Michael Dear ’08 practices Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense and is a partner at Railey, Harding and Allen, PA in Orlando, Florida. If you would like to speak with Michael, please contact him at (407) 648-9119 or mdear@raileyharding.com. To view more alumni spotlight stories, click here.

What is your favorite Coastal memory? I have many great memories from law school, but an accomplishment that stands out in my mind is giving the commencement address at graduation to my fellow graduates, their families and friends.
What is your proudest professional moment? My proudest two professional moments to date are becoming Martindale-Hubbell AV rated by my peers and becoming a partner with my firm.
What is on your bookshelf? I just finished Rich Dad Poor Dad.
What advice do you have for someone considering law school? Live cheap. Maybe spend some time traveling first.
Who did you call when you found out you passed the bar? When the bar results came out I looked for my id number to find my results and my number wasn’t on the list. I spent the morning trying to call the Bar, which of course, had a busy signal most of the morning. When I finally got in touch with someone I found out my id number had changed some time between my initial application and the test date, so the number I had been looking for that morning was incorrect. That took a few years off my life.