Michael E. Hantman, a former Assistant Attorney General, is a litigation lawyer in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Mr. Hantman focuses principally on white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, compliance counseling and complex business litigation.
Mr. Hantman assists companies and individuals to investigate, respond to and defend against government scrutiny, whistleblower complaints and enforcement actions involving allegations of bribery, fraud, accounting misrepresentations, kickbacks, money laundering and other ethical lapses. He regularly helps companies design, implement and enforce comprehensive compliance and training programs throughout the enterprise to reduce their potential legal exposure.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Hantman was a criminal appellate assistant attorney general for the state of Florida. At the Office of the Attorney General, Mr. Hantman authored more than 150 briefs, state court responses and federal habeas corpus responses, and argued 39 appeals before the Third District Court of Appeal, including the first en banc hearing held in several years. See Kasischke v. State, 946 So. 2d 1155 (Fla 3d DCA 2006). Significant victories included defeating a petition for writ of certiorari in a first-degree murder case, defeating an emergency petition for writ of habeas corpus in a first-degree murder conspiracy case and winning certification to the Florida Supreme Court of a conflict between the Third District and First District Courts of Appeal. See Galindez v. State, 910 So. 2d 284 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005).
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