The Maher Law Firm
398 W. Morse Blvd. Ste 200
Winter Park, FL 32789
Michael Maher formerly served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the world's largest association of trial lawyers with over 64,000 member, and has been in practice since 1965.
During his highly successful career as a lawyer, Mr. Maher has received numerous prestigious awards. He has been recognized from 1987 through the present in a Harvard study published as The Best Lawyers in America and in the Town and Country Magazine study, "The Best Lawyers in the U.S.," 1985 edition, Florida Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1999 by the American Board of Trial Advocates and Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2000-2001 by the Melvin Belli Society.
He devotes his effectiveness as an attorney both to the representation of clients and to the leadership of lawyers across the nation who dedicate their professional lives to defending and protecting their clients. His representation of clients in cases involving all forms of transportation, medical negligence, and products and premises liability have resulted in precedent setting settlements and verdicts. He has tried personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the State of Florida.
In 1995 Mr. Maher was appointed as a member of the Peoples’ Trial Advocates (PTA) by Governor Lawton Chiles and Attorney General Robert Butterworth. The Peoples’ Trial Advocates was comprised of II firms that contracted with the State of Florida to maintain an action on behalf of the State of Florida against the tobacco industry for the return of Medicaid benefits which were paid on tobacco related illnesses. Mr. Maher served as chairman of the group, dubbed the “dream team” by the media. In this role, he coordinated the work of 11 firms as they battled to recover in excess of $11 billion dollars.
He was among the lawyers representing the State of Florida in this historic lawsuit against the cigarette industry on behalf of Florida’s taxpayers and children resulting over $11 billion settlement, and among other terms, removal of all billboard advertising and the retirement of Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man in Florida. The settlement agreement not only helps the children of today, but it will go on to prevent addiction and disease for decades to come. It also led to the national tobacco settlement and set the stage for significant changes in Florida’s tobacco control laws.
The knowledge and expertise that Mr. Maher has developed as a trial lawyer are evident in regular lectures and publications. He has written articles on the preparation for trial, voir dire, closing argument, medical witnesses management, evidence, the use of technology in trial, uninsured motorist claims, arbitration, obstetric malpractice, using economic research in damage claims, and the insurance crisis.
As a leader in his profession, he has also written and spoken frequently on the challenges and future trends affecting individual rights and free access to our court system. His professional activities, memberships, and associations are extensive.
He is a graduate of Rollins College (B.A. 1963) and Stetson University College of Law (J.D. 1965). He has over 43 years experience as a trial lawyer specializing in personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the nation.
He is admitted before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Middle and Southern Districts of Federal Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, The District of Columbia Bar, the State Bar of New York and all State courts in Florida.
The Florida Bar
Lecturer in Continuing Legal Education Program
Lecturer in Ethics Program
Florida Bar Trial Advocacy Program
Member o/Steering Committee on Damages
Automobile Insurance Committee
Special Bar Counsel
Orange County Bar Association
Chairman, Medical-Legal Committee, 1969-1970
No-Fault Committee, 1971-1972
Special Appointee to Grievance Committee, /1975-1 976
Judicial Relations Committee, 1986-present
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Diplomate and Sustaining Member
Seminar Committee /1973-1976
Seminar Committee Chairman, 1973-1974, 1975-1976
Membership Chairman, 1974-1975
Publications Committee, 1975
Budget Committee, 1977-1979
Long Range Chairman, 1975-1976, 1982-1983
Perry Nichols Award Committee, 1978-1980
Medical Malpractice Committee, 1982-1983
Chairman, Lobbying Committee, 1982-1983
Office Reorganization Committee, 1982
Presidential Award, 1982
American Eagle Award, 1989
EAGLE Hall of Fame, 1990
AI J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award, 1996
B.J. Masterson Award, 2007
Florida Lawyers Action Group
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Life Member, 1989
Sustaining Member, 1978
State Committeeman, 1976-1980
Board of Governors, 1980-present
“M” Club, 1981-present
New Lawyers Division, Joe Tonahill Award, 1998
Task Force for Membership Drive, 1980-1990
Task Force for Attorneys Congressional Campaign Trust Drive, 1981-1990