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Richard Earl Hornsby

Richard Earl Hornsby

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI

About Me

My primary concern is the satisfaction of my client. My ultimate goal is to obtain the best resolution that can be obtained by any attorney. Where one attorney might settle for probation and another attorney might have won at trial or negotiated a dismissal. I would like to think that I always strive to be the latter attorney, not the attorney who settled for the easiest or fastest resolution that could be reached.

I believe it is this philosophy that separates me from my peers.

- Richard


The youngest son of the late J. Russell Hornsby, one of Central Florida's most respected trial attorneys, Richard Hornsby was born in Winter Park, and grew up in metropolitan Orlando. As a child, he attended the Park Maitland School, Lake Sybelia Elementary, and University High School, where he graduated from with honors.


While in High School, Mr. Hornsby was involved in Student Government and athletics. Mr. Hornsby was a two year letterman in track & Field, a three year letterman in Football, and a four year letterman in Wrestling. Notably, in 1993 Mr. Hornsby was Metro and District Champion in the 189lb wrestling class and was named to the All County wrestling team by the Orlando Sentinel.


After graduating with honors from University High School, Mr. Hornsby began college at the University of Florida, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Religion.


While at the University of Florida Mr. Hornsby was a member of the 1994 and 1995 SEC championship football teams. Mr. Hornsby hung up his cleats in 1995 and became heavily involved in Student Government and campus politics. Among his student activities, Mr. Hornsby was Student Government Campus Involvement Chairman, Homecoming Assistant Director, Assistant Supervisor of Elections, Student Government Honor Court Defense Counsel, Gator Growl and Homecoming Web Site Developer, and a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Counselor. Mr. Hornsby was also a member of Florida Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for whom he served as Vice President. Mr. Hornsby was honored with the University Of Florida President's Outstanding Recognition three times.


After graduating cum laude from the University of Florida, Mr. Hornsby began law school at the University of Florida College of Law, Florida's oldest and most prestigious law school. While in law school Mr. Hornsby concentrated his studies on business law and criminal law. Mr. Hornsby received a book award (The Highest Grade) in Trial Practice and was honored with a Pro Bono Certificate in recognition of his volunteer work helping less fortunate families through the Volunteer Income Tax Association.


After law school, Mr. Hornsby immediately began working for the Office of the Public Defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. As an Assistant Public Defender Mr. Hornsby was promoted from county court to circuit court in only six months, one of the quickest periods of advancement for an assistant public defender in almost a decade. As an Assistant Public Defender Mr. Hornsby was honored by his colleagues and support staff with the Office of the Public Defender Performance Award, which is awarded by secret ballot. Additionally, while working with the Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Hornsby attended the University of Central Florida part time and eventually earned a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice.


Mr. Hornsby then joined the law firm of Woolfolk, Jordan, and Associates. As an associate Mr. Hornsby handled numerous personal injury actions, building construction claims, and subrogation suits. During this time Mr. Hornsby was also selected as an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies for Florida Metropolitan University.


Two years after working for Woolfolk, Jordan and Associates Mr. Hornsby opened up his own practice, so that he could concentrate on his true passion, which is trial litigation.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    15 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 10%
    12 years, 500 cases



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

42 total 

  • A. Jay Fowinkle

    Richard is a superb attorney. His knowledge of the law and prowess in the courtroom is widely known throughout central Florida. I highly recommend Richard Hornsby.


    A. Fowinkle Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey Nicholas Ivashuk

    I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Jeffrey Ivashuk Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Richard E. Hornsby, PA

1217 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL, 32801


FLMember in Good Standing200105/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Board Certification in Criminal Trial AdvocacyNational Board of Trial Advocacy2009
Board Certification in Criminal Trial LawThe Florida Bar2008
Best of the Bar, Criminal DefenseThe Orlando Business Journal2007
Trial Practice Book AwardThe University of Florida College of Law2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerRichard E. Hornsby, P.A.2005 - Present
AssociateWoolfolk & Jordan, P.A.2003 - 2004
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender2000 - 2003

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeLifetime Member2013 - Present
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2007 - Present
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, City of OrlandoMember2006 - 2010
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2004 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member2001 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Florida v. Charles MorrisonNot Guilty
State of Florida v. Ezekiel G. KeysNot Guilty on all Counts
State of Florida v. Renee EstradaNot Guilty

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Publication NameTitleDate
The DefenderBasics in Criminal Pleadings2006
The DefenderIn Defense of Unlicensed Drivers: § 322.342002

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida College of PharmacyForensic ScienceMaster of Science in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences2014
University of Central FloridaCriminal JusticeMaster of Science in Criminal Justice2003
University of Florida, College of LawLawJuris Doctor2000
University of FloridaPolitical Science, ReligionBachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Public Defender Training CollegeJury Selection for Real Attorneys2008
Public Defender Training CollegeEffective Closing Arguments2007
Public Defender Training CollegeSearch and Seizure in Florida2006
Public Defender Training CollegeBasics in Criminal Pleadings2004