Miguel J. Chamorro

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Miguel J. Chamorro is an attorney whose practice spans litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters. Learn More

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Overview

Miguel J. Chamorro is an attorney whose practice spans litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters.  He has experience in administrative law, appeals, arbitrations, consumer law, corporate governance, creditor & debtor rights, insurance & reinsurance, insurance-company receiverships, landlord & tenant law (commercial and residential), mortgages, negotiable instruments, premises liability, and professional malpractice.  Some of his work appears in state-wide publications that are consulted by professionals throughout Florida.  He has represented nationally-known companies, government entities, and individuals in the financial, hospitality, insurance, and property management industries.  His background and fluency in Spanish enables him to explain the law to clients from various countries in Latin America.

Mr. Chamorro is active in The Florida Bar.  He served as Vice Chair of the Bar’s Civil Procedure Rules Committee, the group of fifty attorneys and judges that drafts the rules governing Florida’s civil trial courts.  In this capacity, he represented the Committee before the Florida Supreme Court.  Presently, he serves in the Appellate Court Rules Committee, which drafts the rules governing Florida’s appellate courts; he co-chairs its original proceedings division.

During law school, Mr. Chamorro served his student body as Vice President of the Spanish American Law School Association and as a member of the Law School Appropriations Committee.  For two years he interned at Legal Services of North Florida, where he advocated on behalf of low-income clients in the areas of domestic violence, dependency law, and tax relief.  In 2005, the Florida Bar Foundation awarded him a Summer Fellowship to continue this line of work.

As an undergraduate university student, Mr. Chamorro was a research intern at the Foreign Policy Research Institute of Philadelphia, where he focused on the dynamics of counterterrorism and the methodology of terrorist groups in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Turkey. In recognition of his research, in 2002 he was selected as an undergraduate fellow of the Foundation For the Defense of Democracies, a think-tank formed shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001.  The Foundation promotes pluralism, defends democratic values, and fights the ideologies that drive terrorism.  As part of his fellowship, Mr. Chamorro spent a month in Israel studying counterterrorism and meeting civic and military leaders.

Mr. Chamorro was born and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua.  He is married and has two children.  In his time off, he enjoys reading history, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.

 

Credentials

Education

  • Villanova University, B.A. 2003
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D. 2006

Admitted

  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Organizations

  • Appellate Court Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, member (2019-present)
  • Civil Procedure Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, Vice Chair (2016-2019), member (2013-2019)
  • Federalist Society

Reported Decisions

  • Real v. Woodspring Suites Fort Myers Southeast, LLC, 2019 WL 2211111 (M.D. Fla. 2019)
  • In re Amendments to Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure – 2018 Regular-Cycle Report, 258 So. 3d 1254 (Fla. 2018)
  • In re Amendments to Florida Rules of Civil Procedure – Form 1.983 (Prospective Juror Questionnaire), 211 So. 3d 985 (Fla. 2017)
  • Dep’t of Children & Families v. Lincoln Marti Community Agency, Inc., No. 16-6033 (Fla. DOAH April 14, 2017)

Professional Involvement

  • Civil Procedure Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, Vice Chair (2016-2019), member (2013-2019)
  • Rules of Judicial Administration Committee of The Florida Bar, Representative of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (2017-2018)
  • Appellate Court Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, member (2019-present)

Publications

Publications

  • No Rachmones—The Dynamics of Florida’s Play-to-Play Eviction Litigation (co-author), The Florida Bar Journal (September-October 2015)
  • Florida Civil Trial Practice – Chapter 3: Trial by Court or Jury (co-author), LexisNexis/The Florida Bar (2017 and 2019 editions (2021 forthcoming))
  • What Are You: A Hotel Guest, Tenant, or Transient Occupant? The Florida Bar Journal (September-October 2018)
  • Legislature Changes Critical Deadlines in Construction Defect Litigation, (co-author), Daily Business Review (May 15, 2018)
  • Testifying Remotely May Soon Be Easier if Proposed Rule Changes Are Approved, Daily Business Review (December 4, 2018)