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.

Education

  • Drake University, J.D.
  • St. Leo College, B.A., Majoring in Political Science and History

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Iowa

Professional Affiliations

  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar (Member, Trial Lawyers Section; appointed to the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, 2003, 2009);
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, (FDCC)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Published Papers & Presentations

  • “Creative Bad Faith Set Ups: Preventive Strategies and Techniques with Regard to Open Limits, Policy Limit Demands, and Time Limit Demand Letters.”, ACI Insurance Coverage & Extra-Contractual Disputes Conference, December 2016
  • “State of the Market for High-Profile Bad Faith Cases and High-Dollar Verdicts Across the Country: Hotbed States Including Missouri, Washington, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia; Key Filing Trends and Rulings; Unfair Trade Practices, Fair Conduct and RICO Developments; and Latest Nuances in Statutory and Punitive Damages.”, ACI Extra-Contractual & Bad Faith Liability Conference, June 2016.
  • “Riders on the Storm: The Increasing Role of Public Adjusters in Extreme Weather Events”; Co-Author/Presenter; FDCC Winter Meeting 2016
  • “Thank God it Wasn’t My Case! Top Ten Craziest Coverage Decisions”-Co-Author/Presenter, FDCC Winter Meeting 2014
  • “Appraisal in 2014: It Isn’t What it Used to Be, Or Is It?-WIND Conference 2014
  • “What’s In A Name (d) Storm: What Sandy Has Taught Us About Flood, Storm Surge and FEMA” Co-Author; FDCC Annual Meeting 2013; FDCC Quarterly 2014

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
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