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Michael J. Bonfanti

Partner

Michael J. Bonfanti, a partner in Conroy Simberg’s Tallahassee office, represents clients in civil litigation defense, first and third party liability claims, property claims, insurance coverage disputes, premises liability, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and subrogation matters. Licensed to practice in Florida and Georgia, he is admitted to all Florida and Georgia state courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida, and the Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia.

Prior to joining Conroy Simberg, Michael worked as a workers’ compensation attorney with a large Florida insurance defense firm, as a litigation attorney at a boutique firm where he focused on property insurance coverage disputes, all aspects of insurance defense litigation, and subrogation matters, and as a partner of a Pennsylvania-based law firm.

Michael graduated from the University of New Hampshire, magna cum laude, and attended the London School of Economics and Political Science where he graduated with merit with an MSc. He then worked in politics as a field director for a gubernatorial and congressional campaign prior to moving to Florida to earn a juris doctor from Florida State University College of Law.

Practice Areas:  

Admitted to Practice:

  • Florida, 2005
  • U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U. S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Georgia, 2007
  • U. S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia

Education: 

  • Florida State University College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2005
    • Dean’s List
  • London School of Economics, MSc., 2001
    • With Merit
  • University of New Hampshire, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 199

Honors and Awards: 

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2022, Listed in Florida for Insurance Law

Speaking Engagements: 

  • "Another Day, Another Update: New Approaches to Common Defense Issues in Light of Recent Case Law and Statute Updates," Co-Presenter, Conroy Simberg Webinar, April 2022 
  • “First Party…CALL OF DUTY- An In-Depth Review of Duties After Loss,” Co-Presenter, Conroy Simberg Webinar, April 2021 
  • "Late To The Party: Challenges In Defending Late Reported Claims, Statute of Limitations and Case Law Update," Co-Presenter, Conroy Simberg Webinar Series, May 2020 
  • "First Party…It's Quick, It's Fast and It's Changing," Co-Presenter, Conroy Simberg Webinar Series, April 2019
  • "An Overview of Georgia’s Bad Faith, Uninsured Motorists and Attorney's Fees," Co-Presenter, Conroy Simberg Webinar Series, April 2019
  • "Georgia Landmines," Conroy Simberg Seminar, May 2018 

Representative Experience:

  • 2021-Michael recently tried a first party Hurricane Michael case in Bay County. The Plaintiffs argued at trial that their home was a total loss due to structural damage to the pilings caused by the hurricane. The Defendant argued that the home had no structural damage, was repairable, and that Defendant had already paid its insureds the reasonable cost to repair the home prior to the litigation. The jury awarded the Plaintiffs nothing ($0) for repair of the home. 

  • 2019 - Michael tried a case in which the Defendant driver rear-ended two bicyclists on a country road. Both bicyclists sustained fractured legs and other injuries. The Plaintiff argued at trial that she sustained permanent injuries in the crash. However, the Court granted the defendant’s motion for a directed verdict on the issue of future medical expenses and the jury awarded only past medical expenses and found that Plaintiff had sustained no permanent injury in the crash and was not entitled to damages for pain and suffering.