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Joseph Cerino

Joseph Cerino

Practice areas:

Family, Criminal Defense

About Me

I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.  I have been living in Florida since 1985 and have been residing in Lee County since 1996.  I am married to Amy Hawthorne and we have a daughter named Cassandra who recently graduated from the University of Central Florida. 


I believe in using a personal approach in my practice.  When you hire me, you get me.  I am the lawyer you will deal with.  You will not be handed off to a paralegal.


I believe in using a compassionate approach to the practice of Family and Criminal Law, with a little Bronx toughness thrown in when needed.  Put my experience to work for you.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    20 years
  2. Family: 50%
    15 years



Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Jose Luis Calvo

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cerino is a seasoned trial lawyer and always fights for his clients. Whether it is a criminal case or sensitive divorce case he has years of experience and a true asset on your side.


    Jose Calvo Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Samuel J Fisher

    I endorse this lawyer. Joe is an excellent attorney that I would not hesitate to recommend. He takes on some of the toughest cases where his experience and skill shine. He is well respected and will work his hardest for each and everyone of his clients.


    Samuel Fisher Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Joseph Cerino

2248 First Street
Fort Myers, FL, 33901


FLMember in Good Standing199605/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Joseph Cerino2012 - Present
PartnerBass and Cerino2009 - 2012
PartnerBass, Cerino, and Brizel2000 - 2009
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender1996 - 2000

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Rotary Club of Cape Coral - GoldcoastPresident2013 - Present
Lee County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Legal Aid SocietyBoard of Directors2011 - 2013

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
SG v. SHMother granted permission to relocate.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Florida State UniversityCriminologyN/A1988
St John's UniversityN/AN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Constitution Week at Varsity Lakes Middle SchoolThe Bill of Rights2012