J. Michael Traynor

J. Michael Traynor has joined the Orr | Cook firm after serving 18 years as a circuit court judge in St Johns County. Prior to his work on the judicial bench, he spent 20 years practicing civil law in St Augustine, Florida. Judge Traynor has handled a range of complex matters involving criminal, civil, juvenile delinquency, dependency, family and probate. He is known for his commitment to civility in the courtroom, high ethical standards and integrity as a neutral. After almost 40 years of combined legal and judicial experience, he is now practicing as a certified mediator in the 4th, 7th, and 18th circuits of Florida. The counties in which he will mediate include Nassau, Duval, Clay, St Johns, Putnam, Flagler, Volusia, Seminole, and Brevard.


  • 20 years of private practice in civil law
  • 18 years as a judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court in Florida.
  • Assigned several different positions as a judge and presided over hundreds of jury and non-jury trials, some including: Florida juvenile delinquency cases, family law cases, and felony criminal cases

Areas of Practice:

  • Real Estate Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Probate Law
  • Property Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Estate Planning Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Wills Law
  • General Practice
  • Business Law
  • Trusts Law
  • Trial Practice


  • Seminary of St. Vincent de Paul, B.A., Philosophy (1970)
  • University of Florida, J.D., 1980

Based in Jacksonville, Florida the attorneys at Orr | Cook draw upon over 100 years of combined legal experience to serve clients throughout Florida and across the country.