Michael Freed is a trial lawyer with a wealth of experience in the courtroom and arbitrations, administrative proceedings and other forms of dispute resolution.

As an attorney board certified in business litigation, his practice spans a wide range of substantive legal disciplines and specialized industries. They include banking, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, corporate governance, education, entertainment and sports, health care, hospitality, labor and employment, logistics, transportation and receiverships.

Mike serves as counsel for a variety of companies, with regular involvement in personnel matters, labor relations, contract negotiations, insurance, risk analysis and strategic planning. He has appeared on national and local television and radio programs including The Today Show, 20/20, Good Morning America and National Public Radio.

Mike is a frequent speaker for continuing legal education presentations on various substantive legal topics and professional ethics. He also has been published, both inside and outside of the legal community, regarding a variety of subjects.

Mike believes in supporting important causes that affect the community. Among other causes, he is active in speaking out through various forums against child exploitation and human trafficking.

  • Class action counsel to publicly traded food manufacturer
  • Successfully tried, as lead counsel, litigation for theft of intellectual property, violation of trade secrets act and breach of non-compete contract
  • Prevailed in jury trial as lead counsel in fraud claims arising from land purchase transaction
  • Litigation of major construction defect claims arising out of luxury condominium project
  • Representation of management in negotiation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Negotiation of asset purchase and stock purchase agreements
  • Representation of technology companies in licensing, marketing and vender agreements
  • Negotiation of railroad leases and joint venture agreements for logistics projects
  • Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne Distinguished Dolphin of Service award, Jacksonville University, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers® in America, Employment Law – Individuals, Business Organizations, Commercial Litigation, 2015-18
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • “One of 80 Alum You Ought to Know,” Jacksonville University, 2014
  • First District Court of Appeal, 2014-18
    • Appointed by Governor to Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Florida Trend, “Legal Elite,” 2005-06, 2008, 2012-13, 2015-17
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2011-17
  • Jacksonville Business Journal
    • Diversity Award, 2013
    • “Up and Comers,” 2005
  • "Obtaining Board Certification in Business Litigation," speaker, Jacksonville Bar Association, 2017
  • "The Pros and Cons of Non-Compete Agreements," Young Upstarts, 2016.
  • "Legal Services as an Economic Indicator," Jacksonville Business Journal, 2016
  • “Red Flags in Business Valuations,” American Society of Appraisers, 2014
  • “Advanced Direct Examination Techniques,” Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar, 2012
  • “Effective Cross Examination,” National Business Institute, 2012
  • “Practical Applications of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” Westlaw, 2012
  • “Impact on Banks of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act,” Financial News and Daily Record, 2012
  • “Preparing for Your Deposition,” Building Edge Magazine, 2010
  • Florida Bar, Business Litigation Certification Committee, 2016-19
  • Florida, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Bar Associations
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, appointed by the governor, 2014-18
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
    • President, 2011-12
    • Former chair
      • Commercial litigation, 2004-09
      • Professionalism, 2004-07
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter
    • President, 2002-03
  • American Bar Association
    • Standing committee on continuing legal education, 2017-18
    • Delegate, 2014-16
  • Florida Bar Fourth Judicial Circuit Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2014
    • Grievance committee, 2009-12
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents Executive Council, 2014-present
    • Diversity and communications committees, 2013-present
  • The Chester Bedell Inn of Court
  • Jacksonville Country Day School, trustee and member, audit subcommittee
  • Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, board member, 2016-present
  • Clara White Mission, board member, 2013-16
  • Jacksonville University
    • Board of trustees, 2013-15
    • National Alumni Association, president, 2013-15
  • Leadership Florida, Class 33, 2014-15
    • Northeast Florida Regional Council, chair, 2016-17
    • Northeast Florida Regional Council, 2015-present
  • Leadership Jacksonville, 2008

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