Michael Cavendish is a Florida lawyer handling 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, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits

United States District Courts: Florida (Middle, Northern and Southern Districts) Illinois (Northern District), Texas (Northern and Southern Districts)

United States Court of International Trade




University of Florida College of Law                                   University of Florida, The Graduate School                         Florida State University, College of Arts & Sciences


Michael is based in Jacksonville. He is named annually to the U.S. News list 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 lawyers in courses of continuing legal education (CLE) and continuing professional development (CPD). His writing credits include articles in The Florida Bar Journal, The National Law Journal, The Banking Law Journal, The Bencher, and The Federal Lawyer.