- BA in American History from University of West Florida, 1971
- Masters Degree in Public Administration from University of West Florida, 1978
- Juris Doctorate in Potomac School of Law, Washington D.C., 1980
- Admitted to all Georgia courts, (State, Superior and Appellate courts including the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court),
- Southern District of Georgia, 5th and 11th Circuit Courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court
- Member of the American Bar Association
- Member of the Savannah Bar Association
- Member of GACDL (Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)
- Has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
- Began his current law firm in downtown Savannah Georgia in 1982
- Has been practicing for 32 years
- Practices in criminal defense (all misdemeanor, felony, and capital crimes), personal injury (including car and truck accidents), medical malpractice (including multi-million dollar settlements) and family law
- Has been recognized both locally and nationally for his major felony cases some of which have been televised live on national t.v. (Court t.v., now tru T.V.), and featured on local and national news.
- Appeared as a legal analyst on Headline News and The Today Show
- Guest analysist for Court T.V. (truTV) giving expert legal commentary on major criminal cases nationwide
State v. Carl Isaacs, 1986
Michael Schiavone first began his notoriety in when he came on board the re-trial of Carl Isaacs, a co-defendant in what has been termed one of the most infamous murder cases in Georgia’s history. In 1973, Carl Isaacs, Wayne Coleman, and George Dungee escaped from a Maryland State Prison. The men, along with Carl’s 15 year old brother, Billy Isaacs, later broke into the Alday family home in Seminole County, Georgia, killing three people and raping and killing one. After being convicted and sentenced to death, the Supreme Court of Georgia , in 1986, ordered a new trial in the case, finding that pretrial publicity hindered the mens’ right to a fair trial. Michael Schiavone represented Carl Isaacs in the re-trial of this case, which eventually ended in another conviction and sentence to death. This notorious case gained local and national attention, inspiring the 1988 movie, “Murder One,” starring Henry Thomas and James Wilder. The famous case and Michael Schiavone’s efforts were featured in Thomas H. Cook’s novel, “Blood Echos. The Infamous Alday Murders and Its Aftermath.” On May 6, 2003, Carl Isaacs was put to death, 30 years after his conviction. At the time, he was the longest sitting inmate on Georgia’s Death Row.
State v. Sharron Nicole Redmond, 2005
Local newspapers called it “The Miss Savannah Murder.” For Michael Schiavone, it was another case that gained him both local and national attention. Nikki Redmond was a double major graduate of Spelman College, high school teacher, and beauty queen. When she was accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend, Kevin Shorter, in 2003, her reign as “Miss Savannah” came to a shocking end. Claiming self defense, Michael Schiavone vigorously defended Miss Redmond in a week long murder trial that played live for the nation to see on truTV. After nine hours of deliberation, a 12 person jury found Miss Redmond Not Guilty of all charges.