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Victoria Marie Mussallem

Criminal defense Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

4.8   44 reviews

also known as Tori Mussallem


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About Victoria

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  1. Criminal defense
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    I am a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer that handles Jacksonville DUI Defense, Jacksonville Drug Crime Defense, Jacksonville Domestic Battery Defense, Jacksonville Gun Crime Defense, and all Jacksonville Misdemeanors and Jacksonville Felonies. Our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Law Firm has represented thousands, prosecuted NONE.

    22 years

I am an experienced Florida Criminal Defense Attorney serving Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns Counties primarily.  I am committed to defending the rights of the accused.  My criminal law practice is 100% devoted to criminal defense. I  have defended thousands of clients throughout my career and prosecuted none. Zero. Unlike former prosecutors, I have never worked a single day to send anyone to jail or prison.  Police will say protecting the streets isn’t a 9-to-5 job. Neither is protecting your rights. If you or a loved one is arrested, you expect immediate response. And I am here to give it to you: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Choosing a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer is an important decision, not only because your freedom is at stake, but because a criminal conviction can affect the rest of your life.  Not all Jacksonville Criminal Attorneys are trial lawyers and it is crucial to ask a potential criminal defense attorney about their specific trial experience.  When your life is at stake, experience is essential.  Ask the prospective attorney whether or not they were the "first chair" in previous trials.  A "first chair" is the primary attorney in a trial who develops the theory of your case, perpares the case for trial, argues any motions, cross-examines all witnesses and fights for your innocence.  Not all criminal cases end in a trial, but you need to have that option and you need to have a lawyer prepared to go to trial. 

 

I represent prople charged with all felonies, misdemeanors and municipal ordinance violations in Florida, with an emphasis on Northeast Florida.  There are many crimes on can be arrested for, including theft crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes, domestic violence crimes, child abuse crimes and DUI.

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Licensed for 21 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Victoria

Victoria Marie Mussallem
5801 Philips Highway
Suite A
Jacksonville, FL, 32216

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2022
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AMAZINGG
I hired Tori for a domestic violence case. My case got delayed for another month and i knew i had to hire a lawyer at that point and Victoria was my first option. Shes very informative and gets the job done. She went to court on my behalf and got the case dropped and dismissed. If i can put 10 stars i would! Shes a brilliant lawyer, very smart and dedicated to her work. Thank you so much, Tori!!! You are awesome. In my opinion, shes the best.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2020
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Tori will do what it takes to get you the best possible outcome for your case. My life changed thanks to her defense expertise.
I was arrested in March for DUI on a bicycle, Battery against a Law Enforcement Officer x 2, Resisting arrest with violence, Disorderly Intoxication, and some other charges added on to that. I was abusing alcohol to cope with personal issues and landed myself in serious trouble. I was pulled over initially for not having a bike light and acted like an animal with the police. I hired a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Jacksonville and was instructed to complete 50 hours of community service, court approved counseling, get character reference letters, go to DUI school, take the Victim Impact Panel with MADD, and write an apology letter. I was also released on ROR with a SCRAM ankle monitor for measuring alcohol, which I paid for weekly. Communication was limited with my initial attorney and I attributed it a lot to COVID-19, he wasn't working at his office etc. But the communication never picked up. Months passed, and everytime I would talk with his assistant she would just assure me that he is just "waiting on the prosecutor to get back to him" or "waiting on the Discovery". In November, almost 8 months after my arrest, I had a virtual court appearance with my then attorney. The judge was so perplexed as to why this was taking so long. My attorney at the time appeared disorganized and said he had just received my Discovery. After the virtual meeting he called me and said the state had offered me a deal of pleading guilty to DUI and everything else would be dropped. I said "How can you offer me this when you have not even reviewed my Discovery and said that there was still video evidence to be ordered that you have not even seen!" I hung up the phone and started to cry. I was angry and told my family that I am firing my lawyer and hiring a new one. This time, I did my research. I found Tori and felt pretty confident in giving her a call. This was the best decision I could have made. Immediately she answered the phone herself and consulted with me right then and there. She agreed to take on my case that day and the next day we met in person to go over everything (safely, masks worn of course). In 5 weeks she did what my lawyer couldn't have and never even would have accomplished in 8 months. She negotiated with the state and defended me and showed them the efforts that I have been making to better my life and abstain from alcohol. Last Thursday I had my case and I was charged with Disorderly Intoxication and Resisting Arrest. 6 months probation and 2 AA classes a week. No DUI. No Felonies. No year long probation. I could not believe it. The outcome was better than I ever would have imagined. Also that same day she got the court order to finally have my ankle SCRAM removed. I no longer have to pay $86/ week and do not have to hide my ankle anymore. She changed the course of my life. This could have been on my record for the rest of my life, my living options and career choices could have been negatively affected forever. I am so grateful for her representation. I highly recommend you seek her counsel for your criminal or civil case. She is educated, professional and experienced in the NE Florida legal world. Look no further- Tori will defend you to the best of her ability. Thank you so much.
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Posted by Shawn | January 25, 2019
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My Advocate!!
I had 10 years of probation to do and was very doubtful that I could get off early because of a sex charge. After looking at everything, Tori knew that I had done everything right, that I was a very different person, and that if anyone had a chance at early termination it would be me. She had me get all the character references, documents on what I had done since being on probation, and proof that I was a different person. She walked me through the process and got it done!! She kept me updated on timeframes, the status of what was happening, and she was ALWAYS on my side. Thank you, Tori!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2018
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Excellent
I hired Tori Mussallem on many occasions for various needs regarding my son. On each and every occasion she delivered excellent service, no matter how complicated the situation . I live far from Florida, but she communicated with me as if I were next door, every message I left with her secretary was delivered and answered in a most timely manner. Courteous, compassionate, and highly professional, she resolved all our issues. I cannot commend/recommend her highly enough, far beyond 5 stars!
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Posted by Terri | August 30, 2018
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Tori is the best!!
I decided to hire Tori when my daughter was facing a third degree felony charge for something that was totally blown out of proportion. From the first phone conversation I knew I had made the right choice. Tori is confident and meticulous at what she does. She was always available to answer questions and ease my worries. In less than two weeks, all of the charges were dropped! Thank you Tori!
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Posted by James | July 9, 2018
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Outstanding Lawyer
I retained Tori Mussalem to help fight a potential charge. To be honest I picked her randomly and it was the correct choice! She defended me and got the case dropped! Thank you Tori!
Posted by Mistie | January 23, 2018
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Probation termination
I highly recommend Victoria Mussallem. We hired Victoria during the holidays and she continued to work hard for us even though Christmas was approaching and the courthouse was closed for 2 weeks. I had 8 years probation and had completed 6 years. I got her every bit of paperwork that she asked me for, met with her and stayed in contact with her for the next couple of weeks. Today she went to court on my behalf and now my probation has been terminated. It still has not sunk in that it is finally over. She is a very hard working attorney and I would recommend her to anyone. She is absolutely amazing and works very hard for what she believes in.
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Posted by Eric | September 6, 2017
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The Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Jacksonville
My husband was in immediate need of an attorney, which came as a shock to me. Socially, we know a dozen of them. When I contacted several, in a panic, and the same name kept coming up, I figured Tori could likely help us. Tori exceeded our expectations. I have never been in this situation. She was so very polite, calm and comforting when dealing with my husband and I. Tori never spoke down to us or judged us. She always dealt in facts and kept in consistent contact with me. Maybe this is her way or maybe she realized I needed to hear from her frequently, even when there was nothing to update me on. Tori was able to secure significantly reduced bail for my husband, refer me to a very responsive and compassionate bail bondsman, and quickly resolve the matter - with all charges dropped. Should I ever need a criminal defense attorney again, the only call I’ll make will be to Tori. She even put up with me hugging her several times, and I don’t think she’s much of a hugger. What can I say? She saved the day and our lives as we know it. We are eternally grateful.
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Posted by Christopher | August 12, 2017
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Hardworking, compassionate and brilliant
I hired Tori to help me with serious charges that could potentially ruin devastate my life. She stayed in contact with me and the state attorney regularly to dicuss dropping my charges. Three of four charges were dropped, and I received a withhold of adjudication for one misdemeanor. She saved my life.
Posted by Cameron | June 28, 2017
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realistic, determined, and experienced tori was amazing.
long story short, facing two felony drug charges. Tori and my family were able to to watch me walk out of the court room with no convictions and or punishments. She was excellent from start to finish, I will keep her number for any future need and would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a criminal defense lawyer. I am very appreciative of what she has done and hopefully continues to do. Tori is simply professional and easy to get a hold of with more than enough willingness to listen and take care of business. you cant go wrong with her!
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Posted by DENISE | June 14, 2017
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SHE HAVE THE KEY TO ANY CASE AN SHE NEVER TALKING TIME
I HAD HER PERSONAL MYSELF THE STATE WANTED ME TO DO TIME.AN I TOLD HER I WAS NOT TALKING TIME FOR SOMETHING I DID NOT DO.AFTER GOING BACK AN FORWARD TO COURT AN HER SPEAKING WITH THE JUDGE AN THE STATE.THE STATE DID NOT WANT TO AGREE TO NO TERM SO I ASKED HER TO LET THE JUDGE SENTENCE ME.I WALKED AWAY WITH 12 MONTHS HOUSE ARREST ON LEVEL ONE WITH PROB.JUST BECAUSE I WAS IN THE HOUSE WHEN A CHILD GOT HURT.
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Posted by Kim | January 16, 2017
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Outstanding dedication
"Tori' is goal oriented, with the highest attainable result, I could not have hoped for more, and I did not imagine it was even possible to have the options she obtained, it seemed like a miracle. Her immediate action and absolute understanding of the law and system made the process smooth and clear. Non-judgemental and caring for my sons future was something I could not have anticipated and yet more than appreciated, she works with such passion, determination and as fast as possible. I have the utmost respect for her professionalism and confident approach which I am sure comes from her absolute knowledge of the law, to give the best outcome.
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Posted by Amber | November 8, 2016
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Saved my life
I hired Tori to represent me in a "sexual contact with a minor" charge. She asked me what I wanted to get in terms of an offer from the prosecutor. I told her to keep me out of prison, keep me off of the Sex Offenders List and keep me from being labeled as a Felon. After 3-4 months of going back and forth with the prosecutor, Tori was able to get my charges knocked down to "child abuse" and offer me a deal of 6 months county jail, 5 years probation and my charges to be considered a Withheld Adjudication instead of a Felony. "No Felony, no Prison, no Sex Offenders List!!!!!" After 2.5 years of my probation, I rehired Tori to represent me for a motion for early termination of my probation. She got this approved immediately so that I only did half of my 5 year probation. My bad decisions could have shadowed me for the rest of my life with the charges I was originally facing but thanks to Tori and her willingness to go to the mat for me, 3 years later, I can put this behind me with just a hard lesson learned. I would hire Tori again in a second if I needed to but I'm hoping I will never have that need again. Tori is very intelligent, she understands how the world works and what it takes to get the job done. Tori is very professional and depenable. Tori Mussallem is definitely the one you want representing you.
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Posted by Justin | September 20, 2016
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Love this Woman!
Tori is Professional, Informed, Hard-Working, and knows how to win. She's helped me with multiple cases and I always know I can trust her to get me through it. She's always quick to get back to me right away with all of the details, and no matter how worried I am about what is going on she is calm, smart, and very reassuring. Hopefully I'm never in trouble with the legal system again, but I know I can count on Tori to stand up for me.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2016
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God is good!
Sadly drug addiction seems to be taking over our country, and especially taking control of our young people. Once again my son was arrested for felony drug charges and was facing a 5 year prison sentence. Tori encouraged us to get my son into a drug rehab program while we were waiting for his sentence. Through God's grace, my son voluntarily went to Set Free by the Sea in Yulee, FL. God is truly working at this place, and it is a miracle that he walked out a changed man. We hired Tori Mussallem because we thought she was a feisty attorney that would help our son, who already had a record with felony drug charges. Tori is very approachable and keeps you well informed. We appreciated her phone calls, encouragement, and never give up attitude. God was able to work miracles in my son's life at Set Free by the Sea, and Tori was able to work miracles in the courtroom. Instead of a 5 year prison sentence she was able to work a deal of no jail or prison time, and 2 years probation, with a stipulation that if he failed his drug tests or broke probation that he would serve 12 months in jail. We feel blessed that God saved my son from his hopelessness, and also blessed that we found Tori Mussallem to represent him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2016
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THE BEST!!
I would recommend Victoria to anyone, she is the best. I was charged with multiple felonies and facing 15 years, Tori was able to get me just one year of community control (probation). Anything that I ask of her, she has always been able to work with the prosecutor and judge to have it granted. So grateful I found her!!!!
Posted by John | April 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Saved my life!!!
I was recently incarcerated for 30 days total with 2 pending second degree felony sex charges. Initially, I was completely: lost, confused, anxious, angry, and scared of the outcome of what my case was going to be, as I had done nothing wrong. In today's world, all it takes is ONE PERSON, to say that you did something, and your entire future can be changed for the worse, even if their story is a complete fallacy. I met with 5 attorneys total prior to choosing "Tori" as she will tell you to call her, and picked her because of her: experience, professionalism, DETERMINATION, and a simple gut feeling that told me she was the one to help me. I am 29 years old, with no prior record aside from a DUI, and I have the privilege of a loving family that stood behind me during this horrible sex case debacle. Tori, was in full contact with me and my family (at my request), during the entire court proceedings. Tori has created relationships with prosecutors, other attorneys, and those you would assume would be beneficial in the "law world", and has maintained and nurtured those relationships to allow her the opportunity to assist her clients in the BEST POSSIBLE WAY. When Tori states she was going to do something, if not THAT DAY, then the very next, she was moving forward with my case. When I mentioned previously her DETERMINATION was a factor in me choosing her as my attorney let me elaborate a little on that. When I state DETERMINATION that also includes: passion for the law, a commitment to her clients, and that drive you see in her, that ambition, that knowledge, a commitment to excellence. Initially, during my first consult I thought her determination was aggressive to be honest, that it may deter a prosecutor or judge's ability to want to work with me, but it was just that, that got her to get my case DROPPED! I was facing a worse-case scenario of 30 years in prison, and now I am at home, sitting in my families house, and a little teary eyed writing this because when I think of recent events, and what could have happened, I just thank Tori so much for literally, saving my future. If you have been looking for an attorney that will fight for your best possible future, look no further, you found her.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2016
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Excellent!!!
Tori, as she likes to be called, is one of the best attorneys I've dealt with ever. She did an awesome job for me, but I got the sense that this was just her usual work. She's very experienced in the Jacksonville area with knowledge of all the judges and prosecutors. Very pleased with the job she did for me.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2016
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Our Life Saver!
While trying to protect the privacy of my family I will try to explain how amazing Tori was through the last few months. In a nutshell my child with pretty severe mental issues caused a nearly horrific outcome for our family. In one day our family went from typical in many ways to being ripped apart with no one willing to listen or look for the real cause. We needed an attorney quick. It was a good thing we did hire Tori because there are a lot if logical steps families in our situation take that in the world of law are not the right ones to take. Had it not been for her guidance we potentially could have made life altering mistakes in the handling of the situation. By some miracle we have gotten through this without the irreparable harm that could have been. No one had to face legal penalties from something they didn't do. I called and emailed Tori so often I had to be driving her crazy but she was always reassuring. She was right. Things did work out well in the end and we are moving forward with our lives. Thank you again Tori!
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Posted by Carl | December 14, 2015
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Right lawyer @ the right time for what I needed!! Perfect Fit!!
I was in a unique situation because I had a serious 3rd degree felony case that I needed to resolve in Jacksonville, FL but I currently am living in Colorado. I was being instructed by the County Clerk's Office in Jacksonville to turn myself in to authorities to clear my situation. That was not an option for me since I was just starting a new job and the need for me to resolve this case directly affected my job. I knew I needed to obtain a lawyer in Jacksonville to represent me to resolve this case. So I searched for defense lawyers in Jacksonville, FL and it had to be fate because the first lawyer that popped up in my search was Victoria Mussallem's Law Firm. When I read her firm's mission statement and read that she had never prosecuted anyone I knew this was a lawyer who would represent my best interest. Tori was kind and professional from the moment I consulted with her even calling me back after hours while she was at home with her family to provide me information that I wasn't even aware of in my case. Tori had won me over because she showed she was invested in my case before I even retained her, which I gladly did. In my case Tori assured me that she would do everything in her power to make sure that I would not have to travel from CO to FL to resolve this case. Tori kept her word. Tori asked for documents to help paint a picture of my character without me being there and illustrate that my case was one of simple mistake and not done fraudulently. Tori always kept me up to date on what was going on and I never felt out of the loop. Within a month Tori not only represented me without me being in court she got the entire case dropped with any outstanding warrants being dismissed. I am so grateful for the dedicated work Tori did on my case. She not only resolved my legal issues for me but she helped keep me in good standings with my job and that is greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend Tori to anyone needing a great criminal defense lawyer, she is the woman for the job! Thank you Tori for everything you did for me!!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Mussallem Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Owner
  • Mussallem & Forbess P.A.
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender, Duval County
  • 2004 - 2007
  • General Counsel
  • NoMuv Inc.
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Paul M. Harden
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Accounting Staff and Sales
  • Mussallem Galleries
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Accounting Staff
  • Mussallem Oriental Rugs
  • 1995 - 1996
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Jacksonville University
  • Bachelors
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • State of Florida vs. S.S.
  • DUI charge reduced to a Reckless Driving
  • State of Florida vs. J.D.
  • Child Abuse Charges in Jacksonville Dropped
  • State of Florida vs. S.C.
  • Drug Charges Dismissed

Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • Jacksonville University Board of Trustees
  • Trustee
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Jacksonville Humane Society Board of Directors
  • Director
  • 2007 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Most County Court Trials - "Trial God Award"
  • Office of the Public Defender, Duval County
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2007
  • Lecture at World Ethics Class at FSCJ, Kent Campus
  • Ethics and Criminal Defense
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (34)
Endorse Victoria
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had a chance to work with Tori Mussallem several times over the last few years. Each time I have been impressed with her skills in the courtroom and knowledge of the law. She is a tough advocate who represents her clients well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Victoria is an excellent advocate for her clients. She comes up with creative solutions and always puts her clients first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her experience and knowledge make her an exceptional choice for sound representation in criminal cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Mussallem has always been a very effective advocate for her clients. In addition, she is very professional and enjoyable to work a case with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tori is one of the most zealous advocates for a client that I've seen. She works hard to prepare her cases and ensures that the best possible outcome is received."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tori is a great advocate. She fights for her clients with great passion and zeal."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Mussallem when I was a prosecutor. Trying several cases against her, I can say firsthand she's tough. Unlike many attorneys, Ms. Mussallem will take a case to trial -- and win. Because of that, prosecutors, judges and fellow attorneys respect her. Better yet, they listen when she speaks."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Mussallem is truly one of Jacksonville's rising stars. Years of courtroom experience combined with an aggressive approach to representation make her one of the most feared litigators in the courthouse. A fine attorney who provides priceless representation for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Tori is a criminal defense lawyer in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been practicing law since 2001. Tori was born and raised in Jacksonville and the only time she left town was when she attended law school at Stetson University College of Law. When Tori moved back after law school, she served our community as a public defender for three years. We opened a criminal defense law firm in Jacksonville in 2007 and practice 100% criminal law. Tori represents the citizens of Jacksonville, Clay County, Nassau County, and St. Johns County. She fights felony charges, misdemeanor charges, DUI's, domestic battery charges, drug charges, theft charges, and all violent charges. Tori is an aggressive criminal attorney and practices with professionalism."
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