Michael began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney with the 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office in Sarasota, FL. While there he prosecuted felony, misdemeanor and juvenile criminal cases. After leaving the State, Michael joined a Martindale Hubbell A/V Rated midsized law firm in Orlando where he handled complex multiparty civil litigation cases with multimillion dollar claims at issue. Michael opened The Law Office of Michael L. Dear, P.L.L.C. to provide creative, efficient and client-centered representation to business and individual clients.
Michael is the current President of the Alpha Tau Omega Housing Corporation at UCF and is an active member in the Orange County Bar, Young Lawyer Section where he has chaired multiple charitable and social committees. Michael lives in Orlando with his wife Ashley, their son Jake and their two dogs. Michael is an avid snow skier and loves to travel.
Bar & Court Memberships
Florida Bar, 2009
U.S. Middle District Court, Middle District Florida, 2011
Professional Involvement & Memberships
Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
Orange County Bar Association
Judicial Relations Committee
Business Law Committee
Co-Chair of OCBA Law Clerk and Young Lawyer Reception
Co-Chair of OCBA YLS Holiday Party
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
President of Board of Trustees, UCF Alpha Tau Omega Housing Corporation
Committee Member; Florida Coastal School of Law Central Florida Alumni Chapter
Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., 2008
- Treasurer, Student Bar Association 2008
- Master of Ceremonies, FCSL Law Week Banquet 2008
- Master of Ceremonies, FCSL Law Week Banquet 2007
- American Bar Association, 5th Circuit Regional Conference Delegate, 2008
- Recruitment Chair, RLS
University of Central Florida, B.A., 2005
- Alpha Tau Omega
Railey, Harding and Allen, P.A.
Assistant State Attorney at the 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted felony, misdemeanor and juvenile criminal cases. During his tenure as a prosecutor, he amassed a great deal of jury and non-jury trial experience.