Mike is a lawyer who prosecutes and defends lawsuits over business matters. His main areas of focus in trial and appellate courts are contract interpretation, banking and financial services, and real estate and environmental disputes. He is a winner of two awards given by The Florida Bar, the Sanders Award (2000) for legal writing and the Crumbley Award (2010) for legal management.
Mike has appeared in the media in BusinessWeek, CNN.com, Investor's Business Daily, the Wall Street Journal, and the Florida Times-Union. He has contributed features and essays to The National Law Journal, The Bencher, The Federal Lawyer, the Florida Bar Journal, Florida Today, the Orlando Sentinel, and the Tampa Bay Times.
Mike practices law as a partner with Gunster in the firm's Jacksonville office.
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 Sentinel, Florida 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.
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.