Michael I. Santucci

Top rated intellectual property attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Michael I. Santucci

Practice Areas: Intellectual property, Entertainment & sports, Business litigation; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1997

Education: Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009


200 South Andrews Ave
Museum Plaza, Suite 100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Visit website


Licensed to practice for over 25 years, Michael Santucci is a managing partner at 500law, formerly known as "Santucci Priore, P.L." He handles business, corporate and commercial matters on behalf of clients worldwide from his headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His caseload involves issues such as the following: intellectual property licensing, litigation and prosecution; trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents; celebrity name rights, rights of publicity, the arts and entertainment; computer and e-commerce; and appeals at both the state and federal level.

In one of his most notable cases, Mr. Santucci was on a team that secured a record-setting $240 million after two appeals and a month-long trial surrounding a copyrighted business plan. National and global media have covered this as well as his other high-profile cases such as his representation of City National Bank, Bob Marley Movement of Jah People, Evel Knievel, Chubby Checker, Miss Vermont, Miss Universe, Ultra Music Festival, Coco Bongo Show & Nightclub, Paramount Vending, the Fort Lauderdale Hospital and many entrepreneurs, inventors, doctors, lawyers, athletes, models, musicians, filmmakers and judges and other elected officials.

Having built a career on countless successes, Mr. Santucci holds an Avvo “Superb” rating. Various Bar associations, law schools, CLE publishers and community groups often ask him to speak about his practice area, and media outlets often request his opinion regarding current events.

In 1993, Mr. Santucci received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science from the University of Florida. He then graduated with a Juris Doctor from the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law in 1996.

Mr. Santucci is the co-chair of the Broward County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and a number of other courts across the country.

Outside his practice, Mr. Santucci enjoys his role as a father, charity and church volunteer and is also a songwriter, musician and martial artist.

Practice areas

Intellectual property, Entertainment & sports, Business litigation

Focus areas

Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual property law, Entertainment, sports & leisure law, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements

  • 50% Intellectual property
  • 30% Entertainment & sports
  • 20% Business litigation

First Admitted: 1997, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://500law.com/members/michael-santucci/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Michael Santucci regularly volunteers his time, participation and legal services and provides meeting rooms to Save the Twinz: Live Pink!, a breast cancer charity focussing on raising awareness in underserved African-American communities.
  • Board Member of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
  • Legal Advisor, South Florida Crime Commission
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chairman, Intellectual Property Section of the Broward County Bar Association
  • United States District Courts of the Northern District of Florida
  • The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts of the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Courts of the Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Bar, 1997
Representative Clients:
  • City National Bank of Florida
  • The Bob Marley Heritage Corporation 
  • Evel Knievel
  • Larry Bird, Basketball Legend
  • SMS Audio (50 Cent, Timbaland, Carmelo Anthony)
  • Chubby Checker
  • Ultra Music Festival
  • Miss Universe, Barbara Palacios
  • Miss Vermont, Katy Johnson
  • MTV Group
  • Fort Lauderdale Film Festival
  • Paramount Vending
  • Fort Lauderdale Hospital
  • South Florida Crime Commission
  • Richard Booker
  • All Pro Sports Camps
  • Broward County Crime Commission
  • Bob Marley Movement of Jah People
  • All Pro Sports Camps v. Walt Disney,727 So.2d 363, (Fla. 5th DCA 1999)
  • Anton v. Anton, 815 So.2d 768 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002)
  • Most of the significant settlements I have helped to procure, or advised to pay have been subject to confidential settlement agreements.  We can generally keep most matters involving settlement of our client's cases confidential (for plaintiffs and defendants)., 1997
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Top 30 Alumni, NSU Shepard Broad College of Law
Industry Groups:
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Celebrity Rights
  • Churches
  • Common Carriers
  • Currency Exchange
  • E-Commerce
  • Farming
  • Film
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare and Beauty
  • ISO/Merchant Acct. Processing and Underwriting
  • Medical
  • Music
  • Nutrition
  • Publishing
  • Shipping
  • Social Media
  • Sports
  • Telecom
  • Television
  • Yachting

Office location for Michael I. Santucci

200 South Andrews Ave
Museum Plaza, Suite 100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-361-2946


10 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2009

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