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Canan Law was founded by attorney Patrick T. Canan. As the former Chief Prosecutor of St. Johns County, Patrick is now one of the area's foremost trial lawyers.


Patrick has a BA degree and a law degree from the University of Florida. He is a former Assistant Public Defender in Alachua and Monroe Counties and Assistant State Attorney/Division Chief in St. Johns County. Patrick is the founder and President of Patrick T. Canan P.A., a litigation firm located at 43 Cincinnati Avenue in St. Augustine.


Patrick is a former adjunct professor at Flagler College and substitute school teacher in Oakland, California. He was an appointed member of the St. Johns County School District Strategic Planning Committee, a group of community leaders and teachers which successfully collaborated to create the District’s five year vision.


Canan Law is well recognized in St. Augustine, St. Johns County and all of NE Florida for expertise in the fields of medical malpractice, personal injury, family law, civil rights and criminal law. Our attorneys gain a complete understanding of your intent and work within the law to best protect your interests. At Canan Law, our attorneys treat every case like it is our only case and we’ll give you the very best legal representation we can.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 40%
    21 years
  2. Personal Injury: 40%
    21 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    26 years



Contingent (33-40%)

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Contact info

Canan Law

1030 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Saint Augustine, FL, 32084-3244


FLMember in Good Standing198306/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best AttorneyBest of St. Augustine2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
Best AttorneyBest of St. Augustine2012
Pro Bono AwardVolunteer Lawyers Project2001
Pro Bono AwardVolunteer Lawyers Project1999
Pro Bono AwardVolunteer Lawyers Project1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerCanan Law2003 - Present
PartnerMcLeod Canan, LLC1994 - 2003
Chief Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office1992 - 1994
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office1990 - 1992
Adjunct ProfessorFlagler College1990 - 1992
Assistant Public DefenderMonroe County Public Defender's Office1984 - 1989
Assistant Public DefenderAlachua County Public Defender's Office1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
St. Johns County School BoardBoard Member - District 52012 - Present
Florida BarMember1983 - Present
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersMemberN/A
EPIC Community ServicesIncoming President2003 - 2004
St. Johns County Bar AssociationPresident2000 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wrongful Death Suit$2 million
Traumatic Brain Injury Suit$900,000
Wrongful Death Suit$750,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Supreme CourtN/ACertified Mediator2002
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of FloridaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978