BIO

Mike has a Florida statewide and national litigation practice. He has served as national counsel for Fortune 100 firms and as outside general counsel for litigation to publicly traded companies. His experience includes expertise in class action, complex bankruptcy adversary, multidistrict, and complex administrative litigation. He has guided the defenses of and responses to investigations by state attorneys general and committees of legislative bodies.

Mike's record includes defense verdicts as counsel for the defendant and multi-million dollar awards as counsel for the plaintiff. 

Mike is listed in Best Lawyers in America in multiple categories, has been featured in Chambers and LawDragon, and is annually voted a member of Florida Trend's Legal Elite. He is rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell and 10.0 out of 10.0 by Avvo. 

Mike is the winner of two of the Florida Bar's highest awards, the Sanders Award (2000) for excellence in legal writing and the Crumbley Award (2010) for excellence in legal management. He has been featured in the media in BusinessWeek, CNN.com, Investor's Business Daily, the Wall Street Journal, the Jacksonville Business Journal, and the Florida Times-Union. He has published writings by invitation in, among other publications, The National Law Journal, the Florida Bar Journal, The Federal Lawyer, The Bencher, Florida Today, the Orlando Sentinel, and the Tampa Bay Times.

Mike practices with Gunster. More biographical information is available at Gunster.com

Photo courtesy Gunster.com.

Photo courtesy Gunster.com.

RECENT NEWS

On January 28, 2014 Mike completed his service as General Counsel to the Jax Chamber.

On September 26, 2013 Mike was elected as a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art - Jacksonville. 

On May 2, 2013 Mike completed a ten part series of OpEd columns on civic and policy aspects of Florida's 500th anniversary, in the Tampa Bay Times, the Orlando SentinelFlorida Today, and other leading Florida newspapers.

On March 30, 2013 Mike was appointed to the board of the Florida Humanities Council, the affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

On January 5, 2013 Mike welcomed his tenth year as a guest editor for the Lexis-Nexis | Florida Bar professional legal practice book series, serving as a guest editor for the titles Evidence in Florida, Florida Business Litigation, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial, and Florida Civil Trial Practice.

NEWS ARCHIVE

On January 28, 2011 Mike completed his appointment to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority by Governor Charlie Crist, and his term as Chairman of the JTA's board.

On December 31, 2010 Mike completed his term as Chairman of the Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Study Commission, a commission of the Florida Legislature.

On April 29, 2009 Mike's journal article on viatical settlements was cited into the record of the United State Senate's Special Committee on Aging.

In 2008 Mike's book of essays Orange Blossom Jurisprudence was reviewed in the Florida Bar Journal and was selected for the permanent collection of the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School.

CONTACT

Email

mcavendish@gunster.com

Twitter 

@lawsiouxt