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Robert Foster Boyette

Family Attorney at Panama City, FL

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2006
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Robert

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Robert has been practicing law in Panama City and the Surrounding areas for 16 years. He grew up in the Memphis, Tennessee area and is the son of a Bay County native. Robert spent much of his summer vacations split between the beautiful shores of Panama City Beach and the small town life of Wewahitchka visiting family. It was these summer vacations that shaped his desire to live and work in our beautiful community.

Robert earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Florida before moving on to Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville to receive his Juris Doctorate. After a short Certified Legal Internship in the Jacksonville Public Defender’s Office, Robert accepted a position with the Bay County Public Defender’s Office here in Panama City.

After many years of helping the less fortunate, Robert felt the need and desire to provide help to the families in the community in which he lived, so he went into private practice to work at The Virga Law Firm in the Spring of 2016. Robert understands that going through a divorce or child custody battle can be a stressful time for a client and he strives to make the experience as painless as possible. Robert is a member of the St. Andrew’s Bay Inn of Court and Robert was recognized as a 2017 member of the Lawyers of Distinction in Family and Divorce. In June of 2022 Robert embarked on a new endeavor to start his own practice. Robert recognizes that each of his clients has their own set of goals for their case and will work tirelessly to achieve those goals. Robert has spent the last 16 years honing his skills in the courtroom in both jury and non-jury trials, and will not back down in a courtroom. It is thistype of philosophy that Robert expects to bring to his own firm. 

It’s always been Robert’s philosophy to help those in and around the community you live in, and with the Bay County Public Defender’s Office he was able to provide help to those less fortunate protect their constitutional right to a legal defense.

When Robert is not in the courtroom, you may catch him enjoying the natural beauty of the Shell Island area, Econfina Creek, or Panama City Beach. Robert is also a huge college sports fan and often travels to see the Gators play football, basketball, and baseball among other sports. Robert enjoys giving back to the community, he participates in multiple charity events throughout the community, such as: Toys for Kids, Corks and Canvases, and Bowling for Kid’s Sake. Robert is a member of the St. Andrew’s School Advisory Board as well. 


Boyette Law Firm
239 E. 4th Street
Panama City, FL, 32401


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Posted by April | November 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and Excellent Human Being!
At this moment I am waiting on a ruling from my final trial. I do not know the outcome, but I am glad I had/have Robert Boyette as a lawyer. When you hire a lawyer you've decided to fight, and you pray that your lawyer can be brutal enough to push for what you're hoping to achieve. You don't think about all of the other stuff, especially if you've never hired one before. Well as it turns out, lawyers have to think 150,000 steps ahead, after taking in "your bigger picture" and retain a stance to cover of all bases, in front of a whole network of other people who have to think the same exact way. Mr Boyette is smart. He thinks ahead. He makes you feel comfortable, and he checks up on you when you need to be checked up on. He's fair in his explanations to the client of what to realistically expect. He has shown me that there are a lot of human qualities that are important in and out of court, that sometimes is easy to forget about when you're trying to fight for your family. He has a great sense of humor and an assistant that is out of this world as well. Truth, facts and evidence are what are essential in a court case. I can testify that it is absolutely true that Mr Boyette and his team were the right choice for me, and my family. It is a fact that during trial, I could not have had a better human being to help me through the stress and weight of it all. The evidence is in the satisfaction and support that I have because of Mr Boyette and Mrs Deb Hoey. If I ever need help again with a family court situation, I will hire Mr Boyette again.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent help
Appreciated his advice/counsel regarding my divorce. Managed to get everything settled thru mediation, without going to court. Happy with the final outcome!


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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Boyette Law Firm
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Virga Law Firm
  • 2016 - 2022
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • 14th Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender
  • 2005 - 2016
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • 4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office
  • 2004 - 2004
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  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • J.D.,
  • 2005
  • University of Florida
  • B.A.,
  • 2001


  • St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Family and Divorce Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court
  • Ethics
  • 2019
  • St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court
  • Back To Basics
  • 2017
  • St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court
  • Ethics
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Rob is a skilled trial lawyer that is at ease in a courtroom. Rob is always dedicated to his clients and pursuing their goals. It is not uncommon for Rob to work on weekends preparing for trial and leaving no element of the case untouched. It is a pleasure practicing law with Rob, and hearing what insights he has about a case."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Rob is a smart hardworking attorney. He cares about his clients and he knows the law."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Rob as an attorney for Family and Criminal Law. I have worked alongside Rob for two years. Bringing his skills as a public defender to our firm, I've learned a great deal of trial practice and strategy from him. Whenever I have a criminal law question, I go to Rob, and regularly consult with him on our family law cases. Rob is a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney that I would recommend to anyone ."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Boyette and I first worked together as adversaries; he as a defense attorney and I as a prosecutor. Mr. Boyette not only demonstrated an excellent understanding of law and procedure, but he truly cared about his clients. Now, as a co-worker of Mr. Boyette, I have the privilege of benefitting from his vast knowledge of criminal and family law."
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