About Jacqueline Buyze

Beginning Career

Jacqueline was formally trained in leadership development and conflict resolution, and began facilitating problem-solving groups while working for the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company more than 20 years ago. Jacqueline graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, and obtained her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. In law school, Jacqueline excelled at trial advocacy and assisted in teaching that discipline. She earned a position on Stetson's prestigious trial team, participated in the prosecution clinic, served as a judicial intern, clerked in a private law firm, and provided pro bono mediation services in the Pinellas County courts.

Professional Experience

Jacqueline has worked in the private sector her entire career. Shortly after she was admitted to the bar Jacqueline joined the litigation group at Grant, Fridkin, Pearson, Athan & Crown, P.A., a highly respected Naples firm, and began practicing primarily in the areas of commercial constructionreal estate, and business litigation. She has handled complex litigation matters and has represented business entities, title insurers, commercial landlords, general contractors, business owners, developers, lending institutions, professional associations, material suppliers, design professionals, and residential home owners, in both the state and federal courts, at the trial court level and in the courts of appeal.

In 2007, Jacqueline left her firm and began building her mediation practice. In addition to being a licensed Florida attorney, she is a Florida Supreme Court certified county and circuit civil mediator, a federal certified mediator and a state-qualified arbitrator. Jacqueline provides services for most pre-suit, post-suit and court-ordered matters, including foreclosure mediation. Services are generally available throughout the state. [top]

Dedication to Profession

Jacqueline is a member of The Florida Bar, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers ("FAWL"), the Collier County Bar Association, the Collier County Women's Bar Association ("CCWBA"), and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. 

Jacqueline is a working member of the Collier County Foreclosure Task Force and chairs its mediation subcommittee. In that capacity, she has participated in numerous meetings, clinics, workshops and seminars offered to educate the general public, practioners and community leaders about legal developments and local foreclosure issues. She served for several years as an officer/director of PACE Centers for Girls, Collier at Immokalee, and has volunteered with the Twentieth Judicial Circuit's Justice Teaching and Dispute Resolution programs. She is a former Development Director of FAWL, a past president of the CCWBA, and former chair of FAWL's Breakfast & Books program (a national award winning, state-wide reading and mentoring program benefiting PACE Centers for Girls). [top]


Jaqueline at a Glance


  • Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 1999)
  • University of South Florida (B.A. cum laude - Psychology, 1996)
  • Edison Community College (A.A. with Honors - Psychology, 1994)


  • Federal Certified Mediator, Middle District, 2011
  • State-Qualified Arbitrator, 2008
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit-Civil Mediator, 2007
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator, 1999; 2007
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Stetson University College of Law, 1999
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Organizational Change: A Core Course in Leadership  Development, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, 1995
  • Teaming Up for Total Quality Management: Team Facilitation Training, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, 1994

Professional Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association, since 1999
  • Collier County Bar Association, since 2000; Member Benefits Committee, 2005; Seminar Planning Committee, 2004-2005
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), since 2002; Project Chair Breakfast & Books, 2003- 2005; Development Director, 2007-2008; Nominations Committee 2009
  • Collier County Women's Bar Association, since 2001; Director / Project Chair Voices for Kids, 2002-2005; Vice President, 2002-2004; President, 2004-2005; FAWL Liaison, 2007-2008; Judicial Independence Liaison, 2007-2008
  • Lee County Bar Association, 2007
  • Thomas L. Biggs Inns of Court, 1999-2000 / 2002-2003 / 2005-2007 / 2008-2009
  • Barney Masterson Inns of Court, 1998-1999
  • Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Board, Chair, 2008-2009
  • Mock Trial, Law Week, and Law Clinic, 1999-2007
  • Justice Teaching, 2007-2009
  • Juvenile Drug Court Panel Participant, 2007-2008
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, 2008-present
  • Collier County Foreclosure Task Force, Mediation Committee Chair, 2008-present
  • Student Council on Professional Ethics, 1997-1999
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, 1995

Court Admissions

  • Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit