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Paul Petruzzi is a 20 year veteran criminal defense attorney with a boutique criminal defense lawfirm based in downtown Miami.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Creole, French

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Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 50%
    22 years, 300 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    22 years, 500 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Krystle-Marie Medina

    Mr. Petruzzi is truly an exceptional advocate and he has been an inspiration to me as a young lawyer. I worked with Mr. Petruzzi for quite some time and I can sincerely say that he is intelligent, hardworking and committed to his clients. I learned something new each day I worked with him. Mr. Petruzzi goes above and beyond what is normally expected of him. He is not afraid to explore novel and creative methods in seeking favorable resolutions for his clients. No challenge is too great for him. Mr. Petruzzi enjoys the practice of law which is reflected in the results he is able to obtain on behalf of his clients. I have and always will recommend Mr. Petruzzi to anyone seeking a criminal defense attorney.


    Krystle-Marie Medina Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Simone Bertollini

    I have worked with Paul on a complex Federal criminal matter as I needed to get admitted pro hac vice into the Southern District of Florida. Paul is extremely competent and experienced, and he is a pleasure to work with. I have already referred him other clients of mine to take care of local cases.


    Simone Bertollini Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi PA

169 E Flagler St
Suite 1241
Miami, FL, 331311205


FLMember in Good Standing199309/08/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Admonishment
    issued in FL, 2007


    An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Paul’s comment: “Technical rule violation during a case where the prosecutor was also referred for a rule violation involving his use of improper tactics. Always a Member in Good Standing with the Florida Bar. Never reprimanded, suspended, or anything of the sort. Unfortunately, AVVO fails to make this important distinction.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers Association2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers Association2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers Association2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Book Award -Legal Research and WritingUniversity of Miami School of Law1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateBlack, Srebnick & Kornspan, P.A.1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member2000 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLegal Committee1999 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fabio Ochoa v. United Statespending
United States v. Williams, et al.acquittal
United States v. Agilio Ramos, Case No. 11-Cr-00282-SDM (Middle District of Florida)Not guilty as charged
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Miami Entertainment & Sports Law ReviewFirst Amendment1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamilton College Law SchoolGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
University of Miami School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PeriodicCriminal DefenseN/A