Michael Sjuggerud

Michael Sjuggerud

Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer
Cocoa, Florida
321-639-1320 ext 108
[email protected]
  • Michael Sjuggerud is a Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer. He is one of only 8 board certified real estate lawyers in Brevard County, Florida. Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.   
  • Michael 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.
  • He relocated to Cocoa, Florida in 2014, where he joined the law firm of Cantwell & Goldman, P.A.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Real Estate
  • 25% Business Law
  • 25% Local and State Government

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Washington


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Clemson University
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration
  • University of Florida
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science
    • 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
  • "The Death of Smoking in Florida: Implementing Prohibitions against Smoking in Residential Developments and Amending the Florida Clean Indoor (Workplace) Air Act", Florida State University Business Review, 17 Fla. St. U. Bus. Rev. 87, 2018
  • "Has the Time Finally Come for Smoke-Free Communities?", Florida Today (Print Edition), December 24, 2017

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, Presidential Appointee, 2015 - 2018
  • Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, Investor
  • Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Partner
  • Real Property Probate & Trust Law (RPPTL) Section, The Florida Bar, Member
  • Real Property Finance & Lending Committee, The Florida Bar RPPTL Section, Member
  • Commercial Real Estate Committee, The Florida Bar RPPTL Section, Member

Past Employment Positions

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

Ancillary Businesses

  • Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) certified N5


  • English (Primary)
  • Spanish