Joel Denaro is recognized as one of Miami's top young criminal defense lawyers. He has tried everything from complex death penalty cases to simple misdemeanors, making each case a priority.
"To the people I'm representing, their case is the most important thing in their life," he said. "I'm proud of the fact that I can help people when they need it most."
Denaro's skills as a criminal defense lawyer have repeatedly been recognized by his peers and he was included in the Best Lawyers in America book in 2008 and 2009. He has also been recognized as one of South Florida's top criminal defense attorneys by the South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Trend Magazine.
He has represented clients facing charges of money laundering, insider trading, international narcotics trafficking, murder, robbery, burglary, drunk driving and a host of other state and federal crimes.
Protecting Your Rights
Denaro has dedicated his career to protecting the constitutional rights of people charged with crimes, beginning his career at Legal Aid in New York City. He spent more than five years at the Public Defender's Office in Miami, four of them handling felony cases.
He has been in private practice in Miami since 2004. As a criminal defense lawyer, Denaro is licensed to practice in Florida state court and in the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida in Federal Court. He has also been admitted to practice in Federal Court in New York on a case-by-case basis.
Denaro's law office is bilingual, so that he can serve clients, whether they are most comfortable in English or Spanish. His office is at 777 Brickell Avenue, Suite 400, Miami, FL 33131.
About Joel Denaro
Joel Denaro, one of Miami's top criminal defense attorneys, has dedicated his career to protecting the constitutional rights of people charged with crimes.
"I've always rooted for the underdog. That's why I don't root for the Yankees. I want to help the people who need it most, and the truth is, when someone is charged with a crime, the police and the prosecutors hold all the cards," he said. "A criminal defendant needs all the help he can get to make sure his rights are protected."
A skilled defense attorney can make all the difference, whether you're charged with a minor misdemeanor or you're facing a capital murder charge.
Denaro was born and raised in Miami where he graduated from Palmetto High School. He got his bachelor's degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and his law degree in 1998 from New York Law School. Shortly after finishing law school, he returned to Miami, where he has practiced ever since.
Denaro credits the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, where he spent more than five years, with his early training.
"Attorneys in that office handle so many cases, and have the opportunity to get very important trial experience," he said. "My work there prepared me to handle some of the most difficult cases of my career."
While an Assistant Public Defender, Denaro spent time in the DUI division and handled a wide variety of misdemeanors and felonies. He left the office in 2004 to start his own firm.
Denaro has represented clients in state court in Florida and in Federal Court in both Florida and New York. He has defended clients charged with everything from arson to murder and he regularly travels to Colombia as part of his preparation of complicated international narcotics trafficking cases.
"There's nothing like the feeling of getting a not-guilty verdict for a client who truly didn't deserve to go to prison," he said.
He has handled high-profile murder cases and has been quoted in the local and national media repeatedly.
As a private attorney, Denaro has frequently been appointed by South Florida courts to represent indigent clients who could not be represented by the Public Defender. He has also worked to ensure the rights of the poor were respected, lobbying the Florida Legislature to preserve funding for indigent representation.
Denaro lives in Miami with his wife and three sons, ages 6, 4, and 2. When he isn't working on behalf of his clients, he's often helping out with sons' Little League teams.