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 is the firm's supervising attorney for the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice Group in the state of Florida. The group assists insurers in all aspects of a coverage dispute, including responses to civil remedy notices of insurer violations, pre-suit investigations and coverage evaluations, 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 sinkhole, windstorm, fire, mold, theft, and water losses. Michael's group also conducts examinations under oath and SIU investigations.

In both the state and federal courts, 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 coverage and bad faith counsel in third party actions, including monitoring the defense of litigation, as well as trial. As part of this role, Michael is often asked to draft reservation of rights, declinations and prosecute declaratory relief actions.

Michael has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution, having represented clients in thousands of mediations, 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 ten years, Michael and his group have defended in excess of three hundred sinkhole lawsuits, as well as hundreds of other first party lawsuits. The group has defended a number of cases through trial and appeal, including four sinkhole trials during recent years. In addition, the group represents more than ten statewide insurance carriers in first party property damage lawsuits, including four out of the five largest carriers in Florida.

Michael routinely speaks at regional and nationwide industry 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. Michael has also written numerous articles for industry publications addressing Florida-specific claim handling issues and insurance companies' rights and obligations in defending first and third party coverage actions.

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.

Michael is married to Nicole Packer and they live with their three children in Weston, Florida.

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

Published Works

• Bill Would Change How Mitigation Companies Do Business, Daily Business Review, March 3, 2015

• Make Effective Mediation Your New Year's Resolution, Claims Journal, Windstorm Conference Edition, January 2015

• Why Insurers Shouldn't Produce Claims Files in Florida, Claims Journal, September 2014


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:...

16th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference Conference Jan 19, 2015

Michael A. Packer, shareholder in Marshall Dennehey's Fort Lauderdale office, will present at the 16th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, January 19-22 in New Orleans. He will participate as a panelist for the workshop, “Return to...


Legal Updates for Coverage and Bad Faith - Special Alert Law Alerts August 25, 2015

Florida 4th DCA holds that PIP endorsement is ambiguous and insufficient to authorize application of reimbursement limitations set forth in Florida Statutes.In Orthopedic Specialists a/a/o Kelli Serridge v. Allstate Insurance Company, 40 Fla. L...., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Bill Would Change How Mitigation Companies Do Business Articles March 3, 2015

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

Honors & Awards

•AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•South Florida Legal Guide - Top Lawyers, 2013
•South Florida Legal Guide - Top Lawyers in Insurance Litigation, 2014
•Trends Florida Legal Elite - Top Up and Comer, 2012

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Michael A. Packer

100 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Suite 1100
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301


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