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Cavendish Partners, P.A. and Michael Cavendish P.A. take matters to court for clients, in consultation with our referring attorney colleagues. We specialize in complex commercial litigation, including business, corporate, environmental liability, financial services, and real property disputes.

Working from offices in Jacksonville, Florida's Downtown district, we typically represent companies and entrepreneurs in lawsuits, private arbitrations, and internal investigations.  


To contact us, please use one of the following methods:

Email                                                Telephone

mcavendish@cavpartners.com      (904) 515-5110

For more of an overview of our firm and Michael Cavendish, continue below.

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Cavendish Partners, P.A. handles lawsuits, litigation, and trials, for companies and key stakeholders in Northeast Florida. 

Our firm is listed in the peer-reviewed Best Law Firms in America and Michael Cavendish is listed in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers in America, in each of our primary practices:

Commercial Litigation

Banking and Finance Litigation

Real Estate Litigation 


Telephone: (904) 515-5110    

Email: mcavendish@cavpartners.com


Our firm accepts most new engagements lawyer-to-lawyer, using formal referrals, legal practice joint ventures, court-sponsored special master appointments, and co-counseling arrangements. We also accept a limited number of new clients each year in direct engagements.


Commercial Litigation

Corporate Internal Investigation

Environmental Litigation

Financial Services Disputes

Internal Investigation

IP and Trademark Litigation

Litigation and Lawsuit Avoidance 

Privacy and Data Security Claims

Property Rights And Real Estate Claims

Shareholder, Director, and Officer Claims

Special Master Appointments

Trials and Contested Proceedings


Telephone: (904) 515-5110    

Email: mcavendish@cavpartners.com        


Michael Cavendish has practiced law in downtown Jacksonville since 1998. He is named annually to the U.S. News listing of the "Best Lawyers in America." 

Michael is a former General Counsel of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Michael is a former Chairman of the Board of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.  

His clients include corporations ranging in size from Fortune 100 market leaders to closely-held family businesses, private individuals, state agencies, and municipal bodies.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Order of the Coif, and received his bachelor's degree at Florida State University.

He is the winner of two awards from The Florida Bar, the Sanders Award for Legal Writing (2000) and the Crumbley Award for Legal Management (2010), holds an AV-Preeminent designation from Martindale Hubbell, and currently serves as a Master in the St. Augustine Inn of Court. 


Specific legal services tailored to law clients with specific needs. Cavendish Practices are a line of focused services offered to experienced legal services clients. 

Michael Cavendish P.A., a service of Cavendish Partners, P.A., represents a limited set of individuals as clients each year in the areas of civil claims for damages, privacy law claims, and data and cybersecurity-based consumer protection law claims. 

Cavendish Partners, P.A. is the sponsoring professional association for special master appointments-by consent in select federal district court and Florida circuit court lawsuits. 


Cavendish Industrial Solutions is a budgeted fixed-fee service provided by Cavendish Partners, P.A., oriented to the unique legal management and lawsuit-avoidance needs of industrial business clients.   


Plaintiff's counsel in asset purchase agreement suit

Plaintiff's counsel in breach of advertising contract suit

Plaintiff's counsel in property rights claim over intentional flooding

Plaintiff's counsel in commercial foreclosure suit

Plaintiff's counsel in commercial loan and unfinished development suit

Plaintiff's counsel in breach of software contract suit

Defense of mortgage lending fraud suit

Defense of bid protest suit

Defense of breach of earn-out agreement suit

Defense of corporate fraud in contracting suit

Defense of environmental indemnity suit vs. auto dealer

Defense of insurance coverage suit 

Defense of trademark infringement suit

Defense of Ponzi-scheme liability suit

Defense of lender liability suit

Defense of waterfront property rights suit 

Internal investigation of executives of large non-profit 

Internal investigation of public family of insurance companies 

Risk management investigation and consulting for publicly-traded utility

Trustee's counsel in trust property lawsuit over unlawful interference with land


Our law firm is based in downtown Jacksonville, close to our federal and state courthouses and much of the city's practicing legal community.

The firm maintains a networked data center, securely housing our client records, our case files, and our proprietary legal research and legal management systems. Our data center allows us to excel at and provide exceptional value in data-intensive, data archive, and e-discovery project components.


Our firm is a Florida professional association (professional corporation) organized under Chapter 621 of the Florida Statutes.

Cavendish Partners, P.A., Michael Cavendish P.A., Cavendish Industrial Solutions, and Cavendish Special Master, and their logotypes, are trademarks of Cavendish Partners, P.A.


The information presented on this website is not, and is not intended to be, legal advice.

Viewers and users of this site may not retain our firm's services without entering into a signed, written engagement agreement with our firm. 

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Cavendish Partners, P.A. Named a "Best Law Firm in America" by U.S. News

November 1, 2018, New York, NY.  U.S. News has renewed their award of the "Best Law Firm in America" rating to Cavendish Partners, P.A. for the magazine’s 2019 edition. In addition to rating law firms, U.S. News is recognized as a longstanding, authoritative source of ratings and rankings information for American universities, hospitals, physicians, and other major institutions and professions. 

Best Lawyers in America 2019 Awards Michael Cavendish in Three Categories

October 15, 2018, Jacksonville, FL. Best Lawyers in America has announced the selection of Michael Cavendish in the leading peer-reviewed lawyer guide's 2019 Edition in three rated categories: Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, and Litigation - Real Estate. 

Evidence in Florida Release Announcement

July 10, 2018 New York and Tallahassee, FL. LexisNexis Publishing and the Florida Bar released the 11th Edition of the the treatise Evidence in Florida. Michael Cavendish, a longtime contributor to the Florida Bar's treatises on the law of evidence, contributed a number of featured chapters, and wrote the book's introduction. 

Cavendish Partners Co-Sponsors Attorney - Loan Officer Conference

July 9, 2018, West Palm Beach FL. For the second consecutive year, Cavendish Partners, P.A. will co-sponsor the Florida Bar's Attorney - Loan Officer Conference in downtown West Palm Beach. Presented by the Bar's Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, the conference will feature panels and presentations addressing the commercial lending work and issues shared by attorneys and commercial loan officers. 


Michael Cavendish Joins Inaugural Inn of Court Presentation

March 13, 2018, St. Johns County, FL.  Michael Cavendish joined a roster of judges and attorneys in helping to inaugurate the St. Augustine Inn of Court with the newly formed Inn's first pupillage presentation. The American Inns of Court is a nationwide membership organization comprised of local Inns selecting attorneys for membership based on peer review and legal community standards.  

Cavendish Partners Sponsors Theatre Jacksonville's Wolf Hall

March 2, 2018, Jacksonville, FL.  As part of the firm's continuing 'Cavendish in our Communities' initiative, Cavendish Partners has sponsored the Theatre Jacksonville stage production of Wolf Hall, the dramatized history of court lawyer Thomas Cromwell in the saga of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. The play is based on the novel of the same name by Hilary Mantel, adapted to the stage by Mike Poulton, directed by William E.P. Davis, and stars Jason Woods as Cromwell. Wolf Hall at Theatre Jacksonville runs from March 2 to March 18, 2018.  

Community Partners with Open Door by Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center

September 1, 2017, Jacksonville, FL. Cavendish Partners, P.A. has become a Community Partner with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, supporting this leading non-profit's Open Door program, which fights the human trafficking of girls and women in Northeast Florida by providing volunteer first responders to victims and potential victims contacting crisis hotlines.  


Michael Cavendish practices law in the field of commercial litigation. His services for clients each year involve lawsuits and trial advocacy, out-of-court counseling and contracting, and conducting or defending investigations for private organizational clients. 

Michael's litigation practice is concentrated in corporate law disputes, banking and commercial finance disputes, complex real property disputes, disputes over environmental contamination and the costs of environmental remediation, consumer class action and privacy disputes, IT and IP centered disputes, and complex contracts.

Michael is listed annually in U.S. News' Best Lawyers in America in three areas of practice: commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation, and real estate litigation.

He has been A.V. rated by Martindale Hubbell since 2005, and is currently rated A.V. / Preeminent. 

In addition to appearing in federal and state courts for clients in Northeast Florida, Michael has successfully represented clients requesting his counsel in other U.S. cities, in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Charlotte, Columbia, Indianapolis, Omaha, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Milwaukee and Los Angeles.

Michael maintains permanent attorney admissions to a variety of federal district courts in major U.S. cities and has appeared pro hac vice (by courtesy) in a number of U.S. jurisdictions. 

His prior professional affiliations in private law practice during the past 20 years have included (i) McGuireWoods, LLP, (ii) Gunster, Yoakley and Stewart, P.A., and (iii) Boyd & Jenerette, P.A. 

Michael has served as a board member, committee member, or officer for the following organizations: American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Museum of Contemporary Art - Jacksonville, Florida Humanities Council, Riverside Presbyterian Church, and Community Connections of Jacksonville.  


In 2016 Michael Cavendish joined a civic delegation promoting Jacksonville's arts and industries in Bristol, United Kingdom, and co-lead a multi-day engagement between Jacksonville business and culture leaders, Jacksonville visual and performance artists, and their U.K. counterparts. The JAXBRS event coincided with the Jax Chamber's annual London goodwill visit, scheduled during the NFL Jaguars' game at Wembley Stadium.

In 2011 Michael Cavendish served a year as Chairman of a commission created by the Florida Legislature in SB 2470, the Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Study Commission.

In 2010 Michael Cavendish was involved in a human rights campaign that ended with the release of American hostage Aijalon Gomes from North Korea. Cavendish would later receive a written commendation from former President Jimmy Carter for his advocacy efforts. 

In 2009 Michael Cavendish delivered the annual Law Day address to the Ocala-Marion County Bar Association. 

In 2007 Michael Cavendish received an appellate court victory for his client, the petitioner in Goebert v. Lee County, FL, No. 06-10606 (U.S.C.A. 11th Circuit 2007). The Goebert opinion established a new constitutional law standard for the procedure for enforcing the rights of prisoners denied medical treatment. Since its release, the opinion has been cited by American courts, law journals, and secondary sourcebooks more than 1,000 times.

In 2006 Michael Cavendish was featured in the October 2nd edition of BusinessWeek discussing recent trial court work on mortgage repurchase obligations in the secondary mortgage market in the news story "Bad Blood Over Bad Loans."


Oklahoma Law Review Cites Michael Cavendish on Federal Procedure

The Summer 2018 Oklahoma Law Review presents the new feature article by Robert T. Sherwin, Associate Professor of Law at Texas Tech University, 'Shoot First, Litigate Later: Declaratory Judgment Actions, Procedural Fencing, and Itchy Trigger Fingers,' 70 Okla. L. Rev. 793.  The article treats ongoing inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the application of the first-to-file rule within federal courts, and cites, among other authorities, the 2001 Florida Bar Journal article by Michael Cavendish, 'Understanding the First-to-File Rule and its Anticipatory Suit Exception.' 

Additional Citations for Florida Arbitration Article

The journal article by Michael Cavendish The Concept of Arbitrability Under the Florida Arbitration Code, 82 November Fla. Bar J. 10 (November 2008), has been cited in Domke on Arbitration, the Nova Law Review, the Lexis-Nexis practice guide Business Litigation in Florida, the Florida First District Court of Appeal opinion in Perdido Key Island Resort Development, L.L.P. v. Regions Bank, No. 1D11–4009 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012), and the proceedings of the Florida Senate. 

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To contact us to request a consultation, please use one of the following methods:

Email                                                Telephone

mcavendish@cavpartners.com      (904) 515-5110



This site is Legal Advertising.

The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based upon advertisements.

All text, graphics, and content on this website are subject to copyright.

Cavendish Partners, Michael Cavendish, and Cavendish Industrial Solutions logos are trademarks of Cavendish Partners, P.A.

Copyright 2017-18 Cavendish Partners, P.A.