Mr. Burnett was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from the Bolles School in 1980, later serving three terms on the Bolles Board of Trustees. He attended Tulane University on a football scholarship from 1980 to 1984, and at graduation ceremonies was awarded the Martin Kelly Memorial Award for the player who contributed the most to boosting the team's competitiveness, as well as the New Orleans Quarterback Club Scholastic Award for maintaining the highest overall grade point average for a Tulane University football player during his four years there.
In 1987 he graduated from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans and was honored with the BNA Civil Trial Award for academic excellence in his senior year. Since graduation he has spent his entire career in Jacksonville, and has extensive civil litigation and trial experience in multiple counties throughout northeast Florida. Mr. Burnett has for many years held an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, been recognized as a Top River City Lawyer by Jacksonville Magazine, and been a Diplomat member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals since its inception. During his practice he has had significant involvement in serving the legal profession, including time on the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee and Chairmanships of the Florida Bar 4th Circuit Grievance Committee and Florida Bar Fee Arbitration Committee. He has also lectured extensively at bar seminars and law schools on a wide variety of subjects, including proposals for settlement, uninsured motorist coverage, products liability, punitive damages, ethical dilemmas, pro se party issues and all facets of mediation. Mr. Burnett is Florida Supreme Court Certified in state court for circuit and county cases and United States District Court Certified (Middle District) for federal court cases. In 2008 he formed G. Michael Burnett, P.A., and has been privileged to mediate over 5,000 cases to date. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, Personal Injury, Insurance, Premises Liability, Property Damage, Medical and Legal Malpractice, Maritime, Railroad, First and Third Party Bad Faith, Commercial, Real Estate and Contract Issues. Mr. Burnett and his wife, Kelly, reside with their family in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
B.A. in History, Tulane University
J.D., Loyola University
Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society
Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Jacksonville Bar Association
The Florida Bar