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Joseph Cerino

About me

I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.  I have been living in Florida since 1985 and have been residing in Lee County since 1996.  I am married to Amy Hawthorne and we have a daughter named Cassandra who recently graduated from the University of Central Florida. 


I believe in using a personal approach in my practice.  When you hire me, you get me.  I am the lawyer you will deal with.  You will not be handed off to a paralegal.


I believe in using a compassionate approach to the practice of Family and Criminal Law, with a little Bronx toughness thrown in when needed.  Put my experience to work for you.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    21 years
  2. Family: 50%
    16 years



Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Martin Noone

    I endorse this Lawyer. He is a great Family Law Attorney!


    Michael Noone Personal injury Attorney
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  • Scot Dale Goldberg

    Attorney Cerino is real credit to the legal profession, and a very skilled and qualified litigator.


    Scot Goldberg Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Joseph Cerino

2248 First Street
Fort Myers, FL, 33901


FLMember in Good Standing199606/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Joseph Cerino2012 - Present
PartnerBass and Cerino2009 - 2012
PartnerBass, Cerino, and Brizel2000 - 2009
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender1996 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary Club of Cape Coral - GoldcoastPresident2013 - Present
Lee County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Legal Aid SocietyBoard of Directors2011 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
SG v. SHMother granted permission to relocate.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Florida State UniversityCriminologyN/A1988
St John's UniversityN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Constitution Week at Varsity Lakes Middle SchoolThe Bill of Rights2012