Michael A. Sjuggerud is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. He is Board Certified in Real Estate Law by The Florida Bar.

Michael advises financial institutions, businesses, local governments, and others on transactions involving the sale, purchase, financing, leasing, development, and use of real property. In connection with his real property experience, he regularly works on title matters - including title issuance, title review and title issue resolution with respect to a wide variety of property classes. Michael also advises clients on commercial transactions involving the sale, purchase, financing, and use of personal property. Additionally, Michael’s varied background has given him experience in negotiating cross-border transactions, including the preparation of complex contracts for domestic and foreign companies.

Prior to joining Shutts, Michael worked as a foreign lawyer in the Tokyo office of a Japanese law firm, served in the legal department of a Global 500 company, and practiced in the Orlando office of an AmLaw 100 firm.

Credentials

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law, LL.M., Environmental Law, magna cum laude
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Clemson University, M.B.A., Business Administration
  • University of Florida, B.S., Finance, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Washington

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Japanese (JLPT N5)

Professional and Civic

  • Florida State University College of Law Alumni Board, Presidential Appointee, 2015 – 2018

News & Insights

Presentations

  • Presenter - "What are Today's CAP Rates Telling Us?" CCIM Institute (September 16, 2020)
  • Presenter - “Real Estate Transactions with Foreign Buyers and Sellers," Global Committee of the Space Coast Association of Realtors® (October 24, 2019)

Publications

  • “New International Jurisdiction Rules: Foreign Companies Must Brace For Change”, International Law Office, 2011
  • “Usury claims: Challenging Grey-Zone Interest”, International Law Office, 2010
  • “Student Loans in Bankruptcy: Policy Analysis and Portfolio Review”, Banking Law Journal, 2006
  • “The Basics of Bankruptcy Risk Management when Making Consumer Loans”, Banking Law Journal, 2004
  • “Defeating the Self-Settled Spendthrift Trust in Bankruptcy”, Florida State University Law Review, 2001
  • "The Death of Smoking in Florida: Implementing Prohibitions against Smoking in Residential Developments and Amending the Florida Clean Indoor (Workplace) Air Act", Florida State University Business Review, 17 Fla. St. U. Bus. Rev. 87, 2018
  • "Has the Time Finally Come for Smoke-Free Communities?", Florida Today (Print Edition), December 24, 201

Practice Areas

Industry Focus

Accolades

  • Board Certified in Real Estate Law by The Florida Bar
  • Florida State University Law Review: Notes and Comments Editor
  • Florida State University Law Review: Meritorious Service Award
  • Florida State University Law Review: Best Law Review Article
  • American Bankruptcy Institute: Medal of Excellence
  • Florida State University College of Law: Book Award, Bankruptcy Policy Seminar
  • Florida State University College of Law: Merit Award, Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Co.
  • Florida State University College of Law: Book Award, Legal Spanish
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Real Estate Law

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