Michael J. Thomas

Michael J. Thomas

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Michael J. Thomas focuses his practice on construction law and litigation matters. Michael represents and counsels his developer clients in all aspects of the design, development and construction of residential, commercial and mixed-use real estate development projects, including construction contract negotiation, design services contract negotiation, construction financing, construction insurance, risk management, suretyship, mechanic’s lien law, construction/design defect litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Michael is board certified by The Florida Bar in construction law.

Concentrations
  • Construction
  • Architecture, engineering and design
  • Insurance
  • Bonds and suretyship
  • Condominiums

Capabilities

Experience

  • Representation of developers of condominiums and planned development projects.
  • Representation of developers in the negotiation of contracts for the design and construction of luxury condominiums and market-rate, multi-family residential projects.
  • Obtained multimillion-dollar jury trial verdict for full award sought against a luxury high-rise condominium association in a two-week jury trial.°
  • Resolved a $15 million construction delay and completion claim brought by a leading national construction company for completion of a 500-unit condominium complex in downtown Miami.°
  • Represented the developer of a distressed downtown Miami high-rise condominium in the close-out of all construction liens, loan restructuring and release of guarantee on a $140 million syndicated loan agreement.°
  • Resolved a $5.5 million construction and design defect claim brought against the developer of a 67-unit ultra-luxury South Beach condominium.°
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for owners of a 12-building affordable housing complex in Tampa, FL after a five-year lawsuit against the contractor who built the complex, including the coordination of mold remediation, tenant relocation and construction repairs.°
  • Obtained a settlement on a lawsuit brought on behalf the owners of an $11 million Star Island, Miami Beach home for construction and design defects against the architect, contractor and numerous subcontractors who designed and built the house.°
  • Resolved a $3 million construction and design defect claim brought against the developer of a 308-unit ultra-luxury condominium located in Fort Lauderdale Beach.°
  • Resolved a $4 million construction and design defect lawsuit brought against the developer of a 197-unit luxury condominium located in West Palm Beach.°
  • Resolved a $5 million construction and design defect claim brought against the developer of a 500-unit condominium located in Aventura.°
  • Resolved a $2 million construction and design defect claim brought against the developer of a 386-unit luxury condominium located in Hallandale Beach.°
  • Resolved $2 million construction and design defect claim brought against the developer of a 500-unit loft style condominium located in downtown Miami.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Thomas prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2017
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Real Estate - Litigation, 2017
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Real Estate and Construction - Construction, 2016
  • Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2015
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2009-2011
  • Member, American Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Member, Florida Bar Association, Construction Law Committee
  • Member, Miami-Dade County Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2005
  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Florida, 2002
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida