Michael Cavendish is a Florida lawyer based in downtown Jacksonville.

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



Tel: 1.904.234.6002


Business and Commercial Litigation

Construction Defect Litigation

Environmental Litigation

Intellectual Property Litigation

Internal Investigation and Audit

Private Corporate Transactions

Real Property Litigation


Federal Courts

U.S. Courts of Appeal:  

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

U.S. District Courts:

Florida (Middle, Northern and Southern Districts) Illinois (Northern District), Texas (Northern and Southern Districts)

United States Court of International Trade

State Courts



University of Florida College of Law             University of Florida, The Graduate School   Florida State University



Michael Cavendish has practiced law in Jacksonville, Florida since 1998. He is named annually to the U.S. News listing of the "Best Lawyers in America." 

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). 

Michael is the former General Counsel of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Michael is a former Chairman of the Board of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.  

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, a member of Leadership Florida, and a member of PEN American Center. 

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

His professional writing credits include articles in:

The Florida Bar Journal

The National Law Journal

The Banking Law Journal

The Bencher

The Federal Lawyer