Michaela D. Scheihing practices in the area of first-party property insurance coverage disputes, arson and suspected fraudulent claims, and bad faith litigation. Following the unprecedented 2004-2005 hurricane seasons in Florida, Michaela spent the majority of her time working on large commercial losses. She also serves as an expert witness on attorney's fees issues.

Michaela D. Scheihing began her career working on first-party insurance coverage issues over 20 years ago. She received her Juris Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law-Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1991. Prior to entering law school, Michaela worked in law enforcement for seven years at the Indian River County Sheriff's Department in Vero Beach, Florida. She started as a Correctional Officer, became one of the first female Deputy Sheriff's in the history of the county, and then was promoted to a Crime Scene Investigator. That background is invaluable to Ms. Scheihing in working with SIU on arson and suspected fraudulent claims.

Michaela remains active in a number of professional organizations and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP), the International Association of Arson Investigators, Florida Chapter (IAAI), and the Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND). Ms. Scheihing is a past president of all of the above organizations.

Michaela is a frequent speaker at the WIND annual conferences and has also presented at PLRB, FACAP, FIFEC and IAAI. She is a Certified Circuit Mediator in Florida and has been selected as an umpire in insurance appraisals. Ms. Scheihing is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

A member of the Florida Bar since 1992, Ms. Scheihing is also admitted to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and all U.S. District Courts in the State of Florida.


Education
Barry University, B.P.S., 1988
Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, J.D., 1991
Bar Admission
Florida, 1992
Court Admission
United States Court of Appeal for the 11th Circuit
All United States District Courts, State of Florida
Ratings
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated
Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section)
The Florida Bar
Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention, Past President (1997)(Board Member 1995-2000)
International Association of Arson Investigators, President Florida Chapter (2007-2009)(Board Member 1999-present)
Volusia County Bar Association
Windstorm Insurance Network, President (2010-2011) (Board member 2004-present)
Wind Fellow Designation
Property Loss Research Bureau
Special Certifications
Certified Circuit Civil Mediator