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Michael S. Pasano

Michael S. Pasano

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Overview

Michael Pasano focuses his practice primarily on complex criminal and civil litigation in both federal and state court, including the handling of appeals. Michael's areas of concentration include the defense of a wide variety of white collar matters, including fraud and money-laundering; forfeitures; tax issues; FDA, FTC and SEC cases; and antitrust and environmental issues. He has represented a wide array of professionals in the corporate arena, including attorneys, doctors, accountants, and executives.

Michael worked for seven years in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington, D.C., and the Southern District of Florida, where he was a member of the major crimes, public corruption, and fraud units, and where he served as chief of the Broward and West Palm Beach satellite offices. In March 1983, he became chief of the Miami Fraud Section and, in October of that year, was named chief of the U.S. attorney's Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach offices.

Michael is former chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section and remains active in the ABA, which has published a book he authored on trial practice. He is a frequent lecturer and has received numerous awards and commendations for his legal work. One commenter remarked in Chambers USA, a leading guide to the legal profession, that "he is one of the best white-collar defense lawyers down here. He's just got great, great judgment and has seen everything — he has that experience and really represents his clients well."

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • “Local Litigation Star” Florida by Benchmark Litigation in Antitrust, Appellate, Commercial Litigation, and Products Liability (2012, 2013)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2003-2020)
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010-2018)
  • Listed in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite (2005-2008)
  • Listed as a Top Lawyer in South Florida Legal Guide (2006-2010, 2014-2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2008-2019)
  • Recipient, Charles R. English Award bestowed by the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section
  • Recipient, Key Partners Award, White Collar Crime, South Florida Business Journal (2009)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
    • Former Chair, Criminal Justice Section
    • Former Chair, Defense Function Committee
    • Former Chair, White Collar Crime Committee, Florida Regional Subcommittee
    • White Collar Crime Committee
    • Executive Committee
  • Eleventh Circuit Lawyer Disciplinary Committee
  • Eleventh Circuit Federal Public Defender Committee
  • Southern District Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee
  • American College of Trial Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

  • "Answering Your Civil and Criminal Offshore Disclosure Questions," ABA Webinar (February 24, 2015).
  • “Top Ten Blunders to Avoid in Front of a Jury,” ABA Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference, Miami Beach, FL (April 13-16, 2011).
  • "Sentencing Advocacy, Practice and Reform Institute,” ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Fall Conference at George Washington University, Washington (October 24, 2008).

Credentials

Education
  • Yale Law School (J.D., 1976)
  • Georgetown University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1973)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Missouri
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP, Miami
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Washington and Southern District of Florida

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