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Michele Leo Hintson

Partner, Diversity Committee Co-Chair
Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602


Michelle Schwalbach

With more than 15 years of experience, Michele is a seasoned business litigator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator who dedicates her practice to representing individuals and a variety of businesses, including insurance companies, for profit entities, and health care organizations, with their litigation needs. She also works closely with transactional attorneys to analyze risk during the inception of a business relationship, and engages with clients in various industries both during and after litigation. Working with plaintiffs and defendants in litigation, she focuses on all aspects of the dispute resolution process, including:

  • Performing pre-suit investigations and risk management analysis
  • Attending mediation sessions
  • Drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs
  • Conducting depositions
  • Advocating for clients at hearings, trials, and arbitrations

Michele is solutions oriented and attempts to bring closure to disputes when they can be resolved amicably. Michele frequently negotiates pre-suit and post-suit settlements on behalf of clients, as she believes in the value of avoiding judicial intervention, if that is the most advantageous course for the client.

In addition to Michele’s litigation practice, she regularly advises clients on pre-litigation legal matters, including, employment concerns, surety related claims, construction defect and performance matters, and contractual obligations. Michele has established a record for successfully handling a wide variety of commercial disputes to their conclusion, such as those involving:

  • Payment and performance surety bonds
  • Employment agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
  • Trade secrets
  • Construction
  • License agreements
  • Promissory note and mortgage obligations
  • General collection matters

When Michele is not busy advocating for her clients, she enjoys volunteering in the Tampa Bay community and spending quality time with her husband and two sons.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained judgment in favor of builder/developer involving non-disclosure claims arising from purchase agreement. 
  • Defended several performance and payment bond claims raised by owners, contractors, and subcontractors on behalf of sureties to successful resolution.
  • Prosecuted numerous claims to judgment in favor of sureties pursuant to terms of general agreement of indemnity against bond principal and individual indemnitors.
  • Obtained injunction and final judgment in favor of developer client whose ingress and egress to cellular phone tower was denied by landowner.
  • Successfully prosecuted manufacturer involving claims against distributor for, among other claims, impairing manufacturer’s intellectual property rights and improperly selling product outside the scope of the distribution agreement to resolution. 
  • Represented client in trade secret misappropriation claim against former employees and current employer to full resolution through settlement, while defeating personal jurisdictional challenge raised by defendants.
  • Represented physicians and medical practice employers in non-compete litigation to resolution. 
  • Defended large hospitality employer in hostile work environment sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, resulting in summary judgment for employer.


  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Pasco Economic Development Council Board of Directors Member  
    • Growth Task Force, Vice-Chair (2015-2016)
  • The Florida Bar's Professional Ethics Committee, member (2016-2019)
  • PACE Center for Girls Pasco, Board of Directors (2015-2017)
  • Leadership Pasco, Class of 2013
  • The Junior League of Tampa, Chair, Community Advisory Board of the Leadership Council (2014-2015); Board of Directors, Grants Committee Chair (2012-2013); Board of Directors, Legal Chair (2010-2011); Board of Directors, Public Affairs Chair (2009-2010),
  • The Florida Bar's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "B," member and Chair (2012-2015)
  • The Florida Bar's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee "A," former member and Chair (2006-2012)
  • Stetson Lawyers Association Advisory Council, former member
  • First Annual Stetson University College of Law Scholarship Gala, former Co-Chair
  • Clearwater Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, former Treasurer
  • Humane Society of Pinellas County, former Board Member

News Releases

06.25.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2018
12.06.2017Michele Hintson Joins the Pasco EDC Board of Directors             
08.30.2017The Women Presidents’ Organization Welcomes Michele Leo Hintson as Newest Member of Prestigious Women’s Business Organization
07.01.2017Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2017
05.25.2017Michele Leo Hintson Program Chair of 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
03.29.2017Michele Leo Hintson and Timothy C. Garding Spoke at Tampa Chapter of Professional Association of Health Care Office Management Monthly Meeting
12.01.2016Michele Leo Hintson Panelist at HR Tampa's Diversity Summit
11.08.2016Michele Leo Hintson Panelist for The Winning Edge Professionalism Event
09.29.2016Shumaker Attorneys Present at Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
08.24.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Speak to Working Women of Tampa Bay
08.23.2016Shumaker Attorney Works with Pasco County Citizens and Leaders to Re-establish Commission on the Status of Women
06.29.2016Michele Leo Hintson Appointed to The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee
06.22.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2016
06.06.2016Michele Leo Hintson and Thomas E. Toner Spoke at the Pasco EDC BizGrow 2.0 Conference
05.11.2016Michele Leo Hintson Spoke at U.S. Specialty Insurance Company's Continuing Education Seminar
04.20.2016Shumaker Launches Blog About Trends and Legal Issues in the Construction Industry
10.27.2015Shumaker Hosts Pride Scholarship Reception
09.29.2015Michele Leo Hintson Appointed Vice-Chair of Pasco EDC's Growth Task Force
09.15.2015Michele Leo Hintson Appointed to Board of PACE Center for Girls - Pasco
06.23.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2015
06.12.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and 2015 Florida Rising Stars
05.18.2015Michele Leo Hintson and Brian Lambert Speak at CSI, Inc. Tampa Chapter Meeting
08.22.2014Michele Leo Hintson Becomes Certified Circuit Court Mediator
07.30.2014Michele Leo Hintson Named Chair of Community Advisory Board of the Leadership Council of Junior League of Tampa
06.19.2014Michele Leo Hintson Named Vice-Chair of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee
06.16.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars
11.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and Stetson Law Celebrate Diversity in the Legal Community on October 22, 2013
06.18.2013Michele Leo Hintson Graduates From Leadership Pasco
06.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars
11.20.2012Michele Leo Hintson Presented at the October West Pasco Dental Association Meeting
08.20.2012Michele Leo Hintson Accepted to Leadership Pasco
05.21.2012Michele Leo Hintson Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Tampa
06.10.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2011 Florida Super Lawyers and 2011 Florida Rising Stars
06.07.2011Michele Leo Hintson Appointed Assistant Chair of Grants Committee for the Junior League of Tampa
01.24.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces New Partners
09.02.2010Michele Leo Hintson Selected to Serve as Chair of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee “A”
09.01.2010Michele Leo Hintson Selected to Serve on the 2010-2011 Junior League of Tampa Board Of Directors
08.31.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys to Speak at 21st Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
06.07.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2010 Florida Super Lawyers and 2010 Florida Rising Stars
04.09.2010Michele Leo Hintson and Brian R. Lambert to Present at the 2010 Southern Surety Conference


06.01.2013Growing Pasco Leaders, a publication of the Leadership Pasco Program
09.01.2006"Something Old, Something New: The Availability of ‘Sentimental Value’ Damages in Courts Throughout the United States." Co-Author, NASP Subrogator®

Events and Presentations

09.22.2016“Facing the Department of Labor: A Primer on Prevailing Wage Laws and Their Impact on Sureties,” 2016 Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, NJ
02.25.2016Diversity Forum
02.26.2015Tampa Employment Law Update: Winter 2015 - "Most Common Minimum Wage and Overtime Mistakes and How to Avoid Them"
08.05.2014"Payment and Performance Surety Bonds in Construction Projects: Perspectives of Owners, Contractors and Sureties"
08.14.2012Employment Law Update: For Executives, Managers, Business Owners and Human Resources Professionals
09.22.2010"Key Practice Pointers and Pitfalls When Pursuing Motions for Summary Judgment for Indemnity," 2010 Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey
04.14.2010"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Bringing an Indemnity Claim Against a Principal – Current Key Practice Pointers and Possible Pitfalls," 2010 Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Charleston, South Carolina
08.20.2009"Reading the Chart: Who is Disabled & What Accommodations are Required?" Co-Presenter, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
04.01.2009"The Advent of the Breach of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Claim Since the Preclusion of Sureties from the Definition of ‘Insurer’ in Florida’s Bad Faith Statute," 2009 Southern Surety Conference
01.13.2009"Winning Your First Civil Trial," National Business Institute Seminar
02.20.2008"Ethics: What All Legal Support Staff Should Know," IPE Institute for Paralegal Education Seminar

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Alternate biographies




  • J.D., cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, 2002
  • B.A., University of Central Florida, 1995

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2002
  • United States Supreme Court, 2008
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 2003



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