Michael J. Politis

Michael J. Politis
  • Biography

    Biography

    Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Born in Queens, New York, Attorney Michael J. Politis grew up in a Greek family and became fluent in both the Greek and English language. He made his way down to Florida at a young age and eventually became a state prosecutor. He rose from a misdemeanor prosecutor to chief of the homicide division, where he had a 100% conviction rate. He now lends his honed court experience and legal skills to his career as a personal injury lawyer in Daytona Beach.

    Mr. Politis boasts a long, and distinguished career. He has been practicing law for over 20 years and in that time has been invited to speak before the FBI National Academy, State Attorney Office, and Florida Justice Association. For his contributions to the community he has been awarded the Periclean Award from the Order of Aphea, and the Business of the Year Award from the American Cancer Society. His work has even achieved national acclaim, earning him numerous television appearances on Current Affair, TruTV, and Oxygen channels.

  • Employment

    Employment

    Experience

    • Politis & Matovina, P.A., 1993-present
      • Senior Partner/Owner Port Orange, Florida
        Practice areas include personal injury, civil litigation & criminal trial law.
    • Retired as Chief of Homicide, June 1995
    • Chief of Homicide Division, 1992-1995
    • Felony Prosecutor, 1991-1992
    • Misdemeanor Prosecutor, 1990-1991
    • State Attorney’s Office, SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1988-1995
  • Education

    Education

    Education

    • Seabreeze High School, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1979
    • University Of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
      • B.S. Business Administration, Corporate Finance
    • Nova University School Of Law, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
      • Juris Doctorate of Law
  • Awards & Recognitions

    Awards & Recognitions

    Awards & Honors

    The respect awarded him by his peers is also reflected in his clients. Mr. Politis holds a 4 out of 5 star client review rating on Avvo. Many clients have had such a positive experience that he became their go-to attorney. In particular, clients appreciate his responsiveness. The attorneys and senior staff of Politis & Matovina, P.A. answer their phones after hours and remain reachable 24/7. Mr. Politis has demonstrated a clear dedication to his clients and their cases.

    Avvo has awarded him their highest rating of 10 out of 10 due to his impressive background, and Martindale-Hubbell recognized him with their preeminent “AV” rating, the highest honor the organization bestows for legal ability and ethical standards. Among both clients and fellow attorneys, Mr. Politis is regarded as one of the most competent attorneys in Daytona Beach.

    Honors & Qualifications

    • Received Altar Boy Recognition, 1991
    • Received Periclean Award from the Order of Ahepa, 1996
    • Received Business of the Year Award from the American Cancer Society, 2010
    • Speaker, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Seminar “The Future is Now… 21st Century Law Practice”, 2010
    • Speaker, FBI National Academy Associates Conference, 2012
    • Speaker, Florida Justice Association Seminar “Hell on the Highways: Motorcycles, Trucks & Roads”, 2012
    • Speaker, End Distracted Driving Campaign Presentations to local high schools, 2012-2013
    • Speaker, Prosecutorial Training Seminar – State Attorney’s Office, 2015
    • Lecturer for the Volusia County School Board, 199-Present
    • Speaker, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Volusia/Flagler, 2006-Present
    • Lecturer, Trial Advocacy and Negotiation Skills – State Attorney’s Office
    • Lecturer on Security Surveillance, Criminal Defense, Civil and Personal Injury Litigation directed to corporations doing business as Nightclubs, Restaurants, and Hotels
    • Lead trial counsel in over 150 jury trials
    • Retired Chief of Homicide Prosecutor with a 100% conviction rate
    • Featured in Current Affair, TruTV & Oxygen channel episodes involving a high profile murder case
    • Numerous appearances in television news broadcasts
    • Numerous articles in newspapers
    • Mentioned in a non-fiction book as to a high profile murder case in Daytona Beach

    Awarded the preeminent “AV” rating, the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubble

  • Professional Memberships

    Professional Memberships

    Associations

    • Member of United Way Allocations Board, 1990-1992
    • President of Parish Council Board for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1998-2001
    • St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1976-Present
    • Member of Florida Bar, 1988-Present
    • Member of the Harley Owners Group, 1990-Present
    • Member of Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1990-Present
    • Member of U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1993-Present
    • Member of Volusia County Bar Association, 1993-Present
    • Member of Florida Justice Association – Eagle Patron, 1994-Present
    • Counsel for the Police Benevolent Association, 2003-Present
    • Member of City of Daytona Beach Shores Civil Service Board, 2005-Present
    • Benefactor Member of Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, 2006-Present
    • Member of Port Orange – South Daytona Chamber of Commerce, 2008-Present
    • Member of Flagler County Bar Association, 2008-Present
    • Member of Orange County Bar Association, 2007-Present
    • Member of Volusia Civil Trial Attorneys Association, 2009-Present
    • Member of Deland Chamber of Commerce, 2010-Present
    • Member of Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, 2010-Present
    • President of City of Daytona Beach Shores Cultural & Entertainment Board, 2011-Present
    • Member of Million Dollar & Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2011-Present
    • Member of Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, 2012-Present
    • Member of West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2014-Present
    • Member of Volusia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2014-Present
    • Member of Volusia Chapter/Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015-Present
    • Member of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016-Present