A. Michelle Jernigan, Esquire

Upchurch Watson White & Max
1060 Maitland Center Commons, Suite 440
Maitland, FL 32751

Phone: (407) 661-1123
Fax: (407) 661-5743
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Ms. Jernigan focuses her mediation practice on commercial, family business, construction, employment, ERISA, trust and estates, insurance disputes, legal and medical malpractice, and personal injury cases. She frequently serves as Chair on FINRA arbitration panels and is an arbitrator for the National Arbitration Forum. She has mediated workplace disputes for the United States Postal Service and mediates property damage claims throughout the state of Florida. She has designed and implemented mediation training courses for the human resource departments of Eckerd Corporation and Orlando Regional Health Care Systems.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Americans w/Disabilities Act
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Employment
  • Family (other)
  • Harassment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership Dissolutions
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Religious / Church
  • Securities
  • Torts

MEMBER: 2001



Michelle Jernigan was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1982. She maintained a commerical and family law practice until 1987 when she began her mediation career. Ms. Jernigan was one of the first mediators to became supreme court certified in Florida in 1988. To date she has mediated thousands of cases, specializing in hurricane, ERISA, commercial, construction, personal injury and employment disputes. Ms. Jernigan has been a mediation panelist with Upchurch Watson White and Max since 1992 and is now a shareholder with the firm. She was a Founding Member, Past President and Director of the Florida Association of Professional Mediators, the first statewide, not-for-profit association of its kind serving Florida's court certified mediators. Ms. Jernigan has served as an Assistant and Primary Trainer in the Florida Mediator Certification Courses since 1992, has published a number of articles on mediation and is a frequent lecturer in the field of ADR.

Ms. Jernigan is on the Executive Council of the ADR Section of The Florida Bar and has served three terms as Treasurer.


B.S., Stetson University, Deland, FL ;
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL ;
Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Florida Supreme Court;
Certified Family Mediator, Florida Supreme Court;
FINRA Arbitrator;
Certified Florida 5th DCA Appellate Mediator;

Practicing in Florida


Ms. Jernigan bills $450 per hour for her services.
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