Michael J. Schofield

Michael J. Schofield


Professional Experience:

Michael J. Schofield has a broad based civil litigation practice. He has experience in aviation, construction, commercial, insurance coverage and disputes, product liability, and general liability. He is a Certified Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator in Florida, and Mediator and Arbitrator in Alabama. He also serves as an arbitrator, and neutral in other ADR matters.  Michael is also an approved continuing education instructor for subjects related to insurance claims, including Property & Casualty, Industrial Fire, Adjuster Ethics, Adjuster Law, Health Law, General Lines and Premium Discounts/Mitigation options.

Mike is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit and Fifth Circuit, all U.S. District Courts for all districts in Florida, and all U.S. District Courts in the State of Alabama.

Mike earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1980 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1983 with appellate advocacy honors. Mike also holds a Master’s degree in Theology (Apologetics) from Luther Rice University and Seminary.

In his spare time, Mike is an instrument rated private pilot and flies multi-engine and single-engine aircraft, with about 1000 hours of pilot time.

Michael J. Schofield is licensed to practice in Florida and Alabama.

  • Florida Board Certified in Aviation Law
  • AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • AVVO Rating, Superb
  • Aviation Insurance Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), panel counsel
  • Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution (Alabama Bar Association)
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Pensacola chapter
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Dispute Resolution Institute
  • Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition, Vice President, 2017
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc.
  • Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society (FloridaMediators.org)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, former Board Member, 1998-2003
  • Florida Department of Financial Services – Mediation Program
  • Florida Law Alliance
  • Gulf Coast Intellectual Property Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, charter member
  • National Business Aviation Association NBAA
  • Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
  • Pensacola Five Flags Rotary
  • Windstorm Insurance Network, Certified Umpire

Michael J. Schofield



Direct: 850.208.7062


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Stephanie Gaherty

Legal Secretary

Tracy Torrez

Areas of Practice
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Aviation & Transportation
  • Drone Law
  • Business & Banking
  • Employment
  • Construction & Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Products Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Wills, Trusts & Estate Litigation
  • Insurance Law


  • Florida Board Certified in Aviation Law
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Court Mediator
  • State of Florida Arbitrator and Umpire
  • State of Alabama Arbitrator
  • State of Alabama Mediator


  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 1983
  • M.A., Luther Rice University, 2013
  • B.S., University of Florida, 1980


Admittance to Practice
  • All Florida and Alabama, including All Federal

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