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Michael K. Kiernan, born St. Petersburg, Florida, February 7, 1958; admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1983; Florida Bar in 1984; United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa in 1983; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida in 1984; United States Supreme Court, 1994.


After his admission to the Iowa State Bar, Mr. Kiernan was employed as an Associate with Mumford, Schrage, Merriman & Zurkek P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa.  In 1984, Mr. Kiernan became associated with Lyle & Skipper, P.A.  He became a shareholder at Lyle & Skipper, P.A. in 1987.  Mr. Kiernan became a Partner with our Firm on April 1, 1991.


Mr. Kiernan's practice is primarily focused in the following areas: first party defense, third party defense, insurance coverage litigation, property insurance claims including sinkhole and mold litigation, extra-contractual liability, fraud litigation, arson litigation, asbestos litigation, industrial accidents, toxic tort litigation, professional liability, products liability, construction litigation and complex litigation/bodily injury matters.


Mr. Kiernan has been counsel in approximately 40 trials, including cases tried in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier and Citrus counties.  He has presented numerous seminars and has been the feature speaker on many occasions regarding insurance defense matters, including property insurance, extra-contractual matters and mold litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 25%
  2. Insurance Fraud: 25%
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
  4. Insurance: 25%

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  • Robert Edward Heyman

    I have known Mike Kiernan for many years as a highly respected PI defense attorney. I have also handled a case as opposing counsel and can state without reservation that he was a highly prepared and strong advocate on behalf of his client. His advocacy and professionalism had much to do with the fair and amicable resolution of that case. I strongly endorse his work


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Contact info

Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller, Marone & Samis, L.L.P

360 Central Avenue
11th Floor
St. Petersburg, FL, 33701-3857


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AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Florida Super Lawyer 2006, 2007 & 2008PeersN/A
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St. Petersburg Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tampa Bay Sports CommissionExecutive CommN/A
St. Petersburg Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
Leadership St. PetersburgMemberN/A
Medical Defense Claims NetworkMemberN/A
International Association of Arson InvestigatorsMemberN/A
Florida Advisory Committee on Arson PreventionMemberN/A
Iowa Association of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Florida Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselMemberN/A
Florida Bar Association, Trial Lawyers SectionMember-appointed to Civil Procedure Rules Committee 2003, 2009N/A
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionMemberN/A
Iowa State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
NCAABaseball UmpireN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Advocate QuarterlyCurrent Trends in Bar/Lounge Liability1988
Trial Advocate QuarterlyLease/Rental Car Situation, Who Provides Coverage?1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Saint Leo CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980