Lawyer Profile


Michael P Sampson

Orlando Collaborative Family Attorney

Collaborative family law attorney Mr. Sampson works with teams of fellow collaborators, neutral mental health professionals, financial experts, and allied experts.  Michael helps couples identify and achieve their interests and resolve issues for themselves and their children.  Collaborative family teams resolve cases privately, confidentially, amicably, and with dignity. Successful collaborating couples spare themselves pain and exorbitant costs of litigation.   Collaborating moms and dads can emerge emotionally intact and prepared to model for cooperative, problem-solving for their children.

Michael’s practice also includes drafting premarital and postnuptial agreements, often involving closely-held family businesses and trusts.


  • Sampson Collaborative Law (2017-present)  Owner
  • Carlton Fields (2002-2016)  Shareholder
  • Holland & Knight (1986-2002)
    Partner (1994-2002)
    Associate (1986-1994)

professional and civic activities

  • Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida, Board Member (January 2017-present)
  • Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida (2014-present)
  • Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals (FACP) – Communications, Publications, Social Media Committee, and Bronze Sponsor of Statewide Annual Conference (2017 and 2018).
  • American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section – Collaborative Law Subcommittee (2018)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) (2014-present)
  • Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court (2006-2014)
  • Rules of Judicial Administration Committee of the Florida Bar (2006-2012)
  • Rules Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar (2000-2006)
  • Leadership Orlando Class 66


  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1986)
  • Duke University (M.A., 1986 – Economics)
  • Cornell University (A.B., 1983), with distinction

representative experience

  • In the Matter of the Adoption of D.P.P., 158 So. 3d 633 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014). Reinstating a judgment of adoption and reversing the order that vacated that judgment of adoption on the basis that the circuit court lacked jurisdiction to consider a petition for adoption filed by unmarried women.
  • Osterberger v. Osterberger, 88 So. 3d 955 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011) (Successful defense of appeal of order denying Former Wife’s motion for contempt and attorney fees).
  • Odak v. Vitrano, 45 So. 3d 487 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010) (Dispute over valuation date for stock options and enhancement in value of stock following separation and over husband’s severance pay – affirmed in part and reversed in part).
  • Grasso v. Mulholland, 835 So. 2d 361 (Fla. 5th DCA 2003) (Trial court may interpret in children’s best interest ambiguities in marital settlement agreements regarding visitation).
  • O’Neill v. O’Neill, 823 So. 2d 837 (Fla. 5th DCA 2002) (Denying petition for certiorari to protect mom’s psychotherapist-patient records because her statements, with supporting behavior, constituted a “calamitous event” and an implicit waiver of the statutory psychotherapist-patient privilege.