Michael D Wild
Managing Partner – WFP Law
Michael D. Wild is currently the managing partner of Wild Felice & Partners, PA and a leader in his community. He serves on the Board of Directors of 2-1-1 Broward, HANDY, ARC Broward, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdaleand United Way of Broward County’s Envision United. He also chairs the Endowment Committees for ARC Broward and 211 Broward, Chaired the March of Dimes Signature Chef Gala, the 14th Annual Joint Tax and Estate Planning Seminar and the 211 Broward Making Real Connections Breakfastand sits on the Jeb Bush Classic Golf Committee for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Michael was named Small Business Person of the Year for the City of Plantation, nominated for Man of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and named one of Gold Coast Magazine’s Top 40 Professionals Under 40. He has also been listed in the Wall Street Journal as one of South Florida’s Top Attorneys.
Michael has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine multiple times as a "Rising Star." This prestigious designation, selected by other lawyers in Florida, is bestowed upon less than 3 percent of all attorneys each year and Michael is one of only two Rising Star Estate Planning Attorneys in Broward County.
Michael is designated with an "AV® Preeminent Rating" by Martindale Hubbell. An AV® certification rating is the highest rating provided by Martindale-Hubbell – a testament to the fact that his peers rank Michael at the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability, based on legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience.
Michael was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2006. Prior to obtaining his law degree from the University of Florida - Levin College of Law, Michael earned his B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Sports Management, also from the University of Florida. In addition to earning his undergraduate and law school degrees, Michael has worked as a Financial Associate with Alliance Bernstein and as an Operations Assistant with the Miami Dolphins.
With a genuine enthusiasm for his work, Michael is a frequent speaker to advisors and clients on the subjects of estate planning, wealth transfer, probate administration and asset protection. He prides himself on implementing a holistic approach to planning, treating his clients like family and working with them instead of talking at them.
- University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D. Gainesville, FL 2006
- University of Florida, B.A. Gainesville, FL 2001
- Florida, 2006
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2009
Awards and Designations
- South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine Up & Comer Award Winner
- Gold Coast Magazine’s Top 40 Professionals Under 40
- Wall Street Journal - Florida’s Top Attorneys
- Small Business Person of the Year, City of Plantation
- Super Lawyers Magazine "Rising Star"
- AV® Preeminent Rating" by Martindale Hubbell
- A+ Rating from the Better Business South Bureau
- Man of the Year nominee - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Lifestyle Magazine Rising Star Attorney nominee
- Lifestyle Magazine Top Wills & Trusts Attorney nominee
- South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine Top Wills & Trusts Attorney nominee
Professional Associations and Memberships
- 211 Broward – Board of Directors, Vice-Chair
- Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale – Board of Directors
- HANDY – Board of Directors
- ARC Broward – Board of Directors
- United Way of Broward County: Envision Broward – Founder and Board Chair
- Unsafe Structures, City of Plantation – Board Member
- United Way of Broward County – Endowment Committee
- ARC Broward – Resource Development Committee, Endowment Committee Chair
- 211 Broward – Endowment Committee Chair, Club 211 Committee Chair
- Six Degrees, In Full Swing – Co-Founder
- Broward Legal Advisors – Co-Founder
- Plantation Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors (2010 – 2013)
- 211 Broward – MRC Recognition Breakfast, Chair 2014, 2015, 2016
- March of Dimes – Signature Chef Gala, Chair 2015
- Leadership Broward, Men of Style – Representing HANDY, 2015
- 14th Annual Joint Tax & Estate Seminar – Chair, 2015
- 211 Broward – National 211 Day, Captain 211, 2015, 2016
- HANDY – Schoolapalooza Chair, 2016
- Lighthouse of Broward – Share the Vision, Co-Chair 2013
Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
Even with all of my awards and financial successes, my proudest accomplishment my reputation. I am often described as a person that cares about others, gives back and seems to know everyone. It makes me happy that this is how people view me, even before I meet them.
What do you enjoy the most about your work?
I love hearing people’s stories. How do they run their business? How do they raise their kids? How did they make their money? How did they meet their spouse? I am fortunate enough to sit with over 300 clients per year and meet hundreds more while networking. Everyone has a story and I love all of them.
Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?
My mentor has always been my father. Growing up, he would always tell me “be a person,” which I translated to mean “treat others as you’d want to be treated.” I’ve found that if you truly like people and try to help them, everything else takes care of itself.
How did you determine which charitable organizations you would support?
Every charitable organization I support has tremendous leadership at the top (CEO and Development director), a successful and enthusiastic Board of Directors (people that give money and also participate actively), unique events and opportunities and the ability to view itself as a business instead of just a “cause.” I’d also point out that each non-profit I support actively recruited me. If you want people involved, you have to ask them to be involved.
Is there a charitable event(s) you really look forward to attending each year?
They are all my babies but I’ll give you 3 that are “Can’t Miss”:
211 Broward Non-Profit Academy Awards
Miss ARC Broward Pageant
How have things changed for you through the years?
My priorities are what have changed the most. For the first few years of my life, I put my business first. I thought that I would best help my family by making as much money as possible. Now, I always make more time for my family than I do for my work. I don’t take calls on nights or weekends and will never schedule a Saturday or Sunday appointment. I take my kids to school almost every morning (so no more early networking), visit their schools for any and all events and make sure that I am home from any networking before they go to bed each night. I have spent less time at work and surprisingly, it hasn’t even led to a decrease in revenue. It has led to an increase in the appreciation of family over everything.
What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?
What is your greatest challenge at this time?
Being too handsome
What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?
Life is very short. Figure out what matters to you early so you don’t waste your whole life chasing something that you later realize you never even wanted.
How do you relax?
What’s “relax”? Actually, I really enjoy going to the gym and practicing guitar as two ways to take my mind off of daily stresses like work, home and the Gator football team’s fledgling offense.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
I haven’t been many places (yet) but I love cruises, visiting NYC and taking the kids to Disney World.
What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?
Is there an inspirational book you have read that you would recommend to others?
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber is my business Bible.
When you were a little girl, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
Who told you about my time as a little girl…..
What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?
Too many beliefs. If we all had ideas, they could be shared and discussed freely. With beliefs, you are set in them and can never be convinced to have an open mind. No one should have beliefs, only ideas.
How do you want to be remembered by future generations?
What do your want your epitaph to read?
1979 to 2079
Do you have a motto, or some words of wisdom, that has guided you through your life?
Laugh and the world laughs with you …but snore and you sleep alone.
What words best describes your life right now?
On the Verge
What charitable organizations are you involved with at this time?
United Way of Broward County
Riverwalk Ft Lauderdale
American Cancer Society
If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title of it be?
Please No Eating or Drinking in Classroom… and Other University Policies
What’s been the key to the success and growth of WFP Law?
Be everywhere and keep overhead as low as possible.
In order to thrive and survive in the corporate workplace, we sometimes have to desensitize ourselves in order to get ahead. Not being real and authentic, isn’t that a big sacrifice to make?
I’m always real and authentic; sometimes to a fault.
What’s the best movie you have ever seen?
I love “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It gets categorized as a Christmas movie but it truly is an amazing film. Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed are incredible actors. The cinematography is amazing. The story is groundbreaking. It’s one of the few movies that truly moves me each time I watch it.
Oh… and I love “Die Hard.”
What three things are always in your refrigerator?
What is your pet peeve?
Blocks in the back that occur away from the football
What is your greatest strength?
My ability to connect with people
What is your greatest weakness?
What are you most disciplined about?
If there were a movie being made about your life, what actor/actress would best play you?
What would you still like to learn how to do?
Play an instrument and speak another language
What would you like to see happen in our world, let’s say, five years from now?
President Weird Al Yankovic
Fun reading the answers to the questions! Hilarious in fact! And great to get to know more about you from reading your bio!