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Dave Connor

Dave Connor is a newly Certified Florida Circuit Civil Mediator. His experience includes 40 years of diverse trial practice that included both civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels of three states, with over 30 years in central Florida.

As a Florida lawyer, Dave’s trial work involved every kind of litigation affecting family businesses and their owners: contract disputes, trust and probate actions, eminent domain cases, non-compete and other employment-related cases, civil rights matters, personal injury and wrongful death actions, and occasionally, criminal matters. In addition to his paid work, Dave performed pro bono work for individuals and institutions in central Florida. During a sabbatical in his 50s, Dave designed and taught a legal skills course at the University of Iowa College of Law as an adjunct professor.

Dave’s extensive and varied experience will give him a unique perspective on the civil cases he will mediate. He follows a personal motto learned from decades of practice: “The only way to lose a mediation is to fail to be persistent, patient, and creative enough to obtain each side’s absolutely best offer.”

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1982
  • California, 1985
  • Florida, 1987


  • University of California, B.A., 1978
  • University of San Diego, J.D., 1982
  • University of Iowa, M.A., 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, Tenth Judicial Circuit, 2014 – When the local Care Center was sued in 2011 to set aside a large charitable gift from an estate trust, Dave defended the gift pro bono publico through lengthy litigation against a national law firm. Due to the very favorable settlement for the Care Center, he was presented this award for in Tallahassee.
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Business Litigation, 2004-2005
  • University of Iowa’s Barry Bratton Award for Law School Curriculum Design, 2008

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Hillsborough Bar Association, member