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"If paying attention to detail is important for a successful resolution of the case, I'll leave no stone unturned."

Mike Hooker has spent more than three decades representing clients in "high stakes" commercial litigation matters. Describing himself as "relentlessly detail-oriented," Mike is quick to master technical areas of law and business, and he excels in extracting companies from seemingly intractable legal problems. Mike is also a certified mediator and applies his negotiation skills to finding effective solutions for both parties.

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Mike Hooker has spent more than three decades representing clients in "high stakes" commercial litigation matters. Describing himself as "relentlessly detail-oriented," Mike is quick to master technical areas of law and business, and he excels in extracting companies from seemingly intractable legal problems. Mike is also a certified mediator and applies his negotiation skills to finding effective solutions for both parties.

Mike brings a diverse litigation experience to his practice, which includes the following types of complex litigation matters:

  • Banking Litigation
  • Business torts
  • Civil rights claims
  • Class action litigation
  • Consumer protection claims
  • Contract disputes
  • Cyber security and data breach actions
  • Franchisor/franchisee disputes
  • Land use issues
  • Products liability claims
  • Real estate disputes
  • RICO and fraud claims
  • Shareholder disputes and derivative actions
  • Telecommunications disputes
  • Unfair trade practice claims

Mike has successfully defended more than 25 class action lawsuits, either by avoiding certification of the class or by negotiating favorable pretrial settlements. In recent years, Mike devotes considerable attention to cybersecurity, privacy laws and electronic discovery matters. He works with clients to develop strategies for electronic data organization, retention and collection - both before and during litigation - so they are prepared to actively avoid, pursue or defend disputes in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, he assists clients in managing the security and privacy of their data.

Outside the office, Mike applies his attention to detail in restoring vintage automobiles.

Experience

  • Defended a health care company in four class actions arising from a data breach involving potentially 400,000 patients; consolidated the actions into a single state court case and successfully opposed class certification.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a national medical care provider company in a class action arising from a phishing incident that involved its employees' W-2 information.
  • Represented owners of related corporations and limited liability companies in derivative and individual actions asserting claims for misuse of company assets and for the recovery of unpaid compensation and interest on loans made by other owners.
  • Represented a business owner in a dispute involving claims for breaches of a limited liability operating agreement and a security arrangement for corporate stock.
  • Successfully represented a business developer seeking to develop one of the largest landfills in the Eastern United States.
  • Handled a large qui tam case involving claims of Medicare fraud.
  • Successfully defended numerous banking clients accused of negligent lending and other alleged predatory practices.

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Speaking Engagements
News

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional

  • The Florida Bar (Board of Governors, 2010-2018; Board of Governors Executive Committee, 2017-2018; Board of Governors Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, 2017)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association - Past President & Director
  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation - Past President & Board of Trustees
  • The Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter - Past President
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Magazine - Past Editor
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court - Master, Parliamentarian & Treasurer (1993-Present)

Civic

  • American Heart Association, Metro Tampa Division - Past President
  • Tampa Theatre - Board of Directors
  • Henry B. Plant Museum - Past President
  • Leadership Tampa - Class of 1990
  • Leadership Tampa Alumni
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Committee - Past Chair
  • University of Tampa Board of Counselors - Past Chairman
  • University of Tampa Board of Fellows - Board Member
  • Hyde Park United Methodist Church - Usher

Recognition

  • Abraham Lincoln Award, Tampa Bay American Inn of Court (2018
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association (2016)
  • Judge George C. Carr Memorial Award, Federal Bar Association - Tampa Bay Chapter
  • Michael A. Fogarty "In the Trenches" Memorial Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • James "Red" McEwen Memorial Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  •  Legal Elite, Florida Trends magazine
  • Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers, Tampa Bay Magazine
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Commercial Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America (2001-Present)
  • Florida Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2008-2020)

Education

  • University of Virginia
    J.D., 1981
  • Indiana University
    M.A., 1978
  • University of Virginia
    B.A., with high distinction, 1976

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Defended a health care company in four class actions arising from a data breach involving potentially 400,000 patients; consolidated the actions into a single state court case and successfully opposed class certification.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a national medical care provider company in a class action arising from a phishing incident that involved its employees' W-2 information.
  • Represented owners of related corporations and limited liability companies in derivative and individual actions asserting claims for misuse of company assets and for the recovery of unpaid compensation and interest on loans made by other owners.
  • Represented a business owner in a dispute involving claims for breaches of a limited liability operating agreement and a security arrangement for corporate stock.
  • Successfully represented a business developer seeking to develop one of the largest landfills in the Eastern United States.
  • Handled a large qui tam case involving claims of Medicare fraud.
  • Successfully defended numerous banking clients accused of negligent lending and other alleged predatory practices.
Publications
Speaking Engagements
News

Professional

  • The Florida Bar (Board of Governors, 2010-2018; Board of Governors Executive Committee, 2017-2018; Board of Governors Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, 2017)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association - Past President & Director
  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation - Past President & Board of Trustees
  • The Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter - Past President
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Magazine - Past Editor
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court - Master, Parliamentarian & Treasurer (1993-Present)

Civic

  • American Heart Association, Metro Tampa Division - Past President
  • Tampa Theatre - Board of Directors
  • Henry B. Plant Museum - Past President
  • Leadership Tampa - Class of 1990
  • Leadership Tampa Alumni
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Committee - Past Chair
  • University of Tampa Board of Counselors - Past Chairman
  • University of Tampa Board of Fellows - Board Member
  • Hyde Park United Methodist Church - Usher
  • Abraham Lincoln Award, Tampa Bay American Inn of Court (2018
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association (2016)
  • Judge George C. Carr Memorial Award, Federal Bar Association - Tampa Bay Chapter
  • Michael A. Fogarty "In the Trenches" Memorial Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • James "Red" McEwen Memorial Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  •  Legal Elite, Florida Trends magazine
  • Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers, Tampa Bay Magazine
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Commercial Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America (2001-Present)
  • Florida Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2008-2020)