April Y. Walker
Dispute Resolution

A native of Miami, Florida, April Y. Walker aspired to be an attorney for as long as she can remember. From first to twelfth grade, she attended Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart for girls in Coconut Grove. In 1989, April left her hometown to attend Duke University where she majored in English. In 1993, she began law school at the University of Florida College of Law.

After graduating from law school in 1997, April began her litigation career at Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler (now Carlton Fields Jorden Burt) in Tampa, Florida. Two months shy of her first-year anniversary, April left the practice 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. As a litigator, Ms. Walker handled litigation disputes in state and federal court from “cradle to grave." She has tried non-jury trials to final judgment, and she has negotiated innumerable favorable settlements using direct negotiation skills and mediation. She is recognized by her peers as a 2018 Florida Trend Legal Elite in commercial litigation.

While she thoroughly enjoyed working with clients to develop and implement litigation strategies over the years, Ms. Walker finds her passion is bringing 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.

Professional Education and Qualifications

BA ~  Duke University, 1993
JD ~ University of Florida College of Law, 1997

Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
Certified U.S. District Court Mediator - Middle District of Florida

Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar
Florida Supreme Court
U.S. District Court – Middle, Northern, Southern Districts of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Voluntary Bar Associations and Civic Activities ~ Current and Past

American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Florida Bar Standing Committee, Federal Court Practice Committee (2013 to Present)
Co-Vice Chair, Federal Rules Subcommittee of the Federal Court Practice Committee (2016 to present)

Community Involvement and Pro Bono

Board of Directors, The Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando, FL (2012-2018); Past board committee chair, Governance and Nomination (2014 to 2018)
Board of Directors, The “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (2015-2018); Board Chair (2016 to 2018)
Leadership Orlando, Class 91
Volunteer, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. – Chapter 751 concurrent custody proceedings (2015 to Present)
“Clemency Project 2014” with the American Bar Association and the U.S. Department of Justice
Volunteer, Orange County Teen Court Youth Offender Diversion Program (2012-2013)
The Florida Bar, Florida Attorneys Saving Homes foreclosure prevention project (2009-2010)

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Alternative Dispute Resolution: Navigating The Options With Your Clients,” Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Central Florida Chapter, Annual Legal Updates Program (July 2015)