Stephen E. Mitchell
1020 E. Lafayette Street Suite. 115
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
P: (850) 386-3336
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Stephen E. Mitchell

Steve Mitchell After graduating from law school in 1973, Steve Mitchell served for three years as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida representing the state in litigation involving taxes levied or collected by governmental entities. From 1976-1998, Steve was a shareholder in the firm of Granger, Santry, Mitchell & Heath, P.A. . He is admitted to and has tried cases before all levels of state and federal courts in Florida, including the Supreme Court of Florida. Steve has a wide range of experience in civil trial practice, including:

  • automobile accidents
  • negligence
  • wrongful death
  • products liability
  • workers' compensation
  • property, life, health and disability insurance claims and policies
  • construction litigation
  • employment disputes
  • medical malpractice

Steve became certified as a Circuit Civil Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court in 1994, mediating cases while maintaining his private litigation practice. In October, 1998, Mitchell Mediation Service was formed to devote full time to mediating civil, administrative and workers' compensation matters.

Mitchell Mediation Service was founded in 1998 after 25 years experience as a trial lawyer. Steve became certified as a Circuit Civil mediator in 1994 and decided that alternative dispute resolution was a more challenging and satisfying way of practicing law. For five years his practice was limited to mediations and arbitrations until 2003 when Steve became partners with Ron Mowrey, at Mowrey & Mitchell, P.A. This relationship allowed him to continue being a mediator but also gave him additional experience in the areas of contracts, business and commercial litigation, banking and foreclosures, and local government. In May, 2009, Steve resumed Mitchell Mediation Service to again limit his practice to alternative dispute resolution. Steve now provides mediation services primarily in Tallahassee and North Florida although he mediates foreclosure cases throughout the State of Florida. Civil mediations typically involve personal injury, negligence, worker's compensation, employment matters, contract disputes and foreclosures. As a Qualified Florida Arbitrator, Steve has served as an arbitrator in a number of personal injury matters.

In 2009, Steve was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator. Mitchell Mediation Service handles virtually all types of family law mediations including, but not limited to divorce, marital settlement agreements, child custody and support, visitation and equitable distribution, with the parties either represented by attorneys or unrepresented (pro se) - also known as a divorce by mediation or divorce without lawyers. Particularly in the area of couples seeking a divorce without the involvement of lawyers, Steve provides the setting and means for a couple to achieve that goal without the expense and rancor a litigated divorce usually brings.

Steve has been mediating cases since 1994 with over 2,000 cases mediated in 20 years. Steve was a trial lawyer for approximately 30 years and brings that experience of working with people, understanding their problems and issues, preparing their cases for trial, and trying those cases, to his work as a mediator. Steve has been recognized as a member of The Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society, a selective statewide association whose membership consists of Supreme Court certified circuit-civil mediators who have proven experience in the resolution of civil & commercial disputes. Steve is also a Charter Member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators.


Steve Mitchell profile on National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Steve Mitchell profile on Florida Circuit Civil Mediator Society


  • Florida State University, Juris Doctor with Honors, 1973
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Business, 1970


  • Certified Circuit Civil Mediator by Florida Supreme Court - 1994
  • Certified Family Mediator by Florida Supreme Court - 2009
  • Certified Federal Civil Mediator by U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida


Courts Admitted To

  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeal, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

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