Michael A. Tessitore

Michael Tessitore focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, creditors’ rights and business bankruptcy matters. He has served for thirty years as a trusted advisor to a wide range of business clients as well as court-appointed fiduciaries, including trustees, receivers and liquidators. Michael also has substantial experience representing clients involved in international commercial disputes where his proficiency in Spanish often serves as a key asset.

Working out of the firm’s Miami and Orlando offices, his proficiency has been recognized by his peers in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2010. He was selected as Orlando Lawyer of the Year for Bet-The-Company Litigation from 2012 through 2015. He has also been recognized for multiple years in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, as a Florida Super Lawyer and as one of Orlando’s Best Lawyers by Orlando Magazine. He also holds the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating, the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability.

Michael is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator who has successfully mediated hundreds of cases to consensual settlements. He is a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator and has served as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law, teaching courses in international litigation and arbitration.

Michael’s expertise also is informed by years of active service to the Business Law, International Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of The Florida Bar. He has published many authoritative articles on international commercial legal issues, including U.N. Conventions, the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, foreign sovereign immunity, and forum/venue issues for the International Law Quarterly, the Florida Bar Journal and other publications.

Bar Membership

Florida, 1992

Courts

Florida and U.S. District Court, 1992
Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court, 1992
Southern District of Florida, U.S. District Court, 1992
Northern District of Florida, U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator
Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator

Education

Stetson University College of Law, LLM, 1999
Gainesville, FL
International Law and Business
summa cum laude

University of Florida, 1992
Gainesville, FL
J.D., Juris Doctor
with high honors

University of Notre Dame, 1987
Notre Dame, IN
Bachelor of Arts
with honors

Professional Associations

The Florida Bar
Business Law Section

The Florida Bar
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

The Florida Bar
International Law Section

Executive Council Member

Faculty Liaison Committee
Chairman 2007-2008

Education Committee 
Chairman 2006-2007

International Litigation and Arbitration Committee
Chairman 2004-2005

Community Involvement

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando
Member

Martindale-Hubbell
AV® Preeminent™ Rated

America’s Most Honored Professionals
Top 1%

The Best Lawyers in America®
Selected for inclusion Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2012 – 2015
Selected for inclusion Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Selected for inclusion Commercial Litigation 2010 – 2022

Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite
Selected for inclusion 2009, 2012 – 2016

Florida Super Lawyers
Selected for inclusion 2006, 2010 – 2020

Orlando Magazine
Best Lawyers, selected for inclusion 2009 – 2019

Super Lawyers - Michael A. Tessitore
Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent - 2021
Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite - 2016
“From Russia with Love: 11th Circuit Affirms the Utility of 28 U.S.C. §1782 in International Discovery”

“Southern District Announces Potential Game Changer in Fraudulent Transfer Litigation”

“Foreign Litigants Seek Forum to Litigate – Is Florida Open for Business?”

“Florida Civil-law Notary: A Practical New Tool for Doing Business with Latin America”

“Fifth DCA Tackles International Forum Battle”

“The U.N. Convention on International Sales and the Seller’s Ineffective Right of Reclamation Under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code”

“A Tiger to the South: The Emerging Importance of Mercosur”

“Immunity and the Foreign Sovereign: An Introduction to the FSIA”

“Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your… Money Judgments: The Emergence of Florida’s Uniform Out of Country Foreign Money Judgment Recognition Act”