Michael Tew


The Law Offices of Michael F. Tew, P. L. have been established in Fort Myers, Florida since 1995, representing clients in areas of Workers’ Compensation claims, personal injury claims, insurance disputes and general civil litigation.  In addition, Mr. Tew is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator and a State-Qualified Arbitrator.

As a mediator, he believes that mediation is efficient, less expensive, and less risky for the resolutions of disputes. A skillful mediator facilitates communication between the parties and explores smart and creative solutions that represent favorable outcomes.  Effective mediation requires a blending of styles, depending on the parties involved and the nature of the dispute.  During the mediation process we urge the parties to constantly rethink their positions, compromise, and put aside personal differences in an effort to reach a favorable outcome.

We also believe in the importance of fairness and dignity in the process and in the outcome.  The mediator is tasked with helping the parties respect one another’s needs and objectives, and to reach a successful conclusion of the matter at hand.

Our mediation practice covers Southwest Florida including Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Sarasota counties.​

Liability Claims – Personal injury claims such as auto accidents, slip and falls, premises liability, property damage and product liability claims.

Workers’ Compensation Claims – Injuries to employees which occur at the jobsite or during the work day.  Many of these can also include liability claims against third parties other than the employer, who may be responsible for the injury. 

Insurance Coverage, Property Damage, and Insurance Premium Disputes – Disputes between the insured party and their insurance company as to whether a particular claim is covered or amount of damage.  These matters may also involve disputes in a lawsuit.  Premium disputes occur when the insurance company is entitled to conduct an audit under the terms and conditions of a policy.  These typically involve commercial business liability policies and workers’ compensation policies.

Mortgage Foreclosures – Matters  involving disputes between the lender and homeowner when a homeowner is alleged to be in default under the terms and conditions of the mortgage contract/agreement.  These situations may present an opportunity to either restructure the mortgage or otherwise reach an agreement between the parties.


  • University of Florida School of Law: J.D. Degree, 1976
  • University of Florida: B.S.B.A. Degree in Business Administration, 1973 (major in Economics)

Bar Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • The Florida Bar – Member of Workers’ Compensation Section & ADR Section
  • Lee County Bar Association


  • A Florida Supreme Court
  • Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • State Qualified Arbitrator
  • Certified U.S. District Court Mediator (Middle District Florida)

Other Affiliations

  • Approved Florida Financial Services Department Mediator
  • Member, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Approved Division of FLA, Condominium, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes Mediator
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