Michael focuses his legal practice on general liability matters. He handles first- and third-party insurance defense claims, as well as a range of matters including commercial disputes and breach of contract, personal injury and wrongful death. He also has experience handling civil rights violations, policy failure, false arrest and excessive force as well as supervisory negligence, negligent hiring or retention. Michael’s representative clients include insurance carriers, individuals, governmental and private entities. Throughout his legal career he has litigated cases through trial in both federal and Florida state courts.
Prior to joining Litchfield Cavo LLP, Michael served as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel for more than a decade at one of the largest county sheriff’s office in the country. During that time, he handled a diverse range of litigation and agency legal matters, negotiated contracts, wrote agency policy and worked with legislators on law enforcement issues.
In addition to his legal practice, Michael is an annual guest lecturer at the University of Tampa – Sykes College of Business where he discusses leadership and management topics. He has also been a member of the Ybor City Rotary Club since 2017.
- Obtained summary judgment for property management company client against Plaintiff alleging a slipped and fell while ascending our client’s external stairway, sustaining a complex ankle fracture; our attorneys contended inconsistencies and flaws in the testimony, and the Court ruled in favor of our client.
- Obtained stipulated dismissal for manufacturing client with prejudice in a federal products liability case following claims an aftermarket battery contributed to Plaintiff’s falling and sustaining injuries from an electric “one-wheel” skateboard; Plaintiff faced several evidentiary issues and potential sanctions, and stipulated to a voluntary dismissal.