Michael P. Bist


Mr. Bist’s practice involves primarily business and commercial litigation on behalf of both individuals and entities, including lenders and title insurance companies; real estate and business transactions for a variety of business clients; foreclosures and collections representing banks, commercial lenders and businesses; employment advice and litigation primarily on behalf of employers, and relating to hiring, firing, evaluations, handbook and policy development, discrimination, harassment and workplace issues; construction litigation; appellate litigation; business organization, including formation, alteration, and mergers; as well as general business and corporate law assistance and advice to include start-up work for businesses.

In conjunction with his law practice, Mr. Bist has provided, and continues to provide, consulting services on liability and employment issues and has conducted numerous seminars on employer liability. He also serves as general counsel for various businesses and non-profit corporations. For ten years he served as a member and legal counsel for the Florida Department of Corrections, Jail Management Committee, where he was involved in rule making, policy issues and acted as liaison with local governments. Mr. Bist was on active duty as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp from 1980 to 1983, where he served as trial counsel in the Military Justice Section; was an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Florida from 1983 to 1984; and from 1985 to 1994, he also was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida.


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  • Nova Southeastern Law School, J.D., 1980
    – Recipient, Moot Court Oral Argument Award
  • Catawba College, B.A., with honors, Business and History, 1977
    – Recipient, Whitener Award (outstanding scholarship, leadership and athletics)
  • Florida, 1980
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • The Florida Bar, Business Law Section and Employment Law Section
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section and Litigation Section
  • Former-Chair, The Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Second Judicial Circuit
  • Leadership Tallahassee Graduate
  • Former Board Member, Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Past-President, McBride Estates Homeowners’ Association
  • Past-President, Leon High School Volleyball Boosters
  • Former Board Member, Chair Bylaws Committee, Leon Foundation
  • Volunteer Coach, Girls Softball
  • Board of Friends of Our Parks

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