About Our Firm

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Our 'team approach' is more than a simple mantra it is our framework for success. Jacobson, McClean, Chmelir, and Ferwerda consisting of former prosecutors bring together top-level knowledge and experience to the representation of our clients. Our philosophy is that maintaining a diverse team affords our clients the best possible representation whether you have a family law case or have been charged with a crime. Each team member's background brings a unique perspective that is essential to our success.

We have focused our legal practice to two areas of law, criminal and family law. In family law cases we understand that all families and marriages are unique, so there is no such thing as a typical family law case. The attorneys at Jacobson, McClean, Chmelir and Ferwerda, understand this. We take the time to listen to each of our clients and to understand fully the circumstances of their case. Only then do we advise them of their legal options and suggest the best course of action to resolve their family issues. Our attorneys have the training, skill, and experience to guide you through all of aspects of your family law case whether it be a divorce, modification of child support, alimony, or a paternity suit. In criminal cases, our dedicated team of Attorneys understand the inner workings of the justice system, and we will use our 72 years combined experience and knowledge to defend your rights in a criminal prosecution. When you hire Jacobson, McClean, Chmelir, and Ferwerda you are gaining a team that will work tirelessly to help you get a reduced sentence, avoid jail time, or get your charges dropped altogether.

Above all else, we promise to zealously represent the interest of each and every one of clients. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learning why Jacobson, McClean and Chmelir should be your choice for legal representation.

Our Team

Our team of family law and criminal defense attorneys consists of the following individuals:

  • Amanda Jacobson is a member of the family law and criminal law sections of the Florida bar. She has served as an attorney since 1996, representing clients facing a variety of charges. These include tax evasion, drug trafficking, divorce, and child custody. Amanda is also a certified family law mediator who can help you to resolve family law matters outside of court, before, during, or after the case. Read more about Amanda.
  • Randy McClean has been an Orlando attorney for 18 years and is a member of the Florida Bar. As a former Assistant State Attorney, Randy possesses an extensive history of handling felony, traffic, misdemeanor and juvenile, cases. He utilizes these experiences to passionately defend your criminal case in court. During the last 15 years Randy has focused his practice on family law. Randy understands the financial and emotional strain a family law case can place on a client. Randy will tirelessly fight for his clients as they navigate their way through the tumultuous road of separations, divorces, child custody disputes, and financial disagreements. Read more about Randy.
  • Andrew Chmelir has served the Seminole County area since 1999. After serving as a prosecutor for three years, Andrew founded Jacobson McClean Chmelir and Ferwerda with his partners. During his time as an Orlando attorney, Andrew has represented clients facing various family and criminal cases, including divorce, child custody, and cases involving the Department and Children and Family Services. Read more about Andrew.
  • Debra Ferwerda has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1996 and has served as a family law and criminal defense attorney since 1999. Debra has defended clients facing various criminal charges including attempted murder, sexual battery, grand theft, and fraud. She has also served clients in the family law court who were facing cases such as divorce, child support, and prenuptial agreements. Read more about Debra.

Our experienced team of attorneys is supported by a diligent staff. Together, we are devoted to providing you with the best legal support available. Call our office today at (407) 327-8899 for a free initial consultation!

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  • Payment plans avaliable
  • Our Strong Defense Team has handled over 10,000 cases
  • All Partners are former prosecutors