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Michael J. Woods

Michael J. Woods

DeLand, Florida

Mr. Woods graduated from the University of Florida in 2000 with a B.A. in Political Science. In 2004, he received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Woods earned a book award in Trial Practice and honors for Appellate Advocacy, later becoming a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing as well as Appellate Advocacy. He also served as Justice of the Fletcher Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta. During law school Mr. Woods worked for two years as a clerk for the University of Florida Office of the Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Woods holds an AV rating, the highest rating obtainable by an attorney from Martindale-Hubbell, an international database that provides information for lawyer referrals.

Areas of Practice

  • 70% Land Use and Zoning
  • 10% Administrative
  • 5% Environmental Law
  • 15% State, Local, Municipal Law

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2004


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. cum laude - 2004
  • University of Florida
    • B.A - 2000
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Assisted C. Allen Watts with the update of "Impact Fees in Florida", Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Section Treatise, June 2008 and June 2010.
  • With Mark A. Watts, drafted update of "Legal Authority to Establish Stormwater Utilities," Establishing a Stormwater Utility in Florida, Florida Stormwater Association, 2013 Edition

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star - Florida Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Young Business Leader - Volusia/Flagler Business Report, 2010
  • President's Award - DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, 2014
  • Corporate Leadership Award - Central Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Volusia County Association for Responsible Development (VCARD)
  • Volusia County Gator Club
  • St. Peter Catholic Church (DeLand)
  • Volusia County Bar Association, President, 2014 - 2015
  • City of DeLand Economic Development Committee, Member
  • DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce (Bike and Trails Committee Member), President, 2013 - 2014
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Central Florida Office, Board Member, Chair 2015-2016
  • Volusia Building Industry Association, Board Member, 2015
  • West Volusia Young Professionals Group, Chair, 2009 - 2010
  • The House Next Door Board of Directors, Chair, 2008 - 2009
  • Leadership Daytona, Class XXX (2010), Graduate