Michael J. Furen, the Chairman of the Board of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., is a third-generation Floridian, born in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 14, 1940. He graduated valedictorian of Bishop Barry High School in 1958 and obtained both his undergraduate degree (Business Administration) and law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of Florida with honors. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, a prestigious legal honorary society. Since his graduation from the University of Florida Law School in 1966, Mr. Furen has practiced with the Icard, Merrill firm. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, as well as, the Sarasota County Bar Association.
Since the early 1970’s he has limited his practice to land use, development, real property, administrative and governmental law. He has extensive experience in representing private development interests throughout Florida and beyond. He provides a total package of development legal services including site acquisition, governmental approvals and permits, project documentation and post development litigation matters. He has extensive experience with development of regional impacts and planned unit developments and in drafting various forms of development agreements between private development interests and local governments. He has also participated extensively in various aspects of and legal and administration challenges involving developments of regional impact, planned unit developments, comprehensive planning and various zoning, special exception, variance and other land use issues. Mr. Furen has been recognized by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” and as a member of Florida’s “Legal Elite”. He and his wife, Joan, reside at 1605 Peregrine Point Court, Sarasota, Florida 34231 in the “Landings” development.