Michael L. Ferguson attorney portrait

Michael L. Ferguson


Brigadier General Michael L. Ferguson, U.S. Army Retired, is an of counsel partner of the firm McDonald Fleming Moorhead. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, College of Law. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Military Science from the United States Military Academy, a master’s degree in International Relations from American University, and a master’s degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University. He has practiced in U.S. and International Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property and Sports Law. Mr. Ferguson was instrumental in the formation of the af2 Arena Football League and has been a certified NFL agent, a legal consultant for the af2 League, and designated counsel for numerous professional sports teams. He was recognized by the Florida Senate in 1998 as an Outstanding Citizen; a Beta Gamma Sigma Honoree in 1999; selected for the Pensacola High School Hall of Fame in 2000; and has several Paul Harris Fellow awards. He preceded his practice of law with a distinguished career in the U.S. Army including tours in Germany, Vietnam, Korea and Japan where he served as Deputy Commanding General. He has received over 30 awards and decorations to include the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Medal. General Ferguson was appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army some 15 years ago.  The position is a three star ranking and Ferguson reports directly to the Secretary of the Army on all military matters in Florida. He has earned an AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible given by his peers.

Mr. Ferguson is active in community affairs and a life member of many civic organizations to include Pensacola Downtown Rotary, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, U.S. Army Ranger Association, Military Officer Association of America, Association of the United States Army, and Gideons. Mr. Ferguson is also a Trustee Emeritus of the University of Florida College of Law; Past Chairman of the UWF College of Business Advisory Council and Adjunct Professor; a member of the University of West Florida Military Community Policy Council; and an Honorary Alumnus of the University of West Florida. General Ferguson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by UWF at the 2014 UWF Commencement where he was the speaker for the two Commencement Ceremonies

Key Accomplishments

  • 2007 VP/Director, Emerald Coast Honor Flight
  • Paul Harris Fellow – 2005
  • Martindale Hubbell AV® rating – 1999
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honoree – 1999
  • Florida Senate – Outstanding Citizen 1998
  • University of Florida President’s Recognition – 1989
  • Recipient of several book awards from University of Florida, College of Law, 1986-1989
  • Author of Florida Clerkship Guide
  • Published by University of Florida, 1988
  • Author of How to Utilize Historical Rehabilitation Incentives to Help
  • Your Community and Your Own Pocketbook, 1988
  • Elected to Pensacola High School Hall of Fame – 2000
  • Commencement Speaker and Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Univeristy of West Florida- 2014

Professional Associations

  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Past Advisory Council Chair, University of West Florida College of Business

Community Associations

  • Rotary International
  • Military Affairs Committee, Pensacola Downtown Rotary
  • Association of Graduates, United States Military Academy
  • Gator Boosters, University of Florida
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • American Legion Post 33, Pensacola, Florida
  • Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park Foundation
  • West Point Society of Northwest Florida
  • Gideons International
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart
  • U.S. Army Ranger Association