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Blane McCarthy is a board-certified civil trial lawyer and a certified circuit mediator whose law practice is now limited to conducting mediations.

Current Practice = Full-Time Mediator: As a certified circuit mediator since 2000, Blane has conducted over 500 mediations, primarily for personal injury matters, commercial disputes, settlement conferences, and probate cases.  He chaired the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Mediator Section for eight years, has served on the JBA’s Board of Governors since 2013, and will be the JBA President in 2023-2024. Blane joined Miles Mediation & Arbitration in August 2021 to transition to full-time mediation and to help open its Jacksonville office. Blane offers in-person, virtual, and hybrid mediations.

Prior Practice = Injury Lawyer & Mediator: Prior to transitioning to full-time mediation, Blane primarily represented injury victims. He achieved Board Certification (Civil Trial) by the Florida Bar in 2010 and has the highest ratings available from Martindale Hubbell (5.0 AV) and Avvo (10.0). He handled cases involving a wide spectrum of injuries – from broken fingers to catastrophic third-degree burns to death.

Admitted to Practice

  • The Florida Bar, 1995
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1995


  • Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 1995
  • Stetson University, Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude, 1992

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Jacksonville Bar Association – President 2023-2024, Treasurer 2021-2022, Secretary 2020-2021, Board of Governors since 2013, Inaugural Chairman of the Litigation Section 2012-2013, Chairman of the ADR Practitioner’s Section 2003-2005 and 2006-2012
  • Christian Legal Society, Jacksonville attorney chapter – President 2000-2002, Board of Governors 2002-2008, 2012-2019, Director of the Pro Bono Project (legal aid ministry with the City Rescue Mission) since 2001
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, since 2011

Honors & Awards

  • Board Certification in Civil Trial law by The Florida Bar, since 2010
  • AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell, since 2004
  • Certified Circuit Mediator, since 2000
  • Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, 2015
  • Jacksonville Bar Association President’s Award, 2019


  • Get it in Writing: The Importance of a Signed Mediation Agreement, December 2023
  • Commentary: Don’t let your growling stomach distract you, Jacksonville Daily Record, June 2023
  • Commentary: Sign here, please – don’t neglect the final mediation paperwork, Jacksonville Daily Record, May 2023
  • What We May See as the Legal Side of the Astroworld Tragedy Plays Out, 2022
  • Jacksonville Daily Record Five Keys to Success at Mediation, 2019
  • Jacksonville Daily Record Buyer’s Remorse May Work at Target, but Don’t Expect it to Work in Court, 2018
  • Jacksonville Daily Record Non-Appearance in Mediation Cases Can be a Frequent Problem, 2013
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Not All Sanctions Are Created Equal, 2012
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin The Finality of Mediated Settlement Agreements – Unilateral versus Mutual Mistakes, 2011
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Buyers Remorse Rarely Negates a Mediated Settlement Agreement, 2010
  • Jacksonville Bar Journal Sign Here, Please – the Final Mediation Paperwork, 2009
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation Confidentiality – Do Loose Lips Really Sink Ships?, 2008
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation Agreement – The Difference Between “Both” and “Either” 2008
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin How Many People Does It Take To Render A Mediated Settlement Agreement Ambiguous? 2007
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation Agreement to Agree = Disagreement, 2007
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation Settlement Agreements – Nail Down Your Essential Terms, 2007
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Cancellation Fees – The Mediator’s Perspective, 2006
  • Jacksonville Lawyer Magazine Minimizing Mediation Costs, 2006
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation Agreements – Haste Brings Absurdity, 2006
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Dissecting the Standard Mediation Order, 2005
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation – Eliminate the Impact of Remorse, 2005
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Voluntary Mediations, 2004
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediator’s Tip – State Your Case, As Ordered, 2004
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation Expenses – Are They Taxable? 2004
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation Agreements – Don’t Let Your Growling Stomach Distract, 2004
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation/Negotiation Tactic – Hardball, 2003
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin JBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – Help Us Help You, 2003
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation Appearance – Comply or Foot the Bill, 2003
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Voluntary Mediation – Give Your Agreements Teeth, 2003
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation/Negotiation Tactic – Stonewalling, 2003
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediator Misconduct – What Can Be Done to Prevent It? 2003
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation Agreements – Mistakes Can Be Costly, 2002
  • Jacksonville Bar Bulletin Mediation – It’s Not Just For Litigation Anymore, 2002