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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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Practice areas


  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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  • Jonathan Rose

    Amanda Jacobson is truly an excellent lawyer. She is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable about in the areas of criminal defense and divorce. She has an excellent reputation amongst other lawyers in her fields of practice and is always prepared for hearings and trials. Perhaps above all else, Amanda has a sterling work ethic and is passionate about her work. I highly endorse Amanda Jacobson.


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  • Amy Christine Hamlin

    Amanda is a well respected attorney in the community. Her years of experience in family law and criminal law matters allow her to be an outside of the box problem solver for her clients. She is compassionate, thorough, creative, and extremely knowledgeable. I'm always happy to have her as opposing counsel. I absolutely endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

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 Standing199606/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2015
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Certificate of DistinctionLegal Aid Society2006
Top InstructorLaw Enforcement Academy2004
Top InstructorLaw Enforcement Academy2003
Top InstructorLaw Enforcement Academy2001
Certificate of AchievementU.S. Customs Agency1998
Most outstanding memberUniversity of Miami School of Law Moot Court Board1996
Honors Degree in Foreign LanguagesRollins College1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Certified Family Law MediatorAmanda R, Jacobson, Mediator2008 - Present
PartnerJacobson, McClean, Chmelir & Ferwerda1999 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorValencia Community College1998 - 2004
Assistant State AttorneyOffice of the State Attorney, Orange county1996 - 1999
Certified Legal InternState Attorney's Office Orange County, Florida1994 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Middle District Grievance CommitteeCommittee Member2014 - Present
Jewish Academy of OrlandoVice President2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaMember2012 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Central Florida Family Law American Inn of CourtAssociate2009 - Present
Jewish Academy of OrlandoBoard Member2006 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaMember1998 - Present
Florida BarMember1996 - Present
Phi Delta PhiMember1995 - Present
Holocaust Memorial Resource CenterBoard Member2004 - 2009
George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of CourtBarrister1998 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rashid v. RashidClient awarded majority of assets and substantial alimony.
U.S. v. NewtonJury Trial
U.S. v. BabevaJury Trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Southern Reporter ThirdRashid v. Rashid2010
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