Judith M Mercier

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Judith M. Mercier is a partner in the firm's Orlando office and co-chair of the National Media Team. Ms. Mercier concentrates in complex business and commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts. She represents companies in a wide range of industries, including technology, sports, financial services, hospitality, and news and entertainment. Her practice focuses on contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property, media law and defending consumer claims. Ms. Mercier defends consumer claims such as breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, unfair and deceptive trade practices, as well as various statutory claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Electronic Funds Transfer Act.

Ms. Mercier is dedicated to helping clients evaluate risks and regulations, identify trends and develop strategies to achieve their business goals. She takes the time to understand her clients' business model, opportunities and standing in the marketplace to provide them with comprehensive guidance. She has significant experience conducting corporate investigations and advising clients on compliance matters. As a national counsel, Ms. Mercier devises practical strategies for clients to navigate disputes and leads a team of attorneys that handle trial court cases, appeals and arbitrations throughout the United States.

Ms. Mercier's media law practice involves representing newspapers, television stations and other media entities in defamation actions, actions to obtain access to judicial records and proceedings, and defending journalists facing subpoenas under Florida's Shield law.

In addition to her active law practice, Ms. Mercier served for three years as the national chair of the Holland & Knight Women’s Initiative and as a member of the firm's Diversity Council. She is a former certified public accountant.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, Media Law, 2008-2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award, Evidence, University of Miami


  • American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, Governing Committee
  • The Florida Bar, Media Law Committee
  • Orange County Bar Association, Judicial Relations Committee, Chair, former Vice Chair
  • ABA Young Lawyers Division, Law and Media Section, former Vice Chair
  • Leadership Orlando, Graduate
  • Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, former President
  • University of Miami Law Review, former Articles and Comments Editor