Michael J. Bauer
After graduating "with honors," magna cum laude as well as being inducted into the elite Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Bauer attended law school and successfully obtained his license to practice law in the State of Florida. After clerking for several civil firms, interning with the Office of the State Attorney and having the experience of working for the Florida House of Representatives, Mr. Bauer was appointed as an Assistant State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit.
As a Prosecuting Attorney, he was first assigned to investigate and prosecute all misdemeanor and traffic crimes in Franklin and Wakulla Counties, an area covering over 1100 square miles and many miles of Florida coastline. He handled a broad array of cases ranging from charges of DUI, Trespass, Petit Theft, Domestic Battery and every crime covered by the Game and Fish Commission and the Florida Marine Patrol (Hunting Deer at Night, Undersized Fish, Gill Nets, Killing Alligators, etc., etc., etc.).
After successfully covering such a large area, Mr. Bauer was assigned to the busy Leon County Court Traffic Crimes Division where he prosecuted misdemeanor traffic charges such as DUI, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Expired Tag, No Driver's License, Reckless Driving and every misdemeanor which could possibly occur on the road or highway or even in a car off the road or highway. He was soon made Chief of the County Court Traffic Division. After succeeding in this role, Mr. Bauer was assigned to prosecute felony cases in one of the Felony Trial Divisions. As a felony prosecutor, he tried a very large number of felony cases in a short period of time and achieved a high conviction rate. Mr. Bauer was then promoted to the position of Chief of a Felony Trial Division and supervised other felony trial attorneys for the Leon County Office. He also participated in Grand Jury proceedings and personally tried major crime cases (Murder, Manslaughter, Armed Robbery, Capital Sexual Battery, Narcotics Trafficking and major economic crimes).
After succeeding in this position, Mr. Bauer was appointed as the Chief Assistant State Attorney for Jefferson County, Florida. He was placed in charge of an office of attorneys, interns, and office personel including secretaries and a sworn state investigator. While the Jefferson County Chief, Mr. Bauer supervised all office personnel and tried all major crime cases. Mr. Bauer was then appointed as the Chief Assistant State Attorney of the busier office in Wakulla County, Florida. While Chief of the Wakulla County office, Mr. Bauer was tasked with supervising this larger office and more personnel. While in Wakulla County, he succeeded in investigating and prosecuting major crime cases and overseeing good results for this office.
After approximately 5 years of being out of his home county, Mr. Bauer was then appointed to a Senior Trial position in Leon County and was assigned major cases ranging from First Degree Murder to Capital Sexual Battery to major economic and white collar crimes. For every year in this position, Mr. Bauer was among the top prosecutors for the number of cases taken to trial and the number of cases won.
Mr. Bauer has taken part in every conceivable type of hearing before every type of evidentiary court in the Circuit, including administrative driver's license hearings, contempt hearings, first appearance hearings, bond hearings, motion hearings, post-conviction hearings, as well as petit jury trials in County Court, Civil Circuit Court (Jimmy Ryce Cases) and grand jury trials in Criminal Circuit Court.
Being as involved in the judicial system as he has been and seeing what he has seen, Mr. Bauer wholeheartedly agrees with the fact that "experience counts."
courtesy Tallahassee Democrat