MICHAEL A. WASSERMAN | Partner
Michael A. Wasserman maintains a practice in the areas of complex civil and commercial litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, workers' compensation, contractual disputes, real estate litigation, closings and title services. Additionally, Mr. Wasserman maintains an active criminal law practice in both state and federal court. He has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1994, and is admitted to practice before the Florida Supreme Court and all courts in the state of Florida. In addition, Mr. Wasserman is admitted to practice before the Untied States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. Mr. Wasserman is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association (“WDFJBA”). Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Lawyer Referral Services Committee of The Florida Bar, is a Group Director on the Board of Directors of the WDFJBA, and is a member of the board of trustees of the North Dade Center, Inc. Mr. Wasserman earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York in Albany, New York and his Juris Doctor from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mr. Wasserman has also worked as a litigation consultant at several nationally recognized litigation consulting firms, where he provided recommendations on case strategy and jury selection, as well as facilitated focus groups and mock juries to test issues and arguments for attorneys in all areas of civil and criminal litigation. He co-authored the article "Reluctant Jurors: What Summons Responses Reveal about Jury Duty Attitudes" which was published in the law journal Judicature. In addition, he co-presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society the paper "The Cornerstone of the American Legal System: Civic Engagement, Juror Attitudes Toward Jury Duty, and Juror Behavior".
In addition to his civil litigation experience, Mr. Wasserman was an Assistant Public Defender for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida (Miami-Dade County), as well as an Assistant Public Defender for the 2nd Judicial Circuit of Florida (Leon County). He represented clients in a wide-range of criminal matters from second-degree misdemeanors to capital felonies, from initial client interviews through trial. In addition to his vast trial experience, Mr. Wasserman has filed over 100 appellate briefs in both the District Courts of Appeal and in the Florida Supreme Court, as well as conducting appellate oral arguments before both the First District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court. His experience in complex civil, appellate, criminal, real estate and title matters, enables him to effectively represent a diverse group of clients within litigation and appellate practice.