Michael’s real estate litigation practice covers a wide range of matters, including major construction defect cases, land use and zoning matters, development concurrency issues, claims involving construction financing of condominium developments, and foreclosures of commercial properties. He has successfully defended class action suits alleging construction defects and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Michael has lectured at numerous conferences of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) on franchise law topics. He has served on the board of governors of the ABA’s Forum of Franchising and on the executive committee and board of the IFA. He co-wrote Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments, a book published by the ABA, has co-authored other ABA franchise law books, and has published articles on franchise law for the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Franchise Times, the ABA, and the IFA. He is also a former executive editor of the University of Florida Law Review and editor of the ABA’s Business Torts newsletter.
Michael is partner-in-charge of Venable’s Florida offices.
Michael has held leadership roles in numerous community groups, including the United Way, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and the Miami Music Association.
Michael was appointed by the Florida House of Representatives as a commissioner on the Florida Commission on Ethics. The independent nine-member commission interprets and applies Florida’s ethics laws by taking action on the disposition of complaints, the recommendation of penalties, and the issuance of legal opinion. He is the former chair of the Florida Bar Subcommittee on appellate judge evaluations.