Michael Gaines


Michael (Mike) Gaines has a wide range of personal life experiences upon which he draws and uses to connect and communicate with both judges and juries. In the 25 years since admission to the Florida Bar, Mr. Gaines’s determination and strong will have made him an integral part of The Barry A. Cohen Legal Team.

Mike Gaines graduated from Stetson College of Law in 1988, where he served as a Law Review editor, and now currently focuses his practice areas on wrongful death, catastrophic injury and complex commercial litigation, aiding Attorney Barry A. Cohen on most of the firm’s cases.

He has tried numerous personal injury cases, as well as eminent domain cases representing private property owners, whose property was forcibly acquired by government for the building of roads, schools, or other public projects, representing property owners in almost every major public works project in the Tampa Bay area. His eminent domain clients have included major corporate entities such as K-Mart, Shell Oil Co., Toys-R-Us and MetroMedia Restaurants, as well as countless families and family-owned businesses.

In 1996, Mr. Gaines received what was reported to be the largest jury verdict ever awarded in a Pinellas County eminent domain case, obtaining a judgment on behalf of K-Mart against the Florida Department of Transportation of some $3.2 million, following a “final offer” by DOT of $150,000.

Not only is Mike Gaines an aggressive trial lawyer, he is also frequently sought out for opinion and comment by the media on various legal matters and has been the subject of feature stories in both print and television. Mr. Gaines continues to share and utilize his wealth of knowledge and experience with The Barry A. Cohen Legal Team in order to obtain justice for the firm’s clients.

Bar Admissions


Practice Areas

Practice on wrongful death
Catastrophic injury
Complex commercial litigation


Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1888