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Michael Panella

Criminal defense Attorney at Orlando, FL

5.0   35 reviews

also known as Mike Panella

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  • Licensed for 9 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2014
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Attorney Michael Panella has dedicated his professional career to criminal defense and family law matters, with a focus on giving a strong voice in the courtroom to those who need it the most. Even in his first year in law school he was hired at a prestigious criminal defense law firm and was granted an exception to the University of Florida's general "no outside work" rule due to his outstanding scholastic achievements. He was also President of the Law School's Phi Alpha Delta organization. In addition to receiving his Juris Doctor with honors, he was awarded the University of Florida Levin College of Law Criminal Justice Certificate, a Pro-Bono Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, and the Community Service Award Certificate for Outstanding Achievement. 

From there, Mr. Panella went on to become a contributing member to the defense in the State v. George Zimmerman case, was instrumental in achieving favorable pretrial appellate decisions, and contributed to jury selection and general trial strategy including a heavy focus on self-defense matters.

Mr. Panella also spent time working at a respected capital appellate firm where he worked on state and federal death penalty appeals and postconviction motions for relief.

Prior to opening his practice, Mr. Panella proudly served as an Assistant Public Defender for the 18th Judicial Circuit in both Brevard and Seminole Counties. 

Mr. Panella enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys, and working to get great results for clients in the courtroom. 

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Posted by Carissa | December 13, 2021
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The Best is here!
Mike is truly one of the best lawyers nationwide hands down! He goes above and beyond the Call of Duty every time no matter the case no matter the case no matter the situation. I have used Mike many different times for many different cases as well as referred him to family and friends and each and every one of them had successful cases. If I could take him everywhere I go I would. If you need a trustworthy, honest, friendly, caring, empathetic, wonderful person you need Mike on your team! His team and office are just simply amazing. Don't think twice about hiring him just do it!
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Posted by Judith Hernandez | May 18, 2021
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Awesome Work!!!
Wonderful, honest, professional attorney who knows the law inside and out and is great at what he does. I was working directly with Attorney Sutta. But both are very dependable, communicative, and responded to any questions asked in a swift manner. Will definitely call on them again if I need legal services in the future.
Posted by Camilo | September 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Understanding, All around incredible human being!!
I was absolutely mortified and embarrassed when I was arrested for a DUI. Then to find out it was ENHANCED with increased penalties shattered my world! Luckily I was referred to Mike Panella by a close friend and I was impressed from the start. He will stand by you and fight this thing all the way! Enhanced DUI reduced to a Reckless Driving with everything cut in half and NO DUI Enhanced FINE!!! Please before you go anywhere else, look to Mike Panella for any legal help. I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed. Don't believe me?? Look up my case on MyPalmBeachClerk.com, thank you from the bottom of my heart Mike!!!
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Posted by John | September 8, 2023
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Such a great lawyer
Answered all my questions and was super fair with the bill. He took the time to walk me through each issue in as much detail as i needed. Thanks!
Posted by Christiane | June 30, 2023
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Very honest and knowledgeable Attorneys
I am very impressed with the way they handled my daughter’s case. Huda Saleh is a real fighter and honest attorney. She knows the law and how to fight for your rights. She got the case on 06/13 and yesterday 06/29 she called me to say that there is no more case against my daughter. Thank you Huda!
Posted by Tony | May 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
When Your Life is on the Line - You call Mike Panella
Imagine being woke up @ 6am by a team of trigger-happy County Sheriffs and U.S. Marshals banging the butts of their guns on your door. Once you open the door, there are 8 assault rifles pointing at your chest. You’re placed into handcuffs and are now being charged with heinous crimes that carry a potential LIFE sentence. It's a nightmare situation for most people, especially for those who aren't expecting it. Life changes in an instant. Not just for you, but for those around you too. This is not my first rodeo with the police – I do as they say, and I do so with my mouth shut after politely invoking my right to remain silent. In my opinion The Panella Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, is an upper-tier legal firm that provides exceptional legal representation to clients in need. Led by Michael Panella the firm is known for its commitment to excellence and dedication to defending the innocent. Mike Panella is an amazing attorney with extensive experience in the legal field. Mike has a unique perspective the legal system and how to develop amazingly effective strategies. Mike provided me with the best legal representation and always went above and beyond to ensure my success. His polite but aggressive approach in the courtroom and unwavering commitment to justice make him a formidable opponent. Something that I didn’t realize until the 2nd to last court appearance was that Mike didn’t sit on the side with the other “defense” attorneys – he sidled up to the prosecutor and chatted him up. Never noticed any other attorneys doing that. He’s relentless and refuses to accept NO as an answer. My case, which was in Fort Pierce, Florida, is about 100 miles away from their offices. Mike and Huda's dedication was evident from the beginning. Despite the distance from Orlando, they worked tirelessly to provide me with the support and guidance I needed in-person. Their attention to detail and thorough preparation ensured that I received the best possible outcome each appearance. I felt bad that Mike and/or Huda had to travel for 2-3 hours for a 20 second court appearance. I should add that during my relationship with The Panella Law firm, Mike and Huda represented me in a family court case (stemming from the above criminal charges) and a business civil case in NYC. It's like I was the (un)lucky winner of the "legal trifecta" - Criminal Case, Family Court Case, and a Civil case ALL at the same time. Mike and Huda made sure my rights were protected 100% of the time. Huda Saleh is a standout member of the Panella Law Firm. Huda is a compassionate and determined attorney. Her fiery attitude and unwavering commitment to justice make her an asset to the firm. Huda has an eye for detail and is quick to find things others miss. She’s friendly, she cares, she’s sharp, and has a bit of a FAFO attitude when she’s lasered-in on something. She has an in-depth understanding of Family Court & Criminal Law. In addition to their legal expertise, The Panella Law Firm provided exceptional customer service. They understood that my legal issues were stressful and overwhelming. They went above and beyond to provide me with the support and guidance I needed. They did this a lot. I had a lot of “WTF is happening” moments during the 2 years the case was going on for. They are responsive, professional, and were always available to answer my questions and provide updates on the progress of each case. I can recall several 11pm conference calls to discuss the case(s) and a couple of 2-3am text message sessions as well when I had questions. Calls/texts always promptly returned. Overall, I would highly recommend The Panella Law Firm to anyone in need of legal representation. Their commitment to excellence and dedication to defending the innocent is unparalleled. This should be your first stop for legal representation. Mike and Huda protected my rights, and they'll do the same for you.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2023
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Brilliant, diligent, and prudent strategist!
Mike is not only talented for his understanding of the law, but he is also a prudent strategist. He thinks ahead and is always prepared for any scenario that comes your way! He got me the exact results I was looking for in my case and I could not be more happy with choosing Mike to represent me!
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done. Diligent, knowledgeable and personable.
I was referred to Mr Panella due to his amazing track record and case history. I had a difficult set of felony charges against me. With a definite turn to jail time. With his resources and knowledge Mr Panella arranged a full dismissal of the charges and will be arranging the expungement of the whole situation. He was very profesional, clear and quick to communicate anything to do with my case. He also wrote letters on my behalf to employers explaining the case in detail and the proposed outcome. He was diligent and organized through the whole process. When you need a criminal attorney Mr Panella is more than capable for your needs. Highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Lakeva | November 17, 2022
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The best
This man Mike Panella is excellent he goes above and beyond for anyone he represents I would recommend him to anyone that wants there life in good hands he is a blessing in my life he helped me twice and I would give this firm 100 stars because they work above and beyond for there clients if you want a good attorney Mike Panella is your guy thanks Panella law firm
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Posted by Taylor | July 14, 2022
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Best lawyer in town
Seriously the most helpful people I could have asked for to help me out. Very nice, very communicative with me and my family, did everything they could to help me with very short notice and over 3 hours away. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to be on my case. I am very appreciative of their support.
Posted by James | June 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Panella goes above and beyond!
Mr. Panella goes above and beyond to understand the details of your legal matter. And then after he understands every aspect, he gives you everything you need to know. There is something about the way he practices law. There are no words I can write that adequately communicate the appreciation our family has for Mr. Panella and his team. Our family thanks God for him every day! And if you Hire him, you will too.
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Posted by samuel | January 4, 2022
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best decision i ever made
panella law firm handled my case they kept me informed the entire step a very long process but kept me calm; I felt very confident with them they treated me like family I'm forever grateful thank you so much may god continue to bless you all
Posted by Jason | January 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Most compassionate, caring, and understanding lawyer!
I'm writing this review sincerely, freely, and voluntarily, and without being asked. Today has been one of the best days of my life next to being released from twenty-three years of incarceration which recently occurred. My incarceration, has caused me great disadvantages and prohibitions, amongst many other things, since my release. Because of Attorney and advocate Mr. Michael Panella and wonderful and supportive associate Attorney Ms. Hud (Huda) Sal, who enabled me to obtain my driver's license back as it was being illegally held hostage by our great legal system. By doing this for me at no cost, i am now able to continue back into society, not only productively, but also reduces my chances of recidivism, gain further freedom, along with further desire, hope, and chances of succeeding in life! Not to many people come out after 23 years of incarceration with much hope and desire to succeed, but the ones who do are faced with many, many barriers, road blocks, and disadvantages just like I did, including license suspensions, However thanks to Mr. Panella and Ms. Huda I was able to get my license back and return to a more normal, average life, furthering my chances of success. Whoever wants or is in need of the best fighting, knowledgeable, caring criminal attorney and/or advocate you MUST consider The Panella Law Firm and their kind, unrelenting associate Attorney Ms. Hud (Huda) Sal! I would not recommend or direct anyone but Mr. Panella and his firm in Orlando, Florida. THANK YOU MIKE!!!!!
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Posted by Mariel | January 20, 2020
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The Best Lawyer I’ve Ever Used
His awesome team especially Huda did everything they could to get my desired outcome and they did. Do not hesitate to use this man he truly cares about justice.
Posted by Joseph | August 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
After speaking with Huda and Mike for the first time I knew I was in good hands. He made me feel comfortable and explained everything that was happening with my case and all the possibilities. They answered all of my questions and put my mind at ease. I appreciated how easy it was to text or email him with any questions. He is a very genuine, kind, honest, hardworking, and compassionate attorney. He was able to get my cased dismissed. It is evident that he is very knowledgeable and has a passion to serve and help others. Mike is truly a blessing. You certainly want him and his team to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2019
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My Experience
OMG EXCELLENT service from Mrs Pinella and his Staff, I can’t believe how much dedication they give to my case... The Best, the Best if I ever need a Lawer again DEFINITELY will call Mike Pinella; Thank You
Posted by Chris | June 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable, dedicated, and resolute
I had to hire Mike for an older case that needed to be revisited. He walked me through the steps, gave me the information I needed, he even met me at appointments I needed to be at, even though he did not need to be there. He worked through my case diligently and treated me as if I was his only client. He is a professional in every sense and got my issue resolved quickly and affordably. I can't thank him enough! If you ever find yourself in trouble with the law, Mike will get you through it!
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Posted by Laura | June 10, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
Incredible! I can't say enough good things about Mike Panella. No-nonsense, straight to the point, very professional, easy to reach and truly cares! Would highly recommend in a heart beat to anyone looking for representation.
Posted by Kathleen | May 17, 2019
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The best lawyer in the world
When Mike took my case I was desperate it’s a very difficult case and has way more problems than most Mr. Panella was able to figure it out and after hearing my story had my injunction dropped unfortunately without prejudice that’s not because of him he was a highly respectable attorney that knew his job and practices are highly ethical business that will probably continue to thrive I will always recommend this lifetime as one of the best I have ever dealt with thank you Kathleen Nixon N.
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Posted by Diane | March 9, 2019
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Exceeding my expectations!
Mike Panella has truly exceeded my expectations! Since day one, he has taken the time to communicate with me, talk strategy, and has been completely supportive every step of the way. His overall professionalism both in and out of the court room is an A+! He is competent, reliable, respectful, and delivered results that I wanted plus more! I am so glad that I trusted him at such a pivotal point on my family case.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Panella Law Firm
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Office Of The Public Defender 18th Circuit
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Sonya Rudenstine
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • O'Mara Law Group
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Firm of Larry Gibbs Turner, P.L.
  • 2011 - 2013
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor Cum Laude
  • 2013
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Criminal Case Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • Criminal Case Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • Criminal Case Dismissed
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Justice (President)
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • University of Florida College of Law
  • 2013
  • Community Service Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
  • University of Florida College of Law
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
  • University of Florida College of Law
  • 2013
  • Book Award, Child, Parent, and the State
  • University of Florida College of Law
  • 2012
  • Book Award, Criminal Law
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • OCBA YLS Mentoring Program
  • Mentoring Program
  • 2019
  • Trial Team Scrimmage
  • Trial Team Strategies
  • 2018
  • Legal Intern Symposium
  • How to Prepare for Law School
  • 2018
  • Criminal Defense - the Basics
  • Criminal Defense Strategies for New Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Law School Lecture: Race, Racism, and American Law
  • Race, Racism, and American Law
  • 2013
  • An Afternoon with Michael Panella, Former Law Clerk for the George Zimmerman Defense Team
  • The George Zimmerman Trial and Comparison of Self Defense Laws
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (3)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We have worked together on a few cases and he is dedicated to his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael has a thorough knowledge of his field, is a skilled advocate for his clients, and always brings a compassionate and personal style of representation to his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Panella is a great lawyer and is passionate about his practice. He knows how to resolve matters efficiently and he isn't afraid to handle complicated issues. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"MIchael has worked cases that made the national spotlight and brings a lot to the table. He is a smart, sincere, and skilled lawyer. I endorse Michael!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Panella and I were co-workers during his time spent at the 18th Circuit Public Defender's Office. I witnessed firsthand his commitment and dedication to his clients' cases. In private practice, he continues to be an excellent advocate for his clients in the community. If you are seeking legal advice, I highly suggest reaching out to Mr. Panella. You won't regret it."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike Panella is a top-notch criminal defense attorney. His dedication and availability to his clients are unsurpassed."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great in trial. Great negotiator. Care for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Michael Panella for the areas of criminal defense and traffic law. I have had the opportunity to refer cases to him and I am impressed with his results and the attention he gives to his clients and other attorneys in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent advocate for all of his clients. He works tirelessly for great results."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a real bull dog. He will fight on your behalf as if his life depended on it."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike Panella is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. I worked with Mike on a serious criminal case and he was outstanding. He was very responsive to the client and his family, answering questions and making sure they knew exactly what was happening. Mike was diligent in his work and developed defenses that the average lawyer would not consider. I sincerely endorse Mike Panella."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike gives his all. He works diligently and truly cares about his clients and getting justice for them."
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