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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
  2. Appeals: 35%
  3. Litigation: 30%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Paul V DeBianchi

    I endorse this lawyer. He is thorough, zealous and gets things done.


    Paul DeBianchi Wills & Living Wills Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Peter D Aiken

    I have worked with Mr. Gelety, tried cases with him and referred him appeals for over twenty years. He is a brilliant attorney. Good lawyers follow the law, Michael makes the law. In many of my serious sex and death cases I have him actually try the case with me insuring that no stone is left unturned. His briefs are spectacular and his oral argument persuading and the judges respect him. He is above and beyond the rest and in my opinion one of the best appellate lawyers in Florida. I recently tried a capital sex case in Sarasota with him with fantastic results. His pre trial motions resulted in the exclusion of critical evidence. He is fantastic


    Peter Aiken Sex Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Michael D. Gelety, Attorney At Law

1209 SE 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316-1905


FLMember in Good Standing197609/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerMichael D. Gelety, Attorney At Law1979 - Present
Associate ProfessorUniversity of Miami, Paralegal Program1989 - 1991
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Bar Association (Middle District of Florida)Admitted1991 - Present
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted1985 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitAdmitted1981 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitAdmitted1981 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaAdmitted1977 - Present
Florida BarAttorney Member1976 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationAttorney Member1975 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of OhioAdmitted1975 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Cleveland State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972