Michael J. Bradford

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Mike Bradford is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He has significant experience defending the nation's leading insurance companies and Fortune 500 corporations, having tried both bench and jury trials throughout Florida in state and federal court, and handled multiple arbitrations and appeals. Mike focuses his trial practice on the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, property and casualty, construction negligence, commercial litigation, and admiralty and maritime claims.

Mike is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating for professional competence. He has also been selected by his peers to Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite "Up and Comers" and Civil Trial lists, and he has been selected a Florida Super Lawyer by the Super Lawyers organization.

Born and raised in the Tampa area, he served four years in the United States Army prior to attending college. Mike is active in his community and numerous professional organizations. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Head Start Community Foundation, a past member of the Board of Directors of Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools (formerly A Gift for Teaching of Tampa), and a former volunteer youth coach with the Tampa Metro Area YMCA and East Point Little League. Mike also served seven years as the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 79, Brandon, Florida, Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, and now volunteers as an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 79, of which both of his sons are members.

Significant Representative Matters

Complete defense victory and successful counterclaim on behalf of a leading heavy civil marine contractor in the trial of a negligent construction claim brought against it after a subaqueous utility strike occurred during the construction of a bridge in Florida.

Complete defense verdict on behalf of one of Florida’s largest homeowners’ insurers in first party property damage sinkhole claim, believed to be first defense/insurer verdict in a denied sinkhole claim involving a policy that requires “structural damage,” since the Florida Sinkhole Statutes significantly changed in May 2011.

Defense jury verdict in a claim of damage to a home from nearby quarry blasting.

Defense jury verdict in a sinkhole trial in which the proper method of repair was disputed.

Defense verdicts in the trials of claims brought by two separate homeowners against their homeowners’ insurer as a result of damage allegedly caused by the explosion of a neighboring grow house.

Defense jury verdict in a sinkhole claim of improper partial denial and disputed method of repair.

Defense verdict in personal injury case involving a claim of multiple fractures and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).

Defense award in arbitration of customer securities claim involving allegations of churning and violations of Florida Blue Sky Law.

Defense judgment in a marine insurance coverage dispute tried in federal court.

Defense verdict in personal injury case involving rear end collision. The plaintiff was awarded past medical expenses, and no future damages. The judgment was less than the amount offered in settlement.

Commercial landlord/tenant dispute tried to conclusion. Settled on favorable terms to the client before a verdict was returned.

Favorable verdict in personal injury claim that a recreational vehicle fell on its owner, who was crawling under the RV, after improper maintenance of the RV’s hydraulic jacking system by the defendant.

Favorable final arbitration award in a customer securities fraud/unfair trade practices claim against a financial adviser and firm in connection with the sale of annuities.

Favorable final arbitration award in a case involving allegations of churning and breach of fiduciary duty in a customer’s account. Although a small award was made to the claimant, it was a fraction of the multi-million dollar claim asserted.

Favorable judgment after trial in a marine salvage case involving the salvage of a sinking yacht. A small judgment was entered in favor of the salvor, as expected, but it was far less than the amount claimed and less than was offered in settlement.

Successful appeal before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in a trade dress infringement insurance coverage claim.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Crew | Longshore Harbors Workers’ Compensation Act | State Worker’s Comp Liabilities, Tampa Bay Mariner’s Club 2019 Annual Maritime Industry Marine Insurance Seminar, Tampa Bay, FL, May 22, 2019

Property Insurance Law Update, Ft. Lauderdale 10th Annual CE Seminar, Coral Springs, FL, March 2, 2018

Published Works

“Where Does Florida End? It Depends,” Defense Digest, September 2018, Vol. 24, No. 3

Admissions
Florida
1999
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
1999
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
2001
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
2006
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
2006
Education
Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1999)
University of South Florida (B.A., cum laude, 1995)
Honors & awards
Florida Super Lawyers, 2016-2019
Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2009
Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite - Civil Trial, 2019
Named to Florida Trend’s Up & Coming Legal Elite
Associations & memberships
American Bar Association (Litigation and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Sections)
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Defense Research Institute
Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Tampa Bay Inn of Court
Tampa Bay Mariners Club
The Propeller Club - Port of Tampa
Year joined
2018
Certifications

Board Certified Specialist, Civil Trial, The Florida Bar