Michael Cavendish is a Florida lawyer whose practice includes lawsuits, trials, and appeals.

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



Commercial Litigation

Environmental Contamination

Intellectual Property

Privacy and Information Security

Real Estate, Land, and Construction Defects



United States Courts of Appeal:  Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits

United States District Courts: Middle, Northern and Southern District of Florida, Northern and Southern District of Texas, Northern District of Illinois

United States Court of International Trade




University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1998

University of Florida, M.A., 1995

Florida State University, B.S., 1993


Michael is based in Jacksonville. He is named annually to the U.S. News list of the "Best Lawyers in America." 

Michael is the recipient of two decorations from The Florida Bar:  the Crumbley Award for law practice management (2010), and the Sanders Award for legal writing (2000). 

Michael is a former general counsel of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Michael is a former Chairman of the Board of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, an agency of the State of Florida.  

His clients include private individuals, state agencies, municipal bodies, and corporations ranging in size from Fortune 100 market leaders to closely-held family businesses. 

Michael is a native Floridian. He received a bachelor of science degree from Florida State University (1993), and an M.A. (1995) and J.D. (1998) from the University of Florida. 

He is a contributing Fellow of the American and Florida Bar Foundations, a former board member of the Florida Humanities Council, an active member of Leadership Florida,  an Order of the Coif inductee, and a professional member of PEN American Center. 

Michael has written for The Florida Bar Journal, The National Law Journal, The Banking Law Journal, The Bencher, and other law journals.