McLeod, Michael W.

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Address: 1200 N Federal Hwy Ste 200, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Lawyer Firm: Rumrell, McLeod & Brock PLLC
Phone: 904-829-3300
Fax: 904-825-0287

Areas of Practice Admiralty and Maritime, Personal Injury, Insurance, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability, Warranty Liability, Construction Defects, Premises Liability, Creditor’s Rights, Debtor and Creditor Workouts, Lender Liability, Professional Liability

Michael W. McLeod is AV (Preeminent) rated by Martindale Hubbell and is a partner of Rumrell, McLeod & Brock, P.A., who practices in the areas of admiralty and maritime, personal injury, insurance, commercial litigation, product liability, warranty liability, construction defects, premises liability, creditor’s rights, debtor and creditor workouts, lender liability and professional liability. Mr. McLeod also counsels his clients regarding their transactional needs and routinely handles claims throughout the United States appearing pro hac vice in states other than Florida, California and New York where he is admitted to the bar.Admiralty & MaritimeMr. McLeod is the past Chair of the Florida Bar Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee (2012-2014), is a Commissioner appointed to the California Bar Admiralty & Maritime LawSpecialization Committee, is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, is a South Florida Port Director for the Southeastern Admiralty & Maritime Law Institute, and is a Director of the Federal Bar Association Admiralty & Maritime Law Section. Mr. McLeod was certified as a specialist in Admiralty & Maritime law by the Florida Bar in June, 2000. Mr. McLeod has also earned the designation of Certified Specialist in Admiralty & Maritime Law by the California Bar making him the one of the few attorneys to be certified as a specialist in Admiralty & Maritime Law by two state bar associations. Mr. McLeod graduated from the University of Florida in 1989, received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1991, and earned his Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in Admiralty & Maritime Law from Tulane University School of Law in 1993.For over 20 years, Mr. McLeod has successfully handled the initial casualty response, investigation, recovery, litigation and trial of Passenger personal injury claims, Product Liability claims, Jones Act personal injury claims, Seaworthiness claims, Maintenance & Cure claims, Collision, Fire, Grounding & Sinking claims; Marina, Custodian and Ship Repairer Liability claims; Salvage claims, Environmental Damage claims, Charter Party Disputes, Cargo claims, Insurance disputes, Ship Owner claims for Exoneration from and/or Limitation of Liability, and the foreclosure of Maritime Liens and Ship Mortgages representing individuals and corporations, insurers, ship owners, financial institutions, vessel manufacturers, and marinas in cases arising on and offshore from California to New York to the Florida Keys, the Bahamas and into South America and the United States Virgin Islands.Mr. McLeod also handles the transactional needs of his clients related to the purchase, sale, charter, construction, repair and/or crew management of vessels including pre-purchaseinspection and survey; review of proposed terms and conditions, analysis of liability, and tax implications regarding vessel purchase, sale and brokerage agreements; new vessel construction or renovation agreements; financing and escrow concerns; charter, lease, and rental agreements; broker representation, registration and regulatory compliance, vessel ownership structure, crew employment agreements, vessel ownership succession plans and overall vessel management.Property, Casualty, Product Liability, Warranty and Insurance CoverageThroughout his career, Mr. McLeod has handled land based and marine complex casualty, product liability, warranty, construction, and insurance coverage disputes arising from partfailure, significant property damage and/or personal injury. Exemplary cases include successfully representing a mega-yacht owner against international exhaust system manufacturer on theories of Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices, Breach of Warranty, and Misrepresentation recovering 100% of the damages sustained plus attorney fees and expenses; representing a leading national insurer faced with $100,000,000.00 in personal injury and property damage exposure arising from the largest propane explosion in West Virginia history; and successfully representing the insurance and nutriceutical industry in matters arising from the spontaneous ignition of chemical cargo across the United States resulting in the largest single subrogation recovery in the client’s history. Mr. McLeod carries an active caseload of marine and land based commercial claims arising from product failures and involving litigation under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.Commercial Litigation and BankingMr. McLeod has an active commercial litigation practice involving marine and non-marine claims. Commercial disputes range from small breach of contract actions to multi-million dollar disputes over the international provision of goods and services. Mr. McLeod’s banking litigation practice includes offensive and defensive financial institution litigation, including the defense of lender liability claims, and the enforcement of financial instruments, including mortgage foreclosure and the enforcement of guarantees secured by vessels, real and personal property; the negotiation of sophisticated lending transactions as well as the restructuring of defaulted loans, loan modifications and forbearance transactions. Mr. McLeod works closely with in house forensic accountants to bring cost effective results often prior to judgment. Mr. McLeod frequently handles the foreclosure of First Preferred Ship’s Mortgages and has a network of custodians and investigative personnel that can assist in arresting a vessel nearly anywhere in the world. Recent high exposure non-marine cases include successfully defending national banking interests from multiple lender liability actions claiming over $100,000,000.00 in damages resulting in the dismissal of the claims, and a $25,000,000.00 and a $19,000,000.00 recovery from the Claimants which was paid to the financial institutions and participating lenders.Alternate Dispute ResolutionMr. McLeod holds a Certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution from the Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution which is frequently rated the leading institute for dispute resolution in the nation, and acts as an arbitrator in maritime and non-maritime cases.Community InvolvementMr. McLeod resides in, and is an active member of, the community of Lighthouse Point, Florida, where he sits on the Lighthouse Point Marine Advisory Board, and coaches youth sports. Mr.McLeod is a Parishioner of St. Coleman’s Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, Florida where he teaches Continuing Catholic Development (CCD), and where his two daughters attend kindergarten and second grade.

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