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Cavendish Partners, P.A. is a commercial litigation firm.

Our firm focuses on business, finance, and real estate disputes for corporate and individual clients.

We work in federal and state courts in Northeast Florida, and beyond.

Working from offices in downtown Jacksonville, we work closely with referring attorney colleagues. We represent companies, both very large and very small, as well as entrepreneurs, executives, and investors.  



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

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.   


Breach of asset purchase agreement lawsuit

Breach of commercial lease agreement lawsuit

Breach of executive employment agreement and non-competition clause lawsuit

Unfair trade practices act lawsuit - consumer deception

Unfair trade practices act lawsuit - illegal finance charge

Breach of software contract lawsuit

Breach of real estate asset purchase lawsuit

Breach of buy-sell clause lawsuit

Bid protest lawsuit - State of Florida agency contracting

Breach of earn-out agreement lawsuit - manufacturing

Internal investigation - corporate fraud in insurance claim handling

Internal Investigation - corporate practices in environmental liability reporting

Internal investigation - risk management contracting and reporting

Breach of insurance coverage contract lawsuit 

Ponzi-scheme third-party liability lawsuit

Commercial property rights lawsuit - submerged land

Commercial property rights lawsuit - planned unit development


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. 

This site is Legal Advertising.

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

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

Copyright 2017-19 Cavendish Partners, P.A.


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

November 1, 2019, New York, NY.  Cavendish Partners, P.A. is pleased to announce that U.S. News has once again awarded the "Best Law Firm in America" rating to Cavendish Partners, P.A. in the news magazine’s 2020 edition. U.S. News is recognized as the leading, authoritative source of ratings and rankings information for U.S. law firms, hospitals, physicians, and other major institutions and professions. 

Best Lawyers in America 2020 Names Michael Cavendish in Three Categories

August 21, 2019, Jacksonville, FL. Best Lawyers in America has announced the selection of Michael Cavendish in the leading peer-reviewed lawyer guide's 2020 Edition in three rated categories: Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, and Litigation - Real Estate. This is the seventh consecutive year in which Michael Cavendish has been named “best” in commercial litigation, banking litigation, and real estate litigation.

Cavendish Combines with Gunster for Trade Secrets Win

March 20, 2019, Tallahassee, FL.  With the release of the new legal opinion of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal in Managed Care of North America, Inc. v. Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, No. 1D16-5700 (Fla. 1st DCA March 20, 2019), Michael Cavendish and colleagues from the Gunster law firm obtained an appellate victory protecting the proprietary trade secrets of their client, a leading Florida health benefits provider. The trade secret status of the information at the center of the lawsuit had been challenged on the basis of Florida public records statutes, and the appellate opinion affirmed an important continuing right of protection for the proprietary commercial information of private companies bidding on state contracts in Florida.  


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 lawsuits situated 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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200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1300, Jacksonville, FL 32202


200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1610, Jacksonville, FL 32202 


PO Box 100, Saint Augustine, FL 32085 


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

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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 2017-19 Cavendish Partners, P.A.