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Michelle T. Reiss

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Tampa, FL

Appleton Reiss, PLLC
215 N. Howard Ave., Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-542-8888
Fax: 813-542-5054
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017
Licensed in Florida Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business, Nonprofit Organizations
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michelle T. Reiss is a founding partner and member of Appleton Reiss, PLLC, located in Tampa, 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

·        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 also earned her Master of Social Work from Florida International University in 2001 before attending law school. 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 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 a Director from 2015 to 2017, chair and co-chair of the association's Legislative Committee and Judicial Relations Committee, respectively, and as a liaison to the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. 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
Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business, Nonprofit Organizations
Focus Areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant


2 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

About Michelle T. Reiss

First Admitted: 2007, Florida

Professional Webpage:

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

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


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

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

215 N. Howard Ave.
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: 813-542-8888

Fax: 813-542-5054

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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