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


Telephone: 1.904.234.6002    

Email: mcavendish@cavpartners.com


Our firm accepts most new engagements lawyer-to-lawyer, using formal referrals, legal practice joint ventures, lawyer-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: 1.904.234.6002    

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 breach of contract for sale of business suit, non-compete issues

Plaintiff's counsel in property rights claim over intentional flooding

Plaintiff's counsel in commercial loan and unfinished development suit

Defense of bid protest lawsuit vs. winner of public contracting process

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 vs. property insurer

Defense of public bank in Ponzi-scheme participation claim

Defense of waterfront property rights suit vs. local government

Internal investigation of executives of large non-profit agency under state investigation

Internal investigation of public family of insurance companies under federal investigation

Risk management investigation and reporting for public utility company

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.

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

November 1, 2017, New York, NY.  U.S. News, as part of their annual law firm ratings feature, announced the addition of Cavendish Partners, P.A. as a "Best Law Firm in America." In addition to rating law firms, the magazine 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 2018 Selects Michael Cavendish in Three Categories

August 15, 2017, Jacksonville, FL. Best Lawyers in America has announced Michael Cavendish was selected for inclusion in the leading peer-reviewed lawyer guide's 2018 Edition in three rated categories: Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, and Litigation - Real Estate. 

WQW Environmental Law Committee Begins New Work Year

August 1, 2017, Chicago, IL. The American Bar Association's WQW Committee (Water Quality and Wetlands), part of the ABA's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, begins a new work year on August 1, 2017. Michael Cavendish will serve as a WQW Committee Vice Chair during the coming year. The WQW Committee develops education, outreach, and collaborative programs amongst environmental lawyers working with water quality and wetlands issues.

Cavendish Partners Co-Sponsors Attorney - Loan Officer Conference

July 26, 2017, West Palm Beach FL. Cavendish Partners, P.A. announces that it 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 to speak at Florida Chamber Enviro 'Summer School'

July 18, 2017, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Environmental Network, Inc. will present the 31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School July 18-21 at Harbor Beach in Broward County.

Michael Cavendish will give an invited talk on Managing Civil Liability During Environmental Contamination Risk Assessments, as part of the four day program of seminars and events at this conference. For further information, visit www.flchamber.com. 

Business Litigation In Florida Release Announcement

May 4, 2017, New York, NY and Tallahassee, FL. LexisNexis Publishing and the Florida Bar announced the release of the Ninth Edition of Business Litigation in Florida, ISBN 1522123539. 

A reference for Florida business lawsuit rules, practices, and caselaw. Produced by the Florida Bar's professional research staff, and written and edited by Florida lawyers and judges, and cataloged in law libraries throughout Florida. In this Ninth Edition, Michael Cavendish co-edited the chapter on punitive and lost profit damages with his colleague Michael W. Marcil, and edited the book's retrospective look at Florida's economic loss rule.  

Cavendish Presents at Cybersecurity Forum

November 30, 2016, Jacksonville, FL. Michael Cavendish joined a panel of cybersecurity experts to co-present the talk Legal and Risk Management Aspects of Cybersecurity - 2016, at the Jax Chamber's annual Cybersecurity Forum, held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in downtown Jacksonville. 

Michael Cavendish Joins Civic Delegation in Bristol, UK

October 4, 2016, Bristol, United Kingdom. Michael Cavendish joined a civic delegation promoting Jacksonville's arts and industries in Bristol, a British technology and innovation hub city.

Led by Antonio Allegretti of the Cultural Council of Jacksonville and Jax Chamber officials, the JAXBRS event featured 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.

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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.  

Cavendish Partners Joins Jacksonville, FL Irma Flood Relief Effort

September 13, 2017, Jacksonville, FL. Hurricane Irma and a nor'easter storm combined to flood many neighborhoods of Jacksonville beyond historic precedents on Monday, September 11, 2017.

Following the example of the United Way of Northeast Florida, the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, and team owner Shad Khan of the NFL Jaguars, Cavendish Partners, P.A. today announced the firm's full participation in a two-tier relief giving effort for immediate flood recovery.

The firm has funded donations to the following groups and stewards of flooded community assets today: American Red Cross NE FL Chapter, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Downtown Ecumenical Services Council, Hendricks Avenue Baseball League, Memorial Park Association, United Way of NE FL and the #FirstCoastRelief Fund. 

Speaking on the initiative, Michael Cavendish commented:

"Jacksonville is a real community and a collection of real big hearts, but we are under stress, dealing with damage no forecasts predicted. We have seen treasured community places under water. We have lost homes, cars, businesses, jobs. But we can pull together, we can get back to being JAX, and that is kickstarted by those of us in the business community who escaped the water. We can send aid--right now--to the flooded. We are our own best relief plan."

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.  

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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. 

His professional affiliations in private law practice have included practicing commercial litigation with the law firms McGuireWoods, Gunster, and Boyd & Jenerette. 

Outside of his law practice, Michael has served as a board member, appointed 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.  

The majority of Michael's litigation practice is concentrated in 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 categories: commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation, and real estate litigation. He has been A.V. rated by Martindale Hubbell since 2005. 

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

Michael's single most noteworthy case derives from the field of American constitutional law. In Goebert v. Lee County, FL, 510 F.3d 1312 (11th Cir. 2007) Michael represented the petitioner, a Canadian national detainee held in Florida's state prison system. Prevailing against the government on the issue of standing to assert claims of physical abuse violating norms of her rights while in prison, the petitioner achieved a victory by way of a reversal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and a decision that re-set the constitutional standard for asserting prisoner's rights under the federal Prison Litigation Reform Act. Since issuing in late 2007, the Goebert opinion has been cited by other courts over 1000 times, and appears in hundreds of legal treatises and scholarly articles. 


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