Attorneys at Law Since 1943

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Areas of Concentration
Construction Litigation
Aviation Litigation and Transactions
Maritime Litigation and Transactions
General Insurance Defense Litigation

U.S. Court of Appeals
Second Circuit
Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court
Northern District of Florida
Middle District of Florida
Southern District of Florida


Florida State University
College of Law, J.D.

Columbia College,
Columbia University, B.A.


Chambers USA, Litigation: Insurance: Dispute Resolution-Florida, 2024

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America®,
Insurance Law, 2015 - Present

The Best Lawyers in America®Admiralty and Maritime, 2015 - Present

The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation-Insurance, 2024 edition

Who’s Who Legal (WWL): Transport-Aviation Contentious, Global Leader, 2024

Florida Super Lawyers, Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney, 2019 - 2020

South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up & Comer, 2020, 2021

Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2013

J. Michael Pennekamp
Rated by Super Lawyers

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J. Michael Pennekamp


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A South Florida native, J. Michael (Mike) Pennekamp’s is Chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group. His practice focuses on providing counsel to clients on virtually every aspect of the maritime and aviation industries and he presently serves as outside U.S. counsel to several international and domestic marine and airline passenger and cargo carriers and related companies assisting them with transactions, international and domestic regulatory compliance and administrative actions while maintaining a heavy litigation practice.

Mike’s litigation practice over the past 30 years has focused primarily on marine and aviation matters. Mike has litigated personal injury, wrongful death, commercial and other significant exposure matters as well as first and third party insurance coverage disputes and bad faith claims. Due to his extensive federal court litigation experience, Mike has represented a significant number of large domestic insurers in the defense of large loss litigation, mass tort litigation and litigation following natural disasters in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana and Texas.

Mike is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and his Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law. Thereafter, he served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Peter T. Fay of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

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  • Co-Author with Helaine S. Goodner, Wading Through The Choice Of Law Quagmire: A Guide For The Uninitiated, in LITIGATING THE AVIATION CASE 699 (Andrew J. Harakas, ed., 4th ed., 2017)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association 
  • Fort Lauderdale Mariner's Club
  • Marine Industries of South Florida
  • Florida Yacht Broker's Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • U.S. Superyacht Association 
  • Aviation Insurance Association
  • Greater Miami Aviation Association
  • Disaster Protocols Committee Member, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), University of Denver

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