Arbitrator | Mediator


Kelly Overstreet Johnson is a Florida native and lifelong resident. She recently transitioned from a 40-year litigation practice to full-time dispute resolution work. She is available for both virtual and in-person mediations and arbitrations throughout the country. 

While in private practice Ms. Johnson handled a wide variety of litigation matters with an emphasis on commercial and business disputes, probate and trust, employment, non-competition disputes, premises liability, and general civil tort matters in both state and federal courts. Ms. Johnson’s approach was to promptly evaluate, discuss and strategize on how to achieve the desired goals, recognizing the realities of the litigation process.  

Ms. Johnson also has 15 years of experience as a mediator and arbitrator and has handled over a thousand cases. She relates well to participants and counsel, and most of her mediations result in settlement.  She is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and The Florida Bar’s Section of Dispute Resolution.

Elected by her colleagues in 1989 as the first woman president of the Tallahassee Bar Association, she has been active in numerous bar association roles, serving as president of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers, in the ABA House of Delegates, and on the executive council of the ABA Litigation Section.  Her professional recognitions are many but culminated when she was elected and proudly served as President of The Florida Bar in 2004-2005, the third woman to hold that position. 

Ms. Johnson’s leadership and involvement in local, state, and national organizations help her maintain deep professional relationships throughout the country.  She has been repeatedly recognized by Florida Super Lawyers (in its Hall of Fame since 2011), the top 50 Women Super Lawyers list, and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Highly sought out by those who know her professional skills, knowledge of the law, and commitment to providing impartial and effective mediation and arbitration services, Ms. Johnson is committed to all methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Johnson has a rate for multi-party mediations. For more information, please contact Natasha Richardson at

  • J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1980-1982
  • B.S., Florida State University, 1979
  • Legal Employment
  • Full-time Mediator and Arbitrator 2022 - Present 
  • Office Managing Shareholder, Baker Donelson, Apr 2014 - Feb 2022
  • Partner, Broad and Cassel, Sep 1990 - Apr 2014
  • Executive Council, National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2005 - 2008
  • President, The Florida Bar, 2004 - 2005
  • President, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, 1984 - 1985
  • Membership & Community Involvement
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Treasurer (1982-84); President (1984-85); Board of Directors (1985-86)
  • President, The Florida Bar (2004-05)
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit-Civil Mediator
  • American Bar Association House of Delegates, Member (1992-94), (2003-2006)
  • Awards & Rankings
  • AV Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Trend’s - Legal Elite (2004-2018)
  • Florida Trend’s - Legal Elite Hall of Fame (2011- 2018)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2019)
  • Top 50 Women in Florida (2007, 2012, 2014)
  • Top 25 Women in North Florida
  • experience

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