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Russell J. Ferraro III

Criminal defense Attorney at Stuart, FL

4.6   10 reviews

also known as RJ Ferraro, RJ Ferraro, III

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  • Licensed for 22 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2001
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Russell

Learn Russell’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Florida State and Federal Practice. Drug Crimes, DUI, Traffic, Violation of Probation, VOP, White Collar and Internet Crimes Bond Hearings, Expunctions, Record Sealing

    23 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    DUI, DHSMV Administrative Hearings, Jury Trial, Drivers License

  3. Divorce and separation

  4. Family

  5. General practice

  6. Alimony

  7. Child support

    23 years


R.J. Ferraro was born and raised in Stuart, Martin County, Florida.  The son of a prominent Divorce and Criminal Defense Lawyer, R.J. has grown up in and around a law office, judges and attorneys.  R.J. Ferraro became a criminal defense lawyer because he enjoys helping people solve difficult problems, and he likes to conduct jury trials.  While every case will not go to trial, R.J. Ferraro will prepare every case as if it will, because he truly beleives that the most prepared lawyers get the best outcomes for their clients.  If you have been charged with a crime, contact me.  I will discuss your case with you in a free consultation.  We will take a custom approach to your case that is tailored toward meeting your specific needs and goals.  For more information, check out  


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Client's Choice 2013
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Top Contributor 2013
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Russell J. Ferraro III
3601 SE Ocean Blvd Ste 201
Stuart, FL, 349966737


4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by Marguerite "Peggy" | January 12, 2013
Talented, Brilliant, Awesome
From jury selection to the presentation of my defense RJ and Jimmy were awesome. Their professionalism, posture and demeanor throughout the whole day were very noticeable to all my friends who came to observe and lend support. RJ was brilliant in the way he was able to keep us focused and bring us all together as a working team. He made us all feel important and needed in the execution of my defense. A BIG thank you from the bottom of my heart to RJ and Jimmy. A special thanks also to my expert DUI Undo consultant Stephen Daniels and toxicologist Dr. Joe Citron from Atlanta, Georgia. All were so very instrumental in helping me to receive my DUI Not Guilty verdict after a very long and grueling day. If they did not before, surely now all will have a huge fan club here in Martin County.
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Posted by Benjamin | November 18, 2012
The consumate professional
I am a family law practitioner in West Palm Beach, Florida. I have had the pleasure to work with Mr. Ferraro over the past decade. He is a zealous advocate and well respected within the legal community.
Posted by Wes Harvin | January 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highest caliber of attorney
RJ is an attorney of the highest quality. I have not only used his services, but spoken to several other people who have also done so, and we all have had nothing but top-notch experiences.
Posted by Rosie | March 7, 2015
Mr. RJ Ferraro is very skilled in his profession. A dear family friend was incarcerated for a DUI and a violation of her parole (sometimes good people make bad choices.) Two days after surgery she was arrested and was missing her critical treatments needed for her surgery to work. She hired a lawyer that was unable to get her out of jail, to even post bond for those critical treatments. She did not reach out to anyone because she was embarrassed about her situation. RJ Ferraro is in the top 10 in the state! When my Aunt reached out and told me of our friends problem. I insisted that she fire her present attorney and hire RJ, she had already paid another attorney a lot of money to help her! RJ immediately responded at the jail, spoke with my friend, and she hired him. He arranged for her to have another hearing the very next day. RJ was able to get her released with time served for her violation. My friend is now on the road to recovery. Don't waste your time hiring anyone else! RJ Ferraro is the best!
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Posted by Steve | October 19, 2014
A GOOD Attorney
RJ was a Godsend during my initiation into the FL criminal justice system. He and his staff were always timely when responding to my questions and concerns. What could have been a VERY stressful time became manageable with RJ's help. I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2014
Responsive and effective. Fair on his well earned fee.
RJ went to bat for me immediately at the sign of trouble. He even called me after hours the first night when trouble arose just to make sure I was ok. His response was immediate and focused. He took a real personal interest in each step of the process; one day even taking his boat to where I was just to listen to a voice mail on my phone. The results we got were as good as we can expect. Listen to his advice and it will pay off.
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Posted by fondy | January 12, 2013
Helped my Friend win JUSTICE
RJ successfully defended my friend Peggy of a DUI charge. She could not rave enough about him and his brother Jimmie.I have known her for 38 years and talk daily with her. She was always so excited and even still is about having the luck to have RJ and all the others who helped her. I definitly would recommend this firm.
Posted by Todd | January 3, 2013
finding a professional lawyer
I was having a difficult time in my life. I knew that I needed a attorney. So I did intensive research,and chose Mr.Ferraro to handle my case. On the very first time we met I was impressed with his knowledge of the law. He took time to explain what I was up against,and what was expected of me.He was personable and showed concern and was honest. He took time and called on several occasions. Not only to discuss the case,but to ask me how I was doing.I knew at this point that I had an attorney that cared,and I had made the correct decision.The advise he instructed to me not only had results,but showed on both partys that he knew the solutions.He demonstrated knowledge to sucessfully make a bad situation good.To this day I thank him for his hard work! I no longer have a problem,but a saved marrage.All I can say is im impressed with his work ethic.If your looking for a true professional attorney this would be your man.Would I hire him again would be a very positive"yes".
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Posted by Yvette | December 21, 2012
Helped me find a lawyer in Broward
Although the case I wrote about was in Broward, Mr Ferrero asked me to call his office so that he can help with finding a lawyer. He called me back immediately and referred me to a lawyer that had the experience we were looking for. If Mr Ferrero was in Broward we would have used him. He didn't have to help and he was very easy to speak to. You got the feeling that he would do whatever it took to help his clients.
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Posted by Scott | November 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Didn't defend or advise
I hired RJ to handle my domestic violence charge and to get full custody of my daughter. This was an open and shut case as the ex had no case against me for domestic violence. I really wanted the case to be over so I can go on with my life and so RJ advised me to take the plea deal. Worst decision I ever made. As soon as I took the deal, the judge told me I can't have a gun for the rest of my life! I was not told of this before I took the deal. Now 14 years later I not only have a conviction on my record, but now I'm not allowed to defend myself. He just wanted his fee and his case to be over with ASAP so he can go on to the next one. I regret hiring him and taking the plea bargain.
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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ferraro Law Group
  • 2003 - Present


  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • The Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Hess (Martin County Court)
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Jean Francois (County Court for Martin County, FL)
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Powell (County Court, Martin County Fl)
  • Not Guilty
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  • Stuart Youth Football and Cheerleading
  • Secretary
  • 2011 - Present
  • Project Lift
  • President
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors
  • Board of Governors
  • 2009 - Present
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, Palm City Branch
  • Branch Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Martin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Contributor
  • Project Lift
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Unsung Hero Award
  • Martin County Not for Profits
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Basic Criminal Law CLE
  • Program Chair
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (61)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"RJ Ferraro is a respected attorney in the community. As a colleague, I have had the pleasure of knowing RJ for several years and recommend him to anyone in need of legal help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse RJ. I routinely reach out to RJ on Criminal Law matters. He is a consummate professional that always puts his clients' interests first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have known RJ for over ten years and he is a knowledgeable and caring attorney who fights for his client's rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse RJ Ferraro. Well respected in the community, .great in the courtroom, ethical and hardworking. Good lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, he is experienced and gets results for his clients. He is well known and respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have watched Mr. Ferraro time and time again get the positive results for his clients in court. He is well respected by his collegues and Judges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. RJ has a great reputation for giving his clients excellent representation. He is very knowledgable about the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"R.J. Ferraro is a skilled, knowledgeable, and effective advocate. He works extremely hard for his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Ferraro."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ferraro is an excellent lawyer who zealously advocates for his client while maintaining professionalism with his opposing counsel and the court."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"R.J. Ferraro has attained a level exceptional legal knowledge and advocacy abilities that distinguishes him as one of the elite criminal defense attorneys in our community. I am proud to endorse RJ Ferraro."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"R.J. Ferraro has a well-earned reputation in our community as a top-notch criminal defense lawyer. There are many good "trial attorneys" who do not try cases, or at least do not try cases very often. R.J., on the other hand, takes cases to trial -- and wins. He is respected by local attorneys and the judges in our community as a man of his word. I recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse and recommend this lawyer. RJ is a great lawyer who I have known for many years. I have had the good fortune of co counseling several cases with him and I often get to see him at work in the courtroom. He is well respected by his clients, other lawyers, judges and those working in the legal profession. He is definitely a lawyer that you want to have on your side."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse his lawyer. This lawyer has a superior knowledge of the law and any client would benefit from having his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"RJ is a great lawyer who effectively communicates and works well with clients, other lawyers and the judiciary. He is extremely well liked and well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"RJ is a go-to criminal lawyer in Martin County, Fl. I've worked with RJ as a public defender many years ago and have seen him in action dozens of times. He is a true advocate and he will take on any fight that comes his way from any prosecutor. If your looking for someone to get you through a tough criminal case and dig deep for an acquittal, you can not go wrong with RJ Ferraro."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"RJ is a top notch criminal defense lawyer and person! I highly endorse him for his level of expertise, honesty, community involvement and conscientious representation!"
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. R.J. is a passionate advocate for his clients. He is a knowledgeable attorney, equipped to handle very sophisticated matters. He is skilled, determined, effective and communicates very well with his clients and opposing counsel."
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Stuart Criminal defense Lawyer Russell J. Ferraro III
Russell J. Ferraro III
Criminal defense Attorney
Stuart, FL
Licensed for 22 years
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