Michael A. Hanzman
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.
EducationUniversity of Florida, J.D., Honors, 1985University of South Florida, B.A., High Honors, 1982
InvolvementAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesFlorida ChapterCentral Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE)Board MemberCHARLEE INCBoard MemberDade County Bar Association
Legal Aid and Public Service Committee, Member
Professional Arbitration Committee, MemberInternational Fine Arts CollegeBoard of Trustees, MemberMt. Sinai HospitalFounderUnited Way of Miami-DadeAlexis de Tocqueville Society, MemberVoices for Children FoundationBoard member
Court AdmissionsU.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth CircuitU.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh CircuitU.S. District Court, Middle District of FloridaU.S. District Court, Southern District of FloridaU.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
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