Michael D. Sechrest
Michael Sechrest was recently selected by the Superlawyers as a civil litigation Super Lawyer, which is a designation reserved for only 5% of the attorneys in the state of florida.
Michael D. Sechrest is a top litigator in Gainesville, representing clients in multi-party lawsuits and earning millions of dollars in damages for his clients all over the State of Florida. Through his stellar track record in court and his dedication to success, he has proven to be a valuable asset to clients and law firms alike. With an unmatched work ethic and a strong desire to succeed for his clients, Mr. Sechrest’s talents and superior knowledge of the law has given him many opportunities to serve the citizens of Florida while helping to protect their rights across several areas of practice.
Mr. Sechrest graduated from the University of Florida with honors in 1995 after completing a rigorous dual-major program in criminology and pre-law. He attended the university’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1998, and since his graduation, Mr. Sechrest has visited the University of Florida on several occasions as a guest lecturer on construction law, and he serves on a multi-arbitrator panel for business law and business disputes.
Mr. Sechrest’s distinguished career began in 1998 when he was admitted to The Florida Bar, and he has a long list of certifications and awards for his strides in the legal profession. Mr. Sechrest is an active member in the law community as a member of The Florida Bar Construction Law Committee, the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He was board certified in construction law in 2005, which rightly allows him the designation of expert or specialist considering there are fewer than 350 board certified construction law attorneys in the State of Florida. As he continued to strive for excellence in his professional career, Mr. Sechrest earned a second certification by becoming a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Expert in 2014, a feat that is accomplished by a scarce few. Only 1 percent of attorneys in Florida have been certified by The Florida Bar in two areas of practice.
Awards for Dedication and Significant Contribution
In addition to his illustrious career accomplishments, Mr. Sechrest also gives back to the Gainesville community through his work, earning him and the Warner, Sechrest & Butts law firm a the Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation for their significant contribution to providing pro bono services to clients who could not otherwise afford legal counsel or representation. In 2013, Mr. Sechrest served on the selection committee for the Chief Justice awards.
Mr. Sechrest’s awards and recognition include being recognized on several occasions by Super Lawyers, a rating service comprised of lawyers from all practice areas of law who have accomplished high levels of recognition and professional achievements. Mr. Sechrest was named a Super Lawyer for construction law and personal injury in 2012, and for products liability and construction in 2013 and 2014. He was also named a Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Fewer than 5 percent of any state’s attorneys are recognized by Super Lawyers. Mr. Sechrest has also been named a Top Lawyer in Orlando and in Florida for three years in a row by the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Sechrest was also recognized in 2016 and 2017 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top 1% of Lawyers in America.
Continuing a Career of Excellence
Mr. Sechrest has built his career on a foundation of hard work, diligence and a true concern for the well-being of his clients. His extensive experience in practicing law covers construction and business litigation, products liability, personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. And he has fought for the rights of all kinds of clients, including accident victims, contractors/subcontractors, owners of businesses, architects and engineers, suppliers, lenders and sureties. When it comes to standing up for a client, Mr. Sechrest never backs down. He has gained a reputation for confidence in court by going up against local governments and governing agencies across Florida, as well as the State of Florida and the U.S. Federal Government. Mr. Sechrest is also well experienced in litigation against insurance companies, and he has encountered many throughout his career, including State Farm, Allstate, Nationwide, Geico, MetLife, CNA Insurance, Hartford Insurance, Berkshire Hathaway Insurance, Travelers, and several more. Corporations and larger institutions, which may intimidate less experienced trial attorneys, are just another day for Mr. Sechrest as he has battled against Publix Supermarkets, Walmart, BP, CVS, Goldman Sachs, Target, Shands Hospital and even the University of Florida.
Some of Mr. Sechrest’s most successful cases include:
- A $4 million verdict against a municipality
- A multimillion dollar recovery against an engineering company
- A $20 million claim in Tennessee
- A large recovery for survivors in a wrongful death case, awarded by a trial jury If you are looking for a qualified, professional and tenacious personal injury attorney in Gainesville, look no further than Mr. Sechrest and the law firm of Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.