Michael Hancock

Hancock Injury Attorneys
1317 W Fletcher Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
813-915-1110
www.hancockinjuryattorneys.com


Personal Injury Attorney

Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Mike has excelled in personal injury litigation for over 30 years, earning among other honors, an “AV-Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, “Superb”10.0 rating by avvo.com, membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, being named one of Florida’s SuperLawyers and one of Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers. After several years handling claims for the insurance industry, Mike founded Hancock Injury Attorneys in 1996 with a clear understanding of the insurance industry and how to obtain the best results for his clients. Mike graduated from the University of Florida and South Texas College of Law. Mike is a second generation Tampa native. Among other charitable organizations for which he volunteers, Mike serves on the Board of Directors of the Carrollwood Bar Association and has been elected as President for the past two years. Our personal injury law firm serves clients in Tampa, as well as all counties in West and Central Florida, and throughout Florida.

During his first eight years of practice, Mike was an attorney at two large insurance defense law firms representing, defending, and completing many jury trials for insurance companies including Allstate, State Farm, Geico, the Travelers, and several Fortune 500 companies in personal injury and wrongful death cases. During these eight years, not only was he trained by some of the best attorneys in the country, he was made privy to the insider secrets and inner workings of how insurance companies defend and evaluate personal injury claims. He was also taught the insurance company tactics used over and over again to minimize the amount paid, or to completely avoid paying legitimate personal injury claims made by otherwise responsible and kind people from our community.

In 1996, after representing insurance companies for eight years, and having gained an insider knowledge of the insurance industry, Mike left a successful insurance defense firm and founded Hancock Injury Attorneys.  Using his knowledge of insider secrets of the insurance industry, he has been devoted exclusively to representing the injured in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Mike is proud of having earned the following awards and recognitions:

An “AV-Preeminent” rating by Martindale–Hubbell Law Directory

Martindale-Hubbell is the definitive law directory to the most distinguished attorneys in America. This “AV-Preeminent” rating is an honor indicating that Mike has reached the height of professional excellence in legal proficiency and ethical standards. The rating is based on the confidential opinions of peer attorneys and judges in the community. Less than 5% of the attorneys in the US have earned this honor.

Florida Super Lawyers

Since 2011, Mike has been named one of Florida’s Super Lawyers. Only 5% of Florida attorneys are chosen each year for this distinctive honor. Florida’s Super Lawyers are attorneys who undergo a statewide nomination process, independent research on each candidate and then recognition by other attorneys and judges for the excellence of their legal skill.

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Mike is a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which recognizes attorneys across the country who have obtained verdicts or settlements in excess of $1,000,000.00. Less than 1% of lawyers in the United States have been selected to become members.

Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers

Since 2012, Mike has been named one of Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers. Tampa personal injury attorneys are chosen for inclusion based solely on a vote of his or her peers, earning the distinction of reaching the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards.

The Order of Barristers

The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization, one of only two national honorary organizations for law schools in the country, that distinguishes the top 10 advocates from each law school who have excelled in advocacy. This honor is earned by demonstrating one’s advocacy skills and one’s dedication to promoting advocacy through service.

Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Court Mediator

Mike was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a statewide circuit court mediator in 1998. He believes that his training and experience as a certified mediator enhances his ability to obtain the best results for his clients.

Top 100 National Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. This national organization provides networking opportunities, advocacy training, and the highest quality educational programs for trial lawyers. Mike has been a member since 2015.

America’s Top 100 Attorneys

Membership among America’s Top 100 Attorneys identifies and highlights the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Only 100 attorneys in each state receive this honor. Mike Hancock is a lifetime award recipient.

Lead Counsel Rated

The Lead Counsel Verification was established in 1997 as a quality assurance tool consumers and businesses can use to quickly and easily evaluate a prospective attorney’s ability and credibility.

Mike Frequently Lectures Other Florida Attorneys, Legal Professionals and Insurance Adjusters

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Hancock has lectured to other Florida attorneys, legal professionals, and insurance adjusters about handling and litigating every aspect of personal injury cases, motor vehicle accident cases and dog bite claims. Some of the more recent continuing legal education seminars he has lectured at include the following:

NBI “Plaintiff’s Personal Injury From Start to Finish: Understanding the Law of Damages” (Tampa, Orlando 2018)

NBI Judicial Forum Moderator, “As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation” (2017)

Auto Injury Litigation from Start to Finish (2014)

Case Intake, Pre-Suit Investigation In Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation (2014)

Discovery Techniques For Personal Injury Litigation (2011)

Automobile Cases, from Start to Finish (2008)

A Practical Refresher On Litigating The Florida Auto Injury Case (2005)

Trying The Automobile Case In Florida (2004)

Mike is also proud of membership in the following legal and business associations:

Florida Justice Association

Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Carrollwood Bar Association (Board of Directors 2011-2015, President 2016-2017, 2017-2018)

Carrollwood Area Business Association

Mike has also given back to his community by volunteering his personal time and legal experience to the following nonprofit organizations:

Carrollwood Civic Association – Board of Directors, legal counsel, 2006-2016

Carrollwood Bar Association – Board of Directors, President

Trinity School For Children (a Hillsborough County charter school) – Board of Directors 2009-2011

University of Florida, Lake Watch – volunteer (Lake Carroll)

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1991

Texas, 1988

U. S. District Court, Middle District Of Florida

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas Juris Doctor – 1987

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – 1983

Mike received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1983 and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1987. Michael is a second generation native of Tampa. He is a graduate of Jesuit high school. In his free time, Michael enjoys outdoor sports with his family and friends such as golf, fishing, water skiing and wake boarding, and mountain biking.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Super Lawyers of Florida, 2011 – present

Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2005 – present

AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, 2002 – present

Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 – present

Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator, 2002 – present

The Order of Barristers, 1987 – present

Carrollwood Bar Association, Member, 2007 – present

Carrollwood Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2015

Carrollwood Bar Association, President 2016-present

Carrollwood Area Business Association, 2010 – present

Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 – present

Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1991 – present

Florida Justice Association, 1996 – present

Trinity School for Children, Board of Directors, 2009 – 2011

Trinity School for Children, PPA, 2005 – 2007

Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1994 – 2006

American Bar Association, 1988 – 2006

America’s Top 100 Attorneys- Florida, 2016

Fastest Growing Law Firm- Law Firm 500, 2016

Top 100 Trial Lawyers- National Trial Lawyers Association, 2015

Lead Counsel Rated- Law Info, 2013

Pro Bono Activities

Carrollwood Civic Association – Legal Counsel, 2006 – present

Trinity School for Children – PPA and Board of Directors, 2005 – 2011

Carrollwood Bar Association – Board of Directors, 2011 – present