Michael H. LaFay - Partner

Criminal Defense Attorney

Michael LaFay Trial Attorney graduated from the American University Law School in Washington, D.C. in 1983. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1984 and the Florida Bar in 1985. Michael LaFay is board certified in Criminal Law by the Florida Bar and has achieved an "AV" rating overall, which is the highest ranking bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell, the national attorney ranking service. He has practiced in Central Florida as a trial attorney since 1985 and has litigated over 300 jury trials. During that time, he has served as a criminal defense attorney and also as a prosecutor with the Office of Statewide Prosecution where he specialized in white-collar offenses, racketeering and narcotic wiretap/conspiracy cases. Recent significant trials that Michael has won include two murder trials, one of which charged a triple homicide and also a major pill mill case which was dismissed at trial by the judge.

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Michael LaFay practices criminal law and his reported cases are as follows:

  • State v. Caraballo  183 So.3d 1283 (5th DCA 2016)
  • Ruffkin vs. State, 549 So2d 250 (5th DCA 1989)
  • Bain v. State, 642 So2d 578 (5th DCA 1994)
  • Boschen v. State, 647 So2d 1054 (5th DCA 1994)
  • State v. Nuckolls, 606 So2d 1205 (5th DCA 1992)
  • Bissell v. State, 605 So2d 878 (5th DCA 1992)
  • Howard v. State, 738 So2d 372 (5th DCA 1999)
  • Atwater v. State, 781 So2d 1149 (5th DCA 2001)
  • King v. State, 790 So2d 477 (5th DCA 2002)
  • Esskuchen v. State, 756 So2d 156 (5th DCA 2000)
  • Williams v. State, 892 So2d 1185 (5th DCA 2005)
  • Fisher v. State, 924 So.2d 914 (5th DCA 2006)

Among Mr. LaFay's awards are:

  • Outstanding Lawyers of America, 2013
  • Honored for Trial work, DEA Heroin Task Force, 2001
  • Meir Award, Orlando Police Department (Wiretap/Narcotics casework), 2001
  • Sheriff's Citation for Excellence, presented by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, 2001
  • Davis Award for Excellence (Medicaid Fraud Task Force), presented by the Governor, 1997
  • Outstanding Speaker Awards, 1996, 1997, and 1999
  • American Inns of Court, Executive Committee, Orlando Chapter, 1990-1995
  • Faculty Speaker, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000
  • Faculty Lecturer, Florida Police Academy, 1997-1999
  • Author, "Double-celling in the Prisions", New England Journal on Criminal Confinement, 1983
  • Co-Author "The Wrongful Death Action", Medical Trial Practice Quarterly, 1984

Practice Areas: Criminal Law

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