Michael Fox Orr

Michael Fox Orr has spent more than a decade trying significant civil jury and bench trials in Florida where he regularly litigates complex commercial and civil litigation with claimed or potential damages in excess of $1,000,000. Michael’s success in the courtroom and hard work for the profession have resulted in an extensive list of select professional distinctions and associations, some of which include:

  • Florida Bar Board of Governors (elected by lawyers/judges)
  • Jacksonville Bar Board of Governors (elected by lawyers/judges)
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Executive Committee (appointed by lawyers/judges)
  • Civil Rules of Procedure Committee, Florida Bar (appointed by the President of the Bar)
  • Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Florida Bar Practicing with Professionalism Chair/Moderator
  • Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors (served as President & in multiple chair positions
  • Jacksonville Bar YLS Board of Governors (served as President & in multiple chair positions)

Recently, the Fourth Judicial Circuit’s lawyers and judges elected Michael to represent their 4000+ members from Duval, Clay and Nassau County on The Florida Bar Board of Governors where he will serve as one of 52 elected to represent the nearly 110,000 lawyers in Florida.

While serving as one of the appointed lawyers reviewing, drafting and editing the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, Michael was honored with the opportunity to co-author the third chapter of Civil Trial Practice, “Trial by Court or by Jury,” published by The Florida Bar in conjunction with LexisNexis. Michael’s experience and the results he continues to obtain for his clients have resulted in his recognition as a Florida Super Lawyer (top 5% in Florida) with a feature in the Florida Super Lawyers Business Edition. Michael’s current and prior recognition include:

  • Martindale as AV® Preeminent™
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Attorney at Law Magazine Top 10 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40
  • Jacksonville Business Journal, Top 40 under 40
  • East Carolina University, Top 40 under 40
  • Most Productive Board Member, Florida Bar YLD

Michael’s experience as a civil trial lawyer litigating cases with intricate issues and fact patterns has led to his representation of Fortune 500’s as well as businesses, professional associations and individuals from several states. In addition to trying jury trials in multiple counties and courts, Michael has argued before 4 of the 5 District Courts of Appeal in Florida, with successful opinions in each. An example of an opinion obtained by Michael in each District includes:

InPhyNet Contr. Servs., et. al. v. Mattews, et. al., 196 So. 3d 449 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)
Atlantica One v. Adragna, 177 So. 3d 89 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015)
Truelove v. Blount, 954 So. 2d 1284 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
Kone, Inc. v. Robinson, 937 So. 2d 238 (Fla. 1st DCA 2006)

In the community, Michael aids various organizations through board service and volunteer work. That current and past involvement includes:

  • Volunteer, V for Victory Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Clara White Mission
  • President/Board of Directors, Family Nurturing Center of Florida
  • Management Team, Special Olympics of Florida, Duval County
  • Board of Directors, Cummer Museum Up & Cummers
  • Member, Blueprint for Leadership, HandsOn Jacksonville

Michael also teaches various classes and makes presentations related to the practice of law. He taught contract drafting to a group of in-house attorneys and has presented on the topic of Ethics and Professionalism in Law Office Management to Northeast Florida paralegals and law office managers. He has also served as a substitute professor in a legal course for accountants.

Bar Admissions

Florida, 2005

  • Florida, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2005

Education

Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida, Juris Doctorate

  • Honors: Moot Court Honor Board, Member
  • Honors: National Moot Court Competition, Oralist
  • Honors: Florida Workers’ Compensation Competition, Oralist/Brief Writer

East Carolina University, B.S.B.A., Finance and Philosophy

Based in Jacksonville, Florida the attorneys at Dawson | Orr draw upon 100 years of combined legal experience to serve clients throughout Florida and across the country.

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