Academy Member Inducted 2021

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Ana Cristina Maldonado, Mediator, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Ana Cristina Maldonado

Upchurch Watson White & Max
IBERIABANK Building, Suite 400
1645 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Tel: 305-266-1224
Fax: 386-255-7722
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation
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  • Practice Commenced2010
  • # of MEDS (as of 1/4/23)1800
  • # of ARBS (as of 1/4/23) 
Current Practice
Online / In-Person
  • 11th Circuit
  • 15th Circuit
  • 17th Circuit
  • 19th Circuit
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Cristina has spent her entire legal career in the field of Dispute Resolution. In nine years, she has mediated over 1,600 cases, working with over 300 attorneys and many hundreds of self-represented parties. She is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Mediator in the areas of Circuit Civil, Dependency and Family.

Cristina is a spouse, a parent, a step-parent, a lawyer and a mediator. She is passionate about helping people find their own solutions.
She has mediated challenging cases in the areas of: divorce, paternity, child support, alimony, child custody and modifications. Cristina has also mediated insurance, foreclosure, partnership and eldercare and probate matters. Each case, like each family, is unique. Cristina's mediation philosophy is to meet people where they are – in a difficult moment of their lives – and work with all sides to try to build a better way forward.

Cristina is also passionate about mediation education. She has helped train and mentor more than 100 new mediators.

Cristina lives in Palm Beach County with her multi-generational, blended family. While based in her home county, Cristina has provided mediation services throughout South Florida, including Broward, Miami-Dade, St. Lucie, Martin, and Indian River counties.

Cristina speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Case Experience

  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Elder Abuse
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wrongful Death


  • B.A. ~ Amherst College, magna cum laude (1998), Interdisciplinary Degree in International Development
  • M.Sc. ~ George Mason University Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2006), Conflict Resolution
    J.D. ~ St. Thomas University School of Law (2010)
  • Certified Florida Supreme Court Mediator, Circuit Civil, Family, and Dependency
  • Florida Dispute Resolution Center Approved Primary Trainer, Family; Assistant Trainer, Dependency, and Circuit Civil 
  • Trained in Eldercare Mediation
  • Trained in Collaborative Family Law

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, The Florida Bar o Member, Family Section o Member, ADR Section
  • Member, Craig S. Barnard Inns of Court
  • Member, Palm Beach Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member, League of Women Voters

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