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Michael J. Napoleone, a shareholder with the firm, focuses his practice on the representation of businesses and individuals in significant contract disputes, including shareholder and partnership litigation, noncompetition agreements, trade secrets, and contracts for the purchase and lease of real property. His experience in litigating corporate disputes has provided him with a unique perspective on the drafting of corporate formation documents, including shareholder and operating agreements. In addition to his focus on corporate formation and disputes, Mr. Napoleone also maintains a practice in complex trust and probate litigation and appellate work. He has written on topics such as strategies and considerations when forming a new business, e-discovery, and civics education. While no stranger to the courtroom, Mr. Napoleone believes that the most cost-effective solutions can often be achieved by narrowing the issues and focusing on the client’s goals at the outset, in an effort to avoid protracted and expensive litigation.


Mr. Napoleone, who joined the firm in 2000, is a past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, where he previously served as an elected member of its board of directors, and as chairman of the PBCBA’s Committees on Professionalism and Diversity. He was the creator and chair of the PBCBA’s “Leadership Academy,” designed to educate and motivate lawyers to become leaders with respect to ethical, professional and community service issues. He was instrumental in helping the PBCBA generate funds to achieve a decades-long desire to own its own building.


In 2016, Mr. Napoleone was elected without opposition to serve on the Wellington Village Council, where is distinguished as the first new council member to take a Wellington council seat through an unchallenged election. Since 2011, he has served as a board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County and in May 2013, Governor Scott appointed him to serve as vice chair.


Mr. Napoleone served for four years as the chair of the PBCBA’s Judicial Campaign Practices Commission, which monitors judicial elections and provides advisory opinions in response to complaints regarding judicial candidates. He also served two terms as chair of The Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee, after having served for two years as vice chair. He previously served six years as a member of The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism and chaired the Masters Seminar on Professionalism presented at The Florida Bar’s annual meeting.


He is an active member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, and The Economic Forum of Palm Beach County. He is also an alumnus of Leadership West Palm Beach.

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Richman Greer, P.A.

One Clearlake Ceter -Suite 1504
250 Australian Avenue South
West Palm Beach, FL, 33401-5016

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Litigation: 75%
    18 years
  2. Business: 20%
    15 years
  3. Appeals: 5%
    17 years

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  • Ethan Jared Wall

    Michael aggressively pursues his cases while adhering to the highest ethical standards. It comes as no surprise that Michael has earned an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating possible regarding legal ability and professional ethics. I am proud to endorse Michael Napoleon — a terrific trial attorney and a good friend.

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199806/20/2016
NYCurrently registered 199803/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2015
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2015
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2014
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2014
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Super LawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2012
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Key PartnerSouth Florida Business Journal2012
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2011
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Top Up & ComerSouth Florida Legal Guide2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2010
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Rising StarFlorida Trend Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney / ShareholderRichman Greer, P.A.2000 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Village of WellingtonVillage Council2016 - Present
Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach CountyVice Chair2011 - Present
Village of WellingtonCharter Review Task Force2015 - 2015
Florida Bar Constitutional Judiciary CommitteeChairman2013 - 2015
Florida Bar, Judicial Independence CommitteeVice-Chair2011 - 2013
Palm Beach County Bar AssociationPresident2010 - 2011
Palm Beach County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - 2008
Florida Bar Standing Committee on ProfessionalismMember2003 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Great Harbour Realty and Investment Co. Ltd. v. CarnesPrevailed in obtaining reversal of $3 million judgment.
American Somax Ventures v. River Bridge Corporation, et al.Jury verdict for $8.6 million
Richard Gaton and Edward Stiefel v. Health Coalition, Inc.Final judgment for $1.5 million
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Business Know-HowBusiness Strategy: Plan for the End at the Beginning2015
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of FloridaCriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993