Michael P. Beltran

Overview

Mike is based in the firm's Tampa office.  His litigation practice focuses on business, employment, construction, real estate, securities, shareholder disputes and creditor rights.  Mike has developed a particular aptitude for litigating complex federal and state statutes.  He has a reputation for devising unique strategies to handle unusual factual and legal situations.  Mike handles matters throughout Florida’s state and federal courts and has experience litigating cases throughout the United States.

Originally from New York, Mike moved to Florida in 2010 to clerk for now-Chief United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday.  He lives in Southeast Hillsborough County with his wife, Hope, and their two sons, Michael and Ross.  Mike represents District 57 (Southeast Hillsborough County) in the Florida House of Representatives and has gained a unique understanding of the law and government process.  Mike also serves on the Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida's 13th Circuit, which recommends Judicial applicants to Florida's Governor for nomination to the Circuit and County Courts in Hillsborough County.

Education and Admissions

Admissions

Florida
New York
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D. (2008)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude,
with honors in International Relations (2005)

Work Highlights

  • Mike’s business litigation experience includes minority shareholder disputes, contract litigation, the enforcement of restrictive covenants such as non-competition agreements, director and officer liability litigation, and business fraud and tort claims.  He has represented Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized and small businesses, and entrepreneurs.  
  • Mike’s employment litigation experience includes defending a wide variety of statutory and common law employment claims.
  • Mike’s real estate litigation experience includes representing senior and junior lenders, as well as borrowers, in foreclosure actions, real estate contract litigation, as well as matters involving brokers, appraisers, and other professionals.  Mike’s real estate clients have included developers, investors, and property owners.
  • Mike is experienced litigating construction defect claims.
  • Mike’s creditor rights experience includes representing judgment holders, note holders, mortgage holders, and holders of unsecured and/or unliquidated claims.  He has also successfully domesticated foreign judgments.  On many occasions, Mike has used aggressive and creative techniques to recover large sums from supposedly insolvent entities.
  • Mike is experienced litigating Civil RICO claims.  RICO is a powerful law that provides treble (triple) damages and other remedies.  Associated litigation is technical and complex.  Mike’s mastery of the statute has allowed him to wield the it effectively in a wide variety of disputes.
  • Mike has represented various clients litigating first amendment issues.  He briefed issues related to a defamation claim against a construction contractor who published a website exposing a manufacturer of dangerous highway safety devices.  The manufacturer agreed to dismiss its claims and was ordered by the court to pay attorney fees to Mike’s client.  Mike also represented the Brancheau family in their effort to maintain the confidentiality of a video depicting a deadly whale attack at SeaWorld.

Prior Affiliations
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison (2008-2010)
United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday (2010-2011)
Boies Schiller & Flexner (2011-2013)
Beltran Litigation, P.A. (2013-2019)

Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement

State Representative, District 57 (Southeast Hillsborough County)
Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida’s Thirteenth Circuit Court in and for Hillsborough County, Commissioner
Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal, Commissioner (former)
Immediate Past President, Harvard Club of West Florida
Hillsborough County Bar Association & Florida Bar
Tampa Bay and J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inns of Court, Barrister (former)
Eagle Scout

Mike is based in the firm's Tampa office.  His litigation practice focuses on business, employment, construction, real estate, securities, shareholder disputes and creditor rights.  Mike has developed a particular aptitude for litigating complex federal and state statutes.  He has a reputation for devising unique strategies to handle unusual factual and legal situations.  Mike handles matters throughout Florida’s state and federal courts and has experience litigating cases throughout the United States.

Originally from New York, Mike moved to Florida in 2010 to clerk for now-Chief United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday.  He lives in Southeast Hillsborough County with his wife, Hope, and their two sons, Michael and Ross.  Mike represents District 57 (Southeast Hillsborough County) in the Florida House of Representatives and has gained a unique understanding of the law and government process.  Mike also serves on the Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida's 13th Circuit, which recommends Judicial applicants to Florida's Governor for nomination to the Circuit and County Courts in Hillsborough County.

Counsel


100 South Ashley Drive
Suite 1740
Tampa, FL 33602

813.221.5012 (direct)
813.221.5403 (fax)