Joseph E. Nascimento


Joe Nascimento’s practice focuses on high-stakes federal and state criminal matters, including investigations by the FBI, DEA, Health and Human Services (HHS), IRS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security (DHS), OIG and any local law enforcement agency. Mr. Nascimento has handled cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Money Laundering, Bribery, Drug Trafficking, RICO, Healthcare Fraud, Wire Fraud, Asset Forfeitures and the representation of victim corporations/individuals in attempts to collect restitution. He also focuses on appellate work at the both federal and state levels, post conviction motions based on newly discovered evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel, and is one of the few private defense attorneys who has tried a four-month long death penalty case.

Mr. Nascimento grew up in South Florida and got his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. After UF, Mr. Nascimento went on to attend the University of Miami School of Law as a Dean’s Merit scholar.  As RARN partner Dave Raben’s student, Mr. Nascimento excelled in the school’s nationally recognized Litigation Skills program, eventually being awarded the Marco A. Vazquez Memorial Scholarship, which is named after the firm’s young associate who tragically passed away in a car accident. Mr. Nascimento graduated, cum laude, with a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.

Immediately out of law school, Mr. Nascimento joined Robbins Tunkey Ross Amsel Raben & Waxman, P.A., one of the largest and highly reputed criminal defense firms in the country. After many years with RTR, Mr. Nascimento became one of the founding members of Ross Amsel Raben Nascimento, PLLC. Mr. Nascimento is also an adjunct professor teaching pretrial litigation skills at the University of Miami School of Law.


State of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

11th Circuit, United States Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court


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