Todd J. Michaels

About the Speaker
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    The Haggard Law Firm
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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 primarily involves negligent security throughout the State of Florida and nationwide. Todd has been a frequent speaker on various aspects of negligent security law to different Legal and Security industry groups throughout the country, and has had articles relating to negligent security cases published. In addition to his negligent security work, Todd also handles Uber liability, premises liability, aviation, pool drowning, auto accident and other injury cases. Michaels has been named to the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers list several times, among several other annual honors. In 2018 Michaels was selected by his peers to become one of the distinguished and exclusive Fellows of The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. In 2016 he was named ‘Most Effective Lawyer’ by the Daily Business Review for the handling of a negligent security wrongful death case.

In 2012, Todd was lead counsel in the negligent security 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 and executive committee member of the Florida 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 for 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.


  • 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


  • Listed, Florida Trend Legal Elite (2017)
  • 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
  • Listed, Florida Trend Legal Elite Up and Comer
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 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, 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


  • 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

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, 2018 Florida Justice Association (FJA) Ski Seminar Speaker (Topic: Negligent Security)
  • Presenter, FJA 2017 Annual Convention Speaker (Topic: Opening Statements)
  • Presenter, FJA 2017 Workhorse (Topic: Daubert)
  • Presenter, 2017 Broward County Justice Association (Topic: Negligent Security)
  • Presenter, 2017 FJA Bootcamp (Topic: Uber liability)
  • Presenter, 2017 Haggard Law Firm CLE Seminar Speaker (Negligent Security)
  • Presenter, 2016 FJA Convention Speaker (Young Lawyers) (Topic: Negligent Security)
  • Presenter, 2016 Masters of Justice Speaker (Topic: Impeachment)
  • Presenter, 2016 Palm Beach County State Attorneys Office Crime Victim’s Week Presenter (Topic: Negligent Security)
  • Program Chair, Florida Justice Association 2015 Annual Convention
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (2015)
  • Presenter, 2015, 2016, 2017 American Society of Industrial Security’s (ASIS) annual seminar (Annual Topic: Negligent Security)
  • Speaker, Miami-Dade Police Department Police Academy