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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 past 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 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.” He has appeared throughout the United States in programs sponsored by professional associations, bar associations, clients and educational institutions.

Mike has been recognized throughout his career, including the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award by Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics & Astronautics (2011), the Florida Defense Lawyers Association President’s Award, and the Defense Research Institute‘s Exceptional Performance Citation. He’s been honored by Florida Super Lawyers® magazine every year since 2007 and was named to the Top 100 list of lawyers in Florida for his work in professional malpractice defense in years 2019-2022. Mike was previously named the “Personal Injury Defense Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Fort Myers” in 2017. Naples Illustrated named Mike a “Top Lawyer” in legal malpractice law and product liability litigation (2018-2022). Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite® (2009-2012, 2016-2017, 2022), and Best Lawyers in America (2012-2023) have also named him. Mike was honored to be named the 2022 “Engineer of the Year” by the Florida Engineering Society, Calusa Chapter, and to receive the 2022 Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for the “Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year.”

Mike was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. After admission to the Pennsylvania Bar and private practice there, 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 with his wife Sandra. 

Professional and Civic Affiliations

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 AssociationDefense Research Institute, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (past president), Federation of Defense & Corporate CounselAmerican 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.

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