Michael Candes practices in the firm's Construction Industry Group. Mr. Candes represents contractors, owners and manufacturers on a range of industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects, including airports, reservoirs, power plants, pipelines, processing facilities, parking garages and commercial buildings. He also represents clients in construction licensure disputes. Mr. Candes' experience includes the drafting and negotiation of construction contract documents for commercial and industrial projects of various sizes.

Mr. Candes is Florida Bar Board Certified in Construction Law, and he is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He also dedicates a portion of his time representing pro bono clients.

Selected recent representations by Mr. Candes include:

  • prosecution of claims in excess of $65 million on an airport renovation and expansion project
  • defense of claims totaling $200 million arising from the construction of a reservoir
  • prosecution and defense of claims for an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor arising from the design and construction of a 53.5 MW biomass power generation facility
  • prosecution of claims totaling $45 million arising from the construction of a cement processing facility
  • prosecution and defense of claims on an airport reconstruction project


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Appalachian State University, B.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Leadership Orlando, Graduate, Class 70
  • University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, former Symposium Editor
  • University of Miami Moot Court Board, former Member
  • The Florida Bar, Construction Law Committee
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, Board of Directors
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Litigation - Construction, 2016-2020
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Construction, 2015-2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, Rising Star, 2010-2013
  • Florida Legal Elite "Up & Comer," Florida Trend magazine, 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated