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Michael D. Bressan

240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


Gina Valentino
Direct941.366.6660 ext. 2473

Having represented thousands of U.S.-based and international financial advisors, Michael is a member of a team of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP lawyers who represent large financial institutions and high net-worth individuals in securities litigation and violations of contractual covenants. Known as both a tenacious litigator and a true partner, Michael works to resolve issues before they happen, helping clients make good deals when possible, and avoiding the pitfalls of litigation in matters including:

  • Securities law
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Trade secrets
  • Corporate change in control issues
  • Data breach
  • Commercial litigation and arbitration

Clients also draw on Michael’s significant experience with regard to brokerage industry transitions, promissory notes, and deferred compensation disputes, including litigation involving vesting of Merrill Lynch's Financial Advisor Capital Accumulation Award Plans (FACAAP), Growth Award, Wealthbuilder and Long-Term Incentive Compensation Plan for Managers and Producers (LTICP) plans. He negotiates financial advisor contracts with many of the top firms and has successfully represented financial advisors in numerous regulatory matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Michael also has experience with form U-4 and U-5 issues defending against garden leave provisions across the country and establishing independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) offices.

Furthermore, Michael advises and counsels his clients regarding strategic decisions and applies his skills as a litigator by coordinating and performing detailed and high-leveled negotiations, discovery, depositions, witness preparation, arbitration procedures, and as necessary, conducting litigation at the state and federal court level and arbitration before FINRA.

Representative Matters


  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Advisory Committee

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Alternate biographies




  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida, 2004
  • M.D.R, Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, 2004
  • B.S., with honors, Gannon University, 2001

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2004
  • United States District Court Northern District of Florida, 2009
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida, 2008
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida, 2005


  • American Sign Language