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Mike is a Shareholder in the firm’s litigation section.  Mike started his legal career with Barron & Redding three days after graduating from law school.  Over the years, Mike has represented civil litigants in a wide variety of disputes, ranging from defective product claims to complex commercial litigation. He is also very active with the Florida Bar, is currently serving on the Board of Governors, served as chair of the Bar’s Code and Rules of Evidence Committee in 2003-04, on the Bar’s Circuit Civil Rules Committee, and on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Mike was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Mediator in 2004 and as a Family Mediator in 2011.

Mike has received an AV peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell, signifying the highest level of professional excellence. He has also been named as one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite in the field of commercial litigation.

From 2008 to 2010, Mike was an assistant professor of law at the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina. While at CSOL, he taught commercial law and alternative dispute resolution. His scholarship has appeared in the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, the official journal of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.

Mike graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1997.  While at Georgia, Mike was a member of the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review and was inducted as a member of the Order of Coif.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Mike served as an F-15 pilot in the United States Air Force from 1986-1994. During that time, he flew 31 combat missions in the Persian Gulf War.

Education

  • University of Southern California, AB, 1986.
  • Troy State University, M.S., 1993.
  • University of Georgia School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 1997.
  • Editorial Board, Georgia Law Review
  • Order of the Coif

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (member, Section of Litigation, Section of Dispute Resolution)
  • Florida Bar (Board of Governors; former chair, Code and Rules of Evidence Committee; Civil Procedure Rules Committee)
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiners (Grader, Member 2006-08)
  • St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court (former President; Barrister, Group Leader)
  • Bay County Bar Association
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • Certified Family Mediator
  • Adjunct Professor; Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, Florida State University

Articles

  • Author, ADR Gone Wild: Is It Time for a Federal Mediation Exclusionary Rule, 25 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (2010)
  • Author, The Florida Evidence Code and the Separation of Powers Doctrine: How to Distinguish Substance and Procedure Now That It Matters, 34 Stetson Law Review 109 (Fall 2004)
  • Author, Conflict of Laws and the Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine in Florida, Trial Advocate Quarterly (Fall 1999)
  • Editor, Receiverships in Florida, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial (6th ed.)
  • Editor, Evidence in Florida (2007 ed.)
  • Author, Crawford v Washington: Testimonial Hearsay meets the Confrontation Clause, Bulletin of the ABA Committee on Trial Evidence (Fall 2004)
  • Author, Demand Letters and Diversity Jurisdiction, Bulletin of the ABA Committee on Trial Evidence (Spring 2006)

Significant Representations

  • Lead trial counsel for the trustee and a major unsecured creditor in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding resulting in a denial of discharge and return of non-exempt assets to the bankruptcy estate
  • Lead trial counsel in a multi-million dollar dispute arising out of a failed mining and shipping venture in Alabama
  • Lead litigation counsel in Girls Gone Wild Federal civil litigation
  • Lead trial lawyer representing a regional trade show corporation in a dispute involving breach of contract and business tort against a local county and a global venue management company
  • Lead counsel in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving the design, manufacture and installation of wood chip mill components
  • Trial counsel in defense of a seven-figure product liability claim relating to an alleged failure of a soccer shin guard
  • Lead litigation counsel in takeover and rehabilitation of rural hospital by secured lender
  • Lead trial counsel in dispute over failed computer software joint venture, resulting in verdict of over $800,000
  • Represented owners and realtors throughout Northwest Florida in disputes involving commissions, negligence, and dissolution of real estate businesses