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Judi Setzer was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1985 she graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Asian Studies (concentration in Japanese language) and Classical Studies.  She received her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2003.  While in law school she served as President of the Christian Legal Society and received Book Awards in Criminal Law and Gift and Estate Tax. The years between undergrad and law school were spent devoting herself wholly to her family.  

Since 2004 Judi has been in solo practice, focusing on adoptions, estate planning, probate, guardianship, and is a certified Circuit Court Mediator.  She has finalized over 90 adoptions and considers this work to be the heart of her practice.  Ms. Setzer views her law practice as a ministry and seeks to serve her clients by diligent study and the ethical practice of law by ministering to the poor, reconciling people in conflict, defending life and protecting the religious liberties of all people.  She attended the 2009 National Litigation Academy of the Alliance Defense Fund to further this goal.

Her community involvement includes the Jacksonville Christian Legal Society Pro Bono Project at the City Rescue Mission and various ministries at her church.    

Judi is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar (admitted May 2004), and she is presently serving as president and board member of the Jacksonville Christian Legal Society and the Florida Coastal School of Law Alumni Board.  Her professional memberships include the Jacksonville Bar Association, and the National Christian Legal Society. 


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    12 years
  2. Adoption: 30%
    12 years, 120 cases
  3. Probate: 20%
    12 years
  4. Guardianship: 10%
    12 years

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  • Michael M Giel

    I worked with--and against--Ms. Setzer as opposing counsel on a case in 2016. Though we represented parties with adverse interests, I was impressed with her integrity, professionalism, and her emphasis on prioritizing the child in the relationship. Based on my interaction with her as opposing counsel, and my acquaintance with her extensive pro bono work that she has performed for years, I would not hesitate to recommend her to a friend or family member seeking legal assistance.


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Contact info

The Law Firm of Short & Setzer, P.A.

625 Atlantic Blvd.
Atlantic Beach, FL, 32233


FLMember in Good Standing200406/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Association namePosition nameDuration
Society of Financial Service ProfessionalsPresident-Elect/Board Member2009 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyPresident2008 - Present
Florida Coastal Alumni BoardPresident-Elect2010 - 2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Adoption CLEConsent2010