Stephen D. Spivey, ESQ.

Mediation Services



•DeLand Senior High School 1970
•University of Central Florida (Florida Technological University) 1978 BA-History; BS- Political Science
•Stetson University College of Law 1980 Juris Doctorate
•Donald T. Reagan School of Advanced Finance 1981
•Florida Circuit Court Judges Advanced Judicial College 2005; 2006. 


•Securities- 1981-1987 Stockbroker / Manager - Employed predominantly by Merrill Lynch, Mr. Spivey completed his training with that firm in Manhattan in the summer of 1981 and was Series 3, 6, 7, and 8 licensed by both the NASD and by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Spivey began as a retail stockbroker in the Orlando, Florida office and eventually moved into management. As a broker, Mr. Spivey managed several large pension funds and two Bank Trust Department funds. Eventually Mr. Spivey left Merrill Lynch for a small investment advisory firm, Willingham & Fenner, and designed and marketed Real Estate Limited Partnership Investments in the Orlando area. 


•Legal- 1987-1991- Staff Attorney for 5th Judicial Circuit Court. Performed myriad legal research and writing functions and assisted in the day to day operation of several dockets. 


Legal- 1991-1994- Department of Justice, Juvenile Justice Coordinator for the 5th Judicial Circuit. Mr. Spivey established enforcement procedures with 5 separate county sheriffs and governments to reduce and eventually eliminate violations of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. He also designed and help establish the Marion County Teen Court Program and the Marion County Drug Court Program including acquisition of grant funding through local and federal sources, hiring of initial staff and overseeing operational procedures. 


Legal- 1994-2004- Private Practice. Established Stephen D. Spivey, P.A. in Ocala Florida, a civil and securities litigation firm. Some of the work performed:
•Mr. Spivey tried approximately 70 securities litigation cases in the NASD binding arbitration system and attended more than 100 securities mediations during this ten year span.
•Mr. Spivey tried 2 major consumer class action cases as lead or co-counsel and participated in approximately 10 other national class action cases representing class members. The defendants included Shell Oil Company, Cox Cable, DuPont, Hoerscht-Celenese, International Paper, Jefferson-Smurfitt, Masonite Corp., ABTCO, AT&T, Sprint and others involving complex business and equitable distribution issuese.
•Mr. Spivey is committed to extensive public service involvement in his community and received the Florida Supreme Court "Chief Justice’s Commendation for Exemplary Public Service" for those efforts. 


Judicial- 2005-2007- Circuit Judge, 5th Judicial Circuit. Judge Spivey was elected to the Circuit Bench in 2004 with approximately 60% of the vote and took office in January 2005. Judge Spivey was assigned to the Dependency and Family Law dockets during the two years he served as Judge. Judge Spivey designed and implemented the Dependency Mediation program in the 5th Circuit which now serves as a model program for a state-wide initiative and helped streamline the procedures for implementing a Unified Family Court program in the Circuit. Judge Spivey handled all Dependency matters in both Hernando and Marion Counties where caseloads were approximately 400 cases in each county. Judge Spivey also handled all the Domestic Violence cases in Hernando and Citrus Counties with over 1000 cases in each county per year and handled all unified family court cases in Marion County. Judge Spivey voluntarily resigned effective December 31, 2006. 

Mediation- 2007 to Present- Private Mediation Practice. Judge Spivey formed Stephen D. Spivey Mediation Services a full time, mediation only practice serving clients in Florida and the Southeastern United States. He is a Supreme Court Certified Mediator in all areas of certification, 5th Circuit Arbitrator and Certified Appellate Mediator, he is also a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, and an “AV” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbel. 


Stephen Spivey