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Michael C. Eckert

Raised in Southwestern Ohio, Michael has always looked for opportunities to broaden his experiences.
As a starting defender on the Hiram College soccer team, Michael traveled the Midwest. He has completed coursework in Cambridge, England, studied botany on Andros Island and backpacked by himself through Europe. Michael moved to Florida to attend law school in St. Petersburg, Florida. After completing law school in 2 1/2 years, Michael took and passed the Florida and Ohio bar examinations. The day he was sworn into the bar, Michael opened his own law practice in Ohio where he enjoyed practicing in local government, consumer and employment law. After six years of practice in Ohio, Michael and his wife, Terri, missed the sunshine and moved their family of four back to Florida for Michael to practice local government law with Hopping Green & Sams. Michael’s practice focuses on the relationship between local government and its citizens. Michael also has significant litigation experience in both state and federal courts.
Education
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D.
  • Hiram College, B.A., cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Sixth Circuit)
  • U.S. District Court (Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, Southern District of Florida, Southern District of Ohio)
Professional Affiliations
  • Florida Bar Association (City, County and Local Government Law section)
Legal Experience
Provides legal services in the establishment of community development districts and other special districts.
Provides legal services to community development districts and other special districts on matters related to contracts, real property, public procurement, construction, finance, and local governments.
Provides legal services to local governments in the foreclosure of special assessment liens and the defense of special assessment liens in bankruptcy court.
Prior representation of Ohio municipalities and school districts.
Civil litigation experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Representative Published Decisions
Bach v. First Union National Bank, No. 04-3899, 149F. App’x 354 6th Circuit (August 22, 2005)
Bach v. First Union National Bank, 486 F.3d 150, 6th Circuit (2007)
Wolfe v. Walsh, Ohio-185 (2008)