Todd J. Michaels

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Todd Michaels Esq, a lifelong Miami-Dade resident, joined The Haggard Law Firm in 2009. In May 2014, he was named partner at the firm. Todd handles a wide array of the firm’s cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury, representing clients who were injured through the negligence of others. His practice involves negligent security, premises liability, aviation, pool drowning, auto accident and other injury cases. In 2016 he was named ‘Most Effective Lawyer’ by the Daily Business Review.


In 2012, Todd was lead counsel in the case of Snell vs. Family Food Saver. The trial resulted in a verdict of $5.7 million for the Snell family. It was the largest premises liability verdict in the State of Florida that year. Todd is a member The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and also serves as a board member of the Florida Justice Association and Miami-Dade Justice Association. He has been listed as one of Florida’s “Super Lawyers” and “Top 100 Super Lawyers in South Florida,” as well as “Best Lawyer in America” and Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite.” Nevertheless, Todd Michaels often states that his greatest accomplishment was becoming a father to his two sons, Ashton Michaels (pictured) and Jackson Michaels.


Before joining The Haggard Law Firm, Todd served as an assistant public defender TJM AND ASHTONfor nearly five years. During his last year with the public defender’s office, he worked as a felony training attorney, supervising other felony trial lawyers. After leaving the public defender’s office, Todd served as a federal public defender and a private criminal defense practitioner. He tried in excess of fifty trials in both the State and Federal Court systems. In 2002, Todd received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.


He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

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University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctorate (2002)

University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts (1999)

Partner, The Haggard Law Firm (2014-Present)

Associate, The Haggard Law Firm (2009-2014)

Assistant Federal Defender, Law Offices of the Federal Defender (2009)

Associate, Law Offices of Mark Seiden (2008-2009)

Associate, Law Offices of Milton Hirsch (2007-2008)

Assistant Public Defender, Law Offices of the Public Defender, 11th Judicial Circuit (2002-2007)

State Bar of Florida

Southern and Middle Districts of Florida



Daily Business Review, 2016 Most Effective Lawyer (Personal Injury Category) in South Florida

Board of Governors, FJ PAC (Florida Justice Association)

Listed, Best Lawyers in America

Young Lawyer Director, The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Miami Chapter

Member, Florida Bar Grievance Committee

At-large board member, Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers Section

Member, American Association for Justice

Member, Miami-Dade Justice Association

Member, Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyer Minority Mentoring Program

Board Member, National Black Law Students Association Advisory Board

Listed, Florida Trend Legal Elite Up and Comer (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Listed, Florida Super Lawyers (2016)

Listed, Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014,2015 )

Listed, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America (2008)

Listed, Best Lawyer in America (2011 to present)

Member, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

Executive Committee Member, Florida Justice Association

Board Member, Florida Justice Association

Presenter, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (2015)

Presenter, American Society of Industrial Security’s (ASIS) 61st annual seminar (2015)

Volunteer, Redemption Project

Volunteer, Community Partnership for the Homeless

Coach and Sponsor, Little League Baseball

Role Model and Mentor, 5000 Role Models of Excellence Program

Board Member, Carma Haiti Foundation

Board Member, Scholars Today Leaders Tomorrow

Speaker, Miami-Dade Police Department Police Academy