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Michael M. Stover

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Augustine, FL

4.9   35 reviews
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Reason: Not Practicing

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    31%
    Possession of drugs, Possession with intent to sell drugs, Sale of Drugs, Driving under the Influence (DUI), Battery, Aggravated Battery, Violation of Injunction, Fleeing and Eluding, Failure to register and any other criminal law case.

    8 years, 600 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    29%
    1st DUI, 2nd DUI, 3rd DUI, 4th DUI, Misdemeanor DUI, Felony DUI, BUI

    8 years, 600 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    Speeding, no motor vehicle registration, attached tag not assigned, boating infractions and any matter of the like

    450 cases

  4. Violent crime
    10%
    Burglary, Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Battery over 65, Child abuse Child neglect

    8 years, 450 cases

  5. Juvenile law
    8%
    Any and all Juvenile law cases

    8 years, 100 cases

  6. Expungement
    5%
    Any and all Expungements

    8 years, 70 cases

  7. Sex crime
    5%
    Failure to register, Lewd and Lascivious molestation, and any other sex crime matter

    8 years, 65 cases

  8. White collar crime
    2%
    Contracting without a license and the like

    20 cases

Mr. Stover understands that your case is the most important thing in the world no matter how serious. As a former prosecutor, Mike is familiar with the court process and more importantly how the State builds a case for prosecution.  

As an Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Stover has tried first degree felonies, complex bank litigation cases, and represented the state in over 1500 hearings. His court room experience and legal expertise will aid you in achieving the best possible resolution of your case as well as give you some peace of mind during the incredibly stressful process of beng charged and potentially arrested for a crime. 

Mr. Stover specializes in criminal law, but also has extensive experience handling injunctions from a prosecution perspective as well as the application for an injunction.from the Petitioner's perspective. Mr. Stover also worked at a Echelon Global to diversify his skill set, making him able to provide excellent legal services in the ares of Real Estate, Probate, Estate, and Land Use. 

Mr. Stover has dedicated his practice to the service and preservation of the lives and liberty of the people of the State of Florida. Mr. Stover recently moved on from a partnership with Jacksonville DUI mogul Lee Lockett to start his own practice. I can't gurantee results per the Florida Bar Rules, but what I can promise you is I will handle your case like it is my own, providing you a level of personal service and exceptional legal product that can't be beat. You'll have my cell phone number and I will make myself available at any hour to meet the needs of my clients.

I don't you to trust me, I want you to let me show you that I am trustworthy.

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Licensed for 7 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

The Law Offices of Michael M. Stover
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Saint Augustine, FL, 32092

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best lawyer out there!
As hard as we thought this case would be Mike did a great job and put his heart into our case. Im so glad we found you!
Posted by Jonathon | August 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Someone to have your back!
To be put in a predicament of wondering what your fate might be and constantly not able to sleep or panicking ever second there was an outcome (Michael Stover). This gentleman right here put everything that I was worrying about at an ease for me to focus on what I needed to do to get where I'm at now. I would recommend him to anyone, not only because of his knowledge of the law and different angles but he also makes you feel like family and gets you on the track you need to be too overcome any situation. Thanks Michael
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassion, knowledge, expertise!
Attorney Michael Stover has a compassionate heart and fearless will in ensuring Justice. His incredible intellect, strategic experience in defending against illegal and re-victimizing arrest of me, a domestic violence victim (already recognized in a protection injunction by the State of Florida, and by a past plea deal by the perpetrator who previously assaulted me causing visible and documented head injury, and then violated that order, for which I dialed 911), was a godsend for both myself and my two young adult children. Michael despises corruption and miscarriage of justice, including victims’ rights violations, and illegal, abusive police conduct and arrests. It takes incredible fortitude as a local attorney in NE Florida to stand-up to a largely corrupt system and instead, support a low-income domestic violence victim being wrongfully charged and arrested. It has become a new tactic of actual abusers to gaslight and then physically assault a victim, then use her defense of her and her family’s safety as “evidence” against her. Thank heavens FL is a “Stand your ground” law state, and that Mr. Stover, with his excellent former prosecutorial work knows how and to what situations that law applies. It does indeed allow an already-identified, and supposedly protected (by court order) violent crime victim to protect herself, her kids, and her home from a repeat perpetration of domestic violence. Dialing 911 for help as a protected victim should never result in punishment by the very law enforcement agency charged with following a court’s order for protection. Michael Stover will work very hard for anyone in any seemingly hopeless situation... and he will help you win. Even against seemingly terrific odds. Do NOT settle for a Public Defender in these NE FL legal processes without FIRST giving Mr. Stover a call!! He will work with ANY budget, and will save you tremendous amounts of money in the long run verses the court expenses and fines you could end-up with if you rely on a PD... And he will get your case thrown out/charges dropped, or reduced. Especially if you feel your rights have been or are being violated in your case. Michael, you are an angel sent from Heaven, IMO. An answer to prayers from my kids and me, as well as anyone else lucky enough to have you on their side in court. I can never express enough gratitude for your helping me.
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Response from Michael Stover January 8, 2021
This is the most heartfelt, sincere, and kind thing anyone has ever said to me. When I decided to go out on my own I wanted to begin a legacy built on three tenets, humility, kindness, and graciousness. Things like this are fuel to keep grinding because this business will take all you have physically and emotionally. I can never guarantee anything other than you will get every last bit of energy and knowledge I have and I'll do anything legally in my power to keep you on the right side of the bars.
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Posted by Joseph | December 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family law
I Don’t we’re to begin. I went thru maybe 10 lawyers before I found mike and he just made me feel so comfortable with him he has done so much for me and my kids that I can never thank him enough he always made sure everything that was done was for the kids thanks mike much love bro
Response from Michael Stover January 8, 2021
My man. Truly upstanding individual. We aren't done yet, if we don't get the VOP dismissed in Alachua, reinitiating the timesharing with your kids and convincing Putnam county to reduce their offer from 120 days jail to a withhold of adjudication and probation will mean nothing. Thankful for your friendship and support my friend.
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Posted by Taylor | December 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Unfortunately, the time had come where I had gotten my first speeding ticket. A friend of mine was working with Mr. Stover said that he was the best. I can confirm that he is the best! I had gotten the speeding ticket around the Spring time of 2020, as the state was closing. Which made it a little tricky on Mr. Stover's part, i'm sure. Over all, Mr. Stover got my fine reduced and not points were added to my license! The points were my man concern, while the reduction of the fine was a happy surprise. I would use Mr. Stover again, should I have the need. If you are looking for someone easy to talk with, quick to get back to you and passionate about their work, then I would high recommend Mr. Stover! Thank you again, Mr. Stover!
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Response from Michael Stover January 8, 2021
It's always the unexpected reviews that make me the happiest. It is so good to hear from you and thank you. To be honest, your case still bothers me. Even though we kept the insurance implications at bay regarding points, I still think maybe we should have just went to hearing. Ultimately, this was a circumstance where the massive potential fine and lack of body cameras in Saint Johns County gave us fits. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to have represented you and I pray you and your family are well!. Michael
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Posted by Melissa | December 18, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Refreshing
I called Mr. Stover to ask advice on a matter. He was so kind and took my needs into consideration. He also advised me that I would need to get additional information to continue on with a legal case. When I get the information that is needed, I plan on hiring him. Thank you so much Mr. Stover - Melissa
Posted by Kat | September 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly blessed!!
We were absolutely blessed to have Michael Stover as our daughters attorney. Michael’s hard work, knowledge and steadfast dedication have produced great results in getting what’s best for our daughters education. We are thrilled that our daughter can finally get the education she needs in a way that it doesn’t interfere with her many medical treatments. He has the insight and compassion to help individuals with all kinds of needs. He shows true compassion and understanding for his clients and their families. His professionalism, compassion, and thoughtful advice, have been a reassuring presence throughout this entire process. We know we couldn't have done it without him. We just can’t thank him enough!
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Posted by Wilson | September 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike, you are AWESOME!!
Mike, I can't even think of the words to describe what you did for our family. We experienced a nightmare that could only be resolved by a miracle. Mike, you were that miracle! Although the state threw all they had with ridiculous felony charges (25 years to life) and bond excessive of $200,000, you battled in court and fought for us as if you were fighting for your own life. Mike, you are a BEAST in the court room. You got my husband released on ROR; then you got the charges DROPPED!!! You were always there for my family inside and outside of the court room whenever we needed you. We are eternally grateful for your support and guidance through the most devastating period of our lives. We love you and will always consider you as family. The Wilsons
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Posted by Justin | September 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best
Where to start? Mr. Stover is an approachable, energetic, and honest attorney. His knowledge of law is vast; and his ability to research is astounding. I recently hired Mr. Stover to represent me in a matter that I considered to be obscure. Mr. Stover researched my case and educated me on the relevant statutes and case law regarding the incident. With his excellent knowledge and extraordinary ability to deliver a defense during a trial - my case was dismissed. Mr. Stover has been an absolute god send to me, placing my mind at ease prior to trial - and giving me hope during the trial. He has knowledge of the courtroom as a prosecutor and is very fervent in his defense of his clients. Mr. Stover represented me during my first, and hopefully last, legal dilemma; however, shall I ever need another lawyer in any field - Mr. Stover is the first I will call.
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Posted by Chris | September 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hassle free and great results
Michael is one of the best in the business. I was traveling through Florida earlier this year and ended up with a driving on revoked license charge. I hired Michael to take care of the issue and I never even had to attend court. He kept me up to date throughout the entire process and assured me he would get me the best results and he delivered on that promise. The state dropped all charges and had to pay a small fine. I couldn’t ask for better.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Success! Mr. Stover did what could not be done!!!
I was charged with DUI. I have never been arrested or in any sort of trouble before. Mr. Stover was the second lawyer I hired after the first lawyer I hired took my money and did nothing to help me. Mr. Stover was able to get my charge reduced to a "dry" reckless driving charge with adjudication with held. He was great at commutating with me and explaining every step of the process. If you need ANY legal help hire Mr. Stover!
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Posted by Polly | August 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First Class Lawyer‼️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mr. Stover is unbelievably knowledgeable about the law. I was confident, upon our first conversation, that I would be represented by a first class attorney. Mike works day and night to get the job done. He is available for his clients, doesn’t delay, and explains exactly what to expect. I was updated frequently throughout the process, which put me at ease. Mike is an honest man, who puts his client’s first. I would highly recommend Mr. Stover to my family and closest friends. Hard word, honesty and integrity is what you get!
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Posted by Lazayeus Bartley | August 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
He got my charges dropped to lesser charge and a plea deal to time served when I was facing prison time.
Posted by Karen | July 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy client
He was hired because of criminal fraud charges, He will listen with no judgement, He went to bat for me. He explains in laymens terms. Mike always called back. He knows his laws and i was very happy with the outcome. I don't believe it would have been the outcome without him. Very grateful and I highly recommend anyone looking fo a great criminal defense attorney should call Mike Stover for a consutation. Your case matters to him
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Posted by Lattysha | June 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond blessed
I’m truly blessed to have got to meet and work with Mr. Stover. Mr.Stover went over and beyond for my husband and I. He put all of his sweat , tears and efforts into our case.. He made us feel like family when speaking to us and not just like we are another case. Before he took on my husbands case, I was in pure panic and had no idea what was going on because no one ever explained anything to me. He explained everything to me and in detail and kept me updated with details about my husbands case. He made me feel at ease throughout my husbands case, Mr. Stover really values his clients. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer for my husband. He really and truly is a blessing. I highly recommend Mr. Stover. He became family. My husband and I will forever be grateful for everything that he has done for us.
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Posted by Joel | June 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top boss attorney
I was suspected of trafficking guns and drugs, the police have been after me threatening my life for past year. From time I hired him I been able take my mind of my legal troubles. Micheal didn’t bullshit me not once, he takes pride in his cases and clients. With Micheal on your team you can’t lose, get the best for your money, don’t play with your life. Best decision you can make, he just a call away +1 (904) 495-6703
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Posted by Michelle | May 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Mr. Michael Stover
Michael Stover was a beacon of hope to my family at a time when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed nigh on impossible. Not only was he able to defend my husband, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My husband and I are eternally grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Mr. Stover without reservation.
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Posted by Andrew | March 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First time offender
Man i cant begin to express how gratefull i am to Mr. Stover for all he did to help me settle my case and get things resolved! He went above and beyond, answered all my texts and calls all my questions as fast as possible, explained in details what all steps i needed to complete to get my DUI case resolved. I was really worried id be convicted of the DUI but lucky for me i had lawyer that really dug into it and got it taken down to a wrecless! I dont know what would have happened if i had not been lucky enough to have Mr. Stover in my corner i dont know where id be with my career and financialy! Thank you Mr. Stover
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Posted by Pete | February 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hardest working attorney out there.
Mr. Stover, kept in constant contact with me throughout my case, keeping my stress level down. He went above and beyond to stay on top of my investigation. Highly recommend this attorney to anyone.
Posted by Joshua | December 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
From the start of my case to the end of my case Michael made it personal, and took pride in representing me and my case. Michael was always very informative and made sure I was in the loop every single day. At no time was he unavailable, he always said call no matter what time it is and he will pick up. Michael worked so hard to get me the outcome he promised he was going after from the beginning. He always said “ Hey I can’t grantee it..... but I am aiming to get this all dropped and I’m comfortable telling you that we have a great case “. Me and Michael have became friends and I hope to always have his and his family’s friendship as he has made my life that much better knowing I have him in my corner. He’s so great he’s now my go to guy for even my company. Hands down beat attorney I could’ve ever asked for. He’s a young guy that’s very hungry to get you the beat outcome possible.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Lead Attorney
  • The LAw Offices of Michael M. Stover, P.A
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate
  • Lockett Law
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Associate
  • David Damore Law
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office 7th Judicial Circuit
  • 2014 - 2018
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Education

  • University of Arkansas Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Legal Cases

  • Placido Farley
  • Case Nolle Prossed after evidence suppressed
  • Matthew Scott Nesbitt
  • Guilty as charged, 7 count information. Sentenced to 13 years Department of Corrections
  • Rose Ducille Irons
  • Guilty as charged. Sentenced to 4 years prison 20 years probation
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Associations

  • St. Johns County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Associate Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Expertise.com Best Lawyers in Palm Coast 2020
  • Expertise.com
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Recognition for service to the State
  • State Attorney's Office 7th Judicial Circuit
  • 2018
  • Best Orator
  • William E. McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
  • 2014
  • 2nd Place Overall
  • William E. McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Football and the Law
  • Contact with the police and your rights
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (20)
Unknown Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a zealous advocate, a hard worker, and a genuine human being. When you are in the foxhole defending against the government, you want Mike on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well thought out, well presented and right on point"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Stover without hesitation. He is exceptionally capable, fair, honest and genuine. He will go to great lengths to do what is both right and just. If you are represented by Mr. Stover you can rest easy knowing you have the best of the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Stover is an aggressive advocate who provides sound legal analysis and creative problem solving. I have reviewed his numerous responses to consumer questions on Avvo's Q&A forum, and would have no reservations in referring business to him in Duval County."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Stover is a real fighter, enthusiastic about his work, and tireless when it comes to promoting the legal community in a positive light."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had many opportunities to review posts by him. He provides intelligent, competent and quality advice"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mike is an energetic & passionate advocate with a keen understanding of strengths & weaknesses to both sides of a case. I have worked with him as opposing counsel & side-by-side. Any defendant would be wise to select Mike to represent them."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Michael is a very hard worker who cares for his clients. His knowledge of the law is exceptional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Stover is a well respected attorney, that has formed good working relationships with the judges, law enforcement, and fellow attorneys in the community. He is very knowledgeable about criminal law and provides outstanding legal representation. He cares about his clients and is a zealous advocate. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Mr. Stover was a superb assistant state attorney and moved up the ladder very quickly. He is well liked by all of the judges and attorneys. He practices in Jacksonville, which is a difficult venue to practice in. Mr. Stover grew up in the ST. Augustine area and knows his way around Jacksonville. All of his clients consider him the best. Mike has energy and knowledge of the criminal justice arenas from Melbourne up to Fernandina Beach."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Stover is a great lawyer with a great attitude. He will advocate to get you the best outcome. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is a great attorney and has much respect in the community of lawyers. He handles every case as if it was his own family member's issue. He is dedicated, smart and an absolute asset to anybody who hires him as their attorney. I endorse him 100% and know that he will do an outstanding job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I absolutely endorse this lawyer. I worked as opposing counsel to Attorney Michael Stover on numerous occasions. His vast amount of legal knowledge proved him to be a formidable opponent. Additionally, he consistently exemplified professionalism and ethics both in and out of the courtroom. I am proud to call him a colleague, as he is truly an asset to our profession. He would be an asset to your case as well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Stover’s experience as a former prosecutor gives him a level of understanding and expertise that is invaluable in defending criminal cases. I have cross answered legal questions with him in the past, and it is clear that he has the knowledge and skill to be an asset in any criminal law matter. His client reviews have been excellent, and I gladly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I don't know Mr. Stover personally but in recent weeks he and I have cross answered many questions and I have consistently found his analysis, expertise, resourcefulness and skill in transferring advise in lay terms to be exceptional. Although Mr. Stover has only been a lawyer for a few years his experience as a felony prosecutor in a busy judicial circuit has permitted him to develop into a young defense lawyer who is wise beyond his tenure. If you have a criminal law problem in the 904 then Michael M. Stover is the young gun / "Billy the Kid" that you want in your corner. I happily support and endorse Mr. Stover."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Stover's dedicated advocacy begins the moment a new client walks in the door and doesn't slow down until the case is resolved. Born and raised right here in northeast Florida, Michael knows the court system on the First Coast as well as anyone."
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