Michael A. Hanzman

Senior Counsel
Area of Focus: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Mediation
Michael A. Hanzman
Senior Counsel
Michael A. Hanzman, Former Florida Circuit Court Judge, is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Litigation Group, where he focuses his practice on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including private judging, arbitration, and mediation. Michael also employs his extensive experience and legal acumen to strategize and consult on trial and appellate matters.
Michael served as a Circuit Court Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida for 12 years, building on his decades-long success as a commercial litigator in private practice. As a Circuit Judge and Appellate Judge by designation, Michael authored more than 200 published legal opinions and orders during his tenure and presided over a number of seminal cases in the state, including the $1.1 billion settlement in the high-profile Surfside condo collapse case. In addition to his most recent role as a Complex Business Litigation Division Judge, he also worked in the Circuit Court’s juvenile and criminal divisions. 
During his time on the bench, Michael was a passionate advocate of children’s rights, taking on issues involving adoption, mental health services, and funding for caregivers of foster children. He has also been recognized with multiple awards and honors, including the 2023 Jurist of the Year Award from The American Board of Trial Advocates Florida Chapter, the 2023 Judicial Achievement Award from Florida Justice Association, the 2022 William H. Hoeveler Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Ethics & Public Service, the 2022 Equal Justice Judicial Leadership Award from Legal Services of Greater Miami, and the 2022 William Hoeveler/Jack Welsh Innovation Award from the American Inns of Court.
  • University of Florida, J.D., Honors, 1985
    University of South Florida, B.A., High Honors, 1982
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    Florida Chapter
    Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE)
    Board Member
    Board Member
    Dade County Bar Association

    Legal Aid and Public Service Committee, Member
    Professional Arbitration Committee, Member

    International Fine Arts College
    Board of Trustees, Member
    Mt. Sinai Hospital
    United Way Miami
    Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Member
    Voices for Children Foundation
    Board member
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Florida Chapter, Jurist of the Year Award, 2023

    Florida Justice Association, Judicial Achievement Award, 2023

    University of Miami School of Law, Centers for Ethics & Public Service, William H. Hoeveler Lifetime Achievement Award, 2022 

    The Miami Jewish Legal Society, Sofet Tzedek Righteous Judge Award, 2022 

    American Inns of Court, William Hoeveler/Jack Welsh Innovation Award, 2022 

    Legal Services of Greater Miami, Equal Justice Judicial Leadership Award, 2022 

    Greater Miami Jewish Federation,Attorney Division, Community Service Award, 2016 

    Daily Business Review,Most Effective Lawyer, 2007 

    South Florida Legal Guide, South Florida’s Top Lawyers, 2001 - 2008 

    Florida Trend Magazine, Florida’s Legal Elite, 2004 - 2008