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Michael Lynn Hastings, American lawyer. Bar: Florida 1969, District of Columbia 1971, United States Dist Court (middle and northern districts) Florida, United States Court Appeals (5th and 11th circuits) 1973, United States Supreme Court 1976; certified marital & family lawyer. Decorated Bronze Star; named Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce Certified of Appreciation, 1979; recipient Vietnamese award, since 1971.


Hastings, Michael Lynn was born on April 29, 1944 in Huntington Park, California, United States. Son of James William and Jane Ellen (Shields) Hastings.


California State College at Long Beach and Florida State University (Bachelor of Science, 1966). Stetson University (Juris Doctor, 1969).


Worked at Hastings and Estreicher, P.A. (St. Petersburg, Florida) specializing in Marital and Family Law. Trial and Appellate Practice. Admitted to the bar, 1969, Florida.

1976, United States. Supreme Court. Author: St. Petersburg Bar Association's Newsletter, "Attorneys' Fees in Matrimonial Cases," 1988. Equitable Distribution Update for the Third Annual Marital and Family Law Seminar, St. Petersburg Bar Association, 1989.

The Florida Bar, The Family Law Commentator Interspousal and Noninterspousal Gifts Under Florida's Equitable Distribution Statute," May, 1990. The Florida Bar, The Family Law Commentator, "Significant Sex-Related Cases," May, 1990. Guest Lecturer, Marital and Family Law, People's Law School, St. Petersburg Junior College, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991.

Lecturer: Clearwater Bar Association, "Analysis of the Equitable Distribution," 1989. The Florida Bar, Continuing legal education Seminar, "Novel and Unique Causes of Action in Marital Cases," 1990. The Florida Bar, Continuing legal education Seminar, "Marital and Family Law Certification Exam Review Course," 1991.

Stetson University College of Law, 1991. Law Clerk to Justice Hal P. Dekle, Supreme Court of Florida, 1971-1973. Board of Managers Florida Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994-1997, Institute Chair, 1997.

Certified Matrimonial Arbitrator, Florida Supreme Court. Member: St. Petersburg (Chairman: Marital and Family Law Seminar, Family Law Section, 1989-1990. The Florida Bar (Chair, Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

Board's Liaison to the Family Law Certification Committee. Legislation Committee, Family Law Section, 1990-1993. Legislation Committee's Liaison with the Senate and House Judiciary Committees of the Florida Legislature.

Mediation Committee, Family Law Section, 1988-1991. 1991-1993; Executive Council, Family Law Section, 1991-1999. Chair, Supreme Court Committee on Family Law Court Rules, 1995-1996).

Master of The Bench, Canakaris Inn, American Inns of Court (President, 1994-1995. Restricted to Martial and Family Law). Military: Captain, United States.

Army, 1970-1971 (Board Certified Marital and Family Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education). The law firm of Hastings and Estreicher, P.A. consists of 2 Attorneys, two of which are Board Certified in Marital and Family Law with over 30 combined years of marital and family law experience. The law firm restricts its representation of clients to marital, family, custody, and related appeals.

This firm has state-wide recognition by virtue of its involvement in numerous Florida Bar Committee activities centered on major issues including marital law legislation, continuing education and editorials.


Member of American Bar Association, Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, Florida Bar, St. Petersburg Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Seminole Lake Country, Bardmoor Country.


Married Shannon Regina Quill Hastings, October 18, 1969. Children: Damon, Ryan.