Michael P Sampson

Orlando Collaborative Family Law Attorney

Collaborative family law attorney, Michael P Sampson, accepts collaborative matters only.  His clients choose to resolve their family law issues out-of-court and respectfully.

For each client, Michael works with fellow collaborative lawyers, neutral mental health professionals, financial neutral professionals, and allied experts. He helps couples identify their interests and resolve issues for themselves and their family.

Michael’s Florida collaborative practice includes drafting premarital and postnuptial agreements.  This work often involves closely-held family businesses and trusts.

Your collaborative practice team can help you resolve Florida divorce and other family law cases.  Your collaborative process will be private, confidential, peaceful, and creative.

Successful collaborating couples can spare themselves pain and exorbitant costs that litigation often makes worse.

Consider if the collaborative option might fit you and your family. Read more here about the collaborative process!

Might you be a collaborating mom or dad who can emerge from a traumatic life event – your breakup or divorce – emotionally intact and prepared to model for your kids how adults can work with each other to solve problems?


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

professional and civic activities


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

collaborative practice training

Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2020 Statewide Conference – Peacemaking Lessons from the War Room2020
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2019 Statewide Conference – Make Cases, Make a Living, Have a Life2019
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Masterclass: An Exploration of the Evolution, Power & Potential of the Paradigm Shift2019
Collaborative Law: Changing the Landscape of Divorce Litigation in Florida2018
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2018 Statewide Conference – Flourishing Through Diversity and Access2018
Navigating Confirmation Bias2018
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2017 Statewide Conference – Get In On the Act2017
When Clients & the Collaborative Team Collide2017
Attorney Initial Consultation2017
The New Premise of 50/50: Should You Really Split2016
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2016 Statewide Conference – Stronger Together – Synergy of the Team2016
Collaborative Practice and Evolving Ethical Standards (IACP)2016
Debunking the Myths About Collaborative Law2016
Collaborative Family Law Council 3rd Annual Conference2015
Basic Collaborative Training in the Interdisciplinary Team Model2014

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).

publications and blog articles

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