Michael Hancock has excelled in personal injury litigation since 1988, earning among other honors, an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a Superb 10.0 rating by avvo.com, membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and being named one of Florida's Super Lawyers and being named as one of Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers.
During his first eight years of practice, Michael Hancock was an attorney at two large insurance defense law firms representing, defending, and completing many jury trials for insurance companies including Allstate, State Farm, Geico, the Travelers, and several Fortune 500 companies in personal injury and wrongful death cases. During these eight years, Michael Hancock was not only trained by some of the best attorneys in the country, he was made privy to the insider secrets and inner workings of how insurance companies defend and evaluate personal injury claims. He was also taught the insurance company tactics used over and over again to minimize the amount paid, or to completely avoid paying legitimate personal injury claims made by otherwise responsible and kind people from our community.
In 1996, after representing insurance companies for eight years, and having gained an insider knowledge of the insurance industry, Mr. Hancock left a successful insurance defense firm and founded Hancock Law Firm. Using his knowledge of insider secrets of the insurance industry, he has been devoted exclusively to representing the injured in personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Mr. Hancock is proud of having earned the following awards and recognitions:
An AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
Martindale-Hubbell is the definitive law directory to the most distinguished attorneys in America. This AV-Preeminent rating is an honor indicating that Michael Hancock has reached the height of professional excellence in legal proficiency and ethical standards. The rating is based on the confidential opinions of peer attorneys and judges in the community. Less than 5% of the attorneys in Florida have earned this honor.
Florida Super Lawyers
Since 2011, Michael Hancock has been named one of Florida's Super Lawyers. Only 5% of Florida attorneys are chosen each year for this distinctive honor. Florida's Super Lawyers are attorneys who undergo a statewide nomination process, independent research on each candidate and then recognition by other attorneys and judges for the excellence of their legal skill.
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Michael Hancock is a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which recognizes attorneys across the country who have obtained verdicts or settlements in excess of $1,000,000.00. Less than 1% of lawyers in the United States have been selected to become members. Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers
Since 2012, Michael Hancock has been named one of Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers. Tampa personal injury attorneys are chosen for inclusion based solely on a vote of his or her peers, earning the distinction of reaching the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards.
The Order of Barristers
The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization, one of only two national honorary organizations for law schools in the country, that distinguishes the top 10 advocates from each law school who have excelled in advocacy. This honor is earned by demonstrating one's advocacy skills and one's dedication to promoting advocacy through service.
Michael was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a statewide circuit court mediator in 1998. He believes that his training and experience as a certified mediator enhances his ability to obtain the best results for his clients.
Top 100 National Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. This national organization provides networking opportunities, advocacy training, and the highest quality educational programs for trial lawyers. Mike has been a member since 2015.
America’s Top 100 Attorneys
Membership among America’s Top 100 Attorneys identifies and highlights the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Only 100 attorneys in each state recieve this honor. Mike Hancock is a lifetime award recipient.
Lead Counsel Rated
The Lead Counsel Verification was established in 1997 as a quality assurance tool consumers and businesses can use to quickly and easily evaluate a prospective attorney’s ability and credibility.
Mr. Hancock Frequently Lectures Other Florida Attorneys, Legal Professionals and Insurance Adjusters
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Hancock has lectured to other Florida attorneys, legal professionals, and insurance adjusters about handling and litigating every aspect of personal injury cases, motor vehicle accident cases and dog bite claims. Some of the more recent continuing legal education seminars Michael Hancock has lectured at include the following:
Auto Injury Litigation from Start to Finish (2014) Case Intake, Pre-Suit Investigation In Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation (2014) Discovery Techniques For Personal Injury Litigation (2011) Automobile Cases, from Start to Finish (2008) A Practical Refresher On Litigating The Florida Auto Injury Case (2005) Trying The Automobile Case In Florida (2004) Michael Hancock is also proud of membership in the following legal and business associations:
Florida Justice Association Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association Hillsborough County Bar Association Carrollwood Bar Association (President) Carrollwood Area Business Association
Mr. Hancock has also given back to his community by volunteering his personal time and legal experience to the following nonprofit organizations:
Carrollwood Civic Association Board of Directors, legal counsel, 2006-2016 Carrollwood Bar Association President Trinity School For Children (a Hillsborough County charter school) Board of Directors 2009-2011 University of Florida, Lake Watch volunteer (Lake Carroll) 2009-2016
Mr. Hancock received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1983 and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1987. Michael is a second generation native of Tampa. He is a graduate of Jesuit high school. In his free time, Michael enjoys outdoor sports with his family and friends such as golf, fishing, water skiing and wake boarding, and mountain biking.
Florida, 1991 Texas, 1988 U. S. District Court, Middle District Of Florida
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas Juris Doctor 1988 University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 1983
Professional Associations and Memberships
Super Lawyers of Florida, 2011 – present Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2005 – present AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, 2002 – present Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 – present Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator, 2002 – present The Order of Barristers, 1987 – present Carrollwood Bar Association, Member, 2007 – present Carrollwood Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2015 Carrollwood Bar Association, President 2016-present Carrollwood Area Business Association, 2010 – present Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 – present Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1991 – present Florida Justice Association, 1996 – present Trinity School for Children, Board of Directors, 2009 – 2011 Trinity School for Children, PPA, 2005 – 2007 Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1994 – 2006 American Bar Association, 1988 – 2006 America’s Top 100 Attorneys- Florida, 2016 Fastest Growing Law Firm- Law Firm 500, 2016 Top 100 Trial Lawyers- National Trial Lawyers Association, 2015 Lead Counsel Rated- Law Info, 2013
Pro Bono Activities
Carrollwood Civic Association Legal Counsel, 2006 - present Trinity School for Children PPA and Board of Directors, 2005 - 2011 Carrollwood Community Bar Association Board of Directors, 2011 - present