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Michael joined Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore in 2001 and rapidly became one of the partners of the practice. While earning his J.D. at Florida State University, he held a staff position with the Florida State Senate and researched legal issues for a Civil Division judge in the Thirteenth Circuit in Hillsborough County.

During his last year of law school, Michael served as a legislative aide for the Florida Legislative Office of the American Association of Retired Persons. By the time he started practicing law in 1999, Michael McLaughlin had already gained valuable insight into both the judicial system and the rights of individual citizens.

After being admitted to The Florida Bar, Michael spent two years serving Hillsborough County as an Assistant State Attorney, where he represented the State of Florida as a prosecutor. He served as the lead attorney in over 35 jury trials and more than 200 bench trials. In all, he was responsible for handling thousands of successful prosecutions.

Thanks to his time with the State Attorney’s office, Michael has gained more trial experience than most attorneys achieve in a lifetime of practicing law. Since insurance companies are increasingly opting to take claims to trial rather than settle, Michael’s trial experience has proven to be invaluable.

At Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore, Michael represents clients in a full range of personal injury and wrongful death actions, including maritime and admiralty, auto accident, and product liability matters.

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  • Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1999
  • Admitted to practice before all Florida State Courts, The U.S. District Court, Florida Northern, Middle, and Southern Divisions
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  • Super Lawyers, 2016 —
  • Best Lawyers, Personal Injury Litigation, 2015
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • EAGLE Member, Chair, Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Member, Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Grievance Committee
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association Trial and Litigation Section


  • Graduated from Florida State University, 1995
  • Earned J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law, 1999

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