Experience Maturity and Personal Service
Blaise Picchi is a native of south Florida who has been in the active practice of law since 1971. He began his legal career when his colleagues and community leaders petitioned then-governor Rubin Askew to appoint him as the Collier County Prosecuting Attorney. After serving out his term as Collier County's misdemeanor prosecutor he was appointed as an Assistant State Attorney for Broward County. In the years following he prosecuted the range of criminal offenses from assault and battery to murder. He headed a felony trial division trying criminal jury trials week after week for nearly four years when he earned a reputation as a "hard-nosed prosecutor."
Determined to learn as many of the other areas of law as he could, Blaise Picchi struck out on his own in 1977. He has been a sole general practitioner ever since. Today he is qualified to handle a wide range of matters from personal injury to commercial litigation, from bankruptcy and probate to divorce and real estate closings. He has negotiated contracts and leases and represented both landlords and tenants in disputes. His name appears in numerous appellate cases which he handled, sometimes changing the law of Florida.
These days Blaise has decided to limit his practice to Bankruptcy and Probate and Estate matters. Nevertheless, he prides himself on being able to advise clients in many areas of the law and by giving personal service to each of his clients. When a client calls Blaise Picchi's office Blaise Picchi answers the phone. He returns calls as well. If you have to go to court, Blaise Picchi goes with you after preparing you for what to expect when you get there. He does not promise to win every case but he does promise to give it his best effort. He will always give a client his honest appraisal of their cause even if it means that he will lose a fee. If he takes your case it will because he honestly believes in its merits. To Blaise Picchi the practice of law is a public service and a privilege and that service comes before any fee. If you employ Blaise you will notice that he always endeavors to educate the client on the applicable law and procedure in your case, and in keeping you informed at every stage of the process. He doesn't "talk down" to his clients.
By maintaining a small office, Blaise Picchi prides himself on providing affordable legal service and keeping his fee scale well below average for a lawyer with as many years of practice.
Education and Background
1971 - Juris doctor, University of Florida, Gainesville;
1967 - Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and U.S. history, University of Florida, Gainesville;
1970 - Intern, Dade State Attorney's Office, Miami;
1972-73 – Collier County Prosecuting Attorney;
1977- Present – Sole general practitioner, Broward County, Florida.
Other Professional and Work Experience
1968-69 – Sixth grade school teacher, St. Bernadette's School, Hollywood, Florida;
1988 – Broward County Court Judicial candidate;
1989 – Candidate for director, National Institute of Justice, Washington D.C.; Candidate for Deputy Assistant Counsel to the President, Washington, D.C.;
1989-70 – Adjunct professor of Criminal Justice, Florida International University, Dade County.
Author: The Five Weeks of Giuseppe Zangara: The man who would assassinate FDR, Published by Academy Chicago Publishers, 1998, ISBN 0-89733-433-3, Library of Congress; Reviewed by The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel; the Miami Herald; The Washington Post; The Baltimore Sun; The Chicago Tribune; American Spectator Magazine;
Current & Past Professional Memberships
The Florida Bar; Supreme Court of the United States; Federal District Court Trial Bar, Southern District of Florida; Broward County Bar Association; Federal Bar Association Association of Trial Lawyers of America; National District Attorney's Association; Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity; Thomas More Society; Broward Lawyers Care, pro bono legal services Florida Capitol Council
Licensed since 1971
Hourly ($225-275/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1971||05/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Appreciation for Service||American Legion||1990|
|Grateful Appreciation||Knights of Columbus||1990|
|Adjunct Professor||Florida International University||1990 - 1991|
|Trial Attorney||Blaise Picchi, P.A.||1976 - Present|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney's Office||1973 - 1976|
|Appointed County Prosecutor||Collier County, Florida||1972 - 1973|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Elks Club||Member||1995 - 2002|
|Thomas More Society||Member||1995 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||1988 - 1995|
|Florida Capitol Council||Member||1988 - 1992|
|Trial Attorneys of America||Member||1985 - 1990|
|Broward County Bar Association||Member||1980 - 1990|
|Knights of Columbus||Officer||1977 - Present|
|National District Attorneys Association||Member||1973 - 1977|
|Florida Bar||Member||1971 - Present|
|Book - History||The Five Weeks of Giuseppe Zangara||1998|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1971|
|University of Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1967|
|Dade County Legal Historical Society||Giuseppe Zangara||N/A|