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Michael P. Donaldson

Michael P. Donaldson



Michael Donaldson's practice includes administrative, land use, and environmental law with a particular focus on assisting and representing owners, developers of affordable housing seeking to obtain available funding from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, State Apartment Incentive Loans program funding, and Multifamily Revenue Bond program funding. Michael also represents developers, building contractors and other licensed professionals with licensure issues before the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and corresponding local government regulatory agencies, including representing clients in disciplinary proceedings. His practice also includes representing clients in competitive bid protests and other contract procurement matters both at the state and local levels. Michael's practice also includes representing clients in general litigation matters in circuit court including construction litigation and representing lending institutions in consumer finance litigation. Michael is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.


  • Villa Capri Associates, Ltd. v. Florida Housing Finance Corp., 23 So. 3d 795, 34 Fla.L. Weekly 02469, (Fla. 1st DCA November 30, 2009), challenge of state agencies failure to properly index final order.
  • Creative Choice XXV, Ltd. v. Florida Housing Finance Corp., 2008 WL 2755165 (Fla. 1st DCA July 17, 2009), appeal from an administrative order denying funding for an affordable housing project. 
  • Marion County v. Kirk, 965 So. 2d 330 (Fla. 5th DCA 2007), challenge of an order concerning the adequacy of notice provided in a land use dispute.
  • GTECH Corp. v. State Dept. of Lottery, 737 So. 2d 615, 24 Fla. L. Weekly D1740 (Fla. 1st DCA July 22, 1999), defense of a contract award for lottery services.
  • Department of Community Affairs v. Holmes County, 668 So. 2d 1096, 21 Fla. L. Weekly D588 (Fla. 1st DCA March 5, 1996), challenge to the award of hurricane recovery funds pursuant to the Community Development Block Grant Program.
  • Cordes v. State Dept. of Environmental Regulation, 582 So. 2d 652 (Fla. 1st DCA June 11, 1991), defense of permit denial for waste water treatment facility.
  • HTG Broward 3, LLC v. Florida Housing Finance Corporation, DOAH Case No. 14-001362BID, (Final Order entered June 13, 2014) (Defense of the Corporation’s award of funding pursuant to aRFA).
  • Duval Park, LTD v. Florida Housing Finance Corporation, (DOAH Case No. 13-002898BID) (Final Order entered December 12, 2013) (Defense of Corporations award of funding pursuant to a request for applications).
  • Landings at Cross Bayou, LLP v. Florida Housing, Finance Corporation, (DOAH Case No. 12-002899) (Final Order entered April 15, 2013) (Challenge of Florida Housing’s scoring error involving an award of Low Income Housing Tax Credits).


  • Listed in Dollar & Sense Magazine, America’s Best and Brightest Men (1996)
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar 
    • Past member of the Grievance Committee for the 2nd Judicial Circuit
  • American Bar Association
    • State and Local Government Law Section 
    • Current Chair, Ethics Committee
  • National Bar Association
  • University of Florida Black Alumni Association

Speaking Engagements

  • "Crying Foul: Bid Protests Under the Florida APA" (May 8, 2011)
  • "Ethics for Paralegals" (March 26, 2011)
  • "Landlord-Tenant Mediation/Dispute Resolution Overview and Effective Use" (February 15, 2011)
  • "Ethics Jeopardy," Providence, RI (October 2010)
  • "Understanding the Rules: When to Use Uniform Rules and Rules of Civil Procedure" (April 2010)
  • "Bid Protests Under the APA," (April 2010)
  • "Pay to Play: When Do Public Officials Cross the Line and What is Being Done About It," Austin, TX (October 2009)
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Open Meetings Law,” FOIA and Ethics (December 11, 2008)
  • "Affordable Housing: How to Maximize the Available Resources” (November 14, 2008)
  • "Zoning and Land Use in Florida: Workforce Housing, Impact Fees and Prop Sharing,” Pensacola, FL (March 25, 2008)
  • "Metadata and its Ethical Implications for the Government Lawyer,” American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law, Spring Meeting, San Juan, PR (2007)
  • "Land Use Ethics – Advocating for Your Client Without Getting Disbarred or Hauled Before the Ethics Commission" (2005)
  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Part II: Ethical Dilemmas in Government Representation,” American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law, Spring Meeting, Anchorage, AK(2005)
  • "Quasi Judicial Hearings," 21st Annual Growth Management & Environmental Permitting Short Course (March 2 & 3, 2005)


  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1988)
    • Recipient, Virgil Hawkins Fellowship, University of Florida College of Law (1985)
  • University of Florida (B.S., 1985)
    • University of Florida Minority Student Leadership Award Finalist (1985)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • Florida State Courts


  • Assistant General Counsel with the Department of Community Affairs, Currently known as the Department of Economic Opportunity (1991-1994)
    • Michael served as a litigation attorney representing the Department in Chapter 163, F.S., Comprehensive Planning cases and Chapter 380, F.S., Development of Regional Impact Cases. This representation included the review of proposed projects and local government comprehensive plans. Michael also represented the Department in circuit court proceedings concerning the enforcement of growth management laws and mandates.
  • Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection (1989- 1991)
    • Michael served as a litigation attorney in the environmental permitting section. His duties included representing the Department in permitting various projects, including stormwater facilities, wastewater facilities, docks and marinas, and dredge and fill activities.


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