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Edward Tapanes, Founder & Managing Partner of Tapanes Law, P.A., specializes in state and federal cases in Florida and throughout the United States. He has tried numerous jury and bench trials and has successfully handled several criminal appeals. Many of his criminal cases involve high profile international narcotic traffickers, public corruption, organized fraud, money laundering, felonies and misdemeanors. His civil litigation experience is in commercial litigation, international business transactions, fraud, contract disputes, personal injury, insurance claims, debt collection and real estate. He also performs real estate closings. Tapanes graduated from Florida International University in 1999 and received his Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2002. He received a Masters of Laws (LLM) in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004, enhancing the firm’s International Litigation capabilities. He served as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County from 2002 to 2008, became Assistant Chief of the Career Criminal Robbery Unit and worked in the Gang Prosecution Unit where he handled major crimes.


Tapanes is admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. He is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association, American Bar Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the League of Prosecutors. He was committee chairperson for the Florida Bar Grievance for three years, and serves the community through pro bono work in Miami-Dade County by mentoring children in underprivileged schools and organizing and sponsoring the annual St. Thomas University School of Law’s Toys for Tots toy drive. Tapanes has appeared as a guest speaker at St. Thomas University School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Practice course. Tapanes Law is a member of Attorney's Title Fund Services, LLC.

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Languages spoken: Spanish

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  1. Federal Crime: 25%
    7 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    13 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    2 years
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    2 years
  5. Other: 20%
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  • Scot Strems

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Tapanes is an excellent advocate and litigator. He has extensive knowledge of the law and possesses excellent trial skills. Look forward to working with him again.


    Scot Strems Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Joshua Stephen Alexander

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Tapanes is an exceptional lawyer and works very hard on behalf of his clients.


    Joshua Alexander Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Tapanes Law, P.A.

990 Biscayne Blvd Ste O 903
Miami, FL, 33132-1557


FLMember in Good Standing200209/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top One PercentThe National Association of Distinguish Counsel2015
RecognitionThe Latino American Who's Who2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant State AttorneyMiami Dade County State Attorney's Office2002 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Miami chapter)N/A2012 - Present
Cuban American Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
League of ProsecutorsN/A2002 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawIntercultural Human RightsLL.M - Master of Laws2004
St. Thomas University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002