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Michael Perry

About me

I was born in Philadelphia and moved to Sarasota with my family when I was 13 years old.  I went to Cardinal Mooney High School and graduated with honors earning an academic scholorshiip to Manatee Community College (now named State College of Florida). After earning my Associates Degree, I moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida.  Therafter I graduated from UF's College of Engineering with honors.  I then accepted a job as an engineer with Unisys Corporation in Southern California.  After several years working as an egineer I decided to enter law school at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California.  During law school, I worked as a law clerk for Justice Norman Epstein, at the California Court of Appeals, Second District, learning much about criminal law and appellate issues.  After working for Justice Epstein, and while still in law school, I began working at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, prosecuting federal crimes.


After graduating law school with honors and passing the California Bar Exam, I moved to San Diego where I worked for Miller, Milove & Kob practicing securities law.  While working at that firm, I realized I missed doing criminal law and wanted to spend more time in the courtroom.  Having family and friends in Florida, an opportunity arose in Pinellas County to work for the Public Defender's Office, so I decided to take the Florida Bar Exam.  After passing the exam, I moved back to Florida and began working at the Public Defender's Office.  Shortly thereafter, I moved to Sarasota and worked as a prosecutor for the City of Sarasota.  At the City Attorney's office, I not only prosecuted city crimes, I also prosecuted forfeiture cases and defended the Sarasota Police Department in civil rights lawsuits.  In addition I argued several cases in front of the Second District Court of Appeals.  After leaving the City Attorney's Office, I began working for a local firm, Walters, Levine, Klingsmith & Thomison.  While there I practiced civil construction law and defended many criminal clients.  Realizing criminal defense was my real pasion, I opened my own firm to practice exclusively criminal law.


Over the years I have worked tirelessly to protect the rights of the accused.  All my life I have tried to improve on my passion to practice law, and have gone so far as to recently attend the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College in Wyoming.  There I worked with attorneys from all over the country to sharpen my trial skills and discover new ways to defend my clients.   You can be assured that should you hire my firm I will use all my experience and skills to aggressively fight for you.  With the relationships I have built with the prosecutors and judges in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the experience my firm offers, and the attention we give to each of our clients, I truly believe you will get the best result in your case with my firm.


I am currently licensed to practice law in Florida, California and Arizona.  I maintain offices in both Sarasota and Manatee. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    22 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    22 years
  3. Federal Crime: 10%
    22 years
  4. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    22 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeff A Weintraub

    I have known Michael for 22 years. He is an excellent criminal defense attorney. Michael is extremely well-respected in the criminal defense community, knowledgeable of the laws and conducts all of his work with honesty and integrity.


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  • Erica Beth Buckley

    Michael is a highly respected, caring, and skillful attorney. He is smart, knowledgeable, and a hardworking attorney. I endorse Michael without hesitation.


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Contact info

The Law Place

3426 West Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL, 33609

The Law Place

1101 Ninth Avenue West
(By Appointment Only)
Bradenton, FL, 34205

The Law Place

390 North Orange Ave #2300
(By Appointment Only)
Orlando, FL, 32801



FLMember in Good Standing199506/20/2016
AZInactive 199907/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Program AwardJudge Schebb John M. Schebb American Inn of Court2011
Graduate AwardGerry Spence Trial Lawyers College2011
Certified Scuba DiverPADI1990
Black Belt Tae Kwon DoGrand Master Jung Soo Park1982
Selby Academic ScholarshipSelby Foundation1981
Deans ListUniversity of ForidaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerThe Law Place2015 - Present
AttorneyMichael S. Perry PA2002 - 2015
AttorneyWalters, Levine, Klingensmith & Thomison2000 - 2002
City ProsecutorSarasota City Attorney's Office1996 - 2000
AttorneyOffice of Public Defender, Sixth Judicial Circuit1995 - 1996
AttorneyMiller & Milove1994 - 1995
ClerkJudge Norman Epstein, Second District Court of Appeal, California1993 - 1994
ClerkUnited States Attorney's Office, District Of Nevada1993 - 1993
EngineerUnisys Corporation1987 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeAssociate Member2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2003 - Present
Sarasota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAssociate Member2002 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)Member2001 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney2000 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember1999 - Present
Sarasota County American Inn of CourtBarrister1998 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
State Bar of FloridaMember1995 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAttorney1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sarasota County Case # 2012 CT 12799DUI reduced to reckless driving. No conviction and no court license suspension.
Manatee County Case # 2012 DR 7845 AXDismissed
Sarasota County Case # 2011 CF 12905 NCNo jail
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Appellate Court DecisionDaley v. City of Sarsaota2000
Appellate Court DecisionCity of Sarasota v. Windom1999
Appellate Court DecisionCity of Sarasota v. 35 S. Lemon, Inc1998
Appellate Court DecisionJohnson v. City of Sarasota1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of FloridaEngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1986
Manatee Junior CollegeEngineeringAssociate of Arts1983
Cardinal Mooney High SchoolGeneral EducationDiploma1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law WeekMoot Court2011
Public Records LawPublic Records Law1999