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Michael J. Faehner, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Esq. is the Managing Partner of M. Faehner, Esq., LLC where he practices in the area of Wills, Trusts & Estates, Estate Planning, Tax, Business Law and Civil Litigation. He previously worked at Fisher & Sauls and Robbins Equitas and prior to that was the Sr. Tax & Charitable Strategist at Raymond James Trust Private Wealth Management Family Office. Prior to joining the Private Wealth Management team, Michael practiced as a tax, probate, estate planning, and civil litigation lawyer for over 10 years in the Clearwater and Sarasota area. His past experience includes being President of The Clearwater Bar Association, President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and as a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors. Mike earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance and a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame. Michael graduated with multiple honors from Valparaiso University School of Law and obtained his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida.

He sits on the Board of Directors for Leadership Pinellas. He presently is volunteering on several committees for the Suncoast YMCA, Catholic Charities, the Skip Kline Society, the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, RCS, Morton Plant Foundation, All Children’s Hospital and Academy Prep. He also volunteers his time to give talks on assorted tax and charitable issues to the community. In Michael’s spare time, he serves as an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College in their four year Bachelor’s Paralegal Studies Program.





Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
  2. Tax: 35%
  3. Business: 30%



Hourly ($350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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  • Sidney Wallis Kilgore

    I have been acquainted with Mike Faehner for a number of years. His reputation within the local legal community for competence, diligence, and integrity are impeccable.


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  • Nina Larae Ferraro

    I am thrilled to endorse Michael Faehner. I have known him for a number of years and am constantly impressed by his dedication to the legal profession as well as the personal legal community.


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Contact info

M. Faehner, Esq., LLC

600 Bypass Drive, Suite 100
Clearwater, FL, 33764


FLMember in Good Standing199401/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Excellence in Pro BonoClearwater Bar Foundation2009
Nominee-Volunteer of the Year-Outstanding Board ServiceUnited Way of Tampa Bay2008
Leadership AwardFlorida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism2007
Lawyer of the YearFlorida Law Related Educational Association2005
Chief Justice Special RecognitionFlorida Supreme Court2005
Pinellas County Sheriff Community Policing Institute GraduatePinellas County Sherriff's Office2003
Outstanding Service to the University of Notre DameNotre Dame Club of Greater Tampa Bay2003
Leadership Pinellas GraduateLeadership Pinellas2002
Outstanding Board MemberFlorida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors2002
40 Under 40 for the Tampa Bay AreaTampa Bay Business Journal2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerM. Faehner, Esq., LLC2009 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorSt. Petersburg College2006 - Present
AssociateFisher & Sauls2008 - 2009
Sr Tax and Charitable StrategistRaymond James Trust Private Wealth Management Family Office2006 - 2008
Tax AssociateAbel Band2005 - 2006
AssociateMcFarland Gould1997 - 2004
AssociateCarlson & Meissner1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clearwater Bar AssociationTreasurer2010 - 2015
Florida Bar Standing Committee on AdvertisingCommittee Member2009 - Present
Community Law ProgramBoard of Directors2008 - Present
Florida Bar, Voluntary Bar Liaison CommitteeMember2008 - Present
St. Anthony's Hospital FoundationBoard Member2008 - Present
Leadership PinellasBoard Member2008 - Present
SPCA Tampa BayVice President of Board2007 - 2009
Skip Kline Society-Morton Plant FoundationMember2006 - 2009
SPCA Tampa BayChair of the Professional Advisors Committee--Leader of the PAC2006 - 2009
Florida Bar FoundationBoard of Directors2005 - Present
Florida Bar Board of GovernorsMember2003 - 2005
Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division Board of GovernorsPast President1998 - 2005
Clearwater Bar AssociationPast President1995 - Present
Notre Dame Club of Greater Tampa BayPresident1995 - Present
Knights of ColumbusMember1987 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
The ParacleteCharitable Giving in Tough Economic Times2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawTaxLL.M - Master of Laws2005
Valparaiso University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of Notre DameFinanceBBA - Bachelors of Business Administration1991
University of Notre DameHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly membership meetingAccountants and Attorneys: How Can we collaborate better to maximize value for our clients in the Estate Planning Process2010
Monthly Membership Meeting2010 Estate Tax Changes and the Future of Estate Taxation2010
2010 Probate UpdateEthics in the Probate Process2010
Monthly Membership MeetingEthical Pitfalls to look for as a Probate and Estate Planner:How to Avoid the Grievance Process2009
Medical ForumAsset Protection for the Medical Professional2009
2009 Voluntary Bar Leaders ConferenceWords of Wisdom and Advice from Past Bar Presidents2009
2009 Voluntary Bar Leaders ConferenceHow the Downfall in the Economy is Impacting Attorneys2009
2009 Voluntary Bar Leaders ConferenceHow to Navigate Tax Issues for Bar Organizations2009
2009 Bay Area Legal Administrators ConferenceEthics in Electronic Communication2009
Tampa Bay Planned Giving Council MeetingThe ABC's of Charitable Trusts2008
Pinellas County Estate Planning CouncilLeona Helmsley and Jacqueline Kennedy: Women of Charity or Just Plain Trouble?2008
North Suncoast Estate Planning CouncilLeona Helmsley and Jacqueline Kennedy: Women of Charity or Just Plain Trouble?2008
Life Planning SeminarsLife Planning and Estate Planning for Everyone2008
Estate Planning Panel DiscussionModerator-10 Biggest Mistakes in Estate Planning2008
Tampa Bay Estate Planning CouncilThe Pension Protection Act of 2006 and the IRA Charitable Rollover2007
MeetingThe Pension Protection Act of 2006: Six Months Later2007
Life Planning SeminarsLife Planning and Estate Planning Issues for Everyone2007
Estate Planning SeminarsPet Trusts2007
Annual Meeting of the Florida Bar Tax SectionUpdate on Tax Issues in Estate Planning-A Year in Review2007
Annual Bench/Bar ConferenceEthics for Paralagals2007
1st Annual Ethics Forum for the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar AssociationsTrust Accounting2007
Pinellas County Estate Planning CouncilThe Pension Protection Act of 20062006
ABA/YLD Midyear MeetingDiscovery Problems and Their Solutions:Practical Advice for Nuts and Bolts Disputes2005