Michael J. Furen

Shareholder | At Icard Merrill Since 1966

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Florida, 1966

Practice Concentration

As a second-generation Floridian, Michael Furen has a keen and deep-rooted interest in the Florida landscape. Since the early 1970’s, Mr. Furen has limited his practice to land use, development, real property, and administrative and governmental law.  He has extensive experience in the representation of private development interests throughout Florida and beyond.  Mr. Furen provides a total package of development legal services, including site acquisition, governmental approvals and permits, project documentation, and post development litigation matters. 

Mr. Furen has significant experience with development of regional impacts and planned unit developments and in drafting various forms of development agreements between private development interests and local governments.  He has also participated extensively in various aspects of legal and administrative challenges involving developments of regional impact, planned unit developments, comprehensive planning, and various zoning, special exception, variance, and other land use issues.


  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1966), Honors
    Order of the Coif; Phil Delta Phi
  • University of Florida (B.S., Business Administration, 1962), Honors
    Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Eta Sigma; Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Bishop Barry High School (Valedictorian)

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


Background and Experience

  • Chairman of the Board of Icard Merrill (1993 to present)

Professional Distinctions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2003 to present)
  • Bronze Award, Legal Aid of Manasota (recognized for 20 to 49 hours of pro bono legal services) (2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar: Member; Environmental and Land Use Law Section; City County and Local Government Law Section
  • American Bar Association: Member
  • Sarasota County Bar Association: Member

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-author with James W. Cullis, Compelling Attendance of Witnesses and Production of Evidence, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial (1969)