Skip to Content

Michael E. Marder

Co-Managing Director

Michael E. Marder is a partner and co-founder of Greenspoon Marder. Since founding the firm in 1981 with partner Gerald Greenspoon, Mr. Marder has focused his practice in commercial litigation and timeshare and resort law, working not only to create a firm that handles timeshare law, but shaping the industry in the process. Mr. Marder was instrumental in drafting Chapter 721, the Florida Vacation Plan and Timeshare Act, and its amendments. For more than thirty years he has represented the interests of the largest privately-held timeshare and vacation ownership company in the U.S., as well as numerous other hospitality clients, in a practice that spans all facets of the industry. Mr. Marder used his experience to create processes to support and guide his clients through project planning, structure, regulatory, financing, title, associations and administration of their properties.

Mr. Marder works diligently with House and Senate leadership to legislate effectively for Greenspoon Marder’s timeshare and vacation ownership clients, and was instrumental in drafting the 2010 amendment to Chapter 721 that provided for non-judicial foreclosure of mortgage liens on timeshare interests.

Mr. Marder has extensive experience with complex financial transactions, and notably completed a successful asset-backed securitization of timeshare mortgages in excess of $1 billion dollars.

A trustee of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), Mr. Marder is a sought-after speaker on issues facing the timeshare and vacation ownership industry. He is a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law committee and the Corporate, Business and Banking Law committee of the Florida Bar.

He is also on the board of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, working with local business and political leaders to strengthen Orlando’s business and economic outlook.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit
  • Arbitrator, United States District Court, Middle District

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of Florida


  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, 1977
  • B.A., University of South Florida, cum laude, 1975

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Stetson University College of Law, Board of Overseers
  • Victoria’s Voice Foundation
    • Governing Board of Directors, Chairman
    • Advisory Board, Chairman
  • American Justice Association (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member
  • American Resort Development Association, Board of Directors
  • Judicial Nominating Commission for the 9th Judicial Circuit, 5th District Court of Appeal, 2010-2018
  • Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Sections of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Corporate, Business and Banking Law, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member


  • Martindale-Hubbell, Rated AV® Preeminent™
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyers,” 2009-2021
  • Benchmark Litigation, “Florida Litigation Star,” 2019-2021
  • Florida Trend, “Florida 500 Most Influential Business Leaders,” 2018-2020
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, “Florida Super Lawyers,” Business and Corporate, 2013-2021
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Super Lawyers Business Edition, Business/Corporate, 2013-2019
  • Modern Luxury, “Miami Power Players,” 2019
  • INDULGE, “Top Attorneys,” 2019
  • Sun Sentinel, “Leadership,” Top Workplaces Special Award, 2019
  • Orlando Magazine, “Best Lawyers,” 2009-2020
  • U.S. News and World Report, “Best Lawyers in America,” Litigation, Real Estate, Real Estate Law, 2008-2021
  • U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation, Land Use and Zoning, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2020
  • Orlando Business Journal, “CEO of the Year,” 2017
  • Daily Business Review, “Top Dealmakers of the Year Award,” Finalist, Real Estate Finance, 2014
  • Orlando Home & Leisure magazine, “Top Lawyers in Central Florida,” 2010

In the News

News & Videos