Michael L. Forte
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association
Address: 100 North Tampa Street, Suite 2000
Tampa, FL 33602

Membership: Professional & Civic Activities•Risk Insurance Management Society, Executive Board Member •Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Trial Advocate Quarterly Editorial Board Member •Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association, Member •The Florida Ba
University: University of Florida, B.A., English/Political Science, with high honors, 1999, Stetson University, College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002 Notes and Comments Editor, Stetson Law Review, Intern to the Honorable Magistrate Jenkins, Middle District
Admitted: 2002, Florida; 2008, Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. District Courts of Florida (Middle)
Biography: Michael Forte practices in the areas of retail and hospitality, government and product liability. He also has significant experience litigating construction defect cases, casualty cases and health care matters.Michael's retail and hospitality clients include national retailers and property management companies. He and his team were recognized in 2012 as Sears Holdings Corporation's Go-To Firm for Litigation in a survey conducted by American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines. He has first-chaired trials in Hillsborough, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Polk Counties.On many occasions, Michael has prevailed on summary judgment, obviating the need for a trial. One such case was Hall v. Sunjoy Industries Group, Inc., 764 F. Supp. 2d 1297 (M.D. Fla. 2011), which involved injuries from an allegedly defective product displayed within a retail store. The Hall opinion has been cited by more than 50 other courts and mentioned in more than 20 secondary sources.Michael has defended law enforcement officers in both federal and state courts in cases involving 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 allegations and state law claims. In Henry v. Livingston, 2014 WL 5823229 (M.D. Fla. 2014), Michael defended two police officers in an issue of first impression within the Eleventh Circuit, which is whether the doctrine espoused in Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994) applies to minor plaintiffs. The court agreed with Michael that the Heck doctrine applies to minors, and went on to dismiss the false arrest claims against the officers on that basis. Michael has lectured on this and other law enforcement issues, and his articles have been published in Florida Police Chief magazine. In his construction law practice, Michael represents contractors and subcontractors sued for commercial and residential construction projects. He has defended against claims of alleged construction defects, as well as related mold claims resulting from water intrusion.His product liability work includes the defense of automobile and aviation manufacturers, as well as the defense of automobile and boat manufacturers in breach of warranty matters. In his health care matters, he has assisted managed care providers in disputes with physician practice groups. Some of his written work appears in national publications such as the National Law Journal. Honors•Named a 40 under 40 Up & Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2014 •Florida Defense Lawyers Association TAQ Award, 2014 •AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell •Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Articles & Presentations• Ten Tips for a Successful Mediation, Trial Advocate Quarterly, Co-author • Public Records and Sunshine Law, Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association, September 2014, Presenter •“Punitive Damages: When Are They Available in Premises Liability Lawsuits?” Trial Advocate Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 2014, Co-Author •“Rodriguez v. Miami-Dade County: The Florida Supreme Court Clarifies Certiorari Review in Sovereign Immunity Cases, Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 88, No. 1, January 2014, Co-Author •“Admissibility of High-low Agreements in Multi-defendant Litigation, ” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 87, No. 1, November 2013, Author • Must Treating Physicians Be Paid for Their Testimony?, Trial Advocate Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1, Fall 2013, Co-Author •“Requests for Admission: Establishing the Amount in Controversy in Personal Injury Lawsuits, ” Trial Advocate Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 3, Summer 2013, Author • Res Ipsa Loquitur, Risk Insurance Management Society Seminar, August 2013, Presenter •“Insurance Claims from Apartment Complexes, ” National Apartment Association Annual Government and Legal Symposium, August 2013, Presenter •“Out-of-State Incapacitated Plaintiffs: Are They Really 'Parties' for Purposes of Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.380(d)?, ” Trial Advocate Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 1, January 2012, Author JurisdictionsFlorida Ohio NewsRumberger's Mike Forte and Carie Hall Published in the Trial Advocate Quarterly Rumberger's Mike Forte Named to Tampa Business Journal's 2014 Up and Comers Florida Super Lawyers Names 11 RKC Attorneys to 2014 List; Ten Named Rising Stars Must Medical Treaters Be Paid for Their Testimony? Florida Super Lawyers Names 11 Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys and 10 Rising Stars Twelve RKC Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars Thirteen Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars Rob Blank and Mike Forte Convince Jury to Find No Permanent Injury Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Names Two New Partners: LaShawnda K. Jackson And Michael L. Forte Twelve Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorney Mike Forte Wins Appeal for Kmart Fifteen Rumberger Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising Stars ArticlesSurveillance of the Incident: What Time Is the Right Time for Production? How The Misuse Of DAVID Can Bankrupt An Officer's Career When and How Should a Lawyer Withdraw as Counsel Sliding Glass Doors: Defending against Claims of Excessive Pull Forces DUI Crashes: Officer Liability Are Sales People Responsible for Their Customers' Injuries? Corporate Clients in Explaining Excusable Neglect The Expanding Safety Responsibilities of Crane Operators, Constructor Magazine Exception to Rule Allows Employees to Sue in Tort, National Law Journal, vol. 25 no. 48 Beyond My BioGetting to Know Mike Forte ShopTalkSafeguarding against Litigation for Property Management Companies