Michael Sjuggerud

Michael Sjuggerud

Cocoa, Florida
321-639-1320 ext 108
[email protected]

Michael Sjuggerud advises financial institutions, local governments, businesses, and others on transactions involving the sale, purchase, financing, leasing, development, and use of real property. He serves as title agent on real property closings, resolves title matters, prepares legal instruments, and issues title insurance policies to owners and lenders.

Michael advises clients on commercial transactions involving the sale, purchase, financing, and use of personal property. He negotiates cross-border transactions and prepares complex contracts for domestic and foreign companies.

Michael commenced his legal career in 2001 as an associate lawyer in the Orlando, Florida office of Holland & Knight LLP, where he advised banks and financial institutions on commercial sales and leases, secured transactions, real property law, bankruptcy and insolvency issues. In 2007, he relocated to Japan to join the Tokyo office of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of the “Big Four” Japanese law firms. In Japan, Michael worked on a wide variety of international commercial transactions, including international finance, commercial leases, licensing agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Michael returned to Orlando in 2011 to join the law department of Siemens, a multinational conglomerate based in Germany. From term sheet to closing, Michael negotiated transactions for large energy projects throughout the U.S. and Latin America with public and private customers.

In 2014, Michael relocated to Cocoa, Florida, where he joined the law firm of Cantwell & Goldman, P.A.

Michael earned an undergraduate degree in finance with high honors from the University of Florida, an MBA in international business from Clemson University and CIMBA Italy, and a juris doctor with honors from the Florida State University College of Law. Michael has studied at universities in the U.S., Mexico, Italy, and Japan. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, the District of Columbia, New York and Washington.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Real Estate
  • 20% Business Law
  • 20% Local and State Government
  • 10% International Law

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Washington


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • Juris Doctor cum laude
  • Clemson University
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration
  • CIMBA Italy
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration
  • University of Florida
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Business Administration (Finance)

Published Works

  • “New International Jurisdiction Rules: Foreign Companies Must Brace For Change”, International Law Office, 2011
  • “Usury claims: Challenging Grey-Zone Interest”, International Law Office, 2010
  • “Student Loans in Bankruptcy: Policy Analysis and Portfolio Review”, Banking Law Journal, 2006
  • “The Basics of Bankruptcy Risk Management when Making Consumer Loans”, Banking Law Journal, 2004
  • “Defeating the Self-Settled Spendthrift Trust in Bankruptcy”, Florida State University Law Review, 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Florida State University Law Review: Notes and Comments Editor
  • Florida State University Law Review: Meritorious Service Award
  • Florida State University Law Review: Best Law Review Article
  • American Bankruptcy Institute: Medal of Excellence
  • Florida State University College of Law: Book Award, Bankruptcy Policy Seminar
  • Florida State University College of Law: Merit Award, Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Co.
  • Florida State University College of Law: Book Award, Legal Spanish

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida State University College of Law Alumni Board, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, Investor, 2015 - Present
  • Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, Partner, 2016 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Siemens Energy, Inc. (Orlando, Florida), Legal Department
  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo, Japan), Foreign Lawyer
  • Holland & Knight LLP (Orlando, Florida), Lawyer


  • English (Primary)
  • Spanish