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Michael G. Butash
Stetson University College of Law
Florida State University
Former State Prosecutor
Mike grew up in the Tampa Bay area and graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1997. He was immediately hired as an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas/Pasco Counties) where he worked his way through the ranks handling misdemeanor cases at first and eventually prosecuting the most severe Felonies. After a brief stint working for Nationwide Insurance as in-house counsel, Mike joined a small firm and started building his criminal defense practice. In 2002, he founded Michael G. Butash, P.A. where he practiced for 11 years before joining forces with his partner, Sean Donovan, Esq. During his tenure as a Criminal Defense Attorney, Mike has defended thousands of individuals ranging from 1st Degree Murder, DUI Manslaughter, Sexual Battery, Drug Trafficking and Drug Possession to Misdemeanor Simple Battery, Domestic Battery, DUI, and Petit Theft cases. Going into his 17th year of practicing law, Mike has the experience and dedication needed to handle your case.
• B.S degree in Criminology with Honors – Florida State University
• J.D. degree – Stetson University College of Law
• Member of the Florida Bar since 1997
• Licensed to Practice in State & Federal Court Former State Prosecutor for Pinellas/Pasco County
• Who’s Who Among American Law Students
• Lead Counsel in over 40 jury trials
• Primary Counsel in thousands of Criminal cases
• Florida Prosecuting Attorneys DUI Trial Advocacy School
• Florida Prosecuting Attorneys DUI/Vehicular Manslaughter Trial Advocacy School
• Former Lead Domestic Violence Attorney for West Pasco County
Sean Donovan was born and raised in southwestern Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While in college, Sean was the captain of the cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams and in 1991 earned NJCAA collegiate All-American honors in the marathon. After graduating from college, Sean built a successful career in the banking and insurance industries.
Upon graduation from law school, Sean accepted a position as a prosecutor where he prosecuted thousands of cases and gained valuable trial experience representing the State of Florida in almost one hundred felony and misdemeanor trials. Additionally, Sean argued hundreds of dispositive motions that required research, testimony, and the admission of evidence. The training that Sean received as a prosecutor included, among other things, graduating from the State’s DUI and Advanced DUI schools, attending a seminar on the use of cutting edge evidence, and training in the operation of the Intoxilizer 5000 and 8000 breath test machines. Due to Sean’s skill and dedication as a prosecutor, he was selected to train law enforcement in the proper implementation of field sobriety tests.
In 2009, Sean left prosecution to practice civil litigation. Then, in 2011, after immersing himself in the practice of civil law for two years Sean decided that he could best serve the Tampa Bay community by opening his own law practice.
Sean takes his responsibilities to his clients very seriously and works feverishly in his attempt to achieve the outcomes that his clients desire from their cases. Sean feels that communication is paramount, and takes extra time to make sure that his clients understand the issues involved in their cases and agree with the strategies employed. Sean believes that a client should be able to speak about the legal issue at hand with his or her attorney, as opposed to a paralegal or case manager.
At Butash and Donovan we are dedicated to providing personalized top-quality legal representation no matter how large or small your legal matter.