CHARLES B. CARTER

Admitted to Florida Bar October 1979; partner law firm of Carter & Drylie, P.A., Law practice includes personal injury/wrongful death, insurance coverage issues, construction law, civil rights. 

Litigation experience 1979–present; appellate arguments before the First and Fifth District Courts of Appeal. 

Bar Admissions:  United States District Courts for Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Recognized by Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; member of Bennett Inn of Court, Gainesville, FL; member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Arbitrator; Board Member, Florida Bar ADR Committee

Speaker at seminars for various groups including Hospital Corporation of America, Florida Farm Bureau, University Hospital, Publix Supermarkets, Inc., State Farm Insurance Company; speaker for organizations on the topic of mediation, including but not limited to The Jacksonville Justice Association and The Florida Defense Lawyers Associations. Publications include: “Steering a Course to Tort Reform,” Trial Advocate Quarterly; Numerous articles on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association Newsletter.  Prior member of Alachua County Zoning Board of Adjustment; Former member, Department of Classics Advisory Counsel, University of Florida.

Contact Kayla at (352) 371-2630 or visit www.floridamediators.org/charlescarter for availability.


CHESTER B. CHANCE

Graduated: 1964 University of Florida College of Law.

Served as County and Circuit Court Judge for more than 30 years.

Former Chairman of Florida County and Circuit Court Conferences.

Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit for 6 years.

Served as Adjunct Faculty in the College of Business Adminstration (Business Law), College of Building Construction (Construction Law), College of Law (Trial Practice) at the University of Florida.

Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and Arbitrator

Contact Missy at (352) 371-2630 for scheduling or visit www.floridamediators.org/chester-chance 

DEBORAH C. DRYLIE

Graduated : University of Florida, J.D., 1988.
Admitted to Florida Bar, February 1989. 
Admitted to Kentucky Bar, September 1989.

Partner in law firm of Carter & Drylie, P.A. Law practice solely in the area of insurance defense. Clients include: The Hartford, Firemen’s Fund, Tower Hill Insurance Group, Hanover, State Farm Fire & Casualty, The Kemper Group, Publix Supermarkets, Inc., Tractor Supply Company, American States, Fortune Insurance Company, Aries Insurance Company, Gallagher Bassett, Sumter County, Hanover, Massachusetts Bay Company

Member of the Florida Bar, Kentucky Bar, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Florida Academy of Health Care Lawyers, Middle District Court (Federal) of Florida; Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.

Member of the Ethics Committee, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Board of Directors of Dance Alive Ballet Company, (1995 - 2000).

Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

Contact Missy at (352) 381-9991 for scheduling


PAMELA A. SCHNEIDER

Admitted to Florida Bar in 1980; graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law; partner with the law firm of Wershow, Schneider & Arroyo, P.A. specializing in family law matters for 25 years.

Litigation experience 1980 – present; successful appeals in the 1st and 5th Districts 

Bar Memberships and admissions:  United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida; United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association; the Florida Association of Women Lawyers; the Family Law Sections of both the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar; the Family Law Committee of the 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association; and the Florida Academy of Trial Attorneys.

Past affiliations: Adjunct Instructor in Agricultural Law, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; Legal Writing Instructor, University of Florida College of Law; Florida Child Welfare Training and Standards Council; the James Atkins Inns of Court; and the Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Forms Committee.

Co-author with Julian Juergensmeyer of Landlord and Tenant – Residential Leases – The Law in Florida, published by The Harrison Company in 1981.

Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator since 1996.


Contact Missy at (352) 371-2630 for scheduling 


FREDERICK D. SMITH  

J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 1973; Law Review. Admitted to Florida Bar, 1973; United States District Courts for Middle District, 1974, and Northern District, 1975. 

Began law practice with Rogers, Towers, Bailey, Jones & Gay in Jacksonville, Florida;  Partner with McGalliard, Mills, deMontmollin, Smith & Monaco in Gainesville until appointed to the Alachua County Court in 1986.  Specialized in civil litigation, and in commercial and real property transactions.  President-elect, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, prior to judicial appointment.

Alachua County Court Judge, 1986-1990 Circuit Judge 1991-2010.  Administrative Judge for Civil Division and for Family Law Division.Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, 2005-2009. Supreme Court Family Court Steering Committee, and Domestic Violence Subcommittee; Civil Rules Committee; Local Rules Committee; Judicial Evaluation Committee. Adjunct Professor, Trial Practice, UF College of Law;Faculty Member, Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar, UF College of Law. Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Contact Missy at (352) 371-2630 for scheduling or visit 
www.floridamediators.org/frederick-smith 


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