Mr. Sommerville is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. A lawyer certified in criminal trial law must have practiced law on a full-time basis for at least five years. To become certified the lawyer must have handled 25 criminal cases with at least 20 jury trials, tried to verdict, at least 15 of which involved a felony. Ten trials must have been tried with the lawyer as lead counsel.
Each certified lawyer must also pass peer review, complete 45 hours of continuing legal education within three years preceding application, and pass a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of criminal trial law to justify the representation of special competence. Seven percent of eligible Florida lawyers are board certified.
Mr. Sommerville is also AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. An AV rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and professionalism.
Mr. Sommerville works with a team of respected experts which allows him to have the capacity to tackle large and high-profile criminal trial matters. Mr. Sommerville works closely with investigators, forensic computer examiners, forensic psychiatrists and psychologists.
Should a client suffer from mental health issues or battle substance abuse problems, Mr. Sommerville will assist in referring the client to the appropriate professionals so that those issues can be addressed immediately. Thomas D. Sommerville, a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial lawyer, has focused on criminal defense throughout his career. A former public defender and active member of the legal community, he has defended businesses and individuals accused of a wide range of crimes.
Mr. Sommerville accepts cases throughout central Florida including Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Volusia, and Polk counties. Contact Thomas D. Sommerville, P.A.
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Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney, Thomas D. Sommerville, is a highly respected lawyer who specializes in defending businesses and people accused of crimes and licensure violations. Mr. Sommerville defends clients in a wide range of criminal matters, including complex white collar offenses, homicide, sex offenses, and narcotics violations. His law practice encompasses pre-indictment investigations, negotiations with prosecutors, criminal jury trials, appeals, and post-conviction and collateral relief. The firm additionally represents professionals including lawyers facing the grievance procedure with The Florida Bar, as well as physicians and nurses facing discipline from the Florida Department of Health. Mr. Sommerville also represents those being investigated by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and are facing Investigative Hearings and Formal Hearings. His services are truly comprehensive, and your case will always be treated with urgency and importance.
Mr. Sommerville takes an aggressive and proactive approach in defending his clients' rights and freedom. He believes everyone deserves the strongest and most effective defense possible. Based in Orlando, he defends clients throughout Florida and across the United States.