Michael R. Holt

Mike Holt is an experienced litigator with a wide-ranging, and diverse practice. He has handled numerous commercial and product liability cases throughout Florida and several states. His background includes jury trials, appellate work and appearing before arbitration tribunals. 

Regardless of origin, many of Mike’s cases focus on claims brought under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) and RICO statutes. Early on, he worked with a team to obtain a reversal of a $300,000 judgment entered against a pest control company after a jury trial. The appellate court determined that the plaintiff could not obtain “stigma” damages under FDUTPA, but rather only “actual damages.” Since then, Mike has been involved in the successful resolution of numerous FDUTPA-based claims, many of which involve class actions. 

Mike’s RICO experience also includes the prosecution of “recovery actions” on behalf of insurance companies to combat insurance fraud. These complex matters can involve numerous participants across different industries. Mike’s work in this area has helped result in numerous and significant judgments on behalf of his clients. 

Mike’s commercial litigation practice also involves contract disputes, privacy litigation, manufacturer-dealer relationships, and consumer claims. 

At the same time, Mike focuses significantly on products liability litigation. He works with a team serving as national counsel for a manufacturer of recreational vehicles, and has appeared in several states including Alabama, California, Tennessee, Maryland, Minnesota, New York and Texas. His work includes the management and coordination of discovery throughout several jurisdictions. 

Mike also, since joining the firm, has been involved in asbestos litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He now assists with the management of thousands of cases throughout Florida. His experience includes clients manufacturing a spectrum of products including gaskets and packing, boilers, automobiles, aircraft engines, diesel engines, industrial laundry equipment, floor tiles, glues, mastics and resins.

Another of Mike’s products cases resulted in a summary judgment on behalf of a Georgia-based provider of earth retention systems used in highway abutments. The case involved an accident in the Country of Panama. Filed in the Southern District of Florida, the District Court applied Panamanian law to the plaintiff’s claims and then dismissed them. The 11th Circuit affirmed. 

Mike also was part of a team responsible for obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a shoe manufacturer. The plaintiff blamed a compound ankle fracture on his allegedly defective tennis shoes. The jury rejected his claim in 14 minutes.

Before moving to Florida in 2000, Mike clerked for state Circuit Court Judge Lawrence T. Collins in Winona, Minnesota from 1997 to 1998, and for United States Magistrate Judge John M. Mason in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1998 to 2000.

  • Education

    William Mitchell College of Law - J.D., magna cum laude , 1997
    University of Minnesota - B.A., American Indian Studies and Psychology , 1994
  • Honors

    • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star 2009, 2011
    • Semi-finalist, Rosalie E. Wahl Moot Court competition
  • Bar Admissions

    • Minnesota(voluntarily inactive) (1997)
    • Florida (2001)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Courts of Florida (Middle, Southern)
  • Notable Cases

    • Lissabet v. Mega Party Events  >>
    • Lupola v. BRP  >>
    • Nussbaum v. Reebok International, Ltd. and the Sports Authority, Inc.  >>
    • Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc. v. Delguidice  >>
    • Leff v. Ecker  >>
    • Carr v. Lammie  >>
    • Pycsa Panama, S.A. v. Tensar Earth Technologies  >>
    • Rollins, Inc. v. Butland  >>
    • Cassamassina v. Sams  >>
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Dade County Bar Association
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • The Florida Bar
    • William Mitchell Law Review Member, Moot Court Board of Directors, Staff
  • Articles & Presentations

    • Co-Presenter, "Social Media and PDA Discovery - What's New and Where We're Heading", Florida Insurance Fraud Enforcement Conference, July 2017
    • Presenter, “Social Media: Case Law Update,” CEU Institute Claims Examiner Seminar, February 8, 2017
    • Author, "Unlocking the Mobile Filing Cabinet: The Expanding Role of PDA Discovery", Florida Bar Journal, Volume 90, No. 10, December 2016
    • Presenter, “Using Social Media to Impact Your Case Presentation” CEU Institute Claims Examiner Seminar, June 29, 2016
    • • Co-Presenter - Social Media Evidence at Trial – What you Can’t Use Won’t Help You—24th Annual Joint DIF/SIU Conference - Fighting Insurance Fraud Though Education and Commitment, June 2016
    • Presenter, Paralegal Association of Florida 2016 Spring Seminar – Social Media Evidence, Texting and Ethical Considerations - May 2016
    • Co-Presenter - Social Media and Texting - Considerations and Practice Pointers 23rd Annual Joint DIF/SIU Conference - Fighting Insurance Fraud Though Education and Commitment, June 2015
    • Co-Presenter, "Hot Topics in Evidence 2015", Trial lawyers Section of The Florida Bar Seminar, April 17, 2015
    • Co-Presenter, "Social Media Evidence: What You Can't Use Won't Help You", Dade County Defense Bar Association, CLE Luncheon, March 18, 2015
    • Co-Presenter, "Maximizing Recovery in the Wake of Insurance Fraud," 22nd Annual FIFEC Conference, June 2014
    • Author, "Excluding Evidence of Warning Content and Advertising Where They Don’t Belong," Strickly Speaking, DRI, Vol. 11, Issue 2, May 12, 2014
    • Co-author, "Social Media Evidence - What You Can't Use Won't Help You: Practical Considerations for Using Evidence Gathered via the Internet," The Computer & Internet Lawyer, Vol. 31, Number 5, May 2014
    • Co-author, "Social Media Evidence - What You Can't Use Won't Help You: Practical Considerations for Using Evidence Gathered via the Internet," The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 88, Number 1, January 2014
    • Author, "Parallel Proceedings in Florida's State and Federal Courts - Fifth Amendment Considerations" - Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 82, Number 1, January 2008
 
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