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Michael James VanDerZee

Military law Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.2   6 reviews

also known as Power of Attorney, Military attorney


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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Military law
    40%
    UCMJ VIOLATIONS,FRATERNIZATION,FAILED URINALYSIS,COMPUTER PORN,DISCHARGE BOARDS,AWOL,SEXUAL ASSAULT,ARTICLE 15'S,ARTICLE 32 HEARINGS,COURT MARTIAL,CIVILIAN CRIMINAL ARRESTS,DUI

    21 years, 410 cases

  2. Family
    30%
    Divorce, child custody/child support modifications, annulement, prenuptials, alimony, third-party visitation, seperation agreements.

    19 years, 300 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    25%
    DUI~TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS~DRUG OFFENSES~VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER~SERIOUS BODILY INJURY~THEFT~ASSAULT~FELONIES~MISDEMEANORS-WEAPONS CHARGES~FRAUD~PROBATION VIOLATION

    26 years, 230 cases

  4. Residential real estate
    5%
    HOA disputes, Homeowners association Law, condo association law, by-laws and Covenant Enforcement General Counsel, Collections/Foreclosures, Document Amendments, Arbitration/Mediation, Insurance

    18 years, 300 cases

 

Mr. VanDerZee attended DePauw University in Greencastle , Indiana , earning a B.A. in 1993. Following DePauw, he graduated with honors from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg , Florida in 1996. While at Stetson, Mr. VanDerZee was a National Finalist with Stetson’s #1 nationally ranked Trial Team, earning the International Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award, Excellence in Advocacy Award, and Stetson’s Coaches Choice Advocacy Award.

 

After graduating from Stetson, Mr. VanDerZee joined the State Attorney’s Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, covering Orange and Osceola Counties . For the next five years, he was the lead prosecutor in over 100 jury trials, including three years as a lead felony prosecutor. During his time as a prosecutor, he was awarded the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Prosecutor of the Year Award in 1997 for his work in prosecuting DUI offenses and providing alcohol education to college groups.

 

Following the attacks of 9/11, Mr. VanDerZee, along with his wife Teresa,  joined the United States Air Force JAG Corps, earning his commission in December 2001. Following officer training, he was assigned to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage , Alaska . During his tour, he was the Officer in Charge of Legal Assistance and Operations Law, Military Justice, Administrative Law, and the Base Tax Office, as well as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. For his contributions, he was awarded the Wing Staff Company Grade Officer Award in 2003.

 

His next assignment relocated his family to Randolph AFB in San Antonio , Texas ; where he was appointed as a Circuit Trial Counsel. He was the lead prosecutor representing the Air Force in over 100 high-profile courts-martial throughout the United States . Capt VanDerZee was a sought-after instructor and speaker throughout the circuit on issues of trial advocacy and evidence techniques. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.

 

With a desire to return home, Mr. VanDerZee left active duty and joined the Reserves,  and came back to Central Florida with his wife and two boys. He established the VanDerZee Law Group and is the Managing Partner.   He is licensed to practice in all Florida State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Judge Advocates Association, American Bar Association, and former member of the National District Attorney’s Association, Orange County and Osceola County Bar Associations, and Orange County Republican Executive Committee.

 

Mr. VanDerZee is also an Ordained Minister,  as he wanted to do something more to help his fellow soldiers and Military families in dealing with prolonged seperation and death of friends and loved ones who fight for our country.  Seeing such devastation and cruelty can understandably make someone question their faith and Michael wanted to be able to step into a spiritual role to assist others as well.

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Licensed for 26 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Michael

Michael James VanDerZee
Florida Military Defense.com
4805 W. Laurel St Suite 210
Tampa, FL, 33607-4524
The VanDerZee Law Group, LLC
1643 Williamsburg Square
Lakeland, FL, 33803
Michael James VanDerZee
The VanDerZee Law Group
Orlando, FL
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Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
Posted by Lauren | January 21, 2011
Difficult and complex divorce and we prevailed
After being married for 17 years and 4 kids later, I never thought I'd get divorced. My husband met someone and wanted out. I did alot of research on the internet looking for an attorney and after meeting 6 attorneys in person, I chose Michael to represent me and I am so glad I did. There was no arguement about custody, he didn't want the burden of the kids. But trying to get child support, house payments and alimony was a huge fight. One of our boys is disabled and I've been a SAHM all their lives. Michael fought for me and the kids. He is a real family man as well and truely had our best interests in mind. The other side try to bully us and made false accusations, but in the end we prevailed and I am very happy with the results. Michael and his support staff were always available and kept me well informed as to the status of my case. Do yourself a favor and hire him if you are considering getting a divorce.
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Posted by Deborah | January 15, 2011
Wonderful Service....on a SATURDAY!
I had an immediate issue that needed legal council. Mr. VanDerZee not only called me on a Saturday - but spoke with me at length about my challenges. MIchael was knowledgable, accessible and professional. I have a new attorney!
Posted by Corri | June 16, 2010
Simply Outstanding Service
I was recently charged with a DUI. I had never been in any legal trouble previously and was quite terrified about the ordeal. To get the best representation possible, I consulted with several attorneys throughout the Bay area. It looked like I was facing a difficult decision, but then I met Michael. He immediately impressed me. While he was both very personable and professional, he spoke the law with a commanding confidence that quickly put me at ease. Throughout the case, Michael constantly kept me informed, he was always fast to respond, and we never had to communicate through a secretary. The quality of his service was simply outstanding. He didn't treat me like a client or a defendants -- he treated me like a person. If you want a great attorney with both character and amazing service, Michael VanDerZee is the one to call.
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Posted by Patty | November 23, 2009
If I ever need an Attorney again, HE'S THE ONE!!!
I got a DUI, my first, and Michael fought the system and we won. He was extrememly knowledgable about Floridas laws and how the system works. He was there for me every step of the way. He kept me informed throughout the entire process and what the stragegy was going to be and how I felt about it. And he treated me with the utmost respect and dignity, something the officers didn't do. You are in such good hands with him as your attorney.
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Posted by Tracey | October 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Need to know about power of attorney
I have power of attorney of my fiancé’s IRS government check my banking institution Walmart nor any check cashing facilities will not cash how do I go about getting checked cast with all appropriate documents
Posted by Angie | March 29, 2011
TOOK MY MONEY AND NEVER DID ANYTHING........NEXT STEP IS GETTING IN CONTACT WITH FLORIDA BAR
MICHAEL TOOK MY MONEY AND FILED WORTHLESS PETITIONS IN COURT IN FEB.2010 AND NOW OVER A YEAR LATER I HAVE NEVER HAD A COURT DATE AND I HAVE BEEN CALLING HIM SINCE DECEMBER AND HAVE NOT HAD A CALL BACK.I HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR COPIES OF RECEIPTS,LETTERS FROM MY EX'S LAWYER.COPY OF MY RETAINER WITH HIM AND I COULD GO ON BUT TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT I STILL CAN NOT GET THEM OR A CALL BACK AND EVERY TIME I CALL I GET SENT TO VOICE MAIL.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The VanDerZee Law Group
  • 2008 - Present
  • Ordained Minister
  • UCL
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Air Force Judge Advocate (JAG)
  • Air Force
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Felony Prosecutor
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • 1996 - 2000
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • DePauw University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • 3rd Party adoptions can be the answer

Associations

  • Florida Army National Guard
  • JAG
  • 2009 - Present
  • Judge Advocates Association
  • member
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States Federal Court Norther District
  • Attorney
  • 2001 - Present
  • Ordained Minister
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • American Sign Language

Awards

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • 2006
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • 2003
  • Procecutor of the year 9th Judicial circuit
  • MADD
  • 1997
  • American College of Trial Advocacy Award
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 1996
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Publications

  • The Commander
  • Breathalyzer accuracy
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Circuit Trial Counsel
  • Field sobriety testing
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Military law Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I proudly and strongly endorse this lawyer. I have known Jay for over 15 years and he is one of the sharpest legal minds in the country. In law school he was a champion trial advocate at Stetson Law School, the top trial school in the country. He is a former prosecutor and has served our country in the military. He knows his stuff and I consider him a man of impeccable integrity and high honor."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply put, Michael VanDerZee is an outstanding lawyer and family man. His dedication to his client's legal needs are unsurpassed by many in his field and stem from his strong commitment to his family. While some lawyers only focus on trying to get the best possible plea deal for their client's, Mr. VanDerZee is busy applying his vast legal knowledge in an attempt to get the case dismissed or by otherwise limiting or minimizing the prosecutions evidence. He has my highest regard and recommendation."
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