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Michael H Fayard II

also known as Michael Fayard, Fayard Law

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About me

As a former felony prosecutor, I handled hundreds of cases and gained invaluable experience trying cases, both before a jury and the bench.  Additionally, while at the State Attorney's Office, I spearheaded the Unlicensed Contractor cases and I reviewed all cases in order to make filing decision.  

In addition to my experience as a prosecutor, I have represented clients in civil cases in both State and Federal courts at every level, and every stage of litigation, including appeals. 

I have also been hired numerous times as a consultant and as an expert witness providing technological support in complex civil litigation cases involving forensic data recovery and E-discovery.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
    8 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Business: 25%
  3. General Practice: 20%
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 15%
  5. Bankruptcy: 10%
    6 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Daniel Peter Policastro

    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.


    Daniel Policastro Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Steven Duncan Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Fayard Law

434 S. Washington Blvd.
Suite 100
Sarasota, FL, 34236


KYAuthorized to practice law201008/09/2016
FLMember in Good Standing200806/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
NominationLawyers of Distinction2016
Peer Review RatedLawyers.com2016
Life MemberFlorida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2015
Advanced DUI ProsecutorTransportation Lawyers Association2013
DUI ProsecutorFlorida Department of Transportation2012
Honors - International LawStetson College of Law2010
Advanced Legal Research CertificateLexisNexis2010
Advanced Legal Research CertificateWestlaw2010
Highest Honors - International Litigation and ArbitrationStetson College of Law2010
Pro Bono HonorsFlorida Coastal School of Law2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselDavid Willis Law Group2013 - Present
Trial LawyerFayard Law PA2013 - Present
Contract Attorney - TobaccoWilner Firm2013 - Present
Contract Attorney - TobaccoLieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP2013 - 2014
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office2012 - 2013
Sole PractitionerMichael H. Fayard, II, Attorney at Law2008 - 2012
Judicial Law ClerkLaw Clerk James A Ruth Duval County2007 - 2007
Law ClerkDurant & Schoeppel, P.A.2006 - 2008
Information OfficerLaw Clerk2005 - 2007
Asst. Operations OfficerUnited States Army2005 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
BNIFounding Member2014 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)N/A2014 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2014 - Present
Sarasota Chamber of CommerceN/A2014 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
The Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtN/A2013 - Present
U.S. District Court Court Western District of KentuckyN/A2010 - Present
U.S. District Court Eastern District of KentuckyN/A2010 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitN/A2010 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaN/A2008 - Present
Bankruptcy Bar of the Middle District of FloridaN/A2008 - Present
Florida BarN/A2008 - Present
Louisville Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2012
Jacksonville Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State vs. C.P.All charges dropped.
State v. CPBattery charges reduced to civil Disorderly Conduct
State v. RH [Prosecutor]Favorable Jury Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Law BlogArrested In Florida - Now What?2016
Law BlogSting Operations2015
Law and PolicyArrested in Florida2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawInternational LawLL.M - Master of Laws2010
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of CincinnatiEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial SkillsClosing Arguments2013
E-Discovery LitigationElectronic Discovery and Forensic Data Recovery2011
Pre-DeploymentRules of Engagement - Hague Convention2008