Michael is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a fellow in the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America and has twice been named the Best Lawyers' "Miami Franchise Lawyer of the Year." He has been ranked as one of the country's leading franchise attorneys by Chambers & Partners USA (Band One nationally), named one of Florida's top attorneys by Florida Trend and South Florida Legal Guide, recognized by Franchise Times as one of the nation's leading franchise attorneys, and included as a "Super Lawyer" in Florida Super Lawyers. In addition, Michael has been selected by Who's Who Legal, which describes him as "one of the best globally," and appears in the "International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers" and the "International Who's Who of Business Lawyers."
Michael was appointed by the Florida House of Representatives as a commissioner on the Florida Commission on Ethics. The independent nine-member commission interprets and applies Florida's ethics laws by taking action on the disposition of complaints, the recommendation of penalties, and the issuance of legal opinion.
Michael has lectured at numerous conferences of the American Bar Association and the International Franchise Association on franchise law topics. He has served on the Board of Governors of the ABA's Forum of Franchising and on the Executive Committee and Board of the IFA. He has co-written "Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments," a book published by the ABA, co-authored other ABA franchise law books, and has published articles on franchise law for the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Franchise Times and the ABA.
Michael is a former executive editor of the University of Florida Law Review and editor of the ABA's Business Torts Newsletter. He is the former chair of the Florida Bar Subcommittee on appellate judge evaluations. He has held leadership roles in numerous community groups, including the United Way and the Miami Music Association.
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Employment Law
- Franchise Law and Litigation
- Intellectual Property Rights
- Real Estate Litigation
- Florida, 1982
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
- University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
- J.D. - 1982
- George Washington University
- B.A. - 1979