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Hugo Luis Apellaniz III

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As a dedicated criminal defense attorney, I am committed to protecting the rights and interests of my clients with unwavering diligence and integrity. With over 15 years of experience in the legal field, I have developed a profound understanding of the complexities of criminal law and a proven track record of delivering favorable outcomes for those facing legal challenges.

My passion for justice and advocacy drives me to provide personalized and strategic representation to each client. I believe in the principle of presumption of innocence and strive to ensure that every individual receives fair treatment under the law. Whether it's navigating through misdemeanor charges or handling complex felony cases, I approach each matter with thorough preparation, attention to detail, and a relentless pursuit of justice.

I understand that facing criminal charges can be a daunting experience, which is why I prioritize open communication, empathy, and compassionate guidance throughout the legal process. My goal is not only to defend my clients effectively in the courtroom but also to provide them with peace of mind and support during what can be a challenging time in their lives.

With a commitment to excellence and a steadfast dedication to my clients' best interests, I stand ready to provide exceptional legal representation and advocate tirelessly on behalf of those in need of skilled criminal defense counsel.


  • Apellaniz Law, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2013 – 2024

  • Office of the Public Defender, 17th Circuit, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Assistant Public Defender  2011 – 2013

  • Office of the Public Defender, 2nd Circuit, Tallahassee, FL Assistant Public Defender 2009 - 2011

  • Office of the Public Defender, 2nd Circuit, Tallahassee, FL Certified Legal Intern 2008

  • Office of the Public Defender, 2nd Circuit, Tallahassee, FL, Investigator 2004 – 2006

  • Office of the Public Defender, 2nd Circuit, Tallahassee, FL, Investigator Intern, 2004

Bar Admission

  • Florida, 2009


  • Florida State University, College of Law -Tallahassee, FL 

    • Juris Doctor, May 2009   

    • President of the Criminal Law Society, 2006 - 2007 

    • Book Award, Immigration Law, Spring 2008

    • Study Abroad, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fall 2008

    • Dean’s List, Spring 2008

  • Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL

    • Bachelor of Arts, May 2004

    • Double Major in Criminology and Psychology