Michael P Sampson

Orlando Collaborative Family Law Attorney

Collaborative family law attorney Mr. Sampson works with teams of fellow collaborating lawyers, 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 practice teams resolve Florida divorce and other family law cases privately, confidentially, amicably, and with dignity. Successful collaborating couples spare themselves pain and exorbitant costs that litigation often escalates.  Collaborating moms and dads can emerge emotionally intact and prepared to model cooperative, problem-solving for their children.

Michael’s Florida collaborative practice 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)
    • Outreach and Research Subcommittees (2019)
    • Communications, Publications, Social Media Committee, and Bronze Sponsor of Statewide Annual Conference (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) (2014-present)
  • American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section – Collaborative Law Subcommittee (2018-present)
  • Orange County Bar Association – ADR Subcommittee (2019)
  • Rules of Judicial Administration Committee of the Florida Bar (2006-2012)
  • Rules Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar (2000-2006)
  • Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court (2006-2014)
  • 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

collaborative practice training

Subject Year
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2018 Statewide Conference – Make Cases, Make a Living, Have a Life 2019
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Masterclass: An Exploration of the Evolution, Power & Potential of the Paradigm Shift 2019
Collaborative Law: Changing the Landscape of Divorce Litigation in Florida 2018
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2018 Statewide Conference – Flourishing Through Diversity and Access 2018
Navigating Confirmation Bias 2018
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2017 Statewide Conference – Get In On the Act 2017
When Clients & the Collaborative Team Collide 2017
Attorney Initial Consultation 2017
The New Premise of 50/50: Should You Really Split 2016
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2016 Statewide Conference – Stronger Together – Synergy of the Team 2016
Collaborative Practice and Evolving Ethical Standards (IACP) 2016
Debunking the Myths About Collaborative Law 2016
Collaborative Family Law Council 3rd Annual Conference 2015
Basic Collaborative Training in the Interdisciplinary Team Model 2014

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).


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