Michael C. Minardi
Michael C. Minardi is the Senior Partner at Minardi Law. For over 14 years, Michael has dedicated his practice to fighting for clients charged with cannabis crimes. His passion has driven him to learning and understanding medical cannabis laws in the State of Florida and throughout the country.
Michael’s practice represents clients in corporate consulting and services for business and individuals looking to enter the cannabis industry, forfeiture matters, and criminal matters, with a focus in cases where an individual purchases, uses, or cultivates cannabis for medical purposes. He has successfully won many medical cannabis cases, including several landmark high profile cases in Florida. He has represented some well-known patients including Cathy Jordan, Delbert Mullins, and Jeffrey Kennedy whom have had their cases dismissed. He won the first and second jury trial presenting the medical necessity defense to cultivation and possession of cannabis charges in the cases of Jesse Teplicki, and Bridget Kirouac in Florida. Michael has represented patients, including veterans, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Chronic Pain Disorders, Depression and Anxiety, Glaucoma, Severe Anorexia, Fibromyalgia, Liver Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and other medical conditions charged with cultivation, manufacturing or possession charges. He was recently been brought in to assist in defending Kristoffer Lewandowski in Oklahoma, a ten-year marine veteran facing two-years to life in prison for five plants. Shortly before trial, the prosecuting attorney offered Mr. Lewandowski a 5 year deferred sentence with no supervision an relocation to California.
Michael has been and continues to be at the forefront in Florida of changing antiquated perceptions, educating the public on the safety of cannabis, and bringing light to the harm being perpetuated by current laws. He is also leading the charge to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol as the Campaign Manager of Regulate Florida. He was named the October 2016, Freedom Fighter of the Month in High Times magazine for his continued fight for cannabis freedom.
Michael is part of the NORML Legal Committee, and is a board member of The Silver Tour, Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana, and The Florida Cannabis Action Network. He is also a Board member and Legal Director of NORML of Florida. Michael earned his undergraduate degree Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island in 1998, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center in 2002, where he was a Senior Staff Member of the Nova Law Review.