Michael S. Hooker

Mike Hooker concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation. During his more than 30-year career, Mr. Hooker has litigated a variety of complex commercial actions, including contract disputes, business torts, products liability claims, shareholder disputes and derivative actions, antitrust and trade regulation issues, disputes between franchisors and franchisees, Section 1983 constitutional claims, real estate disputes, land use issues, unfair trade practice claims, telecommunications disputes, RICO and fraud claims, consumer protection claims, TCPA claims, multi-district litigation, and banking disputes. Although Mr. Hooker more often has represented defendants during his career, he also has prosecuted claims on behalf of plaintiffs in select cases.

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Mike Hooker concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation. During his more than 30-year career, Mr. Hooker has litigated a variety of complex commercial actions, including contract disputes, business torts, products liability claims, shareholder disputes and derivative actions, antitrust and trade regulation issues, disputes between franchisors and franchisees, Section 1983 constitutional claims, real estate disputes, land use issues, unfair trade practice claims, telecommunications disputes, RICO and fraud claims, consumer protection claims, TCPA claims, multi-district litigation, and banking disputes. Although Mr. Hooker more often has represented defendants during his career, he also has prosecuted claims on behalf of plaintiffs in select cases.

Mr. Hooker’s clients have relied on him on numerous occasions to guide them through complicated "bet the business" litigation. In addition to his broad commercial litigation expertise, Mr. Hooker has extensive experience defending clients in significant class action cases, including defending a large qui tam case involving claims of Medicare fraud. His clients have ranged from individuals with substantial claims to large publicly traded companies. Mr. Hooker also has represented franchisors, municipal and county governments, and privately held businesses of all sizes over the years.

Mr. Hooker also focuses on cybersecurity, privacy laws, and electronic discovery, and works with clients to develop strategies for electronic data organization, retention and collection – both before and during litigation – so they are prepared to actively avoid, pursue or defend disputes in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, he assists clients in managing the security and privacy of their data, including actively responding to data breach incidents and ensuring compliance with state and federal data breach notification requirements.

In 2016, Mr. Hooker received the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Outstanding Lawyer Award.  This award recognizes an attorney who has exhibited superior legal ability in his or her field of practice, demonstrated true professionalism, and made a significant difference in the practice of law and the community.  Mr. Hooker was also was recognized in 2016 by Florida Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers" in the State of Florida. This was the fourth time since 2009 that he received this recognition from his peers.

Mr. Hooker is very active in local and state bar activities. He is a Past President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, and the Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter. He currently serves as a representative of the 13th Judicial Circuit on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. 

Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, Mr. Hooker was a shareholder at Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A. in Tampa, Florida.

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Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar (Board of Governors, 2010-present)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (Past President and Director)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation (Past President; Board of Trustees)
  • The Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter (Past President)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Magazine (Past Editor)
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court (Master, Parliamentarian, and Treasurer, 1993-present)
  • American Heart Association, Metro Tampa Division (Past President)
  • Tampa Theatre (Board of Directors)
  • Henry B. Plant Museum (Past President)
  • Leadership Tampa (Class of 1990)
  • Leadership Tampa Alumni
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Committee (Past Chair)
  • University of Tampa Board of Counselors (Past Chairman)
  • University of Tampa Board of Fellows (Board Member)
  • Hyde Park United Methodist Church (Usher)

Recognition

  • 2015 Outstanding Lawyer Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association, which recognizes an attorney who has made a significant difference in the practice of law and the community, exhibited superior legal ability in his or her field of practice, demonstrated true professionalism, and is respected for ethical practice.
  • Judge George C. Carr Memorial Award, Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, which recognizes excellence in federal practice and distinguished service to the Federal Bar. It is the highest award presented by the Federal Bar Association's Tampa Bay Chapter.
  • Michael A. Fogarty "In the Trenches" Memorial Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association, which is given by the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Trial Lawyers' Section to a civil trial lawyer who demonstrates excellence and integrity in civil trial advocacy, and ongoing efforts and recent or current accomplishments in the representation of clients in the civil court system.
  • James "Red" McEwen Memorial Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association, awarded yearly to a bar member providing exemplary service to the local bar.
  • Florida Trends magazine - Legal Elite
  • Tampa Bay Magazine - Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Commercial Litigation
  • Florida Super Lawyers (Top 100 Lawyers in Florida, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016; Top 50 Lawyers in Tampa Bay, 2014, 2016)