Experienced. Efficient. Effective. Excellence.

Our partners are have almost two decades of skilled courtroom experience in both Family Law and Criminal Defense. We can evaluate your case quickly and change your momentum from reacting to your legal challenges to proactively meeting your legal needs.

At Jacobson, Chmelir & Ferwerda, we believe that quality service, and excellent representation also mean excellent communication. We strive to ensure constant accessibility for our clients to ease their concerns as they arise.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Family Law

  • Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Child Support 
  • Child Custody

Criminal Law

  • Drunk Driving 
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Sex Offenses

Call 407-686-1644 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Amanda R. Jacobson

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1996

Education:

  • University of Miami School of Law Juris Doctor
  • Rollins College Bachelor of Arts

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Member of the Florida Bar
  • Certified Family Law Mediator
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated 2012 to Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Family Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • U.S. Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Southern District of Florida
  • Barrister member of the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida Grievance Committee
  • U.S. Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida Grievance Committee
  • Holocaust Memorial and Resource Center of Orlando Board Member
  • Chi Omega Sorority
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Big Brother Big Sister of Orlando
  • Former Orange County Police Academy Instructor (1997 – 2004)

Attorney Andrew J. Chmelir

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1996
  • Colorado, 1997
  • Missouri, 2006 
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Education:

  • St. Thomas University Juris Doctor
  • Florida State University Bachelor of Science Criminology

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida
  • Family Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Appellate Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association

Attorney Debra L. Ferwerda

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1996
  • U.S. Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education:

  • St. Thomas University Juris Doctor
  • Florida State University Bachelor of Science

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Florida Bar
  • President 2020-2021 Seminole County Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Central Florida Inns of Cour

Honors and Awards:

  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • AVVO Rating Clients’ Choice Award winner
  • AVVO Rating 10.0 Top Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction

Attorney Michelle Austin Barone

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