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Michael J. DeCandio

Senior Counsel
200 W. Forsyth Street
Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 358-4203
(904) 355-0019 - Fax
mjdecandio@mdwcg.com

Michael DeCandio concentrates his practice in the defense of construction and design professionals. Additionally, he defends both products and premises liability as well as trucking cases. He has tried almost 100 cases to verdict.

Michael graduated from the American University College of Public Affairs in 1975. Following employment with the Commonwealth of Virginia, he entered law school, graduating in 1982 with his juris doctor from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. While at Cumberland, he was a scholarship member of the Moot Court Executive Board and was selected as a national member of the Order of Barristers.

Following receipt of his law degree, he worked as an assistant state attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida for Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties. Michael served as a prosecuting attorney for five years, the last two of which he headed a special operations unit which investigated and prosecuted major drug trafficking and political corruption cases. In addition to that, he served on the homicide department of the State Attorney's Office.

Michael left the State Attorney's Office in 1987, joining the Matthews, Osborn firm, a well-established insurance defense firm in northeast Florida. He remained with that firm and its successor entities for 18 years, until merging with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in the summer of 2004.

Special associations and memberships include the Order of Barristers, the Defense Research Institute, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. He has been awarded an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2010, Michael was named by his peers to Florida Trend's list of Florida Legal Elite.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Represented the architectural/engineering firm in a design build project for an ocean front hotel suit was brought by the owner. Issues involved all phases of design, to include Code compliance, window selection, HVAC, and structural issues. Following a three-week jury trial, a defense verdict was obtained. 

  • Represented a contractor in a dispute with a large municipality over the contractor's role in construction of a stadium. Following significant litigation, we were successful in reversing a liquidated damages claim by the City against the contractor and in turn obtaining a half-million dollar award to the contractor. 

  • Represented a large real estate investment trust that owned an apartment complex where a resident was killed by a bomb placed by a disgruntled former complex employee. Complaint was a wrongful death claim, predicated upon allegations of negligent hiring, supervision, as well as failure to protect residents in the aftermath of the employee's termination and subsequent bomb threats. Other significant issues included the application of the "impact rule" under Florida law. At the conclusion of a week-long trial, a defense verdict was returned by the jury.

  • Represented a large construction company in a lawsuit against a County. The issue involved construction of a large clay-lined landfill and included competing claims for monetary damages between the contractor and the County. A week-long jury trial ended in a mistrial/hung jury, but subsequent court-ordered arbitration resulted in an award for our client and denial of the liquidated damages claimed by the County. 

  • Represented a large health and disability carrier in a claim by a prominent attorney for disability benefits predicated upon alleged bipolar disorder. The issues addressed included questions of fraudulent application, validity of neuropsychological and medical claims, as well as evaluation of past earnings as a basis for damages. At the conclusion of a week-long trial, a verdict was rendered by the jury in favor of our client, the carrier. 

  • Represented a large life insurance company in a claim for benefits made by surviving husband upon the drowning of his wife. Issues that were investigated and became significant in the litigation included fraudulent applications, prior mental history of the decedent, the agency relationship between the broker and the carrier, and evaluation of the cause of death. Upon completion of the investigation, a motion for summary judgment was filed, and a favorable ruling was obtained for our client, the carrier.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Various American Institute of Architects-sanctioned continued education programs for architects as well as engineers between 1995 and 2002 

  • Mealey Construction Law Super Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2007 where issues concerning additional insured status were the topic of discussion 

Published Works

  • "Contractually Limiting Individual Liability for Design Professionals Using Florida's New Legislation," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, December 2013, co-author

  • “From Frye to Daubert: What You Need to Know About Admitting Expert Testimony in Florida State Courts," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, December 2013, co-author

Certification/Specialties

  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator 

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1982 J.D. 

  • American University, 1975 B.S.

Defense Digest Article December 17, 2013
By R. Thomas Roberts, Esq., Michael J. DeCandio, Esq. and Amanda Ingersoll* Key Points: Florida law permits contractual limitation of individual liability for negligence of “design professionals” employed by business entities..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013 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...
Defense Digest Article December 17, 2013
By R. Thomas Roberts, Esq., Michael J. DeCandio, Esq. and Amanda Ingersoll* Key Points: Florida state courts must now adhere to the Daubert standard for admitting expert testimony. While Frye relied on “general acceptance”..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013 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...
June 9, 2016
Ten attorneys from the Florida offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2016 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Florida Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (J.D., 1982)
  • American University (B.S., 1975)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1995

Associations & Memberships

  • American Judicature Society
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Order of Barristers
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • The Florida Bar

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2004


Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Military Service

  • USAR 1970-1975

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