Michael Silver is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.

Michael has a broad-based litigation practice that includes commercial litigation and appeals in state and federal courts, as well as various administrative forums. His litigation and appellate experience includes:

  • contract disputes;
  • business torts claims;
  • defense of professional liability/malpractice matters;
  • insurance and bad faith claims; and,
  • real estate litigation, including commercial foreclosures and lender liability issues.

Michael has represented clients in numerous industries, including the automotive, construction, energy, financial services, health care, insurance, real estate, and securities businesses.

While at the University of Florida, Michael served as president of Florida Blue Key and was named to the University of Florida Hall of Fame.



  • University of Florida, J.D., cum laude, 2004
    • Florida Blue Key
      • President, 2004
      • Treasurer, 2002-2003
    • University of Florida Hall of Fame
  • University of Florida, B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, 2001
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Beta Gamma Sigma
    • Interfraternity Council Valedictorian
    • J. Wayne Reitz Scholar
    • Anderson Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Professional and Civic

  • The Florida Bar
    • Business Law Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2005-2006
    • Parliamentarian, Young Lawyers Division. 2005-2006
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Section of Litigation
  • C.H. Ferguson – M.E. White American Inn of Court, 2011-present
  • The Tampa Connection, Class of 2009
  • University of Florida Law Alumni Council
  • University Club of Tampa
  • Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
    • Director, 2014-present
    • Co-Chair, 2013

News & Insights


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated, 4.9 out of 5.0
  • Florida Trend, Commercial Litigation - Up and Comer (2016-2018), Legal Elite (2019-2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (2018-2020)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2019, 2020)
  • Florida Blue Key, Past President
  • University of Florida Hall of Fame

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