Michael Dolce’s youth was devastated by crime, including sexual abuse at the hands of a sadistic child predator, but he survived to become a powerful voice for other victims of violent crime. Today, he is a nationally recognized and respected lawyer and political activist on behalf of children and crime victims. He has achieved historic victories for his clients and greater safety for society by spearheading changes in the law and by using litigation to encourage society’s institutions, businesses and individuals to improve safety of children and vulnerable adults.
In 2010, his tenacious six-year crusade in Florida’s legislature overcame a powerful and well-financed opposition to culminate in the passage of sweeping legislation that repealed all statutes of limitation for civil and criminal prosecution of child sexual battery. That victory was fueled by Michael’s testimony numerous times before legislative committees and a grassroots army that he assembled and led as the chair of the political committee, Protect Our Kids First, Inc.
Among his courtroom accomplishments, in 2009 Michael achieved one of the highest jury verdicts in Florida history for a child sexual abuse victim. The verdict exceeded $19 million and was named by Verdict Search as one of the top 100 verdicts nationwide that year..