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Michael J. Bradford

201 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1100
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 898-1816
(813) 221-5026 - Fax

Mike Bradford is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He has significant experience defending the nation's leading insurance companies and Fortune 500 corporations, having tried both bench and jury trials throughout Florida in state and federal court, and handled multiple arbitrations and appeals. Mike focuses his trial practice on the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, property and casualty, construction negligence, commercial litigation, and admiralty and maritime claims.

Mike is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating for professional competence. He has also been selected by his peers to Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite "Up and Comers" and Civil Trial lists, and he has been selected a Florida Super Lawyer by the Super Lawyers organization.

Born and raised in the Tampa area, he served four years in the United States Army prior to attending college. Mike is active in his community and numerous professional organizations. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Head Start Community Foundation, a past member of the Board of Directors of Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools (formerly A Gift for Teaching of Tampa), and a former volunteer youth coach with the Tampa Metro Area YMCA and East Point Little League. Mike also served seven years as the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 79, Brandon, Florida, Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, and now volunteers as an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 79, of which both of his sons are members.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Complete defense victory and successful counterclaim on behalf of a leading heavy civil marine contractor in the trial of a negligent construction claim brought against it after a subaqueous utility strike occurred during the construction of a bridge in Florida.

  • Complete defense verdict on behalf of one of Florida’s largest homeowners’ insurers in first party property damage sinkhole claim, believed to be first defense/insurer verdict in a denied sinkhole claim involving a policy that requires “structural damage,” since the Florida Sinkhole Statutes significantly changed in May 2011.

  • Defense jury verdict in a claim of damage to a home from nearby quarry blasting.

  • Defense jury verdict in a sinkhole trial in which the proper method of repair was disputed.

  • Defense verdicts in the trials of claims brought by two separate homeowners against their homeowners’ insurer as a result of damage allegedly caused by the explosion of a neighboring grow house.

  • Defense jury verdict in a sinkhole claim of improper partial denial and disputed method of repair.

  • Defense verdict in personal injury case involving a claim of multiple fractures and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).

  • Defense award in arbitration of customer securities claim involving allegations of churning and violations of Florida Blue Sky Law.

  • Defense judgment in a marine insurance coverage dispute tried in federal court.

  • Defense verdict in personal injury case involving rear end collision. The plaintiff was awarded past medical expenses, and no future damages. The judgment was less than the amount offered in settlement.

  • Commercial landlord/tenant dispute tried to conclusion. Settled on favorable terms to the client before a verdict was returned.

  • Favorable verdict in personal injury claim that a recreational vehicle fell on its owner, who was crawling under the RV, after improper maintenance of the RV’s hydraulic jacking system by the defendant.

  • Favorable final arbitration award in a customer securities fraud/unfair trade practices claim against a financial adviser and firm in connection with the sale of annuities.

  • Favorable final arbitration award in a case involving allegations of churning and breach of fiduciary duty in a customer’s account. Although a small award was made to the claimant, it was a fraction of the multi-million dollar claim asserted.

  • Favorable judgment after trial in a marine salvage case involving the salvage of a sinking yacht. A small judgment was entered in favor of the salvor, as expected, but it was far less than the amount claimed and less than was offered in settlement.

  • Successful appeal before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in a trade dress infringement insurance coverage claim.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Crew | Longshore Harbors Workers’ Compensation Act | State Worker’s Comp Liabilities, Tampa Bay Mariner’s Club 2019 Annual Maritime Industry Marine Insurance Seminar, Tampa Bay, FL, May 22, 2019

  • Property Insurance Law Update, Ft. Lauderdale 10th Annual CE Seminar, Coral Springs, FL, March 2, 2018

Published Works

  • “Where Does Florida End? It Depends,” Defense Digest, September 2018, Vol. 24, No. 3


  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN (J.D., 1999)

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (B.A., 1995)

    Honors: cum laude

Defense Digest Article September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 By Mike Bradford, Esq.* Key Points: The federal Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) applies to deaths that occur “on the high seas” more than three nautical miles from the shores..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
May 30, 2019
Twelve attorneys from Marshall Dennehey's Florida offices (Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa) have been selected to the 2019 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...
June 19, 2018
Eleven attorneys from the Florida offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2018 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high...
February 21, 2018
Marshall Dennehey has expanded its Florida Casualty Practice with the additions of  Michael J. Bradford and Julie Cunningham Aiello in the firm’s Tampa office. Mr. Bradford joins as a shareholder and Ms. Aiello joins as an associate. Both attorneys previously practiced at Hamilton Miller &...
Seminar Mar 2, 2018
Shareholder Mike Bradford will be speaking at the Ft. Lauderdale 10th Annual CE Seminar hosted by Rimkus Consulting.  Mike will present on the topic,  “Property Insurance Law Update”, a course designed to educate insurance...


  • Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1999)
  • University of South Florida (B.A., cum laude, 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2006

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Litigation and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Sections)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court
  • Tampa Bay Mariners Club
  • The Propeller Club - Port of Tampa
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2018

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