Michael J. Faehner

Michael Faehner

Michael was born in Manhasset, New York and grew up on Long Island. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance along with a Bachelors of Arts in History. During his breaks from Notre Dame, Michael worked for a specialist firm on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. He attended Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating with multiple honors in 1994. Michael passed the Bar in 1994 and has been a practicing attorney since then. In 2005 he graduated from the University of Florida School of Law with an LLM in taxation. He is licensed to practice in all state courts in the state of Florida, the Middle District of Florida, the United State Supreme Court and the United State Tax Court.

Michael is a Past President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (the youngest one ever) and also served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors and its executive committee (2003-2005). Michael previously represented the 6th Judicial Circuit of the Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Board of Governors (1998-2003) before being elected the Boards President. He has served on the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, Florida Bar Student Education Student Admission Committee, FL Bar Long Range Planning Committee, and the FL Law Related Education Committee. He is also a former Chair of the FL Bar 6A Grievance Committee, Vice Chair of the FL Bar’s Leadership Academy and Dean of its’ Northern Division for the FL Bar.

Michael is a Past Chairman of the Voluntary Bar Association Committee of the Florida Bar and the Past Chairman of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Bar Foundation which oversees Florida’s Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program which funds programs that help to expand and improve representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income persons in civil legal matters and improve the fair and effective administration of justice.

Michael is a Past President of the Clearwater Bar Association (2002-2003) where he was its youngest president ever along with being past president of the Clearwater Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division (1996-1998). Also, he was the 2011 St. Petersburg Bar Foundations’ Rising Star for St. Petersburg, a 2002 graduate of Leadership Pinellas, 2002 Tampa Bay Review’s 40 Under 40 for the Tampa Bay area, and a 2003 graduate of the Pinellas County Sheriff Community Policing Institute. He is also a Past President the University of Notre Dame Club of the Greater Tampa Bay Area (1999-2003 and 2007-2012), the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation (2012-2014) and of Leadership Pinellas (2015-2016).

Michael was previously the Senior Associate at the law firm of McFarland, Gould, Lyons, Sullivan and Hogan, P.A. and was head of the firm’s workers’ compensation and labor departments. His practice areas included workers’ compensation, personal injury, labor, probate, estate planning, and commercial litigation. He was a tax associate at the law firm of Abel, Band, Chartered in the Business & Corporate Counseling Group and Personal Services & Planning Group. While in Sarasota, he served on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society’s Sarasota Unit and was on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Club of Greater Sarasota.

Michael returned to the Tampa Bay area from Sarasota and took a position as Vice President and Senior Tax & Charitable Strategist for Raymond James Trust in their Private Wealth Management Family Office where he served as the primary point of contact for clients, overseeing the planning investment process and estate planning strategies while bringing the numerous resources of Raymond James to clients. He also works extensively with charitable organizations on tax issues along with compliance issues and was the department’s chief tax and charitable giving expert. Michael went on to become a senior associate with the oldest law firm in St. Petersburg, Fisher & Sauls. There he practiced in the areas of tax, contract law, estate planning, probate, corporate, and tax controversy work.

Presently he is managing and running his law firm, M. Faehner, Esq. LLC, where he practices in the areas of tax, estate planning, probate and trust administration, small business, and charitable giving.

In the community, he is the Vice Chairman of the Jolley Trolley Board of Clearwater and also sits on the Board of Directors for Suncoast Hospice Foundation, St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation, and the St. Anthony’s Hospital Board Finance Committee. He presently is volunteering on several committees for the Suncoast YMCA, Pinellas Education Foundation, and the University of Tampa. He also volunteers his time on assorted tax and charitable issues to the community.

Michael is a member of the Clearwater Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the West Pasco Bar Association, Pinellas County Estate Planning Council, and the Suncoast Estate Planning Council.