Mr. E. C. Deeno Kitchen

  • Partner at Ervin, Kitchen & Ervin (5 Attorneys)
  • P.O. Box 1170, Tallahassee, FL 32302
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In over 45 years in the private practice of law, Mr. Kitchen has focused primarily on complex civil litigation and criminal defense. His civil practice includes personal injury, commercial and products liability cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. His criminal defense practice includes health care fraud, public corruption, anti-trust and illegal drug prosecutions.

His clients have included, IBM, Purina Mills, Winn-Dixie Stores, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Phillip Morris USA. He served as trial counsel for Vice President Al Gore and Senator Joe Lieberman in the Florida Presidential Election Contest of 2000.

A native of Tallahassee, Mr. Kitchen graduated cum laude from the University of Florida College of Law in 1967, where he was member of the law review, the Order of the Coif and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Mr. Kitchen was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1968, and has been a Board Certified Trial Lawyer since 1983. He is also a member of the Tallahassee Bar Association.

He began his legal career as an associate with Gautier & Chisholm in New Smyrna Beach, and joined Ervin, Pennington, Varn & Jacobs in Tallahassee in 1969. Mr. Kitchen became a partner of Ervin, Varn, Jacobs, Odom & Kitchen in 1971. In 1988, he was a founding partner of the law firm that would become Kitchen, Judkins, Simpson & High in Tallahassee. He returned to Ervin, Kitchen & Ervin as a partner in 2006.

Mr. Kitchen holds two Black Belts in Karate (Chuong Nhu and Isshin-Ryu).

He is peer review AV rated by Martindale-Hubbel, which is the highest level of professional excellence, and acknowledges lawyers who are widely respected by their peers for their ethical standards and legal expertise.

American Bar Foundation; Florida Bar Foundation; American College of Trial Lawyers; International Society of Barristers.

(Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education)

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Criminal Trials
  • Commercial Trial
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Criminal Law
  • Trial Lawyers

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
850-629-0573  Phone
850-224-9135  Phone
850-222-9164  Fax
University Attended:
Florida State University, B.S., 1965
Law School Attended:
University of Florida, J.D., cum laude, 1967
Year of First Admission:
1968, Florida, U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Eleventh Circuits, U.S. Supreme Court
Tallahassee and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar (Member, Executive Council: Criminal Law Section, 1976-1985; Trial Lawyers Section, 1981-1988; Chairman, 2nd Circuit Grievance Committee, 1979-1980); Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 1983-1985); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National College for Criminal Defense (Member, Board of Regents, 1981-1985); Tallahassee American Inn of Court (Charter Member and Master Lawyer); American Board of Trial Advocates (Charter Member, Tallahassee Chapter, President, 1996).
( Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education )
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