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Terrance Edward Schmidt, Mediator, Jacksonville, Florida.

Terrance Edward Schmidt

Terrrance E. Schmidt, P.A.
1200 Riverplace Blvd
Suite 850
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Tel: (904) 780-6903
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation
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  • Practice Commenced1997
  • # of MEDS (as of 12/7/24)5000
  • # of ARBS (as of 12/7/24)25
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Work History:

President/Shareholder, Terrance E. Schmidt, P.A. (and predecessor firms) 1979 - present; Associate/Partner - Mahoney, Hadlow, Chambers & Adams (1973 - 1978); certified as a mediator by the Florida Supreme Court in 1997; certified as a Federal District Court mediator by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 1997; appointed by the American Arbitration Association to its Commercial Panel of Neutrals in 1998; certified as an American Arbitration Association Mediator in 1999.

I have mediated more than 5,000 cases in state and federal courts and for the American Arbitration Association over the past 25 years, including, among others, a breach of contract claim in the telecommunications industry involving a claim of more than $400 million; a commercial breach of contract and breach of warranty case involving claims of over $30 million;  a first party bad faith insurance claim for over $25 million; a consolidated action involving multiple securities fraud and negligent supervision claims in excess of $20 million; a dispute between FDIC and a borrower and a subsequent dispute between the borrower and a third party involving real property valued in excess of $20 million; a dissenting stockholders-rights dispute involving claims in excess of $15 million; a catastrophic burn case involving claims in excess of $10 million; a dispute between a sponsor and a cigarette manufacturer over a NASCAR promotion involving a claim in excess of $5 million; numerous condominium construction disputes involving claims in excess of $5 million; a wrongful death/Civil Rights case involving claims in excess of $2 million; and numerous personal injury, employment discrimination, construction, and other commercial cases involving claims in excess of $1,000,000.

As an attorney representing a party to multi-party cases, I have been involved in numerous multi-party mediations or settlement conferences, including litigation involving antitrust and tort claims filed by a former National Football League team owner against the National Football League and others in which the claimed damages exceeded $450 million; an insurance insolvency case in which the claims exceeded $20 million; an ERISA class action against the trustees of profit sharing plan involving a claimed loss exceeding $10 million; a toxic tort case in which 43 families sued a major waste hauling company and the United States Government for personal injuries arising out of a contaminated landfill which was settled by one defendant for $8.5 million and was tried against the other defendant; and construction litigation by a condominium association against the developer, architect, and contractor for damages exceeding $3.0 million. As a mediator, I have been involved in over 500 multi-party disputes involving all kinds of claims, including major construction cases.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Admiralty
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Franchise
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • Wittenberg University, B.A., Political Science (1967)
  • Duke Law School, J.D. (1973)
  • Editor, Duke Law Journal (1972-1973)

ADR Training:
ADR Section Seventh Annual CME Seminar 6/2014; ADR Section Sixth Annual CME Seminar 5/2013; National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) 8/2012 Advanced Mediation Training Retreat; ADR Section of Dispute Resolution (JBA), Fifth Annual CME Seminar 6/2012; NADN Advanced Mediation Training Retreat 2011; Fourth Annual Institute on Advanced Mediation-Advocacy Skills Training:  2005;

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional Licenses:
Admitted to the Bar: Florida, 1973; Admitted to United States Supreme Court, 9th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal, and United States District Court for Middle District of Florida.

Awards & Honors:
Master, Chester Bedell Inn of Court; Senior Counsel, The College of Master Advocates and Barristers; listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Mediation 2001- present; Listed as a Florida Super Lawyer for Alternative Dispute Resolution 2006 - present; honored in 2002 with a Resolution by The Florida Bar for pro bono service as Special Counsel to the Florida Bar in the F. Lee Bailey disbarment

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association (Section on Dispute Resolution);
  • Florida Bar Association (Special Counsel to The Florida Bar);
  • Jacksonville Bar Association;
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators;
  • Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society

Rates Information


  • $225 per hour per party for two-party dispute
  • $550 per hour to be divided among the parties for a multi-party dispute


  • $4,000 per day; $500 per hour

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