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Michael H Fayard II

Criminal defense Attorney at Sarasota, FL

4.8   10 reviews

also known as Michael Fayard, Fayard Law, PLLC

  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 5 years
    Hawaii - HI 5 years
    Kentucky - KY 13 years
    Florida - FL 15 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2018
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2018
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2008
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Facing criminal charges can be terrifying. Your reputation and freedom are on the line. If you are found guilty of the charges against you, your entire life could be disrupted.

  2. Family
    Dealing with a divorce, custody, and support can be the most stressful event in your life. I am here to help you navigate this complex situation, and defend your rights at each step of the case.

I am a trial lawyer. I focus my practice on handling cases at every stage of the legal process at or before the trial court level in both State and Federal Courts. My clients are international, national, and local businesses and individuals that need legal representation in all stages of their cases, including mediation, arbitration, and hearings before administrative agencies.

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Sarasota Office
434 S Washington Blvd
Sarasota, FL, 34236
Honolulu Office
1050 Queen Street
Suite #100
Honolulu, HI, 96814
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4.8 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by Joe | December 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Joe Palermo, President/Palermo Design Group
I have consulted with Mr. Fayard on several occasions and have found him to be very helpful and the ultimate professional. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Lamar | December 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Fayard knows his stuff
Mr Fayard has helped me in several legal matters. He has a great mind for the law and has always had a good plan for moving forward after hearing the issues I am dealing with. I have worked with several good attorneys over the years and Mr Fayard is up there with the best.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Made me feel comfortable and work thru any fears. Very down to earth and willing to see from all aspects. .
Posted by LM | September 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Motion Granted
We hired Michael Fayard to file a motion under the "Romeo and Juliet" law. Other lawyers that I had contacted said they would charge 5 to 8 times more than this one because it was going to be "a lot of work." Michael got it done fast with excellent communication and professionalism. He was very reassuring and most importantly worked things out in our favor. Thank you!
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Posted by Thomas | August 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael was fast, efficient and to the point. I really appreciated Michael's no nonsense approach to my issue. Thank you Michael and I look forward to doing future business with you!
Posted by Justin | May 26, 2015
Fixing my case
He was able to handle my case and through out the whole thing keep me informed so I never felt left out of the loop. After every thing was fix and settled he was still available for a few extra questions I had about the wrap up of everything. Over all I highly recommend.
Posted by DF | June 4, 2014
A man one can trust!
Micheal has been handling my case for almost 2 months now he has opened his mind and heart in the matter and he honestly saved my life by just alone the reassurance he was able to offer. Micheal will be the attorney I will always turn to.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2014
Solid representation
Mr. Fayard represented me in a personal litigation matter. He was very thorough in his representation of me and was always fighting for my best interest. The opposing counsel in my case was a nightmare to deal with but I never saw Mr. Fayard lose his cool when dealing with them. He is outstandingly professional and having him as my counsel eased the stress of the litigation process.
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Posted by Mike | February 14, 2014
Fully Recommend!
I can't recommend Michael enough. I had an issue with my unemployment and he fixed it in no time. Michael was fully prepared and answered all the questions that the government agent and I had. He always explained things clearly without any legal jargon. Very approachable, knowledgeable, and effective. Couldn't ask for more.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My attorney's work on my serious case
I think Michael Fayard was an alright attorney for me. Truthfully, if you want my honest opinion, I think a better job could have been done on dropping my case since it was for a crime that I did not commit and now have to live with the fact that even though I haven't been convicted of being guilty at all, I do have 1 year's probation which I am not thrilled about and find it a waste of time. With the amount of money I paid this attorney, I felt that a little more persistent effort could have been made. I wasn't thrilled of the fact that throughout the 9 months it took to start discussing my case and going to court that I had very little contact to no contact with this atty, not even to ask how I am doing or say hello, was not sent any holiday greeting cards as well as a courtesy for client appreciation. I do admire Michael Fayard for all his talents and credentials. He's a great lawyer and has done well with lots of his cases. Even though he did not totally satisfy my expectations 100%, meaning to have my charges dropped, he got in 2nd place. This means that I could have done if convicted 8-15 years in prison. State offer was initially 10 months county jail, 2 yrs probation, etc. Michael Fayard got me to the point where I was given a "withheld adjuciation" of a misdemeanor, this means prior felony charge dropped, but the misdemeanor one is not admission of guilt nor have I been convicted of it either, judge simply "withheld my adjuication" of the misdemeanor. So, this is as good as and as best as Michael Fayard did for me which is for the most part acceptable and a stress reliever. On the other hand, realistically speaking and voicing my opinion, downfall is I have to deal with probation which I find it to be a waste of time. I know I did nothing wrong. I did accept this offer simply and exclusively due to my lawyer's honest opinion and suggestions vs other opinions from people I have spoken with as well. My atty was concerned that if anything went wrong at a trial and I was convicted due to the accuser's lies that I would land up in prison. I was concerned about this as well. However my case rested extremely strong and since Michael and his assistant Tom told me that there was reasonable doubt by the witnesses against me who changed their story 3 times, etc, this is the reason why I felt Michael could have done a little bit better. To me the witnesses were lying and I truthfully am the victim in this case. Lastly, I would have loved a farewell handshake from my attorney. I think he could use improvement on people skills. Remember, the clients(customers) are the life blood of every business, thus, this is where my attorney could improve in the future to be more people friendly. His assistant was extremely encouraging to me and very enlightening. Thus, I give 100% credit to my attorney for having worked this much with me. Again, I wish my attorney would have been more friendlier-kind of like holding my hand more for such a stressful situation that I was suffering and I needed a pat on the back as I felt I was suffering everything alone. Again, lastly, I wish my attorney would have given me a last farewell handshake which did not happen or invite me to lunch. That would have been nice. Unfortunately and saddening to say if you ask my honest opinion, that did not happen. I would have been more happier with my case if it did. The cost of my case for my ultimate outcome should have been less as well. Thus, all in all, this attorney is good in general. Based upon my opinion, improvements can be made by him for the future. At the very first start of my case several months ago, I've sent this person emails, but unfortunately he didn't respond back to me timely and some of the emails were not responded to or commented about at all which I didn't like. Other than that, he was alright to me and did his very best for me which deserves a lot of respect and sincere recognition. I do recommend you give him a try. Thanks!
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Response from Michael Fayard November 3, 2021
In every case, we have to make decisions and give guidance to our clients. Sometimes the cases we handle can have life-long ramifications (e.g. sex offender/sexual predator registration, incarceration, large judgments) in addition to the immediate repercussions. We, as lawyers, have to base our guidance on the case, the prosecutor, the court, current facts, risks, and possible outcomes, as well as our knowledge, training, and experience. Above all else, however, it is our client's decision to make. We, as attorneys, can only show the available choices and give our best opinion as to the result.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Fayard Law, PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Personal Injury Trial Lawyer
  • Morgan & Morgan
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Trial Lawyer
  • Fayard Law, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office Sarasota, Fl
  • 2012 - 2014
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  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Stetson College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • N/A
  • University of Cincinnati
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. TP
  • Case Dismissed!
  • DA v. PHW
  • Policy Limits Tendered
  • State v. MV
  • Mandatory Minimums
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  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2019 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • 2018 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • 2018 - Present
  • Maui County Bar Association
  • 2018 - Present
  • BNI
  • 2014 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate (Eligible)
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Skills
  • Closing Arguments
  • 2013
  • E-Discovery Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery and Forensic Data Recovery
  • 2011
  • Pre-Deployment
  • Rules of Engagement - Hague Convention
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (34)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an intelligent, skilled, and compassionate attorney who always considers his clients' best interests first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Michael on 2 matters and both times he was professional and easy to work with while remaining a strong advocate for his clients. Michael is direct and solution oriented, and I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is an outstanding criminal defense lawyer. He is an aggressive and highly skilled trial lawyer that fights like a gladiator for his clients."
General practice Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael's trial experience and his knowledge of the law give him the ability to produce outstanding results for his clients. With his community reputation for professionalism and zealous advocacy, I confidently refer him clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked for years against and with Michael when he was a State Attorney in Sarasota County. He is not only a great trial lawyer but amazingly ethical. I highly recommend him to handle your matter."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
General practice Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Mike Fayard for a few years now. Mike is one of the most intelligent attorneys that I have ever met. Beyond his intelligence, what makes Mike special is that he is incredibly down to earth and genuinely cares about people. As a Defense attorney in the community, I worked on several cases that Mike was prosecuting as an Assistant State Attorney. Mike never let his position as a prosecutor get in the way of doing what he felt was the right thing. He has always shown professionalism and courtesy to every attorney he comes in contact with. It is for all these reasons that he has a fantastic reputation in the legal community. I highly recommend Mike Fayard as he is an excellent attorney."
General practice Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A large part of being a lawyer is understanding human nature, regardless your area of practice. Michael has mastered this at an amazingly young age. He is an exceptional thinker and an exceptional advocate. I would not hesitate to send a family member to this excellent lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"The best way to describe Mike Fayard is open minded, good listener and he just gets it. I worked with Mike on many cases. He was my opposing counsel. Throughout every case he wouldn't just see things from one point of view, he made every effort to to see every argument and every side of a case. This is an essential skill for a lawyer. If you can't argue both sides then you are never going to be as good as your competition. Mike can argue both sides and was always a hard worker yet remained very professional. I endorse Mike Fayard!"
General practice Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I will just say that if I needed an attorney for any matter, I would want Michael to be that attorney. He tells it like it is, doesn't promise anything he cannot deliver, and treats any case he takes as though he is fighting for his own family. I highly endorse this attorney."
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