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Michael J. Furbush

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Mr. Furbush is a member of the Litigation department in the Orlando office. He focuses his practice on resolving complex, commercial matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has represented large public corporations, small companies, and individuals from a wide range of industries, including entertainers, real estate developers, general contractors, retailers, physicians, and manufacturers.

Mr. Furbush has obtained multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of his clients and is highly experienced in arbitration, mediation and other forms of out-of-court dispute resolution. In addition, he has litigated and resolved cases involving covenants not to compete, trade secrets, trademark and copyright infringement, breach of contract, construction litigation and lien disputes, corporate dissolutions and shareholder disputes, employment discrimination, and antitrust matters.


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Additional Representative Experience

  • Defense of a hip-hop artist, record label, music video producer, and Internet service provider in a trademark infringement action brought by a motorcycle daredevil
  • Defended a developer and general contractor in suit by owner for construction defects, fraud and mismanagement in connection with development of luxury condominium
  • Prosecuted RICO, fraud and negligence claims against a law firm that provided legal services which contributed to theft of funds from a bankruptcy estate
  • Defended a client in a suit against a general contractor for defects in construction of wetlands canals in residential subdivision
  • Obtained judgment against a developer who misappropriated and commingled client funds for use in other projects
  • Defended a national toy and baby product retailer in an action based on the alleged misappropriation of an idea for personalized baby gifts
  • Represented a real estate developer in a civil theft and breach of fiduciary duty claims against the managing member of the development company
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing trademark infringement claims against a world famous hip-hop artist and clothing company; affirmed on appeal
  • Obtained judgment on jury verdict in favor of a hotel owner in a breach of contract suit against a timeshare company; affirmed on appeal
  • Received a reversal of judgment against a book publisher; invasion of privacy claim barred by statute of limitations

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Trial Lawyers Section
    • Business Law Section
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association

Charitable and Pro Bono Service

  • American Red Cross of Central Florida
    • Board Member
    • Special Events, Past Chair
    • Shelter Operations Worker

Education

  • Juris Doctor: University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, with honors, 1995
    • Florida Law Review, Board Member
    • Tom A. Cole Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Bachelor of Arts in History: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Recognition & Awards

  • Board Certified in Business Litigation by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Speaking Engagements

  • Seven Rules for Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, September 2004