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I am a double Gator, having gotten my degree in history and law degree from the University of Florida.  I was raised in Southwest Florida and returned here to build my law practice with my partners Jimmy and Rene.  I love to read, fish and play golf.  However, corny as it may sound, I really love my job and trial litigation best.  I went to law school to be a trial lawyer and then ended up doing corporate work out of school.  In 2002 I remembered what it was I really had a passion for and I returned to Florida and became an Assistant Public Defender in Fort Myers.  This was a wonderful experience; to learn real law in the trenches and to try a lot of cases.  After around two years as a PD, I left for private practice as an associate in a firm in Fort Myers.  I built a practice for that firm in Charlotte County and then, when I felt ready to be on my own, I left that firm in 2006 to join up with my partners and form Brown, Suarez & Rios, P.A.  I am proud of the fact that we are a litigation firm and that we have a great team of lawyers who are not afraid to go to trial; whether it be an injury case or a criminal case.  That type of aggressiveness and hard work also leads to many negotiated settlements that are favorable to our clients, because we have earned the respect of our opponents.  Our lawyers and wonderful support staff work together on every client's case and make this law frim a fun place to come to work.  We have successfully represented so many people in Southwest Florida that I am proud to say that the majority of our business comes from prior clients and other members of the legal and business community.  Check out our website at


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    14 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    10 years, 100 cases
  3. Appeals: 10%
    14 years, 30 cases



Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Brown, Suarez & Rios, PA

2681 Airport Road
Naples, FL, 34112

Brown, Suarez & Rios, P.A.

1532 Jackson Street
Fort Myers, FL, 33901

Brown, Suarez & Rios, P.A.

265 E Marion Ave.
Suite 114
Punta Gorda, FL, 33950-3715

Brown, Suarez & Rios, P.A.

14 N. Desoto Avenue
Arcadia, FL, 34266-4411



FLMember in Good Standing200206/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Extra Mile AwardThe Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBrown, Suarez & Rios, P.A.2006 - Present
Associate AttorneyBalliro Law Firm, LLC2004 - 2006
Assistant Public Defender20th Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Twentieth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida BarCommittee Member2009 - Present
The Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member- Chapter President2007 - Present
Charlotte County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Middle District of FloridaAttorney Admitted to Practice2004 - Present
Florida BarAttorney2002 - Present
American Inns of CourtBarrister2004 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Defender (FACDL)Admissibility and Use at Trial of False-Confession Expert Testimony2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of FloridaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ROCC Annual Attorney Training SeminarTrial Tactics2013
Trial With Style- Florida Public Defender Association Fall Meeting - TampaFalse Confessions, Admissibility and Use of Expert Testimony at Trial2012