Michelle T. Reiss

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Tampa, FL

Appleton Reiss, PLLC
 | 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 802
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-204-6493
Fax: 813-223-9620
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%),
  • Nonprofit Organizations (10%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Michelle T. Reiss is a founding partner and member of the Appleton Reiss, PLLC, which has office locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. Serving a diverse range of condominium associations, homeowners associations, community development and special taxing districts, and other common interest entities throughout the greater Tampa Bay metropolitan area and surrounding areas, Ms. Reiss has achieved notable success advising and providing litigation support to those with legal needs involving the following:

    ·        Developing and enforcing governing documents and statutes

    ·        Real estate disputes

    ·        Landlord-tenant disputes

    ·        Covenant and deed restriction enforcements

    ·        Contract disputes

    ·        Collection matters

    ·        Foreclosure and bankruptcy

    ·        Property damage claims

    ·        Condominium termination cases

    A 1996 magna cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Ms. Reiss earned her Master of Social Work from Florida International University in 2001. In 2006, she obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She is admitted to practice before all of Florida's state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

    Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, Ms. Reiss is highly active in her legal community. She serves on the Condominium and Planned Development Law Committee of The Florida Bar. Furthermore, she has served in a number of leadership roles with the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, including serving as the organization's Director from 2015 to 2017.

    Ms. Reiss has also served as chair and co-chair of the association's Legislative Committee and Judicial Relations Committee, respectively, as well as liaison to the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, where she has served on the Communications Committee since 2014. She is also a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and she volunteers her legal services with Crossroads for Florida Kids.

    Recognized for her professionalism and dedication to those she serves, Ms. Reiss has received many accolades from her peers, including the designation as a "Legal Elite" from Florida Trend magazine.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Business Litigation
    • 20%Real Estate: Business
    • 10%Nonprofit Organizations
    • 10%Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
    Focus Areas

    Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant


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    Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

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    Admitted: 2007, Florida

    Professional Webpage: http://arsfla.com/attorneys/michelle-reiss/


    • Named as Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine
    • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member
    • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Communications Committee, 2014 – Member
    • Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, Director, 2015 – 2017
    • Florida Bar Condominium and Planned Development Law Committee
    • The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
    • The Florida Bar, 2007
    • Member of the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers 2011-present, Chair of Legislative Committee, 2012-2013, Co-Chair Judicial Relations Committee, 2013-2016; FAWL representative 2014-2015

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Tampa Connection, Class of 2013-2014
    • Member, Board of Directors, Children's Home Society, Gulf Coast Division
    • Pro bono representation for dependent and delinquent children through Crossroads for Florida Kids, Inc., Pro-Bono Attorney, 2012-Present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Publications Case Comment: Constitutional Law: Fact or Factor: The Supreme Court Eliminates Sentencing Factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines United States v. Booker, 125 S. Ct. 738 (2005), 57 Fla. L. Rev. 987 (2005)  What is Merit Retention and Why Do I Care?, HAWL Journal, September 2012

    Educational Background:

    • Wake Forest University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1996
    • Florida International University, MSW, 2001

    Industry Groups

    • Banks
    • Business Entities
    • Community Associations
    • Community Development Districts
    • Creditors
    • Professional Associations
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    Office Location for Michelle T. Reiss

    501 E. Kennedy Blvd.
    Suite 802
    Tampa, FL 33602

    Phone: 813-204-6493

    Fax: 813-223-9620

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