Attorney Michael “Mike” Ziegler represents consumers and business owners in resolving their difficult debts using bankruptcy, defending collection lawsuits, foreclosure defense, and suing lenders and debt collectors for illegal activities. Mike’s focus is to understand his client’s situation to find the right remedy for them – seeking a solution that is aimed to take the least amount of time, cost, and impact to resolve the problem in front of them
I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia (Kennett Square – the mushroom capital of the world!). I spent my freshman and sophomore years on the school wrestling team. Frankly, I was not a particularly successful wrestler, but it was a youthful experience that I really appreciate looking back: it helped teach me dedication and perseverance, even when things are difficult. I went on to Penn State University and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree. From undergraduate, I went directly to law school at Florida Coastal School of Law, and graduated with my law degree in 2008. While I was in law school, I had a variety of great experiences, including volunteering for legal aid offices and interning for the public defender’s office.
Since graduating law school, I have focused my legal career on helping consumers struggling with debt. I first served as an advocate at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid in the “Predatory Lending Unit,” helping financially sensitive clients to navigate their legal issues. I went on to private practice in 2010 as an associate attorney at the Law Office of Robert Eckard & Associates, P.A., where I assisted consumers in foreclosure, bankruptcy, and other civil litigation issues. I opened my office in 2012 with the goal of empowering consumers with debt problems.
I have been an active participant in the legal community. I have spoken on the topic of mortgage foreclosure, contracts, and consumer law at the “People’s Law School,” presented by the Clearwater Bar Association from 2011-18. In 2011, I was invited to serve on the Florida Bar’s Consumer Protection Law Committee, where I served for the maximum terms. I have volunteered on numerous occasions for local legal aid offices and other community involvements. In 2013, I was asked to chair the Small and Solo Practitioners Committee for the Clearwater Bar Association, where remain the chair today (after a short break). I am a past board member for the Clearwater Bar Association. I have led several continuing education seminars for attorneys on the topics of bankruptcy, collection harassment claims, and credit reporting errors.
I am married to the lovely Nicole Ziegler, an incredible attorney (if I didn’t say that then I couldn’t go home) who also practices law in St. Petersburg, Florida. They share a home in Pinellas County, Florida with their 2 trouble-making daughters, two cats, and a dog.
Professional Associations and Community Involvement:
Florida Bar Association:
Consumer Protection Law Committee – Past Member
Clearwater Bar Association:
Former Board of Directors
Small Firm Practice Section- Chair
People’s Law School Presenter (2011 – 2018)
Pinellas Realtor’s Association
Gulfcoast Legal Services
Communicate Law Program
“Michael Ziegler is a 5 star Lawyer. He is very kind, compassionate, and trust worthy. He truly cares about you as a person. He’s not like most Lawyer’s who only care about the money. He cares about you and your situation. He keeps you posted on your case and if you don’t understand something he makes time for you and explains it so you understand it all. He’s excellent!!!!! If your looking for a Lawyer this is the one to get!!!!”
“I cannot recommend Mike Ziegler and his staff highly enough. I did some shopping around after my consultation with him, but the first impression – and his follow-up – convinced me to retain him. Nobody likes to be in a situation where they need an attorney, but Mike and his staff were kind, courteous, professional and very communicative, guiding me through the process with as much help as I needed and doing everything they could to make it easier for me. I would highly recommend his practice to anyone who finds themselves in the difficult situation of a bankruptcy, or anything else that he might be able to handle for you.”
“Mike is the best!! An attorney with the experience and expertise to help anyone going through the foreclosure process. Mike handled all of the filings, paperwork, and correspondence necessary so that I didn’t have to worry about anything. I couldn’t have hired a more competent and conscientious attorney than Mike. Outstanding!”
“Michael Ziegler is an excellent Attorney possessing abundant skills and knowledge to successfully handle your debt related legal problems. He clearly cares about his clients and I know he will do his best to make certain that you get the best possible results. I recommend that you call him immediately to discuss your legal situation.”
Robert Hambrick, Criminal Defense Attorney
“Mike is extremely knowledgeable and confident in his approach to being an effective advocate on behalf of his clients. I have known Mike since law school and respect him as a colleague and a friend. Highly trusted and recommended attorney!”
Eric Stepanov, Contracts and Agreements Attorney
“Mr. Ziegler’s passion and zealous advocacy for homeowners facing foreclosure is of the highest quality. I confidently recommend him to homeowners who find themselves caught up in this unprecedented crisis.”
Salvatore Palmeri, Litigation Attorney
“I endorse this lawyer. I have every confidence, when I refer one of my clients to Michael, that he will handle the matter professionally and promptly and will do everything he can to ensure the best possible outcome for the client.”
Richard Kantner, Estate planning Attorney