Michael Panella

Of Counsel

For Mike Panella, the concept of zealous advocacy developed at an early age – fueled by what he perceived to be an unjust resolution in a personal family legal matter. Mr. Panella would later attribute his passion to defend the rights of those who stand accused to those inequities in the legal system he observed, and considered unjust.

Mr. Panella went on to graduate at the top of his class at UCF and spent several years working for the United States Senate, where he assisted Senators in rectifying constituent concerns involving state and federal agencies.

At the University of Florida College of Law, Mr. Panella earned the highest possible grade in several courses including Criminal Law and Family Law. He was unanimously elected the President of Phi Alpha Delta, a legal fraternity. Mr. Panella also worked closely with a respected criminal defense firm while in law school, and earned certificates in Criminal Justice, pro-bono work, and community service. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with honors.

From there, Mr. Panella joined the small defense team in the State v. George Zimmerman case, and became a critical member contributing to two successful appellate writs, overall strategy, and self-defense issues. After seeing that case through to a successful resolution, Mr. Panella spent time as a partner in a criminal appellate firm, where he worked on both capital and non- capital appeals. Mr. Panella also helped initiate a class-action lawsuit focused on prison abuse.

Mr. Panella has been a guest law school lecturer on Florida’s Justifiable Use of Force laws.

Before opening Panella Law Firm, Mr. Panella served as an Assistant Public Defender for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office and worked hundreds of cases in both Brevard and Seminole Counties. Mr. Panella was undefeated at trial.

Panella Law Firm is ready to devote the time and effort necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for your criminal trial or appellate matter.

zahrah A.
zahrah A.
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Lauren Snyder was great during the process of my whole case!
Wade Z.
Wade Z.
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Attorneys, Brittney, Emma and Vicky took good care of me and were very professional. They were able... to get the case against me dismissed and I appreciate their help. Good job attorneys!read more
wayne
wayne
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John G.
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Representative James was very accommodating and patient to help me with the enrollment process. It... is a pleasure to work with attorneys for freedom Law firm. If self-protection issues arise, I am confident I am with the right firmread more
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Justin C.
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Attorneys for Freedom were fantastic to work with through an extremely stressful situation. They... answered all of my questions, were extremely fast at responding to me and handled everything in a very professional manner. Vicki and Emma were always on top of things, kept me in the loop and really made me feel a lot more comfortable with the process. Because of their service I signed up for the Attorneys on Retainer program.read more
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