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Michael J. Bayern is an attorney at Butler in the Tampa office. Michael’s practice currently focuses on advising clients on coverage issues and Extra-Contractual claims, as well as defending Third-Party Liability claims.

Michael attended the Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with a degree in Crime, Law, and Justice and a minor in Sociology. He then went on to attend law school at the American University Washington College of Law, where he graduated cum laude. During law school, Michael served as Vice President for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society and was a national semi-finalist in the ABA Arbitration Competition.

After graduation, Michael practiced at the 9th Circuit Office of the Public Defender in Orlando, Florida for nearly 3 years. At the Public Defender’s Office, Michael litigated many misdemeanor and felony cases and successfully conducted numerous jury trials for his clients. During this time, Michael also represented all patients in Baker Act hearings throughout Orange and Osceola Counties and assisted his clients by examining the expert physicians that sought involuntary inpatient treatment.

Prior to joining Butler, Michael worked with a firm in Tampa practicing general civil litigation. At his previous firm, his practice included defending Third-Party insureds from claims which included defamation, construction defect, and wrongful death claims, among others.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors. He and his wife also mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.


  • Florida


  • American University, Washington College of Law
    Juris Doctor
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Bachelor of Arts


  • Florida Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association


  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida


Information or Indemnity: Do Certificates of Insurance Grant Insured Status?

Often, a person or entity that is attempting to claim additional insured status under the insurance policy of another will rely on a “Certificate of Insurance” that was issued by the named insured’s agent.  However, there are some considerations an insurer should take into account when presented with such a document before affording coverage to a certificate holder. Frequently, the insuran...

Michael Bayern