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Lorraine Robinson is a Clearwater native. Her friends call her “Lorrie” and she invites you to as well! Lorrie’s interest in trial law surfaced very early in her life when, at 12 years of age, she read an exciting biography about early 20th-century criminal defense attorney Earl Rodgers. He was the inspiration for the fictional character of lawyer Perry Mason in a famous series of detective novels written by Earle Stanley Gardner. The stories formed the basis for a very popular TV series in the 1960s and later that showcased the talents of the great Perry Mason! Something about the fight for justice in a court of law resonated in Lorrie at that early age. She decided she was going to be a lawyer and to her, that meant a “trial lawyer.”
For over twenty years, Lorrie has been recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction held by a very small percentage of attorneys, in recognition of her knowledge and experience in civil trial practice.
Her early interest was confirmed and deepened as she took her first speech and debate class; later participating on debate teams throughout her high school and college years, loving every minute of it! Her most formative experiences in law school occurred during the summer of 1977 when she clerked with the Clearwater State Attorney’s office and in 1978 when she interned with the Public Defender’s office in West Palm Beach.
Within a week after her graduation from law school in March 1979, she returned as a lawyer to start work at the Public Defender’s office in West Palm Beach. It was there she learned the ropes of trial practice over the course of the following 10 years. Over those
years, she tried well over 100 serious felony cases before Palm Beach County juries including several first-degree murder trials. Toward the end of her career as an Assistant Public Defender, she served as Chief of Felonies, supervising approximately 25 felony attorneys while continuing to handle and try serious cases that needed her attention.
In 1989, Lorrie was approached with an opportunity to enter civil practice with an established firm handling commercial litigation and personal injury cases. She accepted the opportunity to take on the challenge of civil trial law. In 1992, she returned to the Tampa Bay area to be of assistance to her mother. She accepted a position with a Tampa firm where she continued her practice in the area of commercial litigation and personal injury. Lorrie joined Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes in 1998 as an associate and has contributed her years of personal injury and trial experience to the firm ever since.
Lorrie is a member of the Clearwater Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association. She formerly served as President of the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Over the years she has taught at numerous seminars and in educational settings on the internet and computer usage as well as presentations to paralegals, nurses, and other health care professionals.
Lorrie is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, and Southern District (including Trial Bar). She currently focuses her practice on all areas of personal injury law including auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation accidents, and social security disability claims.
In her time away from work, Lorrie loves sharing time with her family and friends, traveling especially on pilgrimage to Italy or Israel, listening to music, backyard birdwatching, and enjoying the outdoors at one of our beautiful parks, especially with her adorable cocker spaniel “Dixie Dee.” She has been involved in many charitable activities over the years often including the provision of pro bono legal services in her areas of expertise.
She is an active member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in the Clearwater/Largo area. Her major charitable involvement currently is serving as a member of the ministry worship team led by Deacons John Ustick and Dr. Frank Averill, M.D. at Pinellas Hope, a program of Catholic Charities, in partnership with the interfaith community, providing emergency temporary housing for people who are homeless.
If you’ve been recently injured in Clearwater or St. Petersburg, contact Lorrie to discuss your case today and see how we can help.
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