Michael E. Schuchat has been practicing in the areas of civil litigation, creditor bankruptcy, real estate, and personal injury since 2010. He has a wide range of civil litigation experience, which includes contract disputes, real property disputes, landlord-tenant litigation, residential and commercial foreclosure, plaintiff personal injury cases, premises liability, slip & fall, dog bite and motor vehicle accident litigation.
Mr. Schuchat received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Political Science from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. After graduating from Iowa, Michael enrolled at Drake University Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctorate and received certificates in Legislative Practice and Public Service while interning for both a state senator and an Iowa environmental lobbyist. Admitted into the Florida Bar in 2010, Michael has practiced in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 2011.
Originally born in Iowa, Michael came to the Sarasota area to join his immediate and extended family. Michael is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association. He is an active member and former chairman and president of the Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, Inc., a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on helping children overcome speech and hearing challenges. Outside of work and volunteering, Michael enjoys spending time with his rescue pup, golfing, freshwater fishing, and cheering for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
His Recent Trial Experience and Personal Injury Settlements Includes:
Successfully represented client concerning a premises liability sexual assault claim that resulted in a final judgment award of $5,000,000.00.
Successfully represented a client in a maritime injury claim for an amount of $475,000.00.
Successfully represented clients concerning their environmental waste negligence claims at trial.
Successfully represented clients concerning their Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act disconnection of utilities and security deposit claims at trial that resulted in a final judgment award of $88,516.11 in damages, prevailing attorney’s fees, and court costs.
Successfully argued the initial exemption objection matter before the Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Florida concerning whether a federal joint tax refund qualified as tenancy-by-the-entireties property under 11 U.S.C. § 522(b)(3)(B) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code as well as Florida law which resulted in a subsequent 11th Circuit United States Court of Appeals decision.