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Getting to Know Michael Vandormael

Michael Vandormael Barbosa Legal

Michael Vandormael
Barbosa Legal

Michael joined Barbosa Legal at the beginning of 2016 and we have enjoyed the experience, diligence, and professionalism he brings to the firm.  We sat down with Michael to get to know him better. This is what we learned.

Michael was born in Liege, Belgium, and raised in Toulouse, France where he spent most of his youth. Inclined towards the medical profession like his father, Michael obtained a baccalaureate degree of science with a focus in biology.

While living in France, Michael sparked a passion for golf when he attended a summer camp at the Ilbarritz golf academy in Biarritz, France. Michael thereafter took on the sport and actively competed in various amateur tournaments in the south of France. After completing his high school studies, Michael moved to Florida to pursue a career in golf. He attended the IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida, before enrolling at the nearby Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Michael was offered a scholarship to study business management and play for the Eckerd College intervarsity golf team.

After college, Michael accepted a position working for a medical device company, Conmed Linvatec, in Largo Florida. He recalls a specific incident that guided him towards the legal profession: “An order of medical devices coming from Brazil was destined to ship to the United States, but was erroneously sent to Japan, resulting in severe duties and taxes levied on the shipment.” Michael became fascinated with the impact of global tax and trade laws affecting global business transactions.

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