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General Info

Email: mdlugo@wickersmith.com
Direct: (407) 317-2160
Fax: (407) 649-8118
Languages: Spanish & French
Offices: Orlando

Biography

Michael R. D’Lugo joined Wicker Smith in 1995 and is a partner in the firm’s Orlando office.  He is a Board Certified Appellate Lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

An AV-Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. D’Lugo primarily focuses his practice on issues concerning appellate and administrative law. He has represented clients from a diverse background of industries as lead or sole appellate attorney before the Florida District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, the United States Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has over 200 published appellate opinions.

Mr. D’Lugo attended Columbia University earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1989 and went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Boston University in 1994. He is an active member of The Florida Bar and a charter member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee.

Education

  • Boston University (J.D., 1994)
  • Columbia University (B.A., 1989)
  • Certifications: Board Certified Appellate Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Admitted

  • 1994, Florida
  • 1995, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • 2001, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 2012, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Former Chair; Appellate Practice Committee

Speeches & Publications

  • Authored: Meet the New IRS: What You Need to Know About CMS and Recent Changes to Medicare – Part II, Orange County Bar Association, The Briefs, Vol. 79, No.2 (February 2011)
  • Authored: Meet the New IRS: What You Need to Know About CMS and Recent Changes to Medicare – Part I, Orange County Bar Association, The Briefs, Vol. 78, No.10 (October 2010)
  • Co-Authored: Preparing for, Taking and Defending the Expert Deposition, Defense Research Institute Trial Manual (September 2006)
  • Co-Authored: Preparing Your Experts for Deposition, Florida Defense Lawyers Association Defense Manual (August 2006)

Published Appellate Opinions:
*Complete List Available Upon Request.

  • Santa Lucia v. Diaz, 42 Fla. L. Weekly D1868a (Fla. 2d DCA 2017)
  • Lisca v. Florida Atlantic Construction, Inc., 219 So. 3d 872 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017)
  • Ruby Tuesday, Inc. v. Metalonis, 2017 WL 3642017 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017)
  • Alvarez v. Lifemark Hospitals of Florida, 208 So. 3d 221 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016)
  • HCA Health Services of Florida, Inc v. Byers-McPheeters, 201 So. 3d 669 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)
  • Melbourne HMA, LLC v. Schoof, 190 So. 3d 169 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016)
  • Melbourne HMA, LLC v. Kirkland, 171 So. 3d 783 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015)
  • Ray Coudriet Builders, Inc. v. R.K. Edwards, Inc., 157 So. 3d 484 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015)
  • Simpson v. Randal James Hamilton Zwinge, 531 Fed.Appx. 985 (11th Cir. 2013)
  • McLaughlin v. Lara, 133 So. 3d 1004 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013)
  • Omni Healthcare, Inc. v. Moser, 106 So. 3d 474 (Fla. 5th DCA 2012)
  • Tuten v. Fariborzian, 84 So. 3d 1063 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012)
  • Chen v. Lester, 364 Fed.Appx. 531 (11th Cir. 2010)
  • Estate of Perez v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc., 23 So. 3d 741 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009)
  • New Port Richey Medical Investors, LLC v. Stern, 14 So. 3d 1084 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009)
  • In re: Estate of Trollinger, 9 So. 3d 667 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009)
  • Trytek v. Gale Industries, Inc., 3 So. 3d 1194 (Fla. 2009)
  • Timpson v. Sampson, 518 F.3d 870 (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Lampkin-Asam v. Volusia County School Board, 261 Fed.Appx. 274 (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Shepard v. Barnard, 949 So. 2d 232 (Fla. 5th DCA 2007)
  • Tampa Medical Associates v. Craig, 915 So. 2d 660 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005)
  • Orange Park Christian Academy v. Russell, 899 So. 2d 1215 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005) Mariner Health Care v. Griffith, 898 So. 2d 982 (Fla. 5th DCA 2005)
  • Abramson v. Walt Disney Co., 132 Fed. Appx. 273 (11th Cir. 2005)
  • Roe v. Aware Woman Center for Choice, 357 F.3d 1226 (11th Cir. 2004)
  • Doyle v. Mariner Health Care of Nashville, Inc., 889 So. 2d 829 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004)
  • Mariner Health Care of MetroWest v. Best, 879 So. 2d 65 (Fla. 5th DCA 2004)
  • Yocom v. Wuesthoff Health Systems, Inc., 880 So. 2d 787 (Fla. 5th DCA 2004)
  • Northup v. Acken, 865 So. 2d 1267 (Fla. 2004)
  • Dawkins v. Huff, 836 So. 2d 1062 (Fla. 5th DCA 2003)
  • Radiation Oncology Associates, P.A. v. Trostle, 822 So. 2d 574 (Fla. 5th DCA 2002)
  • Rickgauer v. Sarkar, 804 So. 2d 502 (Fla. 5th DCA 2001)
  • Hankey v. Yarian, 755 So. 2d 93 (Fla. 2000)
  • National Security Fire & Casualty Company v. Dunn, (Fla. 5th DCA 2000) Hazen v. Kaplan, 734 So. 2d 441 (Fla. 5th DCA 1999)
  • 5500 North Corp. v. Willis, 729 So. 2d 508 (Fla. 5th DCA 1999)
  • Watkins v. Wilkinson, 724 So. 2d 717 (Fla. 5th DCA 1999)
  • Acree v. Hartford South, Inc., 724 So. 2d 183 (Fla. 5th DCA 1999)
  • Evans v. Piotraczk, 724 So. 2d 1210 (Fla. 5th DCA 1998)