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I graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL with an honors degree in Foreign Languages and English Literature. I then attended University of Miami Law School and joined the Florida Bar in 1996. I then joined the Office of the State Attorney in Orange County, FL where I worked for 3 years as an Assistant State Attorney, trying all types of criminal cases, including juvenile, DUI, theft, battery, domestic violence, aggravated battery, sexual crimes, stalking, manslaughter and murder.
I then became a founding partner of Jacobson, McClean, Chmelir & Ferwerda, where we specialize in criminal law, state and federal, and family law. We started the firm 13 years ago, during which time I have handled hundreds of divorces, paternity cases, child custody matters, child support hearings and modification proceedings. I have represented spouses seeking division of family corporate businesses, complex custody and relocation trials and out of state actions.


Languages spoken: French, Italian

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  1. Family: 50%
    18 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Divorce: 30%
    18 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases



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    I endorse this lawyer because she exemplifies the proper standard of professionalism for an attorney. She is always prepared; courteous to her clients and opposing counsel; and always acts in good faith. Amanda is a lawyer who refuses to waste anyone's time for frivolous actions. Amanda represents her clients the right way with correct legal advice. She is an asset to the Bar. Younger attorneys would certainly learn from Amanda.


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351 E State Road 434 Ste A
Winter Springs, FL, 327082648

Jacobson, McClean, Chmelir & Ferwerda

351 East State Road 434
Suite A
Winter Springs, FL, 32708



FLMember in Good Standing199601/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top InstructorLaw Enforcement Academy2001
Top InstructorLaw Enforcement Academy2001
Top InstructorLaw Enforcement Academy2000
Honors Degree in Foreign LanguagesRollins College1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Certified Family Law MediatorAmanda R, Jacobson, Mediator2008 - Present
PartnerJacobson, McClean, Chmelir & Ferwerda1999 - Present
InstructorValencia Community College1998 - 2004
Assistant State AttorneyOffice of the State Attorney, Orange county1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Central Florida Family Law American Inn of CourtAssociate2009 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of CourtBarrister1998 - 2003
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaMember1998 - Present
Florida BarMember1996 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Southern ReporterState v. Blake2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mediation Training GroupN/ACertified Family Law Mediator2008
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Rollins CollegeForeign Languages, EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993