Michael Cavendish is a Florida lawyer based in downtown Jacksonville.

He practices as a partner with Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.


Michael has a track record of focusing on efficiency, outcomes, and value in managing client legal solutions.

He has designed, implemented, and managed  projects from single-matter to portfolio, and has collaborated with experienced law clients on value-adjusted lawyer engagement models since the early 2000s. 

Drawing on his general counsel and public agency-head experience, Michael is uniquely situated to counsel clients on outcomes in legal management, legal risk avoidance, and legal rights enforcement processes.

As lead or solo counsel, Michael has delivered multiple multi-million dollar plaintiff's awards, and multiple zero-dollar judgments for defendants facing seven-figure claims.

Beyond lawsuits in public courts, Michael has also appeared as lead counsel in over 30 AAA arbitrations under the AAA's Complex Rules. His legal writing on arbitration is cited in Domke on Arbitration

Michael's most cited appeals court case, Lee County, FL v. Goebert, 510 F.3d 1212 (11th Cir. 2007), appears in more than 700 federal and state judicial opinions.


University of Florida (J.D. 1998)      University of Florida (M.A. 1995)         Florida State University (B.S. 1993)


Michael has received two awards from The Florida Bar;  the Crumbley Award for law practice management (2010), and the Sanders Award for legal writing (2000). 

He is a Fellow of the American and Florida Bar Foundations, and a former board member of the Florida Humanities Council. 

Michael instructs other lawyers in courses of continuing legal education (CLE) and continuing professional development (CPD).

His professional legal research credits are cited by law journals and reviews, appellate court opinions, and by authorities such as West's Florida Statutes Annotated and the reports of the Florida Senate.     

Michael is a former member of the Florida Bar's Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Judicial Administration Committees.


2007-Present                         Gunster                                 Jacksonville

2004-2006                            Boyd & Jenerette     Jacksonville

1998-2003               McGuireWoods   Jacksonville


ABA, Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, Florida Bar Foundation, American Inns of Court, Leadership Florida


Federal Appellate             D.C., 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th Circuits

Federal Trial Courts       Florida (All, including Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa),  Illinois Northern (Chicago)Texas Northern (Dallas), Southern (Houston)

State Courts                 Florida (All courts, all levels)


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