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After being born in Winter Haven Hospital is 1966, I have lived in Winter Haven, Lake Alfred, Haines City, Auburndale and Lakeland. I Graduated from Auburndale High School in 1984 and started attending Polk Community College.  After graduating from PCC I married Caroline, my high school sweetie, and was promoted from truck loader to Package Delivery Driver at UPS.  After having my first child, I realized that I wanted to provide more opportunity for my children so I left UPS and moved into family housing at the University of Florida where I had my second son and obtained my Bachelors Degree.  From there, I was accepted into one of the best law schools in the Country so I moved to The Ohio State University.  While in Ohio, we learned my wife was pregnant with twins and decided we needed to get closer to family so I applied to Florida State University College of Law and landed an internship monitoring criminal law legislation for the Florida Public Defender Association.  We were blessed with twin daughters and I completed my law studies and returned to Ohio for graduation ceremonies where I obtained my Juris Doctorate degree.  With the help of four amazing children as inspiration I have been blessed with a loyal client base and solid growth since going into private practice in 2001. I have an "empty nest" now, oldest finished with his bachelor's degree at UCF after a collegiate football career and now the twins are Florida State Cheerleaders!  Did I mention I was blessed?

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Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Car Accident: 40%
    16 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    18 years
  3. Divorce: 20%
  4. Family: 10%
    16 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jillian Kelly Duggan

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Echemendia provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediately legal answers.

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    Jillian Duggan Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Andrea Nichole DeMichael

    I endorse this lawyer. In previous years, I worked as opposing counsel on many criminal matters with Rafael. He was always been a fearless, yet respectful, advocate for his clients. Now that I work with Rafael, his experience and knowledge of the law is extremely apparent and his dedication to his clients and their legal matters is unparalleled. Rafael understands that preparation and familiarity of a case are necessities and achieves great results for his clients.

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Contact info

Echemendia Law Firm

201 Main Street
Auburndale, FL, 33823

Echemendia Law Firm

5473 US 98 South
Lakeland, FL, 33812

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199806/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2014
Presidential RecognitionUniversity of FloridaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerEchemendia Law Firm2010 - Present
Founding PartnerAllen & Echemendia, P.A.2000 - 2010
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Polk County Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Polk County Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/AN/A
Polk County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Berkley Charter SchoolPresident2001 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Criminal DefenseN/A
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Lakelandlegal.comAlimony Guide2010
lakelandlegal.comFlorida Driving Under the Influence2010
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of FloridaCommunication Sciences and DIsordersBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Fund RaiserLegal issues for homeless2012