Arbitrator | Mediator | Facilitator


Jo Colbert Stanley honed her remarkable dispute resolution skills over the course of more than 20 years practicing law, along with specialized training and advanced ADR education. With a focus on maritime law, insurance, and commercial litigation, Stanley brings her background in anti-discrimination, diversity and inclusion to aid in the resolution of a wide range of disputes.

At her firm in Fort Lauderdale (Stanley Legal Services LLC), Stanley offers her talents as an independent arbitrator, mediator, and legal consultant. She is a published author and sought-after presenter who lends her expertise to companies and organizations worldwide. Stanley also regularly trains attorneys and other professionals by providing continuing education seminars on topics including ADR, maritime and admiralty, insurance, and employment law.

A highly honored academic and scholar, Stanley received her juris doctorate from Widener Law Commonwealth and her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. She received an LL.M. in ADR from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at NSU’s Halmos College of Arts & Sciences.

Stanley is an active board member of several Bar associations and is the current Chair-Elect of the Federal Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution section. She was recently awarded membership in The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and is also a past Fellow of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section.

  • LL.M Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation -Nova Southeastern University, 2020
  • J.D., Widener University School of Law, 2000
  • B.S., Criminal Justice - Pennsylvania State University, 1996
  • Court Admissions
  • State of Florida
  • State of Delaware
  • U.S. District Courts of Northern and Southern Districts of Florida, District of Delaware
  • United States Courts of Appeal (Third Circuit)
  • Legal Employment
  • Managing Member - Stanley Legal Services LLC, 2004 - present
  • Of Counsel - Colodny Fass, 2005 - present
  • Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Stanley Yacht Services, Inc., 2004 - present
  • Associate - Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 2000 - 2003
  • Summer Associate - Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 1998 - 1999
  • Regional HR Manager - Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, 1994 - 1998
  • Affiliations
    FINRA Public Arbitrator
    Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and County Mediator
    Florida Supreme Court-Qualified Arbitrator
    International Yacht Arbitration Council Certified Arbitrator
    Member - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    State of Florida Department of Financial Services Mediator
    Membership & Community Involvement
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and County Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court-Qualified Arbitrator
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • International Yacht Arbitration Council Certified Arbitrator
  • FINRA Public Arbitrator
  • Delaware Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Federal Bar Association - Chair-Elect, ADR Section; Committee Chair, Admiralty Law Section
  • American Bar Association - Fellow, Dispute Resolution Section, 2021
  • Broward County Bar Association - Chair, Admiralty Law Committee
  • South Broward Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Association of South Florida Mediators & Arbitrators
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • National African American Insurance Association
  • Marine Industries Association of South Florida
  • International Yacht Brokers Association
  • Port Everglades Association
  • Women's International Shipping & Trading Association
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  • Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • "New State Law Takes Aim at Illegal Charters and More." Compass. (August/September), 30.
  • "To Break Out or Not To Break Out: Caucus Considerations.", Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • "Negotiation Tactics & Strategies.", The Florida Department of Health
  • "Maritime Law 101.", Quimbee
  • "Escrow-A-Go-Go: Making money moves.", Compass, (August/September), 36
  • “Mediation Preparation for Attorneys: The ABC's To Your Client's Best Mediation” webinar. The Florida Bar.
  • "Boatyard & Marine Insurance Tips: Your Yacht's In The Slings; Who's On The Hook.", Broward County Bar Association
  • "Tech-ethical considerations for Florida mediators offering virtual dispute resolution services.", The Common Ground
  • experience

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