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Former district attorney focused on getting you justice for your injuries
and defending you against any criminal charges throughout, Florida.


Personal Injury

I represent clients facing all personal injury matters, including:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip and Falls
  • Dog Bites

Criminal Defense

I represent clients facing all criminal charges, including:

  • Sex Crime Defense
  • Violent Crimes
  • Theft & Fraud
  • Drug Crimes
  • Violation of Probation
  • Unlicensed Contracting

Personal Injury Cases:

I am a former State prosecutor in Sarasota, Florida. I have experience seeking justice on behalf of my injured clients. My personal injury practice is focused on all injury cases in Sarasota, Manatee, Venice, and the surrounding counties.

I have a proven track record of Million Dollar Jury Verdicts as well as large settlements for clients I represent.

Car Accidents

If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, you need a Florida personal injury lawyer that can provide you with the highest quality representation from start to finish. You’ll need help with getting your medical bills paid, collecting lost earnings and getting your car repaired. You’ll have many questions and concerns. You can count on me to take care of your case, so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries.


Slip & Fall

If you’ve been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have a claim for compensation against a negligent property owner. Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe for people that are legally on their property, and if they create or allow a dangerous condition, they are liable for the injuries that occur as a result.


Premises Liability

Property owners and renters; both businesses and individuals, have a duty to provide a safe environment so that people do not unnecessarily become injured. If you’ve been seriously injured on somebody else’s property, you are probably wondering if you have an actionable negligence case. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced and reputable Florida premises liability lawyer, as soon as possible after your accident, to discuss your legal remedies.   


Wrongful Death

A wrongful death can be caused by many types of negligence or recklessness including automobile accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, construction accidents and medical malpractice. If your spouse, parent, child or other close family member has died as result of an accident, it’s important to work with a reputable Florida wrongful death lawyer that can handle every aspect of your claim, so you have less stress during your mourning period.. 


Criminal Cases:

I am a former State prosecutor in Sarasota, Florida. I have experience prosecuting and defending many of the most serious felony cases, including sexual offenses. My practice is focused on criminal defense in Sarasota, Manatee, Venice, and the surrounding counties.

In criminal defense cases, I have a proven track record of
great results, including have cases dismissed!



A Violation of Probation in Sarasota and Manatee Counties can result in prison time. Each violation can add 6 to 12 points to your felony score sheet, and you can be sentenced to a longer prison or jail term than your original sentence. Not only do you not have the right to a jury trial for Violations of Probation in Florida, but you also have no right to a bond. Hiring an experienced attorney may be your only hope to beat the violation and get out of jail.   



Being charged with a sex crime in Florida is one of the most serious charges you can face. Not only do most result in mandatory prison time, but they also carry lifetime Sex Offender/Sexual Predator Registration. I have extensive experience, and great results, defending clients that have been charged with these types of offenses. 



Violent Crime charges can result if mandatory prison sentences and a variety of other punishment enhancements, including extended intervention programs, and a felony conviction as a Violent Felony Offender. Even misdemeanor charges of violence can result in the permanent loss of your right to have a firearm.  



Theft and Fraud charges easily end up as felony cases. Shopping lifting and related crimes are typically prosecuted every time. Something a simple as pawning a stolen item can result in a Second Degree (15 year) felony. Is it critical that you have a criminal defense attorney in Sarasota County that has the experience to properly defend you if you are charged in a theft or fraud case.  



All drug charges in Sarasota and Manatee Counties are not equal. Possession of drugs can be a misdemeanor in some cases. But possession of certain drugs is automatically a felony charge no matter how much you have. If you get arrested and the police don’t find the drugs until they get you to jail, then you can be charged with a separate felony! Fighting these charges is your best option. 



Sarasota and Manatee Counties take Unlicensed Contracting seriously. They routinely conduct ‘To Catch A Predator’ style Contracting Stings. Nearly everyone arrested in these cases are charged with multiple felonies! Your best bet of beating a felony conviction for unlicensed contracting in Florida is hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney. 


Michael Fayard

Michael Fayard



Getting you the best result in your case is my goal. I provide each client with professional, personal service while striving to expertly handle their case. I have a diverse range of legal experience, and I have successfully represented clients in both civil and criminal cases.

I am a former Assistant State Attorney in Florida. I have prosecuted and defended some of the most serious felonies with great results.  

I separate myself from other lawyers in that I have successfully represented clients in jury trials in both civil and criminal cases (you can see some of my actual Results).

In addition to my jury trial experience, I have also successfully represented clients in thousands of contested court hearings, bench trials, mediations, and arbitrations.  

Mr Fayard has helped me in several legal matters. He has a great mind for the law and has always had a good plan for moving forward after hearing the issues I am dealing with. I have worked with several good attorneys over the years and Mr Fayard is up there with the best.

Mr. Lamar B.

Made me feel comfortable and work thru any fears. Very down to earth and willing to see from all aspects.

Criminal Defense Client

My expectations and impressions of Personal Injury litigation were completely changed (in a very positive way) by my experience with Michael Fayard (Fayard Law).

After my daughter was involved in an accident, and I was unsure if my insurance company was treating us fairly, I reluctantly reached out to Michael Fayard for help. In retrospect, this was an excellent decision. Michael took the time to meet with us personally, understand all of our concerns (fears), confusion, and uncertainty.

His knowledge and understanding of this domain was apparent, as were the results of his taking the time to research the specifics of our case. Most importantly, he made sure we had the understanding and all the time we needed to make the decisions that were right for us.

Without question, I would utilize the services of Michael Fayard if ever again I found myself in need.

Mr. Jeff M.

I have consulted Mr. Fayard on several Occasions and have found him to be very helpful and the ultimate professional. I highly recommend him.

Mr. Joe P.

Great Lawyer! He helped me resolve my case!

Ms. Michelle S.

Thorough, persistent, & resolute is the way I would describe Fayard Law. Michael is by far the most understanding attorney I have ever dealt with. I would highly recommend to anyone that wants to be sure all the bases are covered @ all times. Way to go Michael & thanks a million!!!!!

Mr. Matt M.

Michael was fast, efficient and to the point. I really appreciated Michael’s no nonsense approach to my issue. Thank you Michael and I look forward to doing business with you in the future.

Mr. Thomas J.

5 Stars!

Mr. Jeremy K.

We hired Michael Fayard to file a motion under the ‘Romeo and Juliet law (removal from Sex Offender/Predator Registration). Other lawyers that I had contacted said. . .it was going to be ‘a lot of work.’ Michael got it done fast with excellent communication and professionalism. He was very reassuring and most importantly worked things out in our favor. THANK YOU!

Former Registered Sex Offender

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