Michael has been practicing law for over 35 years, of which the last 20 have been devoted to insurance defense litigation. He tries significant product liability cases where there is catastrophic damage and/or serious injury or death. Michael also defends doctors, dentists, hospitals, and their employees, as well as other professionals such as lawyers, in malpractice suits and claims brought against them. To date, Michael has tried over 300 cases to verdict.
Michael has also handled matters in trucking and transportation litigation. He is currently approved counsel for AIG Transport South and has tried multiple vehicle matters with two cases to verdict.
After serving in the United States Army Reserve, Michael began his law career as a prosecutor in Florida. For nine years he served as an assistant state attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Michael was later designated as a special assistant United States attorney where he handled the largest racketeering case ever tried in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Significant Representative Matters
Represented doctor in medical malpractice case involving a fractured femur following total knee replacement surgery. Femur fracture occurred during manipulation of the knee after total knee replacement. After a five-day trial, jury found for the doctor and his professional association.
Defense verdict for doctor sued in medical malpractice case. Wife died as a result of Crohn's disease on the morning she was scheduled to have a colonoscopy by defendant. Plaintiff/husband claimed doctor should have hospitalized patient/wife after initial office visit. Plaintiff claimed that the colonoscopy should have been performed much sooner and that patient was hospitalized after initial office examination.
Catastrophic accident resulting in serious burn injuries and death to multiple plaintiffs after a concrete pole was installed and came into contact with an overhead electrical conductor. Claim was brought by manufacturer of concrete electrical pole. Plaintiff's theory was an alleged failure to warn and provide insulation to protect electrical workers from shock. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense.
Plaintiff/pilot lost the use of his left arm and filed suits against multiple defendants. Represented home healthcare company in medical malpractice and nursing malpractice claims. Prior to the announcement of the verdict, claim settled for $900,000. Initial demand before trial was $5 million.
Retrial of claims against funeral home and for cremation services for lost remains of parent. Original trial was handled by another law firm and resulted in plaintiff's verdict in the amount of $9 million. The case was set for a second trial on the issue of damages only. Jury returned a verdict of $160,000 after plaintiffs refused final settlement offer of approximately $1 million.
Areas of Practice
Ethics Seminar for newly-admitted members of Florida Bar, 2008
Search and Seizure Law, University of North Florida, 1998
Joint and Several Liability, Jacksonville Defense Lawyers, 1990
Cross-Examination, Florida Defense Lawyers, 1985
Current Trends In Evidence, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, 1980
Trial Testimony, Drug Enforcement Administration, 1976
“The Borrowed Servant Doctrine in Florida: The Legal Implications of Loaning Out Employees,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
Past Employment Positions
Obringer, DeCandio & Oosting, P.A., Partner Assistant State Attorney, 1975 - 1983
Hillsborough County, Florida, Special Assistant State Attorney, 1980 - 1981
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1983 - 1984
Statewide Grand Jury, Legal Advisor, 1983 - Present
U.S. Army Reserve, Captain, 1973 - 1974
University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida (J.D., 1973)
University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., 1971)
Areas of Practice
- University of Florida (1973, J.D.)
- University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., 1971)
- Florida, 1974
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1975
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1984
Associations & Memberships
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- Florida Bar Association
- Florida Defense Lawyers Association
- Jacksonville Bar Association
- Jacksonville Defense Lawyers Association
Honors & Awards
- American Board of Trial Advocacy, Certification, 2000
- AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Jacksonville Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" 2013; Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"2014; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Professional Malpractice, 2008-present