Michael G. Tanner

In over thirty years of legal practice, Mike Tanner has earned a reputation as one of North Florida’s top business trial lawyers. He is a skilled legal strategist and, as senior Principal of the firm, brings a depth of experience and perspective to every client matter. Mike’s primary areas of practice include complex litigation, appellate (state and federal courts), and election law.

Mike is board certified in both civil trial and business litigation by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and he is rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, Inc.

Mike is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Appellate Law. Mike will be listed in Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” in Jacksonville for 2018 in Bet-the-Company litigation. He has been recognized within Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” (2006-2018), The Hall of Fame (2014-2018), and in Super Lawyers Magazine (2007-2018; top 100 attorneys in Florida in 2012, 2013, and 2018). He has been published and has taught advocacy at the University of Florida College of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law and Kebel College, Oxford University.

In March 2012, Mike was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a distinction that is widely regarded as the highest professional attainment for a trial lawyer in the United States and Canada.

Selected Professional Distinctions and Associations

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2012-2018)
  • The Florida Bar Board of Governors, representing the 4th Judicial Circuit (2011-2018)
  • Recipient of the Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for The Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year (2010)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); member; President (2016)
  • The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, Chair (2007-2008)
  • First District Appellate American Inn of Court; Master; President (2011-2012)
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Master


  • Nikolai Returns, Telemachus Press, 2012
  • The Florida Bar Journal, April 2017: “Bank Customers Beware: Recovery of Unauthorized Electronic Funds Transfers Isn’t So Easy” (co-author)
  • The Florida Bar Journal, February 2010: “Basic Steps for Good Peer Review"
  • The Florida Bar Journal, May 2002: “RICO Claims: The Challenge of Alleging the ‘Pattern’ Element.” (co-author)
  • The Tax Lawyer, Vol. 55, No. 1, Fall 2001 (ABA/Georgetown University Law Center): “IRS Misconduct in an Audit: Is There a Civil Remedy?”
  • The Florida Bar Journal, December 1999: “Federal Judgments In Florida – Still Good After 5 Years.”
  • The Florida Bar Journal, December, 1998: “Releases – Make Sure They Bring Finality.”

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