Attorney Michael J. LaPorte is a Partner at Bloodworth Law, PLLC, handling Personal Injury Protection Litigation for clients. Michael has practiced Florida law since 1997.
After more than two decades of litigating insurance cases, Michael understands that businesses and individuals want insurance companies to pay up. Now.
“I represent medical providers and policyholders in lawsuits against insurance companies for the recovery of first-party insurance benefits, including, but not limited to, Florida No-Fault PIP insurance benefits.”
Earlier in his career, when he was a defense attorney, Michael worked on the other side and defended the nation’s biggest auto insurance companies. He developed tactics and taught insurance companies how to defend against consumer claims.
Michael has also worked to defend consumers and has handled thousands of personal injury auto insurance claims across the state.
Michael said there are two sides to every story: arguments and counterarguments. But what Michael has seen is that insurance companies will hunker down to fight over less than one dollar. For medical providers, that dollar, across many insurance payment denials, can become hundreds and thousands of cases of lost revenue.
The Bloodworth Law PIP team knows that doctors, chiropractors, hospitals, and medical businesses provide services to consumers, therefore, it’s imperative insurance companies pay for services.
“Consumers, doctors, hospitals, don’t always receive the insurance benefits from auto insurance companies that they’re owed under their policies,” Michael said. “My position as an attorney allows me to help people when they’re injured and need their rights defended.”
From 1997 through 2015, Michael represented insurance companies in lawsuits for PIP and other first-party insurance benefits. He also represented medical providers in defense of medical malpractice claims; policyholders and insurance companies in defense of tortious conduct claims; and workers’ compensation carriers in defense of workers’ compensation claims.
Michael built and/or managed three different PIP practices at three different law firms during a more than 20-year legal career.
Michael’s vision of becoming an attorney began because he admired his uncle who was a tax attorney in Washington, D.C.
The inspiration to work in the legal field continued into a political science major in college. The studies led him to clerking at a worker’s compensation law firm while attending the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law in Gainesville.
Michael, an Orlando native, has a passion for soccer having played when he was young. He coaches his children and enjoys watching them play soccer and flag football. An avid runner, Michael uses his lunch hour to run as far as the hour will take him before returning to work for Bloodworth Law clients.
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Levin College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1997
- University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Political Science, 1994
- Bloodworth Law, April 2019 – Present
- Simoes, Davila & Partners in 2017-19
- The Law Offices of Dan Newlin, 2015-17
- The Law Offices of Patricia E. Garagozlo, 2010-15
- Swartz Campbell 2006-10
- The Florida Bar Association, Admitted 1997
I’m very pragmatic in my approach and in how I counsel clients. My philosophy is that a fast, fair resolution is the best solution for clients.
I’m representing medical providers, medical professionals, hospitals, and people who are trying to run businesses, or just live their lives. As an individual, as a business, you’d rather have the cash flow to get paid today and have that money in hand. I just emphasize efficiency.
Let’s do it quickly and get you paid something. Let everybody move on with their lives. If it’s a patient, move on with your life. If it’s the provider, move on to your next account or next medical success. So, let’s do it. Let’s get it done and let’s just move on.