My Work - Generally
I was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida by the Florida Bar on May 2, 2011. I started the law practice, Michael Van Cleve, Law, in 2013. Since that time, I have worked on a wide array of cases in and out of court. I have commonly represented consumers on germane legal issues encountered by the public. I also have a particular interest in helping disadvantaged persons through legal assistance and candid legal advice.
I am also engaged in a lawsuit against the United States to change the federal race system. This lawsuit, Michael Van Cleve v. U.S. Secretary of Commerce, et al., Case No. 21-13699 (11th Cir. October 21, 2021-Pending), is currently awaiting a decision by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. At its core, the lawsuit is a 2020 U.S. Census case.
Of note, Michael Van Cleve v. U.S. Secretary of Commerce, et al., involves cutting edge constitutional issues of Article III standing, as well as the statutory construction of a relatively new federal law, 44 U.S.C. § 3563. This law is a part of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, which was sponsored by former Congressional Representative Paul D. Ryan, and signed into law by former President Donald Trump on January 14, 2019.
Read more about the lawsuit here: https://bleedingcool.com/comics/graphic-novelist-sues-us-government-to-change-its-race-laws/
Read about 2020 U.S. Census lawsuits here: https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/gerrymandering-fair-representation/fair-accurate-census/2020-census-litigation
Follow along with light coverage on the case through my blog, here.
My law practice includes the following: Criminal, Consumer Protection, Immigration, Wills Trusts and Estates, Family Law, Landlord-Tenant Law, Military Law, Appeals, and more. I understand how tough it is to find an affordable and competent attorney in this economy. I offer a variety of retainers (flat rate/contingent/hourly/hybrid) that depend on the type and complexity of the case.
Florida Bar Profile: Michael Van Cleve Florida Bar Information
Published Cases and Noteworthy Opinions
Valencia v. Pennymac Holdings, LLC, 317 So.3d 178 (Fla. 3d DCA 2021). Opinion: https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=5032912750527155190&q=%22Michael+Van+Cleve%22&hl=en&as_sdt=40006
Namon v. Elder, et al., Case No. 3D21-0536 (Fla. 3d DCA November 24, 2021). Opinion: https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=14865275751909224644&hl=en&as_sdt=40006
Areas of Practice
Delgado v. Pino, Case No. 2019-000184-AP-01 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. July 21, 2020). Available here: Opinion.
Van Cleve v. Ross, et al., Case No. 20-23611-Civ-Scola (S.D. Fla. October 13, 2021). Opinion: https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=13133596853961418678&hl=en&as_sdt=40006
Van Cleve v. Ross, et al., Case No. Case No. 20-23611-Civ-Scola (S.D. Fla. December 28, 2020). Available here: Opinion.