Michael Fayard

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Michael Fayard brings a wealth of experience and understanding to his clients. He has developed his practice from successfully handling a wide-range of cases in many different state and federal courts, as well as his successful represention of clients internationally. Mr. Fayard’s international experience includes corporate transactions, and representing clients faced with international criminal charges such as extradition, and fugitive warrants. Additionally, Mr. Fayard has worked for some of the largest Plaintiff firms in the country handling Mass Torts and class action cases.

Mr. Fayard also served as a felony prosecutor in Florida where he sharpened his courtroom skills and abilities. During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Fayard also handled special assignments, such as organized drug trafficking (“pill mill”) cases, unlicensed contracting while he was assigned to the special prosecution task force, and Baker Act hearings. Throughout his career as a prosecutor, Mr. Fayard handled thousands of cases and gained invaluable experience as a trial lawyer. 

In addition Mr. Fayard's jury trial experience as a prosecutor, he has also secured million dollar jury verdicts and settlements in personal injury cases as well has successfully defending his clients in criminal jury trials including homicides, sex offenses, DUIs, driving cases, drug charges, battery, divorce, and domestic violence. 

Beyond his courtroom work, Mr. Fayard has personally received Martindale-Hubbell’s esteemed “AV” rating, which recognizes lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability. Based on the recommendations of his peers, Mr. Fayard’s “AV” rating serves a testament to the fact that fellow attorneys consider him at the highest level of professional excellence. Only a select group of attorneys are ever awarded this premier distinction.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Florida
Kentucky

FEDERAL COURT ADMISSIONS

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Court for International Trade

EDUCATION

Stetson University College of Law
LL.M. – International Law
High Honors: International Litigation & Arbitration
Honors: International Law, Advanced Legal Analysis, Advanced Legal Research
Westlaw Advanced Legal Research Certificate
LexisNexis Advanced Legal Research Certificate

Florida Coastal School of Law
J.D. – Honors

University of Cincinnati
B.A. – Economics
ARMY ROTC – “E” Exceeds Standards

ASSOCIATIONS

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
The Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court
Manasota Trial Lawyers Board
Sarasota County Bar
Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

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