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  • Fort Lauderdale Office

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    101 N.E. Third Avenue
    Ground Suite 110
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Tri-County Area!
My husband had two drug cases, one in Miami and one in West Palm Beach. Mr. Merlino has been a life saver and changer for my husband and our family. Not only did he save my husband from serving Jail time, but he guided him in the right direction to turn his life around. Mr. Merlino has proven to be not only a great attorney, but a caring person outside the courtroom. Mr. Merlino has the confidence and strength that one needs in desperate times inside the courtroom, and out. I would recommend Mr. Merlino to anyone who is in need of a strong defense and some well deserved guidance in living on the right path.

Posted by anonymous  May 8, 2014


One of the few GREAT lawyers that CARE!

I was referred to Mr. Merlino from a good friend. As soon as he got on my case he got to work immediately and started discussing strategy to win my case.  After a few months my case was over and I was a free man. I owe everything to Mr. Merlino and now I can be the family man I wanted to be and show my kids the right way. If you need a GREAT lawyer this is the one to go to! 

Posted by anonymous  July 28, 2012


Really great, caring lawyer

Mr. Merlino was with me since the time I hired him through helping me to early terminate my probation. I really liked that when I called, even though his paralegal Barb is also excellent, I always got to speak directly to my lawyer which made me feel so much better. He is a great guy, its obvious he really cares. Soft on eyes too!

Posted by Jessica  March 28, 2018


Always prepared and well in time......there's no guessing....

We wrote several years back about working with Mr. Merlino but wanted to make another review. As experts in the field of mental health and substance abuse, one of the things that really resonates for us when working with Mr. Merlino is that he is always well prepared and way before the night before the hearing. I understand sometimes things resolve at last minute, but truly frustrating when working with other crim. def. attys and its last minute, running around crazy to handle things. Mr. Merlino does not disappoint, he is always well prepared and with time to spare! True pleasure!

Posted by Advocate  March 28, 2018


Best Attorney- hands down!

Some would say I have a colorful past. Several attorneys I met with prior to Mr. Merlino weren't very optimistic. Mr. Merlino made me feel like I had a fighting chance. He took my case and got me the best possible outcome. I was looking at serious jail time and ended up with probation. I owe Mr. Merlino my life and am forever in his debt. I will never hire any other attorney... only Richard Merlino! He IS THE BEST.

Posted by Larry  May 8, 2014


Truly respectful and a consummate professional to work with--an excellent criminal defense attorney!

Rich Merlino is truly a consummate professional. I have worked in close conjunction with him as an expert witness on numerous cases and he is a gentleman and a scholar. So often I see attorneys ending their representation with the client when they are sentenced and this is never the case with Rich. He often takes the time after long, arduous trials or plea negotiations to go over the disposition of the case and the terms of what the client may now have to do, he truly cares it is so obvious! As for his litigating skills, barred none one of the best I have seen. He has a keen sense of when to negotiate and when to full on litigate, he has very good intrinsic skills, is always prepared days before and a real gem to work with. We have a lot of lawyers in Fort Lauderdale no doubt but if your looking for an excellent criminal defense attorney this is your guy!!!!

Posted by Advocate Counseling October 2, 2013


A Life Saver

I was charged with Manslaughter...stemming from a bar fight.. I am not proud of that time in my life, but I am greatful that I had the best lawyer, Richard Merlino. He fought for me and for my life. I was acquitted of the charges. Saying those words today, still amaze me. He is the best, if you are looking for a top notch attorney, look no further.

Posted by Jose  February 22, 2013


Richard Merlino is the man for the job!

Mr. Merlino is the best of the best! I will never hire another attorney. He saved my life! Posted by anonymous  January 18, 2013


A man you should hire!

Mr. Merlino Represented me on a criminal traffic case that could have violated my 2nd degree probation, facing 20 years. How he managed to get this taken care of without my probation or judge finding out is still a mystery. I put my life in this mans hands and he delivered extremely quickly and went above and beyond. I highly recommend this man to anyone who has a problem that needs to be taken care of!! Not only that he returns calls promptly and will thoroughly explain everything that is happening. Posted by Josh  December 27, 2012


One of the few GREAT lawyers that CARE.

I was referred to Mr. Merlino from a good friend. As soon as he got on my case he got to work immediately and started discussing strategy to win my case.  After a few months my case was over and I was a free man. I owe everything to Mr. Merlino and now I can be the family man I wanted to be and show my kids the right way. If you need a GREAT lawyer this is the one to go to! Posted by anonymous  July 28, 2012