J. Michael Burman

J. Michael Burman

West Palm Beach, Florida

Before entering private practice, Mr. Burman prosecuted capital crimes as a Criminal Division Chief for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office. Today, Mr. Burman specializes in complex commercial litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith.

Mr. Burman has secured numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of the Firm's clients in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death and insurance bad faith. In the area of complex commercial litigation Mr. Burman has both successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar claims and defended same in the following areas:

  • Construction and environmental related litigation: including representing developers, architects, general contractors, as well as owners of large commercial projects and/or luxury homes
  • Contract and intellectual property matters
  • Professional partnership and professional association litigated matters, including malpractice and partnership dissolution
  • Banking, secured creditor and lender liability litigation
  • Real estate related litigation including but not limited to, vendor/vendee disputes, joint venture and partnership related litigation, zoning matters, land use litigation, lease disputes, etc.
  • Federal and State securities matters
  • Litigated matters related to insurance coverage
  • Insurance bad faith

He also serves as a Mediator or Arbitrator occasionally, on major cases at the request of his peers.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Bad Faith

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer since 1983
  • Board Certified by The National Board of Trial Advocacy as Civil Trial Advocate since 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1971
  • Colorado, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida


  • Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1971
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1968
    • Major: Government and International Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Past "Man of the Year", Notre Dame Club of the Palm Beaches
  • Included in the publication The Best Lawyers in America for the past 21 consecutive years
  • Included in the publication Law and Leading Attorneys-Florida
  • Selected as One of the Top Lawyers in Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide
  • Selected as One of the Top Lawyers in Florida by the Florida Monthly
  • Selected as One of the Top Lawyers in Florida by Florida Trend Super Lawyer Magazines
  • "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2012
  • "Lawyer of the Year" in Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2014
  • Included in the publication Top Lawyers Bet the Company Litigation as published in Corporate Counsel
  • Designated the highest lawyer rating (A-V preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell
  • Elected as a Fellow of The International Society of Barristers
  • Elected as a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Member, American Justice Association
  • Member, Florida Justice Association
  • Sustaining Member, American Justice Association
  • Member, Palm Beach County Justice Association
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates

Pro Bono Activities

  • Past President, Notre Dame Club of the Palm Beaches
  • Past Board of Directors, The Lord's Place
  • Appointed to Grievance Committee for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit by the Florida Bar Board of Governors
  • Appointed Member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit 1996; Elected Chairman 1998
  • Past Government Affairs Officer – Summit County, Colorado Builders Association
  • Past Board of Directors – Colorado Association of Home Builders