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Andrew Joseph Chmelir

Family Attorney at Winter Springs, FL

5.0   252 reviews
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  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 17 years
    Florida - FL 27 years
    Colorado - CO 26 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Andrew

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EXPERIENCED, EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, EXCELLENCE.

Andrew has practiced law for over 20 years.  He is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the (federal) Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Colorado Bar, the Florida Bar and the Missouri Bar.  Andrew is a seasoned trial and appellate attorney who has provided exemplary legal services in the fields of criminal and family law for the better part of the past two decades.

 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2013
Client's Choice
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Location

Andrew J Chmelir Pa
351 East State Rd 434, Ste A
Winter Springs, FL, 32708

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2024
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Paternity
Hands down the best attorney in Central Florida! Very knowledgeable and to the point!
Posted by Bambi | March 21, 2024
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Exceptional attorney
Andy is an exceptional divorce attorney. He has been able to guide my son through a very difficult divorce and child support issues. He is honest and trustworthy. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Chris | December 26, 2023
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Andrew Chmelir is Courteous, Professional, Calm, and delivers results
I hired attorney Andrew (Andy) Chmelir for a divorce trial following an unsuccessful, collaborative process, as he came highly recommended from my prior attorney as someone who provided integrity, a worthy challenge to other attorneys, and who displayed professionalism to the court. I found this to be true in every way. Mr. Chmelir provided a clear understanding of the processes, expectations, communication and accessibility, and sincere understanding and kindness in my difficult time. He arranged mediation with another professional, shepherded the process to gain further appropriate experts who were truthful and precise, and prepared interceding documents along the way to serve my case. During the trial, I found his professionalism and expertise to be a comfort in a challenging situation. His preparation and our arrangement of evidence and witnesses was successful in my case. Even if the result was different, I would still highly recommend Attorney Andrew Chmelir as he is an experienced professional, kind in his demeanor, yet intent on providing legal success.
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Posted by Greg | December 13, 2023
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Best there can be
You never want to have to hire a divorce attorney, but, if the time comes, look no further. I am leery of attorneys, however, Andy set all of my insecurities to rest. He is so calm about everything that you think he doesn't have you and your case in mind. Man was I mistaken. He is the old adage that never judge a book by the cover. He is so calm because he is like the best chess player I have ever gone up against. Quietly he is already thinking three moves ahead. He may not let you know all he has swimming around in his head, but, a good friend that also used him taught me to put all my trust in him and let him fly the plane. An extremely hard thing for me to do being such an analytical thinker myself. Once I accepted I was in the best hands I could be in, my life brightened and the light at the end of the tunnel was clearly seen. Use him, trust him, do what he asks of you and I truly believe you will also be able to see the light at the end of your tunnel too.
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Posted by Joy | November 23, 2023
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The BEST divorce attorney!
I was afraid to file for divorce but Andy has been an amazing attorney throughout the entire process. Before hiring him I read plenty of reviews of various divorce attorneys in Orlando and Andy was the only one with consistent, positive reviews. He is very organized, professional and knowledgeable (compared to the opposing counsel who caused a delay twice!) I am extremely pleased that Andy represented me. His calm demeanor and guidance helped me during a very stressful time in my life. I highly recommend Andy to anyone who needs representation. If you wonder why his reviews are full of superlatives, it's because his clients are extremely pleased. Thank you Andy for helping me. You have been such a blessing in my life!
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Posted by Kelli | November 13, 2023
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Best Divorce Attorney Out There
Andrew was amazing through my entire divorce. He always answered all my questions in a timely manner. He made the process go smoothly. Andrew and his team were great to work with and I have recommended them to everyone who has asked. 10 out of 10 for me!
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2023
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Must hire lawyer and team
Can’t say enough good things on this review other than Andy gets results and definitely recommended. Don’t hesitate just call them and get them on your side. The experience is definitely there and the knowledge it takes they definitely have it. They also know all the people and probably all the angles of the other team. This is the A team. Don’t hire a B team. A for Andy.
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Posted by Marshall | October 11, 2023
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The only attorney I trust
Andrew has been a blessing through my divorce process. He has been patient, understanding, and helpful. He genuinely cared as if I was his family and not a client. I can say the same about his paralegal Leah. I will forever recommend him to anyone who needs his services.
Posted by Irina | September 16, 2023
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focused, dedicated, strong
At first, I did not even consider a male attorney mainly because of general disappointment with men, but I took the advice of my good friend, and I never regretted or doubted my choice. Give him a chance if you feel the same. He will do his best to the full extent of the legal system. Before hiring Attorney Chmelir, I spoke to several good and knowledgeable attorneys. My case looked simple for many, but only I knew how bad it can get with my ex. Attorney Chmelir didn’t make promises, but he took my case seriously. His knowledge of law and human psychology is incredible. Knowing how emotional I can be when it gets personal and hits you in the most wounded spot, I was delighted to have him by my side during three years of complicated divorce. Because he kept my ex at bay, I could grow in my career, continue working, and graduate with my Master’s degree, but most importantly, I could be there for my children and be a mother. He is excellent at deposition, absolutely prepared and focused; taking him off the trail of thought is hard. My ex took me to court several times, and Attorney Chmelir stood by me. He does absolutely the best of his ability to fight for your best. He demonstrated he is better prepared and skilled than the opposing party on several occasions. Despite the horrible divorce process, I am very grateful I had the opportunity to observe an attorney with high standards, professionalism, and dedication like he is. Whoever is on the way to getting into the law should take the chance to see how he handles the case in the courtroom or handles depositions. When the closest person drains you emotionally, physically, and financially, you sometimes feel you can’t fight any longer, and you just want to give up; I was happy I had someone such as Attorney Chmelir and his team taking the hit for my family and me. God gave Attorney Chmelir the patience!! At times, I felt that he never sleeps. While I was not his only client, he made me feel like I was the only one. At times, I was losing it, but Attorney Chmelir never did! He is your calm, rational, smart side, which never lets the guard down or sleeps to watch over you while you can recover and put your broken piece together. I wish him a healthy and long life so he can help more people! Thank you, my dear Attorney Chmelir; I am forever grateful!
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Posted by Monica | September 14, 2023
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Divorce Case
The best attorney I could ever ask for. Attorney Chmelir was heaven send to my children and I. From the start to the end of my case he was always very kind and understanding. Always explained every questions I had, always was confident and positive, always was encouraging and supportive and did all he could to help me not stress and worry. He was always available and prompt to respond back to all my emails every time I reached out to him. Great communicator with every step of my case to make sure I understand every approach. He comfortably too over my divorce case after a year of bad experience with my 1st attorney that I have hired. He made my stressful long divorce process much easier by caring about my situation as if he was going through the situation himself understanding all my struggles as a single mom with 4 kids and no support. He did everything in his power to make sure at end of everything my children and I be able to be taking care of. I am deeply grateful to attorney Chmelir and his firm staff for all the hard work and all the support always. He was God send to us and I wish I could give him more stars than 5 that the sit allows me because he definitely deserves the best review and rating Thank you very much from me and my children Wish you much blessings as you have blessed us and giving us hope for better life Much thanks
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2023
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Always there and followed through over 1.5 years
First time seeing this type of law and Andy handled it all so well for my family member. Glad he was referred to us and in the end the result was miles away from worst case scenario. He’s built different to handle criminal cases because I know I couldn’t do it.
Posted by Yvette Waddell-Fields | August 14, 2023
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Best and highly recommend!
Hired Andy for my case and he did a phenomenal job! Very knowledgeable, professional and client oriented. The client’s well being is his focus and priority and that’s what’s important to me. Highly recommended and deserving of the 5 stars given! Well done Andy and team!
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2023
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Hands Down Best Representation!!!
I hired Andy and his team for both a messy ongoing divorce and a background expungement. The divorce has been an ongoing issue that has been a mess since day 1. Andy picked up the pieces and got it signed and complete extremely quick. Always extremely communicative, informing me of each step. Leah was always available as needed and would communicate each milestone as they were completed. As a team they fully exceeded every expectation. I am extremely pleased with the service Andy and his team provided and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking!!!
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Posted by Austin Wulff | July 27, 2023
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Awesome
Andrew as been amazing for me. He's gotten me out of a lot of trouble the past 15 years . He cares tremendously about his clients and treats them like family. I highly recommend him. Thanks Andrew.
Posted by Joey | July 18, 2023
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Andy Will fight for you!!!
I was involved in a divorce that had been ongoing for approximately 2 years. My first attorney left mid case leaving me stranded without representation. I actually found Andy on AVVO and was amazed at the number of five Star reviews. Andy and Leah are amazing people and it feels like family is on your side. I cannot say enough about Andy and Leah and how amazing they were to work with and caring about my situation. I would refer and have referred other friends and family to Andy in a heartbeat. If you're a father facing a divorce and custody, I would definitely choose to have Andy on your side. I am honored to be represented by Andy and in the future any legal needs will be handled with Andy and Leah.
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Posted by Noelle | July 8, 2023
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Fantastic advice and service
Going through a divorce is very scary and painful. Every step of the way Andy explained what was happening and assured me everything would be ok and it was. His Guidence through mediation made for a very successful outcome and I’m now happily divorced living my best life!
Posted by Amanda | June 28, 2023
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Great lawyer
Mr Chmelir is a great lawyer, I cannot complete my divorce without his help.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2023
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The Best
He is amazing at what he does. Smart, professional, hardworking, reliable!
Posted by Esther | May 5, 2023
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Great Lawyer
My experience with Andrew Joseph Chmelir was above and beyond excellent. I would definitely give him a 5-star rating and recommend him to anyone looking for a CRIMINAL ATTORYNEY. Andy was always very passionate and patient in what he did. I was able to get in contact with him no matter what day or time it was and received a response. He was professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate about our situation. We were informed about our case throughout the whole process and Andy helped us manage both our expectations and fears. He was truthful but yet caring and understanding and most importantly his expertise and knowledge resolved our case. Leah the assistant was very personable, professional, kind and attention to detail. She was a great help supporting us as well. Great firm to have on your side.
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Posted by Eric R | April 16, 2023
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A Lawyer you want on your side
Andy was recommended to me by my business attorney, and I could not have been happier with how he and his team handled my divorce. He is very experienced in family law matters. I would recommend him if you are in need of a divorce attorney.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner/Trial attorney
  • Jacobson, Chmelir & Ferwerda
  • 1999 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office, 9th Judicial Circuit (Florida)
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Fellowship
  • Legal Aid Services of Greater Miami
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • State Attorney's Office 11th Judicial Circuit
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Law clerk
  • Solms & Price, PA
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Intern
  • Office Of The State Attorney 18th Judicial Circuit
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Intern
  • United States Marshals Service
  • 1993 - 1993
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Education

  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Associations

  • Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Legal Aid Society, Seminole County
  • Pro Bono Volunteer
  • 2006 - Present
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Legal Aid Society, Orange County, Florida
  • GAL, VITA & other volunteer work
  • 1997 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Florida State University Seminole Club of Greater Orlando
  • President
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Florida State University Seminole Club of Greater Orlando
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Rated Preeminent Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Orlando's Top Lawyers
  • Orlando Life Magazine
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Altamonte Springs Baseball Association, Inc
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Orlando's Top Lawyers
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2012
  • Meritorious Public Service Award
  • Florida Bar
  • 2011
  • Voluntary Service Award
  • Florida Bar
  • 2010
  • Outstanding Leadership Award
  • Florida State Seminole Club of Greater Orlando
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
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Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred numerous clients to Mr. Chmelir over the years and without fail, every client has been pleased with his level of professionalism, knowledge of the law and excellent representation of their case. He is accessible to his clients which is especially important when dealing with those who are going through such a difficult and emotional time. I highly recommend and respectfully endorse Mr. Chmelir."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andrew distinguished himself over many years as excellent and ethical in family and criminal law. His expertise in criminal defense, humor, professionalism, and values make him uniquely fit to help Floridians with problems often touching intertwined systems of family and criminal law. He's been and remains at the top of my recommendations for great lawyers in Central Florida."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have recommended Andrew to over a dozen clients . All have thanked me. They loved his compassion, diligence, and the results he obtained. I will continue to refer clients to him knowing that he reflects the kind of lawyer I feel proud to know."
Family Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Andrew Chmelir. I had the opportunity to take a highly contested custody dispute through trial with Andy on the other side. Andy was a pleasure to work with, courteous, professional, and reasonable. Andy was well prepared at trial and left know doubt he is an excellent trial attorney and is well versed in all aspects of family law. I will be referring Andy cases that I cannot handle myself due to conflicts of interest."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am an attorney and mediator and have had the pleasure to work with Andy on many cases, primarily as a mediator. He is always well-prepared, reasonable and an advocate for his client, but also caring and compassionate about the future of the parties and their children moving forward. I highly recommend Andy in any family law matter."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very professional and knowledgeable ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many people to Mr. Chmelir on criminal matters. He has a very good reputation in the community. The people I have referred to him were happy with the services they received."
Family Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you have a family law matter such as a divorce, custody dispute, or modification of alimony, you can do no better than hiring Andy Chmelir as your attorney. You had better hire him quickly though, as the other side of your case might hire him first. Andy is respected by his peers in Central Florida and is known by the bench as a lawyer that knows the law and can try a case. He is down to earth and treats his client with care and respect."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andy Chmelir for over 6 years. He is a fantastic attorney and is very knowledgeable in the law. He and I tried a case together when we were representing co-defendant's in an armed burglary trial (we were both successful in that trial). I was able to see first hand how he conducted himself in the courtroom and with his client and can say without reservation that I fully endorse him in both state and federal criminal cases."
Family Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andy is an excellent attorney who is not afraid to fight on your behalf. His trial and litigation experience, combined with his dedication, makes him one of the premier family law attorneys in Central Florida. He is also very accessible to his clients - a trait that is invaluable during family law litigation. I highly recommend Andy. You will not be disappointed!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. "Andy" as I know him, is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the community. However, what sets him apart is his ability to apply that knowledge to any case, in federal or state jurisdictions. Perhaps the highest endorsement an attorney can give to a fellow attorney is whether or not you, if in a legal matter, would hire that attorney. I'm proud and confident to say that his number would be the first I would call (albeit, because Andy does criminal work, I hope to continue to endorse from afar)."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andy is terrific lawyer. Any client is lucky to have him as his or her lawyer. I have known him for years now and I know him to be a true advocate for his clients and experienced in the courtroom. Aside from being well-versed in procedure and the law, Andy is a good person and genuinely cares about the people he represents. I highly endorse him."
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Winter Springs Family Lawyer Andrew Joseph Chmelir
Andrew Joseph Chmelir
Family Attorney
Winter Springs, FL
Licensed for 27 years
Virtual consultation available