Michael Kalil was born and raised in Jacksonville. Kalil attended Wolfson High School, graduating as a member of the National Honor Society in 2001. Upon graduation, he attended the University of North Florida, majoring in philosophy. While at the UNF, Mr. Kalil served as the Chief Justice of the Student Government, and participated on the Student Conduct, Academic Appeals, and Parking Ticket Appeals Committees. While in college, Kalil chaired a statewide judicial council among all Florida public universities, which then led to his participation in College Leadership Florida (Class VI), a program of Leadership Florida. Kalil also participated in the pre-law and mock trial programs while at the University of North Florida, and upon graduation in 2005, attended Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. While attending Stetson Law, Kalil focused on Stetson’s Trial Advocacy program. Mr. Kalil also served as the Student Bar Association class representative and was awarded the Stetson College of Law Certificate in Leadership Development. Upon graduation in December 2008, Mr. Kalil was awarded the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award for over 200 service hours. While in law school, Mr. Kalil gained invaluable experience as a certified legal intern at the Office of the Public Defender.
Upon graduation, Mr. Kalil joined the Duval County Office of the Public Defender as an Assistant Public Defender in 2009. While serving the citizens of Duval County, Kalil tried 29 trials and practiced various areas of criminal law including juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony cases.
Today, Kalil is accomplished in both civil and criminal law. His experience includes thousands of cases and dozens of trials to a jury verdict. Sheriff Mike Williams, who was the first to publicly endorse Kalil, said
with a range of experience in both public service and private practice, Kalil will bring competence to the circuit court.” ––Sheriff Mike Williams
In 2011 Kalil joined the Law Firm of John Kalil, P.A. located on the Southside of Jacksonville. Kalil has continued his career as a civil trial lawyer and has focused his legal practice on representing clients involved in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. Kalil has represented individuals involved in consumer protection, class action, mass torts, tobacco litigation, and other personal injury cases such as automobile crashes.Both a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and Federal Bar of the Middle District of Florida since 2009, Mr. Kalil is also an active member of the Florida Justice Association and American Association for Justice. Kalil served on the Florida Justice Associations Young Lawyers Board, serving two terms as a board member from 2014-2018. In 2017, Kalil was appointed by Mayor Lenny Curry and confirmed by the City Council, to the Civil Service Board, a quasi-judicial review board, and elected to vice-chairman of the Board in 2018