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Biography

Biography

Clients engage Michael to represent them in commercial disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. A Founding Member of Kluger Kaplan, Michael is a seasoned trial lawyer who has achieved noteworthy experience enforcing and collecting judgments and resolving insurance disputes and insurance coverage issues.

Michael begins each case by analyzing the legal issues and developing out-of-the-box strategies for tackling the case. Michael’s in-depth understanding and knowledge of the law give him a distinct legal advantage against his competitors. Michael believes in early dispute resolution, where appropriate, to avoid the cost of protracted litigation. His clients appreciate his commitment to their case and his understanding of how the litigation impacts their business as a whole. Michael regularly lectures for Lorman Education on the topics of judgment collection and enforcement.

Because of his personal interest in aviation, Michael has always naturally gravitated toward helping clients who are involved in litigation in the aviation industry or with aviation-related matters.

Away from the office, Michael is active in his local community. He is an adult scout leader in the local Boy Scout troop of over 80 scouts. He is also an avid fisherman and a member of the Hurricane 100 Club.  During football season, Michael can usually be found tailgating before every Canes game.

Education

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986
  • University of Miami, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983

Bar Admissions and Memberships

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Florida, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, 1987

Awards and Publications

Awards and Publications

Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News and World Report, Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

Best Lawyers 2020 Badge

Affiliations and Community Activities

Affiliations and Community Activities

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • University of Miami Law Alumni Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association

Noteworthy

  • University of Miami Law Review, Editor
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Golden Key National Honor Society

Community Activities

  • Florida Lawyer’s Network, Past President of the Miami Chapter
  • Prime Time Business Network; Founding Member and Vice President of the Miami Chapter
  • Business Networking International; Founding Member and Past President of BNI Central Chapter Miami
  • Boy Scouts of America, Adult Troop Leader and Merit Badge Counselor
  • Pinecrest Business Association, Member
  • Howard Palmetto Baseball and Softball Association, Team Manager. The firm is my team sponsor