Richard “Rick” Mercure offers a rare combination of impeccable legal credentials paired with compassion for his clients. He has dedicated his Gainesville criminal defense law firm to protecting the rights of the accused.
Rick gained extensive experience in criminal defense matters through work at the public defender’s offices in Gainesville, Miami, and Fort Myers, as well as in private practice. He has been involved with thousands of criminal cases, including both misdemeanors and felonies. His experience ranges from drug possession and domestic violence cases to armed robbery and capital murder.
He has the knowledge and skill to handle every facet of a criminal case, including arraignment, bond hearing, plea negotiations, pre-trial conferences and motions, jury selection, trial, and sentencing.
Rick was awarded a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Miami School Of Law in Coral Gables. He was named to the Dean’s List and awarded a scholarship based on his academic achievement. While completing his degree, he worked as research assistant to a leading criminal law attorney and professor. His legal writing skills won him a coveted slot on the Psychology, Public Policy and Law Journal, one of the law school’s prestigious law reviews.
Rick received a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he was awarded a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and Florida Medallion Scholars Award.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2013||08/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|10 Best Lawyers in Florida||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2015|
|10 Best Law Firms in Florida||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2015|
|Attorney (Gainesville Office)||Katz & Phillips, PA||2014 - Present|
|Assistant Public Defender||Office Of The Public Defender, Gainesville||2013 - 2013|
|Domestic Violence Division - Certified Legal Intern||Miami Dade Public Defender's Office||2012 - 2013|
|Homicide Division - Legal Intern||20th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office||2012 - 2012|
|Federal Homicide - Criminal Law Clerk||Law Office of Paul D. Petruzzi, PA||2011 - 2012|
|State Homicide - Criminal Law Clerk||Law Office of Jack R. Blumenfeld, PA||2011 - 2012|
|Criminal Law Research Assistant||University Of Miami School Of Law||2011 - 2012|
|Civil Law Clerk||Law Office of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, PA||2011 - 2012|
|Civil Law Clerk||Spink & Associates, PA||2010 - 2011|
|Civil Law Clerk||Weisberg & Meyers, LLC||2010 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Individual Lawyer||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2014 - Present|
|Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association||Active Member||2014 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2013 - Present|
|University of Miami School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|University of Florida||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||2009|