A veteran litigator with wide-ranging trial experience, Mr. Michael Robert Blanchard is a former prosecuting attorney who entered private practice in 1984 and tried his first jury verdict in excess of $1 million by the age of thirty.
While spending his career primarily working as lead trial attorney in personal injury trials, he is proud to have handled one case which resulted in the adoption of an affirmative action plan by a Florida law enforcement agency, and another lawsuit which led to industry changes throughout the U.S. in child safety practices, and yet another that resulted in the largest commercial jury verdict in the State of Florida at the time.
While at law school, Robert was Associate Editor on the University of Florida Law Review, and recipient of the Florida Trial Lawyers Association Essay Award for his published article, Municipal Tort Liability: Sovereign Immunity and Access to the Court, Fla. Trial Lawyers Assoc. J. (May 1982). During his career, he has received awards for legal scholarship, Pro Bono work, and public interest research.
He is a Past President of Northwest Florida Legal Services. In the mid 1980’s he hosted one of the nation’s earliest live call-in law shows on local cable TV and later hosted his own local call-in radio show.
Mr. Blanchard is licensed to practice law before all Florida state courts, and the Federal courts for the Northern District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
He is a member of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. His current practice consists of civil litigation and the trial of personal injury, business torts, securities and mass tort cases.
- Juris Doctor; University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1983
- Bachelors of Science, University of West Florida, B.S. 1978
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Escambia-Santo Rosa Bar Association
- Florida Justice Association
- American Association for Justice
- Licensed in State of Florida
- United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
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