About

Miguel J. Chamorro is a Partner in the firm’s Miami office.

Mr. Chamorro was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua.  His diverse practice in litigation and transactional work focuses on business law and real estate law.  He has substantial experience with administrative law, appeals, arbitration, bankruptcies, construction law, consumer law, corporate matters, creditor & debtor rights, insurance, insurance-company receiverships, landlord & tenant relationships, mortgages, negotiable instruments and premises liability.  Some of his work is highlighted in state-wide and regional publications.  He represents companies, government entities and individuals in the hospitality, financial, insurance and property management industries, some of whom are from Latin America and present issues of international law.

 

Mr. Chamorro is active in The Florida Bar.  He served as Vice Chair of the bar’s Civil Procedure Rules Committee, which evaluates, recommends, and drafts amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure and its official forms.  In this capacity, he argued before the Florida Supreme Court.  Presently, he serves in the bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee.

 

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, Inc., 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, Pennsylvania, 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 to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism.

Education

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

Office Location

  • Miami - Florida

Professional Involvement

  • Civil Procedure Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, Vice Chair (2016-present)
  • 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)

Mr. Chamorro was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua. During law school he served his student body as Vice President of the Spanish American Law School Association and as a member of the Law School Appropriations Committee.  Throughout his second and third year of law school he was a certified intern at Legal Services of North Florida, Inc., a non-profit organization, 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 for two years at the Foreign Policy Research Institute of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 on counterterrorism, 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 to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism.

Areas of Expertise

Languages

  • Spanish (proficient)

Admitted to Practice

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

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 (2017 and 2019 Editions)
  • 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)

Representative Matters

  • 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) (Recommended Order)
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Osborne, 2014 WL 4843990 (Fla. 11th Cir. 2014 April 28, 2014)