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Overview

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 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 has received much recognition throughout his legal 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. While he has been honored by Florida Super Lawyers® magazine every year since 2007, Mike was named to the Top 100 list of lawyers in Florida for his work in professional malpractice defense in 2019, and previously named the "Personal Injury Defense Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Fort Myers" in 2017. In addition, Naples Illustrated named Mike a "Top Lawyer" in legal malpractice law and product liability litigation (2018-2019), as well as honored by Florida Trend magazine's Legal Elite® (2009-2012, 2016-2017), and Best Lawyers in America (2012-2019).

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 with his wife Sandra. They have four daughters and two granddaughters.

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.