Alumni Profile: Mike Meadors
“As a recent law school graduate, and now practicing family law attorney, I frequently reflect on how my legal education from the University of Florida College of Law prepared me to tackle the diverse issues inherent in family law cases. For to be a successful family lawyer, you need to be a jack-of-all-trades, so to speak. You must possess a broad range of knowledge of various aspects of the law — contract, real estate, criminal, tax and juvenile law, for example — and you must enjoy practicing (and possess competence in) oral advocacy skills. Equally important, as a family lawyer, it is imperative that you appreciate and understand the complex psychological and sociological dynamics present when a family is in crisis. Consequently, there is perhaps no area of law that can offer an attorney such a profound sense of personal reward coupled with vigorous, intellectual challenge as does the arena of family law.
“While attending the College of Law, the instruction I received in substantive and procedural law was thorough. I will forever be grateful to professors like Gaylin Soponis who, for example, taught me how to draft compelling legal documents with economy, accuracy and clarity. I was fortunate, too, to have studied under such professors as Claudia Wright and Barbara Woodhouse, who emphasized the importance of embracing humanistic aspects of the law. Thus, the lawyer that I am today, and the lawyer I hope to be in the future, are both built on the foundation of legal scholarship and the appreciation for human dignity that elevates the University of Florida College of Law above many other schools of its kind.”
— Michael J. Meadors (UF JD 03) is an associate with Moody & Salzman, P.A. in Gainesville, where he has been employed since graduating from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he participated in the Pro Bono and Gator TeamChild Juvenile Clinic and earned a Certificate in Family Law. His cases primarily involve family law issues – dissolution of marriage, child support, alimony and child custody – but he also is involved in workers’ compensation cases. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University (B.S. Elementary Education), Meadors was a teacher and administrator for grades 1-12 in public and private schools in Clearwater, New York City, Savannah and Gainesville, where he taught at the Oak Hall School just prior to entering law school. He and his wife, So-Mei, have three children.