Rocco J. Carbone, III

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Background and Experience

Rocco concentrates his practice in appellate litigation with an emphasis on criminal and constitutional law. He has a multi-state practice.
Rocco’s experience as a criminal defense lawyer includes defending individuals charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, and criminal traffic violations. This includes defending those charged with crimes ranging from DUIs to homicide, as well as repeat offenders facing significant sentences due to recidivist statutes.
Prior to entering private practice, Rocco was a prosecutor. He gained extensive litigation experience including jury and non-jury trials, and dozens of evidentiary motion hearings, including Stand Your Ground hearings, and various Motions to Suppress. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Rocco joined a large law firm. His practice focused on various forms of civil defense matters including fraud investigations and legal malpractice defense. During this time, Rocco attended and graduated from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson University College of Law.
Rocco is also an officer in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He is the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 108th Wing in the NJ Air National Guard.
Rocco draws on his varied litigation experience at the trial court level to aid in his appellate advocacy. He has successfully briefed cases before the United States Supreme Court, Florida Supreme Court, various intermediate courts of appeal, federal courts, and trial courts.

Court Admissions

  • State Courts
    • The Florida Bar
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • New Jersey State Bar
  • Federal Courts
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
    • United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

Professional Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Chester Bedell American Inn of Court

Pro Bono Activities

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee
The Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar Pro Bono Committee

Selected Published Works 

The State of Stand Your Ground, Florida Defender, Summer 2018
Binding the Appellate Court, Florida Defender, Spring 2018
Churchill v. State, The Record, Journal of the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar (2018)
When the Criminal Defense Attorney is on the Defense: Understanding Legal Malpractice Lawsuits, Florida Defender, Spring, 2014
A Categorical Approach to Persuasive Authority: Using Persuasive Authority When Proving, Defending, and Appealing Punitive Damages Claims, 15 Florida Coastal Law Review 3, 2014


Culver Military Academy
Elmira College, B.A. Philosophy & Religion, and Political Science
Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D.