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Richard Hornsby is a third generation Central Floridian and a second generation criminal defense lawyer.

He obtained his law degree from the University of Florida and also holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and a master's degree in Forensic Science from the University of Florida.

He is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar and Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

He serves as the Legal Analyst for the Central Florida NBC affiliate,WESH 2 News, and is frequently called upon to provide legal commentary for the Orlando Sentinel.

In 2007 he was voted Best of the Bar in Criminal Defense by the Orlando Business Journal and has been recognized as a Rising Star in criminal defense by Super Lawyers magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    16 years, 5 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

45 total 

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  • Paula Colette Coffman

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Richard Hornsby since he was a rising star in the Public Defender’s Office more than a decade ago. Richard is a gifted trial lawyer and fearless legal advocate on behalf of his clients. I enthusiastically endorse this criminal defense lawyer.


    Paula Coffman Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael Stephen Stanfield

    Richard is one of the finest lawyers I know and a ferocious litigator. Some people may misunderstand his bluntness, but he cuts to the core of issues without wasting clients time with sugar-coating.


    Michael Stanfield Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Richard E. Hornsby, PA

1217 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL, 32801


FLMember in Good Standing200106/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Board Certification in Criminal Trial AdvocacyNational Board of Trial Advocacy2009
Board Certification in Criminal Trial LawThe Florida Bar2008
Best of the Bar, Criminal DefenseThe Orlando Business Journal2007
Trial Practice Book AwardThe University of Florida College of Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerRichard E. Hornsby, P.A.2005 - Present
AssociateWoolfolk & Jordan, P.A.2003 - 2004
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeLifetime Member2013 - Present
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2007 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2004 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member2001 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, City of OrlandoMember2006 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Frederick A. FrostNot Guilty
State v. Victor S. DennisonNot Guilty
State v. V.L.T.Not Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
The DefenderBasics in Criminal Pleadings2006
The DefenderIn Defense of Unlicensed Drivers: § 322.342002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida College of PharmacyForensic ScienceMaster of Science in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences2014
University of Central FloridaCriminal JusticeMaster of Science in Criminal Justice2003
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of FloridaPolitical Science, ReligionBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Public Defender Training CollegeJury Selection for Real Attorneys2008
Public Defender Training CollegeEffective Closing Arguments2007
Public Defender Training CollegeSearch and Seizure in Florida2006
Public Defender Training CollegeBasics in Criminal Pleadings2004