Michael J. Carney

Equity Partner

overview

Michael Carney defends high stakes litigation matters in all state and federal courts throughout Florida. Matters include wrongful death and catastrophic injury negligence claims, employment practices, product liability suits, ADA, professional malpractice issues and civil and administrative proceedings involving pollution, toxic torts and governmental inquiries relating to violations of state and federal environmental laws and statutes. Since joining Kubicki Draper in 1998, Mike has developed a reputation as one of the areas most prolific and successful trial practitioners. He has vast experience in front of juries and prides himself on his track record of results. Mike has taken in excess of 70 jury trials to verdict.

A number of Mike's clients engage him state-wide to handle high exposure litigation matters. Mike's case list includes matters in litigation throughout Florida from the Panhandle to the Keys. In addition, clients often turn to Mike with a trial looming and the stakes high when settlement talks have ceased. In particularly dangerous or complex cases, the firm offers its clients the opportunity to be represented by a "complex trial team." These "complex trial teams" quickly ready a case for trial while simultaneously changing the other side's value perception of their own chances. The firm's reach throughout the State of Florida affords Mike the flexibility and resources to tailor the right combination of lawyers and support personnel to meet any need a client's case may present, no matter the odds.

In addition to his practice, Mike enjoys speaking with clients and participating in seminars to lecture or speak on a wide variety of matters involving civil litigation. Mike has received an "AV Preeminent" rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected for inclusion in South Florida Legal Guide's "Top Lawyers".

Practice Areas
Credentials

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL (J.D., 1994)
  • Davidson College, Davidson, NC (B.A., 1990)

Admissions

  • State of Florida, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Certifications/Specialties

  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kubicki Draper Hospitality and Retail Practice Group, Member
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Municipal Attorneys Association

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • Selected as "Top Lawyer" in the South Florida Legal Guide (2008-2012, 2015 - 2017)
  • Named Florida's "Best Lawyers", Best Lawyers Magazine (2014)
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell
Presentations

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • "Florida 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update, GEICO, 2016
  • "Florida 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update", FCCI, 2016
  • "Bad Faith: Top Ten Pitfalls to Avoid in Florida", Maxum Specialty, 2016
  • "Florida 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update", GEICO, 2015
  • "Corporate Representative Depositions - Understanding the Scope of 1.310(B)(6)", Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), 2015
  • "Defending Difficult Medical Claims & Ethics for the Claims Professional", CNA, 2015
  • "Florida 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update", FCCI, 2014
  • "Negotiating Small Limits, Trying Cases with an Excess Verdict, Mild Brian Traumatic Brain Injury, Ethics, Alcohol, Cell phones & the Law, Fraudulent Claims - Staged Accidents/Medical Coding " GEICO, 2014
  • "Premises Liability and Fraudulent Claims", Liberty Mutual, 2014
  • "How Ethical Claim Handling and Careful Preparation will Help Carry the Day", CRA 2014
  • "Fraud Mock Trial", Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee, (FIFEC) Annual Conference, 2014
  • "PIP: Emerging Issues, Ethics for the Claims Professional and SIU: Tips and Tactics", GECIO, 2014
  • "Fraud and Abuse" The Hartford, 2014
  • "Ethics for the Claims Professional", Amerisure, 2014
  • "Indemnity and Construction Contracts", FCCI, 2013
  • "Spreading the Misery; Indemnity Clauses in Construction" Westfield, 2013
  • "Changes to the Florida PIP Law, Litigation Fraud and Counterclaims", Florida Farm Bureau, 2013
  • "Effective Mediation Preparation, Strategy and Presentation for the Claims Professional, GEICO, 2013
  • "Ethics for the Claims Professional", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2012
  • "Liens and Set Offs", FCCI, 2012
  • "Investigating Staged Accidents", GEICO, 2011
  • "Bad Faith/Excess Verdict", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2010
  • "Hotel, Event Sponsorship & Amusement Parks", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2009
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2008
  • “Strategies for Defending ADA Title III Lawsuits", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2007
  • Overview
  • Practice Areas
  • Credentials
  • Presentations

locations

Miami

Miami Office

25 West Flagler Street, Penthouse
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

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Key West

Key West Office

402 Applerouth Lane, Suite 2C
Key West, FL 33040

T: 305.509.7300 F: 305.374.7846

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Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale Office

One East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1600
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

T: 954.768.0011 F: 954.768.0514

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West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Office

515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 1800
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

T: 561.640.0303 F: 561.640.0524

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Indian River | Martin | Okeechobee | Palm Beach | Saint Lucie

Tampa

Tampa Office

400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

T: 813.204.9776 F: 813.204.9660

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Hernando | Hillsborough | Manatee | Pasco | Pinellas | Polk | Sarasota
Orlando

Orlando Office

201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 475
Orlando, FL 32801

T: 407.245.3630 F: 407.245.7685

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Brevard | Highlands | Orange | Osceola | Seminole
Ocala

Ocala Office

101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

T: 352.622.4222 F: 352.622.9122

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Jacksonville

Jacksonville Office

1200 Riverplace Boulevard, Suite 850
Jacksonville, FL 32207

T: 904.396.0062 F: 904.396.0380

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Baker | Bradford | Clay | Columbia | Duval | Flagler | Hamilton | Lafayette | Madison | Nassau | Saint Johns
Pensacola

Pensacola Office

125 West Romana Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502

T: 850.434.0003 F: 850.434.0223

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Escambia | Holmes | Okaloosa | Santa Rosa | Walton

Tallahassee

Tallahassee Office

1705 Metropolitan Boulevard, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32308

T: 850.222.5188 F: 850.222.5108

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Bay | Calhoun | Franklin | Gadsden | Gulf | Jackson | Jefferson | Leon | Liberty | Wakulla | Washington

Ft. Myers

Ft. Myers Office

13350 Metro Parkway, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL 33966

T: 239.334.8403 F: 239.939.0700

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Charlotte | Collier | DeSoto | Glades | Hardee | Hendry | Lee

Mobile

Mobile Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, Alabama 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.308.3352

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In 1963, Gene Kubicki founded the firm based on dedication to excellence. The same high standards have been maintained for over five decades -- years which have seen the firm’s ranks swell to over 100 attorneys.

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