Michael has over 25 years of experience as a highly skilled defense trial attorney. He has been in private defense practice since being admitted to the Florida Bar. He represents numerous self-insured corporations and insureds in the defense of varied and complex matters, including premises and products liability, automotive accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, construction defect matters, and commercial litigation.
Michael takes an analytical approach to litigating cases and case management. His approach is designed to effectively represent his clients in a responsive fashion while also effectively mitigating both defense costs and indemnity. Through his long involvement in insurance defense, he has developed a strong knowledge base regarding both the industry itself and its best practices.
Michael has won multiple defense verdicts, including wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases arising from premises and automobile cases. He was featured in the Daily Business Review’s Jury Verdicts and Settlements section for his defense of a homeowner in the drowning death of a visitor. He achieved a defense verdict which led, through the successful use of Florida’s Proposal for Settlement Statute, to his client being awarded attorney fees and costs.
Michael is a member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar. He also holds the AV Preeminent® distinction, the highest possible from Martindale-Hubbell, based on recommendations from practicing attorneys and judges. He is admitted to practice in Florida as well as before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
- State of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Nova Southeastern University, J.D., 1992
St. Leo University, B.A., cum laude, 1988