Michele Leo Hintson

Partner, Diversity Committee Co-Chair

With more than 15 years of experience, Michele is a seasoned business litigator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator who dedicates her practice to representing individuals and a variety of businesses, including insurance companies, for profit entities, and health care organizations, with their litigation needs. She also works closely with transactional attorneys to analyze risk during the inception of a business relationship, and engages with clients in various industries both during and after litigation. Working with plaintiffs and defendants in litigation, she focuses on all aspects of the dispute resolution process, including:

  • Performing pre-suit investigations and risk management analysis
  • Attending mediation sessions
  • Drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs
  • Conducting depositions
  • Advocating for clients at hearings, trials, and arbitrations

Michele is solutions oriented and attempts to bring closure to disputes when they can be resolved amicably. Michele frequently negotiates pre-suit and post-suit settlements on behalf of clients, as she believes in the value of avoiding judicial intervention, if that is the most advantageous course for the client.

In addition to Michele’s litigation practice, she regularly advises clients on pre-litigation legal matters, including, employment concerns, surety related claims, construction defect and performance matters, and contractual obligations. Michele has established a record for successfully handling a wide variety of commercial disputes to their conclusion, such as those involving:

  • Payment and performance surety bonds
  • Employment agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
  • Trade secrets
  • Construction
  • License agreements
  • Promissory note and mortgage obligations
  • General collection matters

When Michele is not busy advocating for her clients, she enjoys volunteering in the Tampa Bay community and spending quality time with her husband and two sons.

  • Obtained judgment in favor of builder/developer involving non-disclosure claims arising from purchase agreement. 
  • Defended several performance and payment bond claims raised by owners, contractors, and subcontractors on behalf of sureties to successful resolution.
  • Prosecuted numerous claims to judgment in favor of sureties pursuant to terms of general agreement of indemnity against bond principal and individual indemnitors.
  • Obtained injunction and final judgment in favor of developer client whose ingress and egress to cellular phone tower was denied by landowner.
  • Successfully prosecuted manufacturer involving claims against distributor for, among other claims, impairing manufacturer’s intellectual property rights and improperly selling product outside the scope of the distribution agreement to resolution. 
  • Represented client in trade secret misappropriation claim against former employees and current employer to full resolution through settlement, while defeating personal jurisdictional challenge raised by defendants.
  • Represented physicians and medical practice employers in non-compete litigation to resolution. 
  • Defended large hospitality employer in hostile work environment sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, resulting in summary judgment for employer.

 

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