Jo Colbert Stanley

A Florida Supreme Court qualified arbitrator, and certified circuit civil and county mediator, Jo is an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) consumer arbitration panel, a chair-qualified FINRA public arbitrator, a certified arbitrator on the International Yacht Arbitration Council roster, a registered mediator for Florida’s Department of Financial Services, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (from which she received a diploma in International Maritime Arbitration). Jo is proud to announce her selection as an Associate of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA Associate, Class of 23-25).

Jo currently serves as national Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Chair of the Broward County Bar Association’s Admiralty/Maritime Law Section, and Outreach Committee Chair of the FBA’s Admiralty Law Section. She is also a member of The Florida Bar’s Admiralty Law Committee and Traffic Court Rules Committee.

Ever determined to expand her network, knowledge, and expertise in the maritime arena, Jo serves on the Broward County Marine Advisory Committee and is also a proud member of the Women’s International Shipping And Trading Association (WISTA) where she is Secretary of the Yachting Committee. She is also an active member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI), the Port Everglades Association, and the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club.

Always exploring new ways to contribute to her community and the legal profession, Jo is a published author, with articles in the Journal of Individual Employment Rights, M. Lee Smith’s Employment Law Letter, The Florida Bar ADR Section’s publication The Common Ground, and the International Yacht Broker Association’s Compass magazine. Jo is also sought-after presenter and educator, regularly delivering dynamic, creative, and well-received training seminars around the world and leading diverse panels on topics such as ADR, employment law, and maritime-related themes.

A proud Penn State grad (B.Sc. Criminal Justice – summa cum laude), Jo received her J.D. with high honors from Widener Law Commonwealth in Harrisburg, PA, and her LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law in Davie, FL. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at NSU’s renowned Halmos College of Arts & Sciences.


In addition to her law and dispute resolution practice, Jo owns and operates a successful yacht management company in Fort Lauderdale. She’s a seasoned mariner, after all.

Stanley Yacht Services, Inc. has been taking care of private yachts for nearly twenty years, providing project management, charter and delivery services, and year-round vessel maintenance, to discerning yacht owners from all over the world.


Jo takes advantage of her precious free time answering to the beck and call of her bossy puppy, Franklin – he’s a Feist and he’s feisty. Fortunately, she has some help with Franklin, thanks to her husband & business partner, Capt. Ben.

Further full disclosure: Jo’s an avid football fan and she’s still bragging about a certain team’s Super Bowl win (years later). Don’t hold it against her, please.

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