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I handle cases in the areas of Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation, including Business and Contract disputes and Landlord-Tenant law.  I pride myself on being immediately responsive to my clients.  I will answer when you call, or return your message the same day. 


I decided to become a lawyer while working as a paralegal at the Public Defender's office in 2005.  I loved the work, but decided I could never be at the top of my profession without graduating from law school.  I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2005 with a degree in legal studies and a semester early from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008.  From there I began work as a prosecutor with the 12th Circuit State Attorney's Office in Sarasota, FL.  I am now in private practice where I handle Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation cases, including Business Litigation and Landlord-Tenant Law.  Please visit my firm's site at to see all of our practice areas.   


Please call me today for a free consultation.  If you are a Criminal Defense client, your case is likely time sensitive.  Whether you call me or another attorney, do so immediately. 


Contact info

The Law Office of Michael L. Dear, PLLC

1500 E. Robinson St.
Orlando, FL, 32801

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    8 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 50%
    5 years, 200 cases



Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher Andrew Gaj

    The field of personal injury law can be complicated and trying. Having a lawyer like Mr. Michael Dear on your side will ensure your rights remain protected and your interests fought for. His presence on AVVO has been an invaluable asset to those seeking answers to complicated legal questions. He has proven himself as client-centered, competent and passionate. I endorse this lawyer.


    Christopher Gaj Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Charity Joy Tonelli

    Mike is one of the most professional and aggressive attorneys in Central Florida. Not only is he an exceptional attorney, but he is also a fantastic person. He is hard working and always goes the extra mile for his clients. I highly endorse this attorney.


    Charity Tonelli Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


FLMember in Good Standing200906/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Award of ExcellenceOrange County Bar Association2015
Pro Bono RecognitionFlorida Bar, Young Lawyers Division2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Law Office of Michael L. Dear, PLLC2016 - Present
PartnerRailey, Harding and Allen, P.A.2011 - 2016
Prosecuting AttorneyOffice Of The State Attorney2009 - 2011
Certified Legal InternOffice Of The State Attorney 12th Jud.Cir.2008 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2013 - Present
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2013 - Present
Alpha Tau Omega Housing CorporationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Orlando Young ProfessionalsMember2012 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionAttorney Member2011 - Present
Florida Bar, Construction Law CommitteeAttorney Member2011 - Present
Florida Bar, Young Lawyers DivisionAttorney Member2009 - Present
FCSL Student Bar AssociationTreasurer2008 - 2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Central FloridaLegal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
College Mock TrialMock Trial Judge2013
Florida Coastal School of Law CommencementCommencement Ceremony2009
Florida Coastal School of Law: Law Week BanquetMaster of Ceremonies2008
Florida Coastal School of Law: Law Week BanquetMaster of Ceremonies2007