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AnneMarie Rose Rizzo

also known as The Science Lawyer

About me

AnneMarie Rizzo is a former Assistant State Attorney with extensive trial experience in the State of Florida. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, Magna Cum Laude and from the University of Florida Levin College of Law with her Juris Doctorate. Currently, AnneMarie is advancing her knowledge by pursuing a Masters Degree with the University of Florida in Forensic Science to have a formal background in analytical chemistry (the type of testing used in DUI cases and drug offense cases) in order to better serve her clients. During law school, AnneMarie was litigating criminal traffic and domestic violence cases as lead prosecutor during her internship and final year in law school with the State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville, Florida. During her tenure as an Assistant State Attorney she specialized in prosecuting Domestic Violence and Criminal Traffic cases. She assisted hundreds of victims involved in violent relationships in criminal prosecution and assisted victims at hearings seeking protective injunctions. AnneMarie leaves a legacy of winning four separate, consecutive jury trials in the same trial week. She was appointed as a Special Prosecutor by the Governor of Florida to represent the State of Florida on a DUI case in Lee County in 2007 which resulted in another favorable jury verdict for her at trial.  She quickly gained the reputation of being an aggressive and zealous advocate.


AnneMarie has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors across the state specifically in the areas of evidence based prosecution and trial advocacy in Domestic Violence and Criminal Traffic. She also has trained medical doctors at SHANDS UF and Child Protective Investigators with the Department of Children and Families in the areas of domestic violence and family dynamics. AnneMarie has successfully completed the Advanced DUI School hosted by the Florida Prosecutor Attorney Association. She also has successfully completed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Course sponsored by the Institute of Police Technology and Management, a course designed to train law enforcement to effectively identify impairment in individuals suspected to be driving under the influence. (A field sobriety exercise regularly used on the roads today) AnneMarie also attended and successfully completed the Trial Advocacy School at the National Advocacy Center held at the United States Department of Justice in South Carolina. AnneMarie also has attended and was awarded certificate of successful completion for intense studies at the National College of DUI Defense at Harvard University. Furthermore, AnneMarie was awarded multiple certificates of completion for her studies at Axion Labs as it relates to Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry as well as being awarded certificates of completion for Mastering Scientific Evidence Seminars. AnneMarie enjoys using analytical chemistry to defend her clients’ cases.


AnneMarie has been featured on multiple news media stations due to her advocacy for her clients such as the local ABC, CBS, and Fox News affiliates. She was also on CNN when she handled a bond hearing for a high profile case. The herald tribune has featured AnneMarie on multiple occasions about her cases because of her unique legal arguments and about cases she has handled. 

Locally, AnneMarie serves as the President of the local chapter for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and as a board member for the statewide Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She also is a member of the American Chemical Society. Moreover, AnneMarie has served in the community as Chair of the local Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Law Week Committee where she recruited attorneys to teach high school students about the legal system. She also has served as a Guardian ad Litem since January 2004 and continues to help children involved in dependency cases have a voice in court when she is appointed to take cases. In addition, she spends time serving as a presiding judge over Teen Court proceedings. AnneMarie has been involved in other local organizations such as the Florida Association of Woman Lawyers, Young Professional Group, and Junior League.


In her free time AnneMarie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and thoroughly enjoys scuba diving (especially with sharks). 



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    9 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    9 years



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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Varinia Van Ness

    Annemarie is a fighter and dedicated lawyer. She recently came to our community and immediately was noticed for those qualities. I am proud to have her join our criminal defense bar in Sarasota and troughout the 12th circuit!


    Varinia Van Ness Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Thomas S. Hudson

    When Annemarie was a prosecutor, she quickly developed a reputation as a hardnosed competitor. As a defense lawyer, she has built that reputation, fighting hard for her clients with great results. Even though she is my competitor, I have to (grudgingly) say she is an excellent lawyer, and I wouldn't hesitate to send a loved one to her.


    Thomas Hudson DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Law Place

3426 West Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL, 33609

The Law Place

390 North Orange Ave #2300
Orlando, FL, 32801



DCActive 201507/06/2016
FLMember in Good Standing200706/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nomination Woman in Business of the YearSarasota Magazine2016
Course Instructor Lab Errors in Blood Alcohol TestingDUIDLA2016
Certificate of Completion Defending Drug DUI CasesNational College of DUI Defense2016
Certificate of Completion- DNA Training for LawyersForensic Science For Lawyers2016
Gas Chromatography Certificate of CompletionACS Axion Labs2015
Nomination for Woman in Business of the YearSarasota Magazine2015
Defending DUI Cases Certificate of CompletionNCDD2015
DUID III GC/MS- Certificate of CompletionACS- Axion Labs2015
Mastering Scientific Evidence- Certificate of CompletionTCDLA2015
GC/MS Solid Drug Analysis- Certificate of CompletionACS Axion Labs2014
Defending DUI Cases- Certificate of CompletionNCDD/NACDL2014
Mastering Scientific Evidence- Certificate of CompletionTCDLA2014
Gas Chromatography- Certificate of CompletionACS- Axion Labs2014
Defending DUI Cases- Certificate of CompletionNCDD/NACDL2013
Mastering Scientific Evidence- Certificate of CompletionTCDLA2013
Certificate of Completion of Harvard Summer SessionNational College of DUI Defense2013
Defending DUI Cases- Certificate of CompletionNCDD/NACDL2012
Forensic Lawyer ScientistAmerican Chemical SocietyN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Place2015 - Present
Special Conflict Attorney/ProsecutorState Attorney's Office2008 - 2009
AttorneyFinebloom & Haenel, P.A.2008 - 2015
Assistant State AttorneyState of Florida2006 - 2008
Intern/Extern TrainerState Attorney's Office2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Forensic SciencesMember2016 - Present
DUIDLAMember2015 - Present
Statewide Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2014 - Present
American Chemical SocietyMember2014 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President2013 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2012 - Present
Sarasota County Chamber of CommerceN/A2008 - Present
Sarasota County Young Lawyers GroupChair2007 - Present
Sarasota County Young Professionals GroupN/A2007 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2014 - 2016
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President2012 - 2013
Junior League of TampaMember2012 - 2013
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtN/A2009 - 2011
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSecretary2008 - 2011
Teen CourtPresiding Judge2007 - 2014
Junior League of SarasotaChair2007 - 2010
Guardian ad LitemN/A2003 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida v. RNDISMISSED by the State Attorney
State of Florida vs. W.P.Not Guilty Jury Verdict
State of Florida vs. DBDUI Dropped down to Reckless Driving
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pinellas DUI Survival GuidePinellas DUI Survival Guide2013
The Guide To Surviving Your Tampa DUITampa DUI Survival Guide2013
Surviving Your Orlando DUIOrlando DUI Survival Guide2013
Sarasota Herald TribuneNorth Port Assistant Principal Re-assigned2013
Sarasota Herald TribuneSarasota Deputy Under Scrutiny2013
NBC NewsSarasota deputy subject of internal investigations2013
The Guide to Surviving Your Sarasota DUISarasota DUI Survival Guide2012
Fort Myers NewspressChief Baker points finger at drugs2012
Sarasota Herald TribuneIll Defined Couty Line Hampers Law Enforcment2011
FOX 13 NEWSWhere do you draw the line?2011
ABC NewsWhere's Manatee County? Where's Sarasota County?2011
STATE OF FLORIDA vs. DOMENICO D'ANGELOFlorida Law Weekly Opinion/ Publication2009
Jury Selection and Trial PracticeJury Selection and Trial Practice2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of FloridaEducationBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
University of Florida College of PharmacyForensic ToxicologyMS - Master of ScienceN/A
University of FloridaForensic Drug ChemistryGraduate CertificateN/A
University of FloridaForensic ToxicologyGraduate CertificateN/A
University of Florida College of PharmacyForensic ScienceMS - Master of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Winter SeminarLab Errors in Blood Alcohol Testing2016
Blood, Breath and TearsProblems in Breath Testing for DUI Cases2015
Florida Prosecuting Attorney's AssociationJury Selection2008
Shands Medical Center- Continuing EducationDomestic Violence and Identifying the Lethality Factors2007
Law Enforcement Advanced DUI TrainingDUI Training2007
Children and Domestic ViolenceThe Effects of Domestic Violence on Children2007