Michael S. Olin, P.A.
1224 Alfred I. Dupont Building
169 East Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33131-1205

Telephone: 305-677-5088
Fax: 305-677-5089

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Michael S. Olin

Michael S. Olin

Miami, Florida
(305) 677-5088
(305) 677-5089

Michael attended college and law school at the University of Michigan where he received his B.A. in 1973 with high distinction and his J.D. in 1976, magna cum laude. He was an Associate Editor of the University of Michigan Law Review and elected a member of the Order of the Coif, the law school honor society, on graduation.

Michael is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association, and of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  He served in both capacities for more than ten years. He has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization whose membership is limited to 500 lawyers throughout the United States. He has lectured at numerous Florida Justice Association, American and Florida Bar and American Association for Justice seminars on various subjects, and is a past chairman of AAJ's Aviation Section.  He has published articles and book chapters in several Bar and independent publications in the areas of Aviation law and expert witnesses. He is a member of the Miami Dade Justice Association and a charter member of the Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, of which he was President in 1997. A former member of the Board of Governors of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar, he has also served as Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar's Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, and is a former officer of the Dade County Bar's Young Lawyers Section.  Finally, he is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Federal and American Bar Associations and a member of the Bar in Florida, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.  He is admitted to practice in all of Florida's federal courts, the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.

He has been continuously recognized for over ten years running as one of the best 100 lawyers in Florida. By Super Lawyers magazine and in the annual book The Best Lawyers in America.  He was named as one of the Legal Elite, the top 1.7% of all lawyers in Florida, in a poll by Florida Trend magazine.  He has also been selected as a 'Top Lawyer' by the South Florida Legal Guide, as a member of LawDragon, comprised of peer recognized lawyers throughout the United States .

Finally, Michael participates in a wide variety of civic activities and is a former officer and long term Board member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, where he served on the Financial Management Committee, the Long Term Strategic Planning Committee, the Executive Committee, the Planning & Budget Committee, of which he was chairman for two years and as the legal advisor to the Audit Committee.

Areas of Practice

  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Class Actions -- Plaintiff and Defendant
  • Employment Law -- Employers and Employees
  • Nursing Home
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1976
  • District of Columbia, 1983
  • Wyoming, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1982
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 1976
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: University of Michigan Law Review
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • Ch. 12 "Expert Witnesses", Florida Civil Trial Practice, 3rd Ed. 1984
  • "Expert Witnesses" in Barry, Desmond, Ed., Litigating the Aviation Case: From Pretrial to Closing Argument, 2nd Ed. 1998
  • "Punitive Damages Under the Warsaw Convention," Trial, February, 1991.
  • "Handling a Major Air Disaster," in Papadakis, M.P., Ed., Civil Trial Practice: Winning Techniques of Successful Trial Attorneys, 2000


  • Sabadell United Bank

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Coif, Law School Honor Society
  • Associate Editor, University of Michigan Law Review
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite
  • South Florida Legal Guide's Top Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Law Dragon 3000
  • Law & Politics "Super Lawyers" and Top 100 Lawyers in Florida
  • Miami Herald Super Lawyer Section, Top 100 Lawyers in Florida
  • Florida Justice Association Crystal Eagle Award recipient
  • Florida Justice Association Silver Eagle award recipient for Outstanding Leadership
  • Florida Justice Association Unsung Hero Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1976 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1976 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 1984 - Present
  • Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, Director, 1986 - 1988
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Member, 1984 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Section, Member, 1981 - 1985
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Florida Bar, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Florida Bar, Rules of Civil Procedure Committee 1984-1992 & 2000-2005
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, President of the Miami Chapter, 1997
  • American Association for Justice, Florida State Delegate, 1987 - 1992
  • American Association for Justice, Member of the Board of Governors, 1991 - 2001
  • American Association for Justice, Chairman of the Aviation Section, 1992 - 1993
  • Florida Justice Association, Member of the Board of Directors, 1984 - 2001
  • Florida Justice Association, Diplomate
  • Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, Member of the Board of Directors, 1986 - 1988

Representing clients throughout the United States and South Florida including the communities of Miami-Dade, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Aventura, Pine Crest, North Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Miami Lakes, and Plantation.

Miami-Dade County ▪ Broward County ▪ Palm Beach County ▪ Monroe County