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Robert J Buonauro B.C.S.

His successful career as a criminal trial specialist began in 1972. His board certification by  the Florida Bar is indicative of his qualification and expertise. In addition, his "AV" rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory is the highest qualifications rating awarded. Additionally, Martindale-Hubbell publishes annually the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. This endorsement is given only to those lawyers who have earned a very high measure of esteem in their profession and in their specialty. Mr. Buonauro earned this again in 2016 and is one of the lawyers in Orlando listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the criminal field.

The defense of clients charged with murder, drug offenses, vehicular homicide, robbery and federal crimes dominates his law practice. In addition, he has handled numerous high-profile trials in Florida. His clients have included elected officials, prominent citizens, the sons and daughters of judges and other lawyers, entertainment and sports figures, as well as those charged with inflammatory crimes and sophisticated white collar crimes. Examples of cases involving celebrities, homicides, white-collar crimes and drug trafficking are documented in newspaper accounts of some of the clients and charges Robert Buonauro has defended. You are encouraged to ask questions regarding experience and qualification of the lawyers whose services you need.

Professional Associations

The Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section; Sentencing Committee
he Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers

National Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Certified as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Criminal Trial Lawyer

Grievance Committee for Federal District Court

Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the United States

Federal District Court

Middle District of Florida
(Grievance Committee 1988-present)


The Florida Bar

Criminal Law Section Capitol Case Committee


Criminal Law SectionThe Journal
(Editor 1976-80)

National Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers ATLA Florida Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers
The Florida Bar Foundation (Fellow)


1972, All Florida State Courts

1973, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

1975, U.S. Supreme Court

1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

1987, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

1993, U.S. Tax Court

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