Michael Kahn practices law with an emphasis in complex business litigation, intellectual property law, and constitutional law with emphasis on the First Amendment.
Mr. Kahn has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1977. He received his law degree from Duke University in 1977. Mr. Kahn, though a sole practitioner, is a big case lawyer. He co-counseled the largest securities fraud case in Brevard County history. He represented 592 clients in a non-class action case which recovered millions of dollars for his clients on a contingent fee agreement when the receiver had recommended a settlement of approximately 2 cents on the dollar. He was co-lead counsel on what perhaps still is the longest jury trial in Brevard County history, over 9 weeks, in a complex intellectual property matter involving theft of trade secrets against a NASA subcontractor with the Columbia shuttle crash as a tragic backdrop.
Mr. Kahn has other extensive experience in intellectual property litigation. He has tried or litigated numerous large and complex intellectual property cases, including cases involving computer software copyright and trade secrets. He has litigated or tried cases as lead or co-counsel in state and federal courts in several states including Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, California and, obviously, Florida.
The cases he has litigated or tried are many times referred to him by other counsel or clients after having had unsuccessful prior efforts to solve the complex issues involved which include intellectual property (theft of trade secrets, computer software copyright infringement), First Amendment issues (e.g. street performer ordinance challenge in St. Augustine, Florida) business relationships (e.g. alleged RICO and health care fraud related issues), alleged partnership, patent related and multi-state contractual relationships, security fraud, complex multi-issue divorce or post-divorce litigation (e.g. Michigan case involving bankruptcy related to divorce litigation, with approximately $30,000 per month alimony, and local case involving bankruptcy and divorce) and probate and probate-related litigation (e.g. Kern County, California oil wells and the effect of depletion provisions in a will on the bequest of same). The phrase “litigated and/or tried” is utilized here because most of the cases in which Mr. Kahn was involved settled beneficially for his clients after protracted, complex litigation though some resulted in trials of long duration lasting weeks or months. Thus, he is familiar with complex and drawn out litigation and the particular and unique challenges that such litigation entails.
Mr. Kahn joined a group of mass tort litigators in the endeavor to eradicate the illicit distribution of opioids in Florida where during 2019, 17 people a day were dying of overdose. Mr. Kahn was critical in winning the contracts for the group to sue manufacturers, distributors of opioids as well as other defendants on behalf of Clay County, Lake County, Orange County, Seminole County, St. Johns County, and St. Lucie County; the cities of Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Deltona, Fort Pierce, Oviedo, Palm Bay, Port St. Lucie, Sanford, and St. Augustine; and the districts of St. Lucie County Fire District, and West Volusia Hospital Authority District. On behalf of his mass tort group, Mr. Kahn has made numerous presentations regarding plaintiff opioid litigation and has lectured on the challenging and topical subject of representing public entities in mass tort litigation.
In his First Amendment practice, for over 34 years, city and county governments in Florida have retained Mr. Kahn for a variety of First Amendment issues including preparation and litigation defense of ordinances with a First Amendment implication which protect the citizens of Florida.
For example, recently Mr. Kahn completed work for Daytona Beach, Florida, in preparing and presenting for adoption a panhandling ordinance which successfully regulated the time, place, and manner of panhandling and in so doing helped restore integrity to the streets of Daytona Beach. Media articles on the impact of Mr. Kahn’s Daytona Beach ordinance are present on this website.
His vast experience in representing governmental entities, First Amendment practice and being accustomed to the realm of politics as well as his successful big case experience are unique in the practice of law and are invaluable in helping his clients solve complex problems.
Roma Molinaro, who is a Florida Certified Paralegal (FCP) and a Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP), is senior paralegal and office manager for Michael Kahn, P.A. She is a former president of Brevard Paralegal Association (BPA) and is certified by National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and Paralegal Association of Florida (PAF) and is a Florida Bar Registered Paralegal. In 2008, BPA awarded her the Paralegal of the Year Award. Roma holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Rollins College and is an adjunct instructor at Eastern Florida State College (EFSC), teaching courses in the Paralegal Department and in the Department of Humanities. In 2012 Roma was awarded the Outstanding Adjunct professor award from the college. She also serves as chair of the Paralegal Department Technical Advisory Committee for EFSC. She is a former member of the 18th Circuit Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
Joan McMahon began her association with Michael Kahn, P.A. as an intern while obtaining her degree in Paralegal Studies from Eastern Florida State University. Shortly before she graduated from the program in December 2013, she became a part-time employee of the firm, transferring to full-time in June 2014. In November 2014, she successfully completed the NALA exam to become a Certified Paralegal. Joan is an active member of the Brevard Paralegal Association and served on the committee for the Fall 2014 Paralegal Association of Florida seminar hosted by the Brevard Chapter. The Indiana native has lived in Florida since 1990 and doesn’t miss the ice and snow one bit. The best thing about being a paralegal is learning something new every day.
Melissa Tait began her association with Michael Kahn, P.A. as an intern while obtaining her degree in Paralegal Studies from Eastern Florida State University. Melissa was hired part-time shortly before finishing her internship and is now a full-time employee. Melissa earned her Certified Paralegal credential in July 2019 and currently serves as Secretary for the Paralegal Association of Florida – Brevard Chapter.
Avery enjoyed her first summer working as receptionist for the law firm – “it’s exciting,” she said. Avery will start high school in the fall. Her favorite subject is history and culinary arts. In addition to water sports, she is a devoted dog lover. She lives with 4 rescue dogs and two brothers. When she is not in school, she participates in a competitive cheer team and is continuing to learn piano. We look forward to seeing her back next summer!