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Michael C. Clarke


Shareholder




Tampa Office
Direct Line: 813.314.1103
mc@kubickidraper.com

Kubicki Draper

Michael Clarke has a broad range of experience in both Florida’s trial and appellate courts. He has handled over 100 appeals in all five of Florida’s District Courts of Appeal as well as in the Supreme Court of Florida. Michael has had the privilege of presenting oral argument on his clients’ behalf in all of the District Courts of Appeal.

With a firm belief that an effective appellate advocate requires a strong background in litigation, Michael has also continued an active litigation practice in both state and federal court with a concentration in personal injury protection insurance disputes, all manner of negligence-based claims, and insurance coverage matters. Michael has also developed a reputation as a successful practitioner both in defense and in pursuit of court-ordered attorney’s fees under Florida’s fee generating statutes, particularly §§ 627.428 and 768.79, Fla. Stat. He has served as an expert on the issue of both trial court and appellate court attorney’s fees throughout Florida.

Michael also appreciates the opportunity to share his experience and expertise with both his clients and other members of the bar through his published works and frequent appearances as a guest lecturer.

Areas of Practice:
- Appellate
- Insurance Coverage
- Automobile Negligence
- Attorney's Fees Claims and Defense
- Litigation and Trial Support in Complex Legal Matters
- Premises Liability
- Personal Injury Protection
- Products Liability
- Veterinary Malpractice Defense
- Proposals for Settlement

Bar Admissions:
- 2008, U.S. District Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- 1998, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- 1993, State of Florida

Certifications/Specialties:
Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Education: 
- Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
   Honors Dean's List; Academic Scholarship Recipient; Stetson Law Review, Member
- State University of New York at Plattsburg, Plattsburg, NY (B.S., Political Science)
   Honors:  Dean's List

Published Works:
- Recent Florida Supreme Court Case Impacts EUO's. Kubicki Draper Quarterly, Fall, 2013 
- Annual Case Law Update. Trial Advocate Q., Vol.31, No. 1, Winter 2012
- Practical Considerations in Defending Claims for Attorneys' Fees in PIP Cases: Making
  Sure the Lodestar Does Not Become a Comet. Trial Advocate Q., Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring 2009
- Intervention: Protecting An Insurer's Interest Under Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.230. Trial
  Advocate Q., Vol. 26, No. 2, Spring, 2007
- Recent PIP Developments. Trial Advocate Q., Vol. 25, No. 2, Spring, 2006
- Preserving the Record for Appeal: Six Basic Steps. Trial Advocate Q., Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall, 2004

Speaking Engagements/Presentations: 
- Speaker, "Navigating the New PIP Statute & SIU Strategy", Assurance, 2014 
- Speaker, "Appellate Principles and Hot Topics Regarding PIP and the 2013 Statue", MetLife, 2014
- Speaker, "Hot Topics Regarding PIP and the 2013 Statute", GEICO Insurance, 2014
- Speaker, "EUO/IME - No Shows", Gainsco Insurance, 2014
- Speaker, "Defending Fee Hearings", Kubicki Draper, PIP/SIU Conference, 2013
- Speaker, "Independent Medical Examinations", Windhaven Insurance, 2013
- Speaker, "Multiple Claimant, Low Limits; PIP Changes and Early Case Resolution", USAA Insurance, 2013
- Speaker, "Negotiating Small Limits Claims & Significant Changes to the 2013 PIP Statute" Assurance
  America, 2013
- Speaker, "Considerations in Determining the Value of a Plaintiff’s Claim for Past Medical Expenses",
  Gainsco Insurance, 2013
- Speaker, "Desperately Seeking Summary Judgment: Strategies in Premises Liability Cases", Florida
  West Coast Claims Association, 2013
- Speaker, "Negotiating Small Limits Claims", Assurance America Insurance, 2013
- Speaker, "Claims Investigations Techniques and Considerations for Future Claims Handling Under Florida
  PIP Statute", Florida Farm Bureau, 2012
- Speaker, "Florida PIP Investigation and Defense after Custer Medical; and Significant Changes in the
  2013 PIP Statute", Mercury Insurance, 2012
- Speaker, "New PIP Statute", Mendota Insurance, 2012
- Speaker, "No EUO? No Problem. Florida PIP Investigation and Defense After Custer Medical", Kubicki Draper,
  Claims Management Conference, 2012
- Speaker, "Significant Changes in the 2013 PIP Statute", Mendota Insurance, 2012
- Speaker, "Significant Changes in the 2013 PIP Statute", United Automobile Insurance, 2012
- Speaker, "The Florida Court System, Basic Appellate Principles and Applications to Issues Frequently Arising
  in Personal Injury Protection Litigation", Progressive Insurance, 2012
- Speaker, "PIP Ahoy!", FCCI, 2011
- Speaker, "Ethics for the Claims Professional", AssuranceAmerica Insurance, 2011
- Speaker, "FDLA Case Law Update", Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2011
- Speaker, "Medical Coding – PIP", Mercury Insurance, 2011
- Speaker, "Trying Cases with Risk of an Excess Verdict", North American Risk Services, 2010
- Speaker, "Adjuster Ethics and Negotiating Strategies", Direct General Insurance, 2010
- Speaker, "Emerging Issues and Case Law Update in Florida PIP Litigation", Kubicki Draper, Claims
  Management Conference, 2010
- Speaker, "Production of Documents from an Insurer: When to Fight and When to Surrender", The Hartford, 2009
- Speaker, "Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Law: Case Law Update", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management
  Conference, 2009
- Speaker, "Concepts and Tactics for Evaluating and Defending Veterinary Malpractice", Kubicki Draper, 
  Claims Management Conference, 2008
- Speaker, "PIP Hot Topics: A Guide to Florida PIP Law and Trends", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management
  Conference, 2007
Special Awards and Recognition:
- Recipient, "Amicus Award", Florida Defense Lawyers Association (2013) 

Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Florida Bar Association
- Florida Bar Association, Appellate Section (2003- Present)
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Pinellas County Bar Association
- Florida Defense Lawyers Association
- Editorial Board, Trial Advocate Quarterly (2005-Present)

Michael C. Clarke - Shareholder
mc@kubickidraper.com - 813.314.1103 - - Tampa


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