Partner, Michael J. Childers
Michael J. Childers, Construction Attorney

Michael J. Childers


Areas Of Practice

Mr. Childers is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar and is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is an expert in handling construction-related claims involving defects, breach of contract or warranty, professional negligence, delay, liens / bonds, product defects and insurance coverage. He has trial experience involving large, complex construction cases.

He represents owners, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors in various trades, material suppliers, and manufacturers in construction disputes, and also assists clients in transactional work including drafting and negotiating construction contracts.


  • Florida, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2005

Awards and Recognition

  • Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • The Florida Bar, Construction Law Committee, Jury Instructions Subcommittee (2014)
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Vice President
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, First Coast Chapter, ABC Education Committee

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Seminars & Classes

  • How the World Has Changed, or Has it? A Review of Carithers v. Mid-Continent Co., Amerisure, 2015 and Auto-Owners 2016
  • Construction Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, Spring 2014 and 2016
    • What is Construction Law?
    • Construction Licenses and Certifications
    • Construction Bids
    • Construction Contracts and Terms
    • Nonperformance, Damages, and Defenses
    • Building Permits and Codes
    • Property Damage and Personal Injury
    • Remedies
    • Extras, Modifications, and Delays
    • Construction Liens
    • Construction Bonds (Payment and Performance)
    • Construction Litigation
    • Workers Compensation and Liability Insurance
  • Introduction to Construction Defect & Delay Claims, Gallagher Bassett, 2015
  • Builders Risks, CNA, 2013
  • Construction Defects: Chapter 558 Notice and Opportunity to Repair Damages in Construction Defect Lawsuit, Amerisure Insurance Company, June 2012


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Thomas Cooley Law School, 2005
    • Emphasis on Business Transactions
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science and History, Florida State University, 2002
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Comprehensive Services

Many cases overlap several areas of law. As a full service law firm, we are able to recognize how one legal discipline impacts another. We work as a team on complex issues that require knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws. This multi-disciplinary approach allows clients to receive the large-firm advantage of access to multiple attorneys in a wide scope of practice areas as well as the hands-on customer service offered by a boutique law firm. In addition to civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, commercial law, construction law and appeals, our firm also handles complex immigration and professional liability claims.

Our bilingual staff is available to assist with immigration matters, including consular and removal defenses.