Michael Cavendish is a business trial lawyer and business law advisor, a former general counsel for the Jax Chamber, and the winner of two Florida Bar awards for excellence.

Mike’s recent engagements have included corporate litigation, trials, and appeals in federal and state courts, internal investigations, and the representation of private and public entities before investigative agencies. His practice includes dispute resolution and avoidance in the areas of complex contracts, finance, real estate, environmental issues, construction, commercial lending, and state and federal regulation.

Mike is regularly listed in Best Lawyers in America®, writes and lectures broadly, and has served volunteer appointments for State of Florida agencies.

  • Goebert v. Lee County, 510 F.3d 1312 (11th Cir. 2007)
  • Washington Mutual Bank, F.A. v. American Financial Network, 414 F. Supp. 2d 1155 (S.D. Fla. 2006)
  • Bullard v. Capital One, F.S.B., 288 F. Supp. 2d 1256 (N.D. Fla. 2003)
  • Cytodyne Technologies, Inc. v. Biogenic Technologies, Inc., 216 F.R.D. 533 (M.D. Fla. 2003)
  • Symbol Mattress of Florida, Inc. v. Royal Sleep Products, Inc., 832 So.2d 233 (Fla 1st  DCA 2002)
  • Order of the Coif
  • “Crumbley Award,” excellence in law practice management, Florida Bar
  • “Sanders Award,” excellence in legal writing, Florida Bar
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking & Finance and Commercial Litigation, 2012-17
  • AV Preeminent Rating as independently determined by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Contracts:
  • “New Analysis of the Repurchase Obligation in Participation Agreements,” The Banking Law Journal, vol. 127 no. 5, May 2010
  • “Parol Evidence,” in Evidence in Florida, 7th ed. (LEXIS Publishing/The Florida Bar)(2011 and prior)
  • “Foundations of the Procuring Cause Doctrine,” The Florida Bar Journal, May 2007
  • “The College Point Principle,” Florida Coastal Law Review, October 2006
  •  “Avoiding Illegal Trademark Transfers: Introducing the Assignment-in-Gross,” The Florida Bar Journal, vol. 74, no. 3, March 2000
  • “Drafting the International Sales Contract,” The Florida Bar Journal, vol. 73, no. 7, July/August 1999
  • Evidence:
  • “Privileges,” Evidence in Florida, 8th  ed. (LEXIS Publishing/The Florida Bar)(forthcoming 2014)
  • “Relevancy,” Evidence in Florida, 7th  ed. (LEXIS Publishing/The Florida Bar)(2011 and prior)(with Sander Moody)
  • Procedure:
  • “Orders and Judgments,” Florida Civil Trial Practice, 7th  ed. (LEXIS Publishing/The Florida Bar)(2012 and prior)(with Michael W. Marcil)
  • “Statutes of Limitations,” Florida Civil Practice Before Trial, 7th ed. (LEXIS Publishing/The Florida Bar)(2010 and prior)(with Michael W. Marcil)
  • “The Concept of Arbitrability Under the Florida Arbitration Code, The Florida Bar Journal, vol. 82, no. 10, November 2008
  • “Fortress Arbitration: An Exposition of Functus Officio,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 80, no. 2, February 2006
  • “Understanding the First-To-File Rule and Its Anticipatory Suit Exception,” The Florida Bar Journal, vol. 75, no. 7, July/August 2001
  • Regulation of Commercial Transactions:
  • “America’s Largest Appellate Court Speaks: RESPA Not a Price Control Scheme,” The Banking Law Journal, vol. 127 no. 4, April 2010
  • “Policing Terminal Illness Investing: How Florida Regulates Viatical Settlement Contracts,” The Florida Bar Journal, vol. 74, no. 2, February 2000
  • “International Payments,” The Florida Bar Journal, vol. 73, no. 10, October 1999
  • Florida Jurisprudence:
  • “Florida Common Law Jurisprudence,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 81, no. 1, January 2007 (with Blake J. Hood)
  • “Diagonal Authority,” Florida Coastal Law Review, Spring 2007
  • Legal Ethics:
  • “Chaining Bellerophon,” The Federal Lawyer, June 2007
  • “Ducks and Drakes,” National Law Journal, Opinion, March 23, 2007
  • “Ethics in Briefs,” The Nebraska Lawyer, October 2006
  •  “Ad Fontes, Ad Astra, Ad Clementia,” The Bencher,  July/August 2006
  • “Civility in Written Advocacy” (journal essay), The Bencher, July/August 2005
  • Commercial Torts:
  • “Punitive and Lost Profits Damages in Commercial Tort Cases,” Business Litigation in Florida, 6th ed. (LEXIS Publishing/The Florida Bar)(2010)(with Michael W. Marcil)
  •  “Renovating Azam: A Proposal for Rebuilding the Reliance Test in Real Estate Torts,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 79, no. 11, December 2005
  • “Case of the Year: Strasser v. Yalamanchi,”  The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 76, no. 1, January 2002
  • Litigation Skills and Courtroom Technique:
  • “An Elegant Breviary,” The Bencher, July/August 2010
  • “Against All Flags,” The Bencher, September/October 2009
  • “The Ius and the Lex,” The Bencher, January/February 2009
  • Legal Management:
  • “Google+ as a Tool of Business Management,” National Law Journal, online edition, October 12, 2011
  • “Resolve to Manage Legal Issues with a Business-like Approach,” Jacksonville Business Journal, January 16, 2011
  • “Corporate Warfare Has to Make Business Sense These Days,” National Law Journal, July 7, 2009
  • “Toward a ‘Zero Litigation’ Theory,” National Law Journal, July 7, 2008
  • Florida Public Affairs:
  • “Dive into State’s History on [Her] 500th Anniversary,” The Orlando Sentinel, January 6, 2013
  • “Build a Bigger, Better Economy as Florida Turns 500,” The Tampa Bay Times, December 11, 2012
  • “Live the Best Part of Florida,” The St. Augustine Record, December 6, 2012
  • “What is Florida After 500 Years?,” Fernandina Beach News-Leader, December 5, 2012
  • “Celebrating Florida’s 500th Year,” The Miami Herald, December 2, 2012
  • “A Celebration of the Florida Voter,” Clay Today, October 11, 2012
  • “Celebrating Florida at 500,” Florida Today, October 4, 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, fellow
  • American Inns of Court, alumnus
  • Florida Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Transportation Authority, former chairman
  • JAX Chamber, former general counsel and board of directors
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, board of trustees
  • Florida Humanities Council, board of directors
  • Community Connections of Jacksonville, Inc., former board of directors
  • Florida Fourth Judicial Circuit, Duval County, former special public defender
  • Leadership Florida, Class XXXI 

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