Michael P. Spellman is a civil litigator who focuses on representing employers in discrimination and retaliation actions and representing state and local governmental entities, officials and employees in civil rights matters, including cases alleging constitutional violations and police misconduct. He also practices in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, professional liability, voting rights and election law, as well as in collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations. Mr. Spellman has also served as local counsel in a variety of civil cases in Federal Court.
Mr. Spellman has been active in several sections and committees of the Florida Bar including the Labor and Employment Law Section, the City, County and Local Government Law Section, the Civil Procedure Rules Committee and the Federal Court Practice Committee, which he chaired between 2011 and 2012. Mr. Spellman served a three year term as the Chair of the Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. He is a member of and chairs the Employment Law Section of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Self Insureds and the Florida State University Center for Human Resources Management. Mr. Spellman has also been active with the Northwest Florida League of Cities, the Suwannee River League of Cities, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, and the Florida Association of Police Advisors. Mr. Spellman is the former president of the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court.
Mr. Spellman has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been named to Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” (top 2% of Lawyers Practicing in Florida), Super Lawyers Magazine and Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor and Employment law for several years. Mr. Spellman received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate with honors from Florida State University College of Law. Mr. Spellman is a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame and the Order of Barristers.