PAUL D.  PETRUZZI

Originally from Olean, New York, Mr.  Petruzzi is a 1990 graduate of Hamilton College where he majored in government with a minor in music and African American studies.  He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where he won the book award for his legal writing skills and where he was the Executive Editor of the University of Miami of Law Review. Mr.  Petruzzi began his career as a criminal defense lawyer in 1993 with prominent Miami criminal defense attorney Roy Black.  During his association with Mr.  Black, Mr.  Petruzzi represented clients in both Federal and State court charged with a variety of offenses including complex white collar crimes, major narcotics and racketeering offenses, and serious fraud offenses. Since starting his own criminal defense law firm in January of 1999, Mr. Petruzzi's criminal defense practice has included virtually every conceivable type of criminal matter including narcotics offenses (involving both traditional and synthetic drugs), fraud and theft offenses, money laundering, murder (death penalty and non-death penalty), arson, assault, battery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, battery of law enforcement officers, kidnapping, robbery, stalking, racketeering (RICO), tax fraud, mortgage fraud, Medicare fraud, Ponzi schemes, Medicaid fraud, welfare fraud, computer crimes, firearms offenses, sex crimes, white collar crimes, and many other various felonies and misdemeanors.

Mr.  Petruzzi has been a member, in good standing, of the Bar of the State of Florida since 1993.  Mr.  Petruzzi has also been licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court since 1997 and many Federal Courts since 1994 including the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United State District Court for the Western District of New York.  Similarly, Mr.  Petruzzi has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, and the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, State Courts in Connecticut, Louisiana, and Texas, and in various foreign jurisdictions on criminal extraction matters including Aruba, Canada, Colombia, Curacao, Germany, Haiti, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, and the United Kingdom.

Mr.  Petruzzi has been recognized as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the American Trial Lawyer's Association in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.  He has a 10.0, “Superb,” rating by AVVO which is the highest rating available and he has also been awarded the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell for over a decade.  The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers and judges.

Among other distinctions, Mr.  Petruzzi is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter, and he has been on the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws for over ten years.

Many of Mr.  Petruzzi’s criminal cases have been reported on by the media.  Stories of his cases and clients have been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and many local affiliates, as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Sun Sentinel, The New York Post, The New York Daily, Miami New Times, The Chicago Herald, The Chicago Tribune, Reuters, The Associated Press, The Key West Citizen, Ocean Drive Magazine, and many others.

To speak with Mr.  Petruzzi about your case contact our office for a free consultation at (305) 770-6550, or click here.

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