Michael represents insurance carriers, third party administrators, and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. He also concentrates his practice representing businesses, contractors and individuals who have received Stop Work Orders from the Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation’s Bureau of Compliance. This practice includes assisting businesses and contractors in organization and compliance practices that avoid Stop Work Orders altogether, and in assisting those business and contractors in addressing Stop Work Orders and Penalty Assessments in the organization of their initial production of documents to the Bureau of Compliance, and in the appeal and reduction in the eventual Stop Work Order Penalty Assessment.
Michael is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts and has conducted oral arguments before the 1st District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee. He is also an approved instructor with the Florida Department of Financial Services. Michael is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Michael graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and served as a Russian Linguist for the United States Navy. He is a veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield and is a recipient of the Naval Achievement Medal. He has extensive experience in the construction industry working for his family’s business prior to law school. During law school at the University of Florida in Gainesville, he worked for a year as a judicial clerk under JCC Ohlman.
When Michael is not working he enjoys carpentry, playing the guitar and fishing. He and his wife Elizabeth spend much of their free time gardening or volunteering as temporary foster parents for a canine rescue agency in Lee County, Wee Waggin’ Rescue in Bonita Springs.
Michael is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar. He is also a member of the Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP) Association.