- AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell 2012-2018
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Florida Bar
- Colorado Bar
- Missouri Bar
- U.S. Middle District of Florida
- U.S. Southern District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- Florida Bar 18th Circuit Grievance Committee (2010 Chairman; Member 1/08 to 2/11)
- Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
- Former Orange County Police Academy Instructor (1999 – 2004)
- Orange County Bar Association
- Family Law Section of the Florida Bar
- Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar
- Appellate Law Section of the Florida Bar
- Florida State University Seminole Club of Greater Orlando (President 2005; Board of Directors 2001 – 2007)
- Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- Seminole County Bar Association
- The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida
Andrew J. Chmelir earned his B.A. degree in 1993 from Florida State University’s School of Criminology. Andrew then attended law school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, where he excelled and received several academic scholarships and the prestigious Book Award in Criminal Law, Federal Income Taxation and Property Law. While in law school, Andrew interned at both the Brevard County State Attorney’s Office and the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. At the Miami office, Andrew worked as a Certified Legal Intern and served as lead counsel in several jury trials. After law school, Andrew joined the Orange County State Attorney’s Office as a trial attorney and gained extensive experience prosecuting cases within Felony, Misdemeanor, Traffic and Juvenile Divisions.
After serving as a prosecutor in Orlando for over three years, in 1999, Andrew and his law partners formed the law firm of Jacobson, Chmelir & Ferwerda. Since that time, Andrew and the firm have defended numerous individuals facing state and federal criminal prosecutions. Additionally, Andrew has represented countless individuals in family law related matters, including divorces, child custody hearings, and cases involving the Department of Children & Family Services. Andrew has represented clients in high-profile cases and has served as lead counsel in jury trials throughout Central Florida including federal district courts in both Tampa and Orlando. Andrew and his law partners are well known and respected within the federal judicial court system.
Andrew is a seasoned appellate attorney and has authored numerous criminal and family law related appellate briefs; he has presented oral argument before state and appellate judicial panels including the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta, Georgia, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeal in Cincinnati, Ohio and the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, Florida. Andrew is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and has represented individuals who have sought appellate review before our nation’s highest court.
Andrew and the law firm are also experienced family law trial attorneys. Andrew has received the requisite training in collaborative law and is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida. Andrew has routinely been retained by his peers to serve as an expert witness regarding attorney’s fees matters.
Andrew’s legal ability and high ethical standards have been acknowledged as he received and maintained the coveted Martindale-Hubbell “AV” peer review rating, the highest rating bestowed upon an attorney by fellow lawyers and judges. In 2012, Andrew was recognized by the Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine as one of “Orlando’s Top Lawyers.”
Andrew has, throughout his career, always volunteered within the community in some capacity with youth baseball, football and basketball. Andrew routinely accepts pro bono cases referred to him by the Orange and Seminole County Legal Aid Societies and he has provided countless hours of voluntary work on behalf of abused and dependent children in Central Florida. Andrew also previously served as both an advisor and judge in Orange County’s Teen Court program. In 2012, Andrew proudly served as the first recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award from the Altamonte Springs Babe Ruth Baseball Association. The Florida Bar, Orange County Bar Association and Seminole County Bar Association have frequently recognized Andrew for his voluntary service.
Presently, Andrew voluntarily serves on an advisory board to the Florida State Seminole Club of Greater Orlando, as a mentor to new attorneys through the Orange County Bar Association and as a Guardian Ad Litem for dependent children. On behalf of the Seminole County Legal Aid Society, Andrew routinely lectures at free community based seminars regarding the process of expunging and sealing criminal records. In recognition of his pro bono work, the Seminole County Bar Association named Andrew as a recipient of the “2018 Advocates of the Year Award.”