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Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance along with a Bachelors of Arts in History. He attended Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating with multiple honors in 1994.  In 2005 he graduated from the University of Florida School of Law with an LLM in taxation. He is licensed to practice in all state courts in the state of Florida, the Middle District of Florida, the United State Supreme Court and the United State Tax Court. Presently he is managing and running his own law firm where is Managing Partner for M. Faehner, Esq, LLC where he practices in the areas of tax, estate and trust planning, probate, charitable giving, trustee services, business/corporate consulting, and tax controversy work.  His website can be seen at


Michael is the immediate Past President of Leadership Pinellas, serves and has served on several boards in the community including the Jolley Trolley of Clearwater, St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation and Suncoast Hospice Foundation. He was also the recipient of the 2005 FL Law Related Education Association Attorney of the Year and received a special FL Supreme Court Special Citation for his work with Hurricane Disaster Relief. As a result of his work with the Florida Hurricanes in 2004, he was labeled in the legal community as the “Master of Disaster”. He also served as a charitable consultant during Hurricane Katrina relief for several of the states that were impacted.  In 2011, he was recognized by the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation as a “Rising Star” in the legal community by giving him one of their highest honors for his commitment to the legal profession and the community.  In 2013, the Clearwater Bar recognized him with the highest honor the organization gives to a member of the legal profession by bestowing on him the “Ralph Richards” Award for his dedication to the community and the profession.


He is a past president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (the youngest one ever) and also served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors and its executive committee (2003-2005).  Michael previously represented the 6th Judicial Circuit of the Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Board of Governors (1998-2003) before being elected the Boards President. Michael is the immediate past Co-Chair of The Florida Bar William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy and the Chair of the North Division of the Academy. Michael is a Past Chairman of the Voluntary Bar Association Committee of the FL Bar, FL Bar 6A Grievance Committee, FL Bar 6th Circuit UPL Committee and past Chair of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Bar Foundation which oversees the Florida’s IOTA program.  Michael is a Past President of the Clearwater Bar Association (2002-2003) where he was its youngest president ever along with being past president of the Clearwater Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division (1996-1998).


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
  2. Business: 30%
  3. Tax: 30%
  4. Real Estate: 5%



Hourly ($350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sidney Wallis Kilgore

    I have been acquainted with Mike Faehner for a number of years. His reputation within the local legal community for competence, diligence, and integrity are impeccable.


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  • Nina Larae Ferraro

    I am thrilled to endorse Michael Faehner. I have known him for a number of years and am constantly impressed by his dedication to the legal profession as well as the personal legal community.


    Nina Ferraro Real estate Attorney
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Contact info

M. Faehner, Esq., LLC

600 Bypass Drive, Suite 100
Clearwater, FL, 33764


FLMember in Good Standing199406/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Excellence in Pro BonoClearwater Bar Foundation2009
Nominee-Volunteer of the Year-Outstanding Board ServiceUnited Way of Tampa Bay2008
Leadership AwardFlorida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism2007
Lawyer of the YearFlorida Law Related Educational Association2005
Chief Justice Special RecognitionFlorida Supreme Court2005
Pinellas County Sheriff Community Policing Institute GraduatePinellas County Sherriff's Office2003
Outstanding Service to the University of Notre DameNotre Dame Club of Greater Tampa Bay2003
Leadership Pinellas GraduateLeadership Pinellas2002
Outstanding Board MemberFlorida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors2002
40 Under 40 for the Tampa Bay AreaTampa Bay Business Journal2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerM. Faehner, Esq., LLC2009 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorSt. Petersburg College2006 - Present
AssociateFisher & Sauls2008 - 2009
Sr Tax and Charitable StrategistRaymond James Trust Private Wealth Management Family Office2006 - 2008
Tax AssociateAbel Band2005 - 2006
AssociateMcFarland Gould1997 - 2004
AssociateCarlson & Meissner1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
St. Anthony's Hospital FoundationBoard Member2008 - Present
Leadership PinellasBoard Member2008 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationPast President1995 - Present
Notre Dame Club of Greater Tampa BayPresident1995 - Present
Knights of ColumbusMember1987 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationTreasurer2010 - 2015
Florida Bar Standing Committee on AdvertisingCommittee Member2009 - 2014
Community Law ProgramBoard of Directors2008 - 2012
Florida Bar, Voluntary Bar Liaison CommitteeMember2008 - 2014
SPCA Tampa BayVice President of Board2007 - 2009
SPCA Tampa BayChair of the Professional Advisors Committee--Leader of the PAC2006 - 2009
Skip Kline Society-Morton Plant FoundationMember2006 - 2009
Florida Bar FoundationBoard of Directors2005 - 2013
Florida Bar Board of GovernorsMember2003 - 2005
Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division Board of GovernorsPast President1998 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
The ParacleteCharitable Giving in Tough Economic Times2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawTaxLL.M - Master of Laws2005
Valparaiso University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of Notre DameFinanceBBA - Bachelors of Business Administration1991
University of Notre DameHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly membership meetingAccountants and Attorneys: How Can we collaborate better to maximize value for our clients in the Estate Planning Process2010
Monthly Membership Meeting2010 Estate Tax Changes and the Future of Estate Taxation2010
2010 Probate UpdateEthics in the Probate Process2010
Monthly Membership MeetingEthical Pitfalls to look for as a Probate and Estate Planner:How to Avoid the Grievance Process2009
Medical ForumAsset Protection for the Medical Professional2009
2009 Voluntary Bar Leaders ConferenceWords of Wisdom and Advice from Past Bar Presidents2009
2009 Voluntary Bar Leaders ConferenceHow the Downfall in the Economy is Impacting Attorneys2009
2009 Voluntary Bar Leaders ConferenceHow to Navigate Tax Issues for Bar Organizations2009
2009 Bay Area Legal Administrators ConferenceEthics in Electronic Communication2009
Tampa Bay Planned Giving Council MeetingThe ABC's of Charitable Trusts2008
Pinellas County Estate Planning CouncilLeona Helmsley and Jacqueline Kennedy: Women of Charity or Just Plain Trouble?2008
North Suncoast Estate Planning CouncilLeona Helmsley and Jacqueline Kennedy: Women of Charity or Just Plain Trouble?2008
Life Planning SeminarsLife Planning and Estate Planning for Everyone2008
Estate Planning Panel DiscussionModerator-10 Biggest Mistakes in Estate Planning2008
Tampa Bay Estate Planning CouncilThe Pension Protection Act of 2006 and the IRA Charitable Rollover2007
MeetingThe Pension Protection Act of 2006: Six Months Later2007
Life Planning SeminarsLife Planning and Estate Planning Issues for Everyone2007
Estate Planning SeminarsPet Trusts2007
Annual Meeting of the Florida Bar Tax SectionUpdate on Tax Issues in Estate Planning-A Year in Review2007
Annual Bench/Bar ConferenceEthics for Paralagals2007
1st Annual Ethics Forum for the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar AssociationsTrust Accounting2007
Pinellas County Estate Planning CouncilThe Pension Protection Act of 20062006
ABA/YLD Midyear MeetingDiscovery Problems and Their Solutions:Practical Advice for Nuts and Bolts Disputes2005