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Michael A. Gottlieb

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A.
1311 SE Second Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: 9544621005
Fax: 954-666-0678
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021
Licensed in Florida Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (80%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

Michael A. Gottlieb is the founder of his own firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense matters, including federal crimes, misdemeanor and felony DUI cases, domestic violence allegations, and misdemeanor and felony drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute, and drug trafficking.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science from The George Washington University in 1990, he went on to attend the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1993. Before opening his own firm in 1999, Mr. Gottlieb gained invaluable criminal defense experience while working for years as an assistant public defender in Broward County. He has defended thousands of people over his years of practice and has litigated more than 100 jury cases to verdict.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Gottlieb has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In 2007, he was named as the most effective lawyer by the Daily Business Review.

Admitted to practice in Florida, Mr. Gottlieb is also admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is an active participant in a variety of legal organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Inc. In addition, Mr. Gottlieb served two terms as the president of the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Misdemeanor, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021

About Michael A. Gottlieb

First Admitted: 1993, Florida

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Florida, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2000
  • FACDL, Member
  • Florida Bar, Code and Rules Evidence committee, liaison to the Criminal Rules and Procedure Committee, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • NACDL, Member
  • Co-Chair, Florida Bar Grievance Committee (17F), 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1994
  • BACDL, Past President, 2003 - 2004


  • State v. Green
  • State v. Mordon
  • State v. Morello
  • State v. Smorgala


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Educational Background

  • George Washington University, B.A. in Politcal Science, 1990

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Research, Business, Criminal Law and Legal Writing, Broward Community College, 2000
  • Lecturer, Criminal Defense Lawyer, City Of Miramar, Florida, 2015


  • Top Lawyers in Florida , The Legal Network, 2013
  • Nation's Top One percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top Lawyers of Florida/Top Rated Lawyers, The National Law Journal, 2012
  • Cover Feature, Pro-Files Magazine
  • BACDL Hat Trick Recipient, 2001 - 2010
  • Most Effective Lawyer, Broward Daily Business Review, 2007
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2004
  • Accredited, Better Business Bureau
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Office Location for Michael A. Gottlieb

1311 SE Second Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Phone: 9544621005

Fax: 954-666-0678

Last Updated: 12/18/2020

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