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.
•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
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
•“The Borrowed Servant Doctrine in Florida: The Legal Implications of Loaning Out Employees,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•American Board of Trial Advocacy, Certification, 2000
•Best Lawyers in America, Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants, 2008-Present
•Best Lawyers in America, Jacksonville Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants Lawyer of the Year, 2013
•Best Lawyers in America, Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants Lawyer of the Year, 2014
Year Joined Organization
The Borrowed Servant Doctrine in Florida: The Legal Implications of Loaning Out Employees
Defense Digest Article•March 1, 2015
Key Points:In Florida there is a presumption that an employee “lent” to a temporary employer remains the employee of his regular employer.In order to overcome that presumption and receive the benefit of workers'..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015Defense 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 legal...
Three Marshall Dennehey Attorneys Selected 2014 Best Lawyers of the Year By Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2013
Marshall Dennehey announced today that three of its attorneys have been selected as 2014 Best Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America(Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). They are:Thomas C. DeLorenzo, Philadelphia, PA, for Personal Injury Litigation - defendantsMichael...
Four Marshall Dennehey Shareholders Selected Best Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
June 14, 2013
Marshall Dennehey is pleased to announce that four of the firm's shareholders have been selected as 2013 Best Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America . They are:Dennis J. Roman, Pittsburgh, for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants;Stephen A. Ryan, King of Prussia, for Medical Malpractice...