Michael is a life long Florida native, born in a solid blue-collar suburb. From a young age Michael understood the value of hard work, working with his father in the construction industry. His sense of service and commitment to helping others inspired him to join the military shortly after 9/11. Michael supported combat search-and-rescue and counter-terrorism operations as a USAF airborne radio operator aboard rescue aircraft, where he learned many life lessons and values that he takes with him throughout his law practice.
Michael is a fighter who voluntarily deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa, and to disaster relief operations around the world; he was recognized as the 2005 Airman of The Year. After receiving his business degree and his securities licenses he worked for an investment bank before attending law school.
After graduating in the top ten percent of his class, Michael worked as a Prosecutor, where he learned critical trial skills in the direct and cross examination of hostile witnesses and experts. Michael expanded on this foundation by moving on to work for a top civil trial firm which represented major auto manufacturers in roll-over crashes and tire manufacturers in blow-out cases resulting in death or great bodily harm. Michael saw first-hand how the rich and powerful can use their unlimited money and resources to bury the little guy.
These experiences have seasoned Michael in making YOUR presentation of the evidence before a Judge in your case. In the family law arena, Michael has regularly stood up against the fancy high priced law firms in town and has been victorious many times. He has represented clients in complex divorces and highly contested child custody (time-sharing) cases. He has also represented clients charged from high profile sex crime offenses to felonies punishable by life. He has tried cases up to felonies punishable by life and has been victorious. He has also successfully represented clients whose civil cases were declined by the big “bill board” attorneys in town and has successfully recovered over 1 million dollars for clients in wrongful death and other catastrophic injuries cases.
Michael is well versed in highly contested cases, as referenced by his more then 100+ five star reviews on Avvo, along with a 10/10 Superb rating. Recently, Michael was awarded the 2021 Legal Elite award and featured in Orlando Style magazine along with being selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Florida by The National Trial Lawyers Organization. The National Trial Lawyers Organization selects attorneys for membership by invitation only, and by who exemplifies superior qualifications as trial lawyers.
Michael maintains his office in Orlando and has represented thousands of individuals across Central Florida in his ten years of practice. His peers consider him a highly-skilled and hard-working attorney. He has provided both civil and criminal representation to people who are indigent, middle class, high net worth, and everyone in between.
When you’re at the worst point in your life, or facing serious legal problems, that is the time to get Mike on your side, fighting for you when you need it most.
*CONSULTATION POLICY: We offer free consultations for people who are imminently filing a case or need to respond to a lawsuit in which they have been served. If you are calling for general advice or advice in a matter in which a filing is not imminent then we reserve the right to charge a consultation fee of our hourly rate which is $250. We have checked with industry leaders comparable to our firm and our rates are on average 30 percent lower. We also charge a consultation fee for professional second opinions and/or for people who want to swith attorneys. This is because we always want to provide value for all people who contact us and we research each case fully so we can render the best educated legal advice possible. For more complex cases and situations we reserve the right to charge a higher consultation fee. If you have any questions regarding this policy feel free to call my office.