A native of Miami, Florida, April Y. Walker aspired to be an attorney for as long as she can remember. From first through twelfth grade, she attended Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart for girls in Coconut Grove.
After graduating from Duke University in 1993 and the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1997, April began her litigation career at Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler (now Carlton Fields, P.A.) in Tampa, Florida. In 1998, April left the firm to clerk for U.S. District Judge Stephan P. Mickle in the Northern District of Florida. Years later, in 2008, April returned to Carlton Fields in Orlando where she worked as an associate litigation attorney until she was elected to shareholder in 2015.
While she thoroughly enjoyed working with clients to develop and implement litigation strategies in state and federal court matters, Ms. Walker found her passion is helping others bring an end to conflict. Thus, in 2018, Ms. Walker determined to focus her practice on ADR exclusively rather than litigation. She makes the transition to full-time mediator with significant litigation experience representing corporate clients in a wide array of litigation matters.
Education and Professional Qualifications
- J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 1997
- A.B., Duke University, 1993
- Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator
- Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator
- Certified U.S. District Court Mediator, Middle District of Florida
- Harvard University Law School’s Program on Negotiation Executive Education, Mediating Disputes, October 2018
- Trained Elder Law & Shared Family Decision-Making Mediator
- The Florida Bar
- U.S. District Court for the Middle, Southern, and Northern Districts of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Professional Recognition, Activities, Community Involvement
Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2018, Commercial Litigation
Adjunct Faculty, Florida A&M University College of Law (since 2018)
Florida Bar: Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Member (current). Elder Law Section Member (current). Florida Bar Standing Committee on Federal Court Practice (2013-2019); Co-Vice Chair, Pro Bono Subcommittee (2018-2019); Co-Vice Chair, Federal Rules Subcommittee (2016 to 2018). Business Law Section Member (2012-2017)
- The Orlando Repertory Theatre: Director (2012-2018); Governance and Nomination Committee Chair (2014 to 2018)
- “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation, Inc.: Director (2015-2018); Board Chair (2016 to 2018)
Leadership Orlando, Class 91 (2016)
Speaker, “Alternative Dispute Resolution: Navigating The Options With Your Clients,” Florida Institute of CPAs, Annual Legal Updates Program (2015)
- Quoted in "Gender Diversity With Mediators, Arbitrators, and Expert Witnesses", ©2019 by the American Bar Association