Jeffrey M. Fleming was appointed Orange County Judge in 2002 and Ninth Circuit Judge in 2006. Following his appointment, Mr. Fleming was later elected to each post without opposition. He also had the privilege of serving as Associate Judge on the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
Before he was a judge, Jeff was a trial lawyer. He tried cases in both state and federal court and also appeared as appellate counsel. As a judge, he presided over a wide variety of matters including all types of civil, criminal, domestic, juvenile, probate, guardianship and mental health cases.
In 2013, after 11 years on the bench, Jeff decided to resume his practice as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and to develop an active mediation practice. He now devotes his time as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit, Appellate and Family Law Mediator as well as a Certified U.S. District Court Mediator - Middle District of Florida. Jeff has also served as an arbitrator and has been appointed as a Special Magistrate in multiple jurisdictions.
Jeff was born and raised in Orlando. He and his wife, Joanne, have four grown children.
Professional Education and Qualifications
~ J.D. Florida State University College of Law, (with Honors), 1985
~ B.A. University of Central Florida (Magna Cum Laude), 1982
- Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
- Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator
- Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
- Certified US District Court Mediator, Middle District of Florida
- Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
Designations / Activities / Memberships
- Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer – The Florida Bar
- AV Rating – Martindale Hubbell
- UCF Legal Studies Advisory Board (Chair)
- Fellow of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters
- Orange County Bar Association
- Co-Author, Compelling and Staying Arbitration in Florida, Practical Law Arbitration / Thomson Reuters
- Author, Standard Document, Petition to Appoint an Arbitrator in Florida State Court, Practical Law Arbitration / Thomson Reuters
- Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Council