Michael R. Holt
305.358.5577 phone 786.536.3450 fax email@example.com
Mike Holt has nearly two decades’ experience providing sophisticated, client-focused representation on a diverse spectrum of legal issues. His areas of focus include toxic tort, product liability, commercial disputes, general aviation litigation, RICO, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice claims, business torts and insurance fraud. His background includes jury trials, arbitrations and appellate work.
Since joining the firm, Mike has been involved in asbestos litigation at the trial and appellate levels, representing product manufacturers, distributors and premises owners. He manages thousands of cases throughout Florida. He has experience with a broad range of products including vehicle components, gaskets, packing, boilers, aircraft engines, diesel engines, industrial laundry equipment, floor tiles, glues, mastics and resins. In addition to asbestos, Mike has defended matters involving exposure to other pulmonary irritants including silica, smoke and construction dust.
Mike’s product liability practice involves an array of manufacturers including ladders, pressure cookers, athletic footwear, fitness equipment, earth retention systems, recreational vehicles and personal watercraft. He works with a team serving as national counsel for a personal watercraft manufacturer, and has appeared in several states including Alabama, California, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. His work includes the management and coordination of discovery throughout several jurisdictions.
Many of Mike’s cases-regardless of origin--focus on claims brought under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) and RICO statutes. This includes the prosecution of claims on behalf of companies impacted by 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.
In conjunction with all of the above, Mike has written and lectured frequently on social media, including discovery, ethics and obtaining evidence from mobile devices.
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.
- William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997
- University of Minnesota, B.A., American Indian Studies and Psychology, 1994
- Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star 2009, 2011
- Semi-finalist, Rosalie E. Wahl Moot Court competition
- 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
- Author, "Retailer Liability Under the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act," October 2017
- Author, "Show Me the Money - Maximizing Monetary Recovery in the Wake of Insurance Fraud," August 2017
- 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