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Michelle Anchors

Employment and labor Attorney at Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Michelle Anchors is one of the Gulf Coast’s preeminent attorneys and a founding partner of Keefe, Anchors & Gordon.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A. 1987) and the University of Florida College of Law (J.D. 1991), Michelle provides counsel to many businesses, condominiums, and homeowners associations along the Emerald Coast. She has received the highest rating offered by her professional peers in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review system and has been honored as one of Florida’s ”Legal Elite” by Florida Trendmagazine.

Michelle’s depth of government and administrative knowledge allow her to match the needs of her private sector clients with the most efficient and effective solutions. After graduating from law school, Michelle served as a law clerk to Justice Parker Lee McDonald of the Florida Supreme Court. She subsequently served as Deputy General Counsel to former Governor Lawton Chiles and was a member of his staff when he served in the United States Senate. Since 2013, Michelle has served as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics after being appointed by Senate President Don Gaetz.

Michelle and her family have been leaders in the Fort Walton Beach and Destin communities for generations. In addition to serving as pro bono counsel to a number of local non-profit organizations, Michelle is personally and actively involved with a number of organizations and issues.  Former Governor Jeb Bush appointed Michelle to chair the Committee for a Sustainable Emerald Coast and in 2007 Michelle was named “Best Corporate Citizen” by Emerald Coast Magazine. In 2012, Michelle was honored to serve as one of the founding members and first President of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, which raises and provides significant grant funding for deserving local non-profit organizations. Michelle also formerly served as chair of the Okaloosa County School Readiness Coalition and on the boards of directors for the University of West Florida Foundation and the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Michelle, her husband Steve and their two children are active members of St. Simon’s Episcopal Church. She enjoys long distance open water swimming, playing the piano, and backpacking with her family.

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Licensed for 30 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/23/2022

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Keefe, Anchors & Gordon, P.A.
2113 Lewis Turner Blvd
Ste 100
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547


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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2015
As president of our homeowners assn. I have been Michelle's client for over four years. She has provided superior guidance to us in a very cost effective manner. Michelle prefers to solution finding rather than costly litigation. If you need an experienced and most importantly a trustworthy attorney you could not do better than Michelle.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Keefe, Anchors & Gordon, P.A.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Anchors Smith Grimsley
  • 1999 - 2008
  • Deputy General Counsel
  • Executive Office of the Governor
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 1992 - 1994
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Vanderbilt University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987


  • Florida Commission on Ethics
  • Chairperson
  • 2013 - Present
  • Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • University of West Florida Foundation Board of Directors
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Committee for a Sustainable Emerald Coast
  • Chair
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • President
  • 2005 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Inductee
  • Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame
  • 2015
  • “Leaders in the Law”
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers Okaloosa Chapter
  • 2015
  • Florida Achievement Award
  • Florida Commission on the Status of Women
  • 2013
  • “Legal Elite”
  • Florida Trend
  • 2010
  • Emerald Coast "Best Corporate Citizen"
  • Emerald Coast Magazine
  • 2007
  • Florida Children's Leadership Award
  • Florida Children's Forum
  • 2002
  • Florida Public Service Award
  • Florida Young Lawyers
  • 1997
  • Guardian Ad Litem Attorney of the Year
  • Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • 1997
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Real estate Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is an experienced lawyer with a superb reputation among attorneys and clients in our community."
Business Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My law firm holds Michelle and her law firm in high regard. We would recommend anyone in need of legal counsel for general business matters or business litigation to contact Michelle Anchors."
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Fort Walton Beach Employment and labor Lawyer Michelle Anchors
Michelle Anchors
Employment and labor Attorney
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Licensed for 30 years