Michael C. McLaughlin


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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 successful prosecutions against thousands of criminals.

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, he represents clients in a full range of personal injury and wrongful death actions, including maritime, auto accident and product liability matters.


  • Graduated from Florida State University in 1995
  • Earned J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law in 1999
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar in 1999
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member, Florida Justice Association
  • Member, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association