Attorney Michael Lessne has been appointed as a public member to the corporate board of the Florida Engineers Management Corporation by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Julie Brown. Mr. Lessne’s term runs Feb. 16, 2024, through Feb. 15, 2028.

Michael Lessne

Michael Lessne

Mr. Lessne is a bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorney and business and commercial litigator. After a successful career of more than 10 years in big law, he started his own firm, Lessne Law, in February 2022. Mr. Lessne provides counsel in a broad array of bankruptcy and insolvency matters and complex business litigation cases. He represents clients in many aspects of bankruptcy, including debtors (typically in reorganization cases), bankruptcy trustees (in liquidation cases) and assignees (in ABC cases), secured and unsecured creditors, landlords and tenants, and buyers of bankruptcy estate assets.

Mr. Lessne was formerly a partner at Nelson Mullins (formerly Broad and Cassel) and before that a shareholder at GrayRobinson. He is a licensed CPA and draws on his business and accounting background in his bankruptcy practice. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida and his law degree at the University of Miami School of Law.

He has received numerous professional nods for his legal work. He’s been recognized by Chambers USA (2020-2023), the Daily Business Review (2019 “On the Rise” award), Best Lawyers in America (2018-2024), Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated and Palm Beach Illustrated, and Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2016-2019) and as a Super Lawyer (2022-2023).

Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Lessne is involved in professional and community activities. In 2025, he will be sworn in as president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida (having served on the board since 2013). He also serves the American Bankruptcy Institute as a special projects leader for the Commercial and Regulatory Law Committee. And he has been involved with Leadership Broward Foundation for the past six years, serving on the Executive Committee of the board of directors for the past three years.

Mr. Lessne is a graduate of Leadership Florida’s Connect Class 11, a graduate of Leadership Broward’s Class 35, and a graduate of Leadership Fort Lauderdale’s Class 18 (and the Curriculum Chair for Leadership Fort Lauderdale’s Class 21). He’s held former board positions with the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Ghost Light Society, Deliver the Dream, American Lung Association’s Turquoise Takeover Task Force, and he’s held steering committee positions at Historic Stranahan House Museum and Arc Broward.

Mr. Lessne is married to Ashley Boxer, and they have a daughter, Mae.