Since 1982, Attorney Robert G. Amsel has dedicated his entire practice to handling criminal defense and forfeiture matters in State and Federal Courts in the State of Florida, and throughout the United States. Mr. Amsel is board certified as a specialist in criminal trial law by the Florida Bar and has a separate certification in criminal law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. According to Bar President Scott Hawkins, "Florida Bar board certification is synonymous with the terms 'specialist' and 'expert' because of its very high standards for professional excellence. The Florida Bar's board certification program is one of the finest in the country, and helps the public identify lawyers who have been evaluated by their peers for experience, competence and integrity."
Since 1990, Mr. Amsel has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching litigation skills. In addition, Mr. Amsel has acted as a guest lecturer at various local and national seminars. He is past chairman of the Criminal Law section of the Academy of the Florida Trial Lawyers, a former board member of the Miami Division of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is a member of both the National and Florida Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In addition to his board certifications, his position on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Law and his numerous speaking engagements, Mr. Amsel, as well as the entire law firm of Robbins, Tunkey, Ross, Amsel, Raben, & Waxman, have been awarded an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell's legal rating service. The AV rating is the highest accolade in Martindale-Hubbell's rating system and was awarded as a result of an extensive, confidential review conducted among legal professionals in Mr. Amsel's community. This rating signifies that Mr. Amsel and his law firm's legal abilities are of the very highest standards and that their professional ethics are unquestioned.
Most recently, Mr. Amsel was named one of South Florida's top lawyers by the Miami Metro Magazine. The list of top lawyers was compiled with a mailing to approximately five thousand lawyers in South Florida asking who they would recommend as the top five lawyers in various fields of practice. In 2013, Mr. Amsel was once again named a top attorney in the criminal law field by The South Florida Legal Guide (sflegalguide.com) and Super Lawyers magazine (superlawyers.com). He has been recognized by both of these organizations evey year since they began surveying and listing top lawyers in their respective fields.
Throughout the years, Mr. Amsel has obtained numerous acquittals and positive resolutions to some of the most serious and complex criminal cases. For example, in the case of United States vs. J.R., a complex money laundering conspiracy case, tried in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, Mr. Amsel's client was the only defendant to be acquitted of all charges. Similarly, in United States vs. J.V. et al., a cocaine trafficking trial tried in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Florida, Mr. Amsel's client,, and his co-defendant, who was represented by Mr. Amsel's partner, Frederick Robbins, were the only two defendant's in that multi-defendant case to be acquitted of all charges.
In the highly publicized murder prosecution, State of Florida vs. Joyce Cohen, Mr. Amsel was responsible for convincing the jury to spare the life of Mrs. Cohen who was convicted of the 1st degree murder of her husband. Mr. Amsel's performance in this case was chronicled in a book written about the case; Life in the Fast Lane by Carol Cope (Simon & Schuster, 1993). He also represented a defendant in the infamous Miami River Cops case in which uniformed City of Miami Police Officers engaged in various drug rip offs of cocaine traffickers.
In a wide ranging cocaine trafficking conspiracy trial held in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan tried in Bay City Michigan, Mr. Amsel's client, was the only defendant to be acquitted of all charges. A similar result was obtained by Mr. Amsel in representing A.L., in a cocaine trafficking case tried in Federal Court in Miami, Florida where once again Mr. Amsel's client was the only defendant to be acquitted of all charges. In United States vs. A.O., the defendant was charged with harboring her husband, who was a federal fugitive. After a jury trial held in Federal Court in West Palm Beach, Florida, the defendant was acquitted of all charges.
In addition to trying all degrees of criminal cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States, Mr. Amsel has extensive experience in representing individuals and entities in criminal forfeiture cases. Mr. Amsel has obtained numerous significant settlements in various forfeiture cases. Amongst those cases was one brought in United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in which the Government seized approximately 1.2 million dollars and Mr. Amsel was able to obtain a settlement whereby the Government returned approximately Eight Hundred Thousand dollars ($800,000.00) to the clients.
Mr. Amsel graduated from the University of Florida with Honors in 1978 and the University of Miami Law School in 1982. Mr. Amsel was admitted to the Supreme Court of Florida in 1982 and to the United States Supreme Court in 1985. He is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits. He is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Amsel is also the recipient of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Presidents Commendation Award.
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation of criminal and forfeiture matters in state and federal courts, locally and nationally.
Criminal Trial Law, The Florida Bar
Criminal Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
The National Trial Lawyers Topp 100 Trial Lawyers
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida Trial Bar, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 1982
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1978
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: With Honor
In re Witness-Attorney Before Grand Jury No. 83-1, 613 F.Supp. 394 (S.D.Fla. 1984)
United States vs. Jose Renteria, ( )
United States vs. Jose Domingo Velez et al., ( )
United States vs. Amado Leon, ( )
United States vs. Adesuwa Omoruyi, ( )
State of Florida vs. Joyce Cohen, ( )
Faculty, University of Miami School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, Litigation Skills Department, Criminal Law, 1990-present
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbels
One of South Florida's Top Lawyers, Miami Metro Magazine
Recipient, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Presidents Commendation Award
Florida Super Lawyers 2007-present
The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
South Florida Legal Guide
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1982 - Present
American Bar Association, 1982 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1982 - Present
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Criminal Division, 1983 - 1985
Florida Ass'n of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Division, 1982 - Present
Academy of the Florida Trial Lawyers, Criminal Law section Past Chairman
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, past Miami Division Board Member
Robert G. Amsel
2250 Southwest Third Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33129
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