Volunteer Mediator
  • Florida High School Appellate Program Coach
  • Marion Technical Institute Academy of Law and Government Advisory Panel
  • Central Florida College Paralegal Advisory Board

Honors

  • The Florida Bar General Practice Section Walter S. Crumbley Practice Management Award 2016
  • The Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit 2014, 2015
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers Leader in the Law 2012
  • D.R. Smith American Inn of Court “Inny” Award 2012
  • The University of Florida Levin College of Law 2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus
  • Florida Trend Magazine Florida Legal Elite 2016, 2015, Up and Comer, 2011
  • Florida Super Lawyers 2015-2016, Rising Stars 2009-2014
  • Ocala Magazine's “Forty Under Forty” 2008