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Each lawyer in this firm has more than 25 years experience practicing criminal defense in Gainesville, Florida and surrounding areas, including Alachua, Levy, Bradford, Union and Gilchrist Counties.

(352) 378-1107

1800 N. Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32609
Fax (352) 378-0103
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Michael R. Buchanan

Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorney







Born and raised in the state of Florida, Michael attended Oviedo High School where he was Student Body President from 1976-1977. While attending Oviedo High School, Michael was captain of the debate team, winning first place in the state of Florida District Three Interscholastic Debate Tournament in 1975, 1976 and 1977. In 1976, he was awarded first place in Lincoln/Douglas debate for the South Eastern United States Region during the Bicentennial Youth debates.

Michael Buchanan attended college at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he majored in Political Science. He attended UCF on scholarship for debate where he competed nationally in 1979 and 1980. In 1980, he was on one of only 56 teams nationally invited to attended the National Debate Tournament which was held in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from UCF, Magna Cum Laude, June 12, 1981.

Michael Buchanan attended the University of Florida College of Law. While in Law School he was selected to be a member of the Justice Campbell Thornall National Moot Court Board and was recognized as a outstanding senior member of the moot court team in 1984. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law on May 5, 1984.


For more than twenty-five years, Michael Buchanan’s practice of law has been primarily devoted to criminal defense. Criminal Defense represents 90% of the cases handled by Michael. He has previously represented citizens charged with first degree murder, manslaughter, sexual battery, robbery, burglary, grand theft, forgery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, drug sale, delivery, possession and numerous other criminal felony and misdemeanor offenses. Michael Buchanan has tried as lead counsel numerous jury and nonjury trials. Michael has actual jury trial experience handling cases where individuals have been charged with attempted murder, sexual battery, armed robbery, car jacking, child abuse, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, resisting officer with violence, burglary, drug sale, drug possession, DUI (driving under the influence), battery, domestic violence and petit theft.

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State of Florida
Federal, Northern District Court of Florida
Federal, Middle District Court of Florida


President 1992, Eighth Judicial Circuit Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Secretary/Treasurer 1991, Eighth Judicial Circuit Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Board of Directors 1993, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member, Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, 1989 - present

Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990 - present

Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990 - present

Member, Eighth Judicial Circuit Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990 - present

Legal Panel Member, American Civil Liberties Union, 1989 - 1993

Member, Alachua County Jail Population Task Force, appointed by Circuit Chief Judge Robert Cates, 1996

Member, Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "B", 1993 - 1996


The law firm of DeThomasis and Buchanan encourages its personnel to advance their education and participate in programs which address the needs of its clients. In an effort to provide the most effective representation in a changing legal environment, the following courses are representative of the commitment to advancement of that education. Michael Buchanan has attended the following continuing legal education programs:

Florida Public Defender Association Conferences, Summer 1986, 1987

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Fall Seminar 1989, 1990, 1992; Summer 1990, 1992

"Life over Death" Death Penalty Conference Fall 1990, Winter 1992, Fall 1996, Fall 1998

Appellate Practice Pointers 1995; Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter-FACDL

Grievance Committee Institute 1996

Survey of Florida Law - The Florida Bar 1997

University of Florida Professionalism Seminar - Criminal Law Group Discussion Leader 1999

Death in Different IX - Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, February 2003

Criminal Law Certification Review - Florida Bar/FACDL; 2003

Professionalism for Criminal Law - April 2003

Kids, Cops, and the Courts - April 2003

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 17th Annual Seminar 2004

Criminal Law Certification Review - October 2005

Ethics of Establishing the Client Relationship - April 2006

Case Evaluation and Selection (Instructor) - November 2007

Blood, Breath and Tears XV - DUI Seminar - September 2008

Ethical Issues in Criminal Law - March 2009

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 21st Annual Seminar - 2009

University of Florida Professionalism Seminar - Criminal Law Group Discussion Leader, April 2011

Eyewitness Identification, Litigation Training, January 2012

Masters of DUI 2012, The Florida Bar, April 2012

2012 Criminal Law Certification Review, April 2012

Blood, Breath and Tears XX - DUI Seminar - September 2013

Master Seminar on Ethics 2014

Criminal Law Update, The Florida Bar - 2015

Masters of DUI, The Florida Bar - 2015

2015 Criminal Law Certification Review

2015 Litigation & Investigators Conference, FAPI

2017 Masters Seminar on Ethics, The Florida Bar


Michael R. Buchanan is an avid gardener who is often found pruning his plants and pulling weeds. His green thumb is widely recognized by his friends and neighbors. Michael is often found at the beach, camping, fishing or creating three dimensional mosaic art in his home art studio. A newspaper article appeared in the June 13, 2004 issue of the Gainesville Sun on Michael's mosaics titled "Gainesville lawyer Michael Buchanan is also an accomplished 3-D mosaic artist" Click here to read the article.

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