Michael Cavendish

t: 904 234 6002
t: 904 350 7171

email: mcavendish@gunster.com

Areas of Practice

Appellate Law

Commercial Litigation

Construction Defects

Environmental Contamination Suits

Insurance Coverage Litigation (Complex)

Internal Investigation and Reporting

Trademark and Copyright Litigation

Trial Law


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

University of Florida, M.A., 1995

Florida State University, B.S., 1993



United States Courts of Appeals:  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

Since 1998 Mr. Cavendish has practiced complex litigation, trials, and appellate law in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. 

Today he practices as a partner with Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., a law firm with offices in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and six other Florida cities. Prior to 2007 Mr. Cavendish was a partner at Boyd & Jenerette and an associate attorney with McGuireWoods.

Mr. Cavendish has been named to the U.S. News list of the "best lawyers in America" each year since 2012, and to Florida Trend's "legal elite" list each year since 2009. 

Mr. Cavendish is the recipient of two honorary awards from The Florida Bar: The "Sanders" Award for legal writing (2000) and the "Crumbley" Award for law practice management (2010). 

Mr. Cavendish has served as general counsel to and director of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

In 2008-2011, Mr. Cavendish was a board member of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, serving as the state agency's Chairman in 2011.  

In 2007, he served as court-appointed counsel for a Canadian female prisoner within the State of Florida's prison system, successfully arguing for the petitioner in what became the widely followed prisoner rights opinion in Goebert v. Lee County, 510 F.3d 1312 (2007). 

His clients include private individuals engaged in real estate, construction, development, and public contracting disputes, as well as municipal bodies and agencies, and corporations ranging from Fortune 100 market leaders to closely-held family businesses. 

Mr. Cavendish was born in Sunrise, Florida. He received a B.S. from Florida State University (1989-1993), and an M.A. (1993-1995) and J.D. (1995-1998) from the University of Florida. 

Mr. Cavendish is a member of the Order of the Coif, a Fellow of the American and Florida Bar Foundations, a past member of the Florida Humanities Council and a member of PEN American Center. 

Mr. Cavendish has published in The Florida Bar Journal, The National Law Journal, The Banking Law Journal, The Bencher, and other professional journals and legal publications.