Michael A. Packer: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Michael A. Packer

Michael Packer is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. He primarily represents insurers in claims made and suits brought against them in coverage and extra-contractual liability matters. In addition, Michael's practice focuses on general insurance defense, including construction defect, wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, employment discrimination, professional liability, subrogation, insurance coverage, bad faith and civil litigation.
Phone(954) 847-4921

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
  • Construction Defect
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Tort and Insurance
Contact InfoTelephone: (954) 847-4921
Fax: (954) 627-6640
University State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1994
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, J.D., cum laude, 1997
Admitted1997, Florida; 1997, U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida; 2006, U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida; 2007, U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida

Associations & Memberships
•American Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute, 2013
•Florida WIND, 2012, 2031
•The Florida Bar


Michael Packer is the firm's supervising attorney for insurance coverage and bad faith matters in the state of Florida. The Group assists insurers in all aspects of a coverage dispute, from responses to Civil Remedy Notices of Insurer Violations to pre-suit investigations and coverage evaluations, to Declaratory Judgment and Bad Faith litigation. In particular, Michael defends property insurers throughout Florida in first party coverage matters, where he responds to claims for windstorm; sinkhole; fire; mold; theft; and water losses. Michael's group also conducts examinations under oath and SIU investigations.

In both the state and federal court, Michael has participated in a number of bench and jury trials through verdict, all of which resulted in either a defense verdict or a verdict which was less than the amount demanded. In addition, Michael is often asked to serve as bad faith counsel in third party actions, including monitoring the defense of the litigation, as well as trial.

Michael has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution, having represented clients in a number of mediation, neutral evaluations and arbitration proceedings. Michael routinely advises clients on the evaluation and resolution of multi-claimant matters, often times where the injuries and damages exceed the available policy limits.

Over the past two years Michael has participated as a panelist at Chinese Drywall conferences, specifically addressing coverage issues under first party property and third party liability policies. He has also presented a number of seminars on auto negligence, uninsured motorist and bad faith claims. Michael frequently travels around the country to provide in-house claims seminars with claims professionals. In addition, he has lectured on defending first party property damage claims including sinkhole and mold claims, which included review and analysis of claims handling procedures, as well as recommendations for the same.

In 1994 Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany. Subsequently, Michael obtained his juris doctor in 1997 from the University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, where he graduated cum laude.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Insurance Coverage and Bad-Faith Insurance Issues Under Florida Law, Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium - The Best Defense is a Good Offense, Orlando, FL, September 17, 2014

Protecting Your Clients' Interest During Settlement, WIND Conference, 2013

•American Conference Institute Bad Faith Litigation Conference (co-chairperson and lecturer) 2012

•American Conference Institute Bad Faith Litigation Conference (lecturer) 2011

Honors & Awards
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide (2013 )
•South Florida Legal Guide - Top Lawyers in Insurance Litigation, 2014
•Top Up and Comer, Trend's Florida Legal Elite (2012 )

Year Joined Organization: 2007

On the Pulse...Defective Drywall Litigation Practice Group Profile
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2010
Once it became clear that claims related to defective drywall manufactured in China were going to be filed at a near epidemic level, the leadership of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin recognized its clients would be drastically..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010

Florida Claims Symposium - The Best Offense is a Good Defense
Seminar • Sep 17, 2014
*Complimentary breakfast begins at 8:00am and lunch will be provided.Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a comprehensive review of the latest legal trends in Medicare, Bad Faith, Social Media Discovery and more.....Topics include:...


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Michael A. Packer

100 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Suite 1100
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301


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