Cumberland Welcomes Etzler as the Next National Alumni Association President

Posted: Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:52

Mary Ann Etzler ’95 is a partner at the law firm of Miller Etzler, P.L., Orlando, Fla. Since July 2001, Etzler has been a plaintiff and defense litigator with a focus on commercial, general business, real estate, lender and banking issues, construction, and environmental law, as well as related collection, contract and insurance disputes. She is licensed to practice in federal and state court and Etzler's areas of practice involve all aspects of trial, mediation and arbitration. In addition, she serves as a Guardian ad Litem for abused, abandoned and neglected children and is a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Before entering private practice, Etzler served for nearly five years as an assistant state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit, Orange/Osceola Counties, Fla. She has been an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix and for the Orange County Police Academy at Valencia Community College, both in Orlando, Fla. Etzler is also a retired police sergeant from the City of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Etzler is/has been a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Orange County Bar (Editing Committee, 2000 and mediator 1998, 1999 and 2008), the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (past president 2009-10 and director since 1999), The Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee (former chair, 1998-01), and the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers Mentoring Committee (co-chair). Etzler is a former director and the 2010 past president of the Christian Service Center, she was the president of her Homeowner's Association Board for nearly five years from 1998-03, is a graduate of Leadership Orlando, Class of 1975, and a 1992 graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg. She currently serves on the executive council of the Orange County Bar Association, the George C. Young, Central Florida American Inn of Court board, the Careers Committee of the Commercial Real Estate Women, Orlando Chapter, and she serves as a mentor to two young women lawyers. Etzler is a past director for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and presently serves as both a presenter and moderator for the Orange County Bar’s National Award winning Leadership Law program.

Etzler earned her B.S. degree from the University of South Florida and her J.D. degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.  She was named the law school’s 2010 Young Alumnus of the Year. She is married, has two boys, ages 8 and 11, and is active in the boys’ school activities.  She enjoys spending time with her family, sports, working out, gardening, and relaxing at the beach or theme parks.