Michael M. Giel

Michael M. Giel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Jacksonville, FL

Giel Family Law, P.A.
 | 1830 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-516-4929
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (70%),
  • Appellate (30%)
Attorney Profile

Michael Giel is a divorce and matrimonial attorney handling divorces and child support or child custody modifications in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, Fleming Island, and Orange Park. He also handles family law appeals throughout Florida.

He brings to financially complex divorce cases his experience in complex commercial litigation, where his work ranged the gamut from handling contractual or business tort disputes for LLCs and closely-held corporations to representing banks or corporations in class actions involving franchising, banking litigation, real estate litigation, or products liability. This experience is critical when it's time to persuasively present--or challenge--expert testimony on issues such as business valuation, vocational analysis, or property appraisal. 

Michael's experience with appellate issues began at the University of Chicago Law School. There, he competed in moot court and represented the law school in the Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition. His appellate background broadened with two years of clerking for Judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr. of Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal. When moving to private practice, as an advocate, Michael worked on appeals and presented oral arguments in the federal and state appellate courts. Today, consistent with his focus exclusively on family law, he represents clients on appeals, regardless of whether he or another lawyer handled the trial, only if the appeal directly involves a family law dispute.

About Michael Giel

Admitted: 2005, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://jaxdivorcelaw.com/the-keep-moving-guarantees/

Honors and Awards:

  • Michael was selected for inclusion as a Super Lawyer in Family Law in 2017 Florida Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Super Lawyers list. Among all the lawyers (1) practicing family law primarily (2) with their primary offices in Jacksonville, only nine family lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list., Super Lawyer, Florida Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Michael was selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in Family Law in 2016 Florida Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list., Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2016
  • While dividing his practice between Family Law and Appellate Law, Michael was selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in 2015 Florida Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list., Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Michael was selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in Appellate Law in 2014 Florida Super Lawyers.  The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement.  No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.  , Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2014
  • For the third year, Michael was selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in Business Litigation in 2012 Florida Super Lawyers.  The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement.  No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list., Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Michael was again selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in Business Litigation in 2011 Florida Super Lawyers.  The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement.  No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.  , Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Michael was selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in Business Litigation in 2010 Florida Super Lawyers.  The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement.  No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list., Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2010

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • If you're appealing a judgment in a family law case, but you don't have a transcript of the final hearing, don't lose hope yet. This article covers possible avenues for you to succeed on appeal despite the inadequate record., Author, Appellate CPR: Resuscitating Your Case on Appeal Without a Transcript, Florida Bar Family Law Section Commentator, 2016
  • Drafted article discussing Second Circuit's decision in Wurtz v. Rawlings Co., an important case dealing with ERISA, subrogation, and New York's Anti-Subrogation Law, Author, Wurtz v. Rawlings Co.: The Second Circuit Resurrects a Class Action Against Insurers Raiding Plaintiffs’ Tort Settlements In Defiance of New York’s Anti-Subrogation Law, Insurance Law Newsletter, American Association for Justice, 2014
  • Drafted article addressing considerations to preserve or modify a court's ruling on a motion in limine, Author, Protecting the Ruling on Your Motion in Limine, The Lawyer, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2014
  • Moderated the professionalism presentation and panel discussion for the Practice Before the Fifth District Court of Appeal CLE Seminar, Moderator, Professionalism Presentation and Panel Discussion, Practice Before the Fifth District Court of Appeal Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2010
  • Drafted second part of article regarding litigation of class action waivers within arbitration agreements, Key Considerations for Litigating Class Action Waivers within Arbitration Agreements, Part II, Conflict Management, 2009
  • Drafted article regarding the litigation of class action waivers within arbitration agreements, Key Considerations for Litigating Class Action Waivers within Arbitration Agreements, Conflict Management, 2009
  • Delivered presentation to Orange County, Florida, State Attorney's Office regarding the drafting of jury instructions that Florida courts will not hold to constitute fundamental error, Speaker, Avoiding Fundamentally Erroneous Jury Instructions, Orange County State Attorney's Office, 2008
  • Drafted with David M. Wells course outline covering recent developments in commercial litigation for the Civil Trial Certification Review Course offered by the Florida Bar, Course Outline on Recent Developments in Commercial Litigation, Florida Bar Civil Trial Certification Review Course, 2008
  • Drafted article regarding litigation of breach of fiduciary duty claims against accountants, Accounting for Accountants' Breaches of Fiduciary Duty in Motions to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment, ABA Business Torts Journal, 2007
  • Drafted article regarding relevant considerations when litigating damages for lost profits for new businesses, Litigating Lost Profits for New Businesses, ABA Commercial & Business Litigation Newsletter, 2007
  • Drafted article regarding the definition of "vessel" in maritime law after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Stewart v. Dutra Construction Co., “Practically Capable of Maritime Transport”: Semantics and the Definition of “Vessel” after Stewart v. Dutra Construction Co., ABA Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee Newsletter, 2007
  • Drafted with several colleagues at Fifth District Court of Appeal an article listing most common mistakes one should avoid when drafting an appellate brief, Fifteen Common Mistakes in Appellate Briefs, The Record: Journal of Florida's Appellate Practice Section (reprinted in the ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Appellate Advocacy Committee Newsletter) , 2007
  • Drafted article discussing how to craft jury instructions in criminal cases that Florida courts should not hold to constitute fundamental error, Avoiding Fundamentally Erroneous Jury Instructions: Pointers for Counsel in Criminal Trials and Appeals, Florida Bar Journal, 2007
  • Drafted article describing the steps a clerk can take to become a better clerk and lawyer, build relationships, and enjoy the clerkship, Author, Making the Most of Your Appellate Clerkship, ABA Appellate Practice Journal, 2007
  • Drafted article regarding the recent application of Apprendi in Florida's criminal courts, Apprendi in Florida: Jury Findings on Sentencing Factors and Elements, The Record: Journal of Florida's Appellate Practice Section, 2006

Educational Background:

  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2005.  B.A. cum laude, University of South Florida, 2002.
Office Location for Michael M. Giel

1830 Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

 

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Last Updated: 2/24/2017

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