Michael J. Corso is Board Certified (by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy) in Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation. He is chair for the Tort and Insurance Litigation practice area. Mike’s current civil trial practice area is heavily involved in the defense of non-medical professionals, including lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers and surveyors, copyright/trademark infringement, product liability and also more general tort defense matters in litigation.
Mike has received much recognition throughout his legal career, including the 2011 Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award by Purdue University's School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association President’s Award and the Defense Research Institute's Exceptional Performance Citation. For ten consecutive years (2007-2016), Mike has been named to Florida Super Lawyers® magazine, which recognizes the state’s top five percent of attorneys who are selected through an extensive peer review, statewide survey and independent evaluation. He also has been included in Florida Trend magazine's Legal Elite® (2009-2012, 2016) and Best Lawyers in America (2012-2017), as well as was named "Personal Injury Defense Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Fort Myers for 2017." Mike is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mike frequently writes and speaks on issues regarding the defense of non-medical professionals, law office risk management issues, and drones to members of the public as well as to bar associations, attorneys, accountants, architects, and engineers. His most recent article was published with AIA Trust, "An Architect's Guide to Using Drones." His audiences include both student and professional groups. He has appeared throughout the United States, in programs sponsored by professional associations, bar associations, clients and educational institutions.
Mike was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and after admission to the Pennsylvania Bar and some private practice in Pennsylvania, he moved to Florida in 1974 as a member of the United States Air Force. After serving four years in the Air Force’s JAG program as a special prosecutor, Mike moved to the Fort Myers area in 1978. He is married to Sandra Gann Corso and has four daughters, Carrie, Jennifer, Michelle and Lori.
Mike is very active in a number of professional associations, including the Lee County Bar Association (president, 1985), the Collier County Bar Association, the American Bar Association (member of Tort and Insurance Law Practice Committee), the Federal Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (immediate past president), Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, American Institute of Architects (allied member) and the Florida Engineering Society (associate member).
Mike is also a member of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Boosters Club of the City of Palms Annual High School Basketball Tournament, Purdue University Industrial Advisory Council and American Legion, Florida Post 400.