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Lawrence Joseph Marraffino

Lawrence Joseph Marraffino

also known as The Marraffino Law Firm, Lawrence J. Marraffino, P.A.

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Divorce & Separation, Bankruptcy & Debt, Family, Child Support… more 

Lawrence Marraffino

About Me

I have been an attorney for 30 years. I believe that an attorney should be competent and also compassionate and understanding of the problems facing his or her clients.  No one is happy to be going through a divorce, bankruptcy or to be injured in an accident.  When you have to see an attorney for any of these life changing events, your attorney should treat you with respect and dignity and and the attorney's office should be a place of refuge where you can come knowing that your legal matter is being handled competently, timely, and with care and understanding of your needs.  


 


During the first two years of my practice I represented insurance companies.  I did not like representing insurance companies as I do not believe they treat people fairly.  I now represent only injured people in personal injury cases.  My experience as an insurance attorney has given me valuable experience and training that gives me an advantage over attorney's who have not worked "both sides of the fence."  Now I am on YOUR side!!


 


I am a Florida Bar Board Certified Attorney, which is the highest recognition given by the Florida Bar for the competence and experience of attorneys.  You want an attorney handling your case that actually goes to trial!!  Don't trust your case to a lawyer who advertises on television and handles thousands of cases.  Your case will be handled by me personally.


 


I have also filed more than 1500 bankrkuptcy cases during my career.  I do not believe that filing bankruptcy should be a traumatic or embarassing experience for the client.  Financial crisis can happen for a lot of different reasons and no matter what caused your particular situation, you deserve the utmost respect and caring attention from the attorney you hire and his or her staff.  At my office I make sure you receive kind, caring, personal attention. Please take the time to read our client reviews.


 


I also use my trial experience to handle family law matters of divorce, child custody, and child support.  I understand that going through a divorce or child custody dispute is on of life's most stressful events.  I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Florida before going on to law school.  I understand that practicing family law involves a certain amount of counseing that often goes beyond the law.  It is that part of family law that I enjoy most.  I will fight hard for my clients, but my goal is to resolve your case as efficeintly and quickly as I can, while protecting your interests. 


 


Call me and I will talk to you personally.


 


Larry Marraffino

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Vietnamese

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    31 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Family: 15%
    31 years
  3. Bankruptcy & Debt: 15%
    31 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  4. Divorce & Separation: 15%
    31 years
  5. Other: 30%
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Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

  • Sherry Gale Ivey Jones

    I endorse this lawyer. As a professor at U.F. Law, Mr. Marraffino is a great resource of information to his students, and continues to provide information and help to students long after graduation. I have recommended clients to Mr. Marraffino in the Gainesville area, and have always received positive responses from those client's who retained Mr. Marraffino's Law Firm.

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    Sherry Jones Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Darren Adam Heitner

    Lawrence Marraffino is an excellent advocate for his clients. He also provides outstanding service to his students at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, which has undoubtedly resulted in an advancement in the practice of law in Florida.

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    Darren Heitner Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Offices of Lawrence J. Marraffino

3312 West University Avenue, Suite 2
Gainesville, FL, 32607-2551

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198405/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Nation's Top One Percent AttorneysNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Litigators in FloridaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 Litigators in FloridaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
2014 Lawyer of the Year--Gainesville FLCorporate Livewire2014
Top 20 Law Professors in FloridaStatestats.org2013
Named finalist Board Certified Lawyer of the YearThe Florida Bar2013
Walter Crumbley Law Practice Management AwardThe Florida Bar2012
Rising StarFlorida Superlawyers2011
Board Certified Civil Trial LawerFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2011
Who's Who in Amercan LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2011
Appointed to the Evaluation CommitteeFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2011
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Publication2010
Rising StarSuperlawyers2010
Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial LawyerThe Florida Bar2010
Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial LawyerFlorida Bar2009
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2009
Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial LawyerFlorida Bar2008
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2008
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2007
Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial LawyerFlorida Bar2007
Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial LawyerFlorida Bar2006
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2006
Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial LawyerFlorida Bar2005
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2005
Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial LawyerFlorida Bar2004
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2004
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2003
Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial LawyerFlorida Bar2003
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2002
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2001
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2000
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1999
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1998
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1997
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1996
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1995
Whos' Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1994

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial Team Coach--AAJ National CompetitionUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law2004 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law2002 - Present
AttorneyLawrence J. Marraffino, P.A.1986 - Present
Associate AttorneyMarchbanks & Feaman, PA1986 - 1986
AssociateFertig & Gramling, PA1984 - 1986

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2004 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2003 - Present
National Association of Personal Injury LawyersMember2002 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationMember1998 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1997 - 2009
U.S. District Court--Northern District of FloridaMember1997 - Present
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Florida Bar Trial Lawyers SectionMember1986 - 2009
U.S. District Court--Middle District of FloridaMember1985 - Present
The Florida BarMember1984 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Slip and fall at fast food restaurant$825000.00 settlement
Negligent Security Car Wash$500,000.00 settlement

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Gainesville SunConsider the Supreme Court2008
The Gainesville SunFloridians Duped on Amendment 32004

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of FloridaPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1981

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
University of Florida College of Law Spring Boot CampWorking In Small Firms2015
Florida Association for Women LawyersInterview Etiquette2015
University of Florida College of Law Spring Boot CampWorking in Small Firms2014
University of Florida Mock Trial TeamTrial Skill2010
University of Florida Adjunct Professor of LawLaw Practice Management2010
Going Solo Successful Practice SeminarLaw Practice Management2010
Trial Team CoachLitigation Skills2009
Law Practice ManagementLaw Practice Management2009
LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT COURSEPRACTICE MANAGEMENT AND LITIGATION SKILLS2008
Trial Team CoachTrial Team Competition2007
Law Practice ManagementLaw Practice Managment2006
Condominium Association Law SeminarCondominium Law2004