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Michael Rocha


Michael concentrates his practice on real estate transactions and development. In the course of his career, Michael has represented lenders, land developers, home builders and property owners in the financing, acquisition, development and sale of properties throughout Florida. His experience includes negotiating, structuring and closing transactional matters related to residential and commercial real estate development projects.

Michael also routinely handles real estate related litigation matters. He regularly represents insured parties and underwriters for major title insurance companies in cases involving insurance claims related to title disputes and title defense, priority of liens, coverage issues, and agent defalcation.

In addition to his real estate practice, Michael also advises closely held companies in the areas of general business law, corporate law, entity formation and business-related disputes. He has also represented and assisted borrowers in analyzing and negotiating workout alternatives for troubled loans and has handled various eminent domain matters for condemning authorities.

Prior to joining Petitt Worrell, Michael was a Shareholder and Associate at Smolker Bartlett Schlosser Loeb & Hinds, P.A. (f/k/a Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves, P.A.).

Practice Focus

  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Title Insurance Defense
  • Business Law
  • General Corporate Advice
  • Eminent Domain


  • Licensed to Practice Law in Florida


  • Florida State Court
  • Middle District of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Eminent Domain Committee for the Florida Bar (Member, 2011-2013)
  • Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Association
  • Best Buddies Tampa Bay, Advisory Board


  • Stetson University College of Law
    (J.D., 2006, magna cum laude)
  • University of Florida
    (B.S., Finance, 2003, cum laude)