Managing partner of the firm’s St. Petersburg office, Michael Kiernan devotes his practice to insurance coverage litigation, extra-contractual matters, and complex products liability, professional liability, construction defect, and premises liability cases. He has extensive trial experience and a long record of success defending both first and third-party claims.
For his professional accomplishments, Michael was recognized by his peers as one of Florida’s Legal Elite, as sponsored by Florida Trend Magazine, has been named a Florida Super Lawyer, and has an A-V Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is an active member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), currently serves as Chair of the FDCC’s Property Insurance Law Section, and is a member of the FDCC Admissions Committee. He has also served two terms on the Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee.
Michael has lectured extensively on various topics, including emerging areas of property and liability insurance matters, extra-contractual matters as well as complex liability issues. In addition, he has authored numerous articles, including “What’s In A Name (d) Storm: What Sandy Has Taught Us About Flood, Storm Surge and FEMA” (Co-Authored with Michael Lenhardt)-(Winter 2014 FDCC Quarterly); “Juror Misconduct in the Age of Social Networking”, 62 Fed’n Def. & Corp. Couns.Q 179 (Winter 2012) (Co-authored with Samuel L. Cooley); Liability Coverage in Lease/Rental CarSituations, Who Provides coverage?” Vol. 5, No.3, Trial Advocate Quarterly, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, July 1986; Current Trends in Bar/Lounge Liability, Vol. 7, No. 1, Trial Advocate Quarterly, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, January 1988.
A lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, Michael attended St. Leo College on a baseball scholarship before earning his law degree from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. Mike is a member of Leadership St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. He is also a retired Div. I NCAA baseball umpire, having served on the staff of the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.