Career Spotlight: Michael McNerney (JD 73), General Counsel, Integrity
After over three decades of practicing law in Ft. Lauderdale, UF Law alum Mike McNerney offers this advice to students seeking to practice law in South Florida:
“Clerk, clerk, clerk! Besides the traditional resume items, the best thing you can add to your legal experience coming out of law school is clerking. It makes a good resume great and a mediocre resume better.”
McNerney practiced law in Ft. Lauderdale for 31 years with the firm he founded with partners Mike Brinkley and Phil Morgan. His practice areas included all types of litigation dealing with banking, property, construction, land use, probate, viatical settlements, and contested matters before governmental and administrative bodies.
McNerney is considered a national authority on viatical and life settlements and has contributed to the drafting of laws in numerous states dealing with their regulation. He is a past chair and current member of the UF Law Board of Trustees.
McNerney has recently begun a new phase in his career. He is now general counsel for Integrity, a holding and financial services company based in Great Britain that is just setting up its U.S. operations.