Mark L. Van Valkenburgh has been practicing law in Central Florida for sixteen years and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He is certified as a mediator for circuit court and family matters by the Florida Supreme Court and for all civil matters in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He spent the first half of his career as a trial lawyer, litigating a wide variety of real estate and business disputes. During that time, Mr. Van Valkenburgh began focusing his practice on employment related disputes. He has won significant jury trials representing both former employees and employers. The majority of his current legal practice is in the field of human resources consulting and employment law litigation although he continues select other types of disputes for some of his clients. Mr. Van Valkenburgh also teaches the art of negotiation to students at the Barry University College of Law in his class “Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation.”
During his legal career, Mr. Van Valkenburgh has served on the Executive Board of the First Central Florida Inns of Court, was named outstanding committee chairperson by the Orange County Bar Association and was honored by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce as Leadership Winter Park’s Volunteer of the Year. He currently serves on Boards for the Winter Park Public Library and Leadership Winter Park and on the Vestry at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Mr. Van Valkenburgh graduated fourth out of a law school class of one hundred seventy eight. While in school, he was named one of only two New England Scholars for two consecutive years and earned “book” awards in Business Organizations and Sales. He also served as Case and Notes Editor of the New England Law Review.
Mr. Van Valkenburgh currently mediates all types of business, real estate and employment disputes as well as probate and family law matters. As a mediator, Mr. Van Valkenburgh’s strengths include thorough preparation for each mediation and an ability to adapt during the mediation based on the facts of the case and the particular personalities of the parties and their lawyers. Before each mediation, Mr. Van Valkenburgh reviews the pleadings and any information submitted by the parties and conducts any research necessary to be sure that he is fully informed about the parties, the nature of their dispute and the law that will govern the case at trial. During the mediation, he prides himself on being an effective, empathetic listener who is willing to firmly challenge the parties’ legal positions, factual contentions and expectations for outcomes outside of the mediation process.