Areas of Practice

  • All Federal and State Courts
  • Probation/Parole ViolationsWarrants & Bond
  • Major Felonies
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Money Laundering
  • Firearm Charges
  • Drug Offenses
  • Sex Crimes
  • Homicides
  • Grand Jury Matters
  • Asset Forfeitures
  • Trafficking
  • Appeals
  • RICO

Richard A. Merlino


  • Member of the Florida Bar
  • United States District Court Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Former Chairman of Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 11th Circuit
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

As of October 2012, Richard was appointed by a joint committe of Federal judges, Federal Public Defenders, and private attorneys to the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of Florida. A handful of attorneys are selected to the CJA Panel regionally and are carefully screened in order to ensure that the attorney possesses the professionalism and experience necessary to handle complex Federal matters. The CJA Panelists are called upon and appointed by Federal judges to handle any/all Federal criminal cases where a conflict exists with the Federal Public Defender’s Office.



Nova Southeastern University School of Law

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Juris Doctor (January 1993)
Florida Bar (May 1993)

Activities and Honors
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Intramural and Interscholastic Trial Competitions’ Coordinator
Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Florida International University

Miami, Florida
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature (May 1990) with Honors 
Minor, Business Administration  

Activities and Honors: National Dean’s List and English Literature
Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Facing Criminal Prosecution?

Call Richard A. Merlino 965-745-7497