Mr. Michael L. Benito

Mr. Michael L. Benito: Attorney with Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law AV stamp icon
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Mike Benito is a member of the Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez legal team who brings nearly 40 years of legal experience to the firm. After completing his undergrad studies at the University of South Florida and earning his law degree from Florida State University College of Law, Mike became licensed to practice law in the state of Florida in 1978.

Since being admitted to the Florida Bar, Mike has spent decades honing his skills in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. A seasoned advocate, Mike also leverages his time spent as a former prosecutor and his litigation abilities to the benefit of our clients both in the civil and criminal justice systems.

Mike’s unique employment history brings a wealth of insight and experience to the firm. As a former Assistant State Attorney and Chief of Major Crimes Division with the Thirteenth Judicial District, he gained invaluable experience into the "other side" and uses this insight when creating effective defense strategies for our clients. Additionally, he has handled numerous trials from both sides of the courtroom, including over 40 murder jury trials.

Past Employment Positions:

• Thirteenth Judicial District, Assistant State Attorney, Chief of Major Crimes Division, 1978-1991

• Private Practice, 1991-Present

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813-435-5456  Phone
(813) 774-3341  Phone
University Attended:
University of South Florida, B.A., 1975
Law School Attended:
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1978
Year of First Admission:
1978, Florida; 1978, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Peer Reviews

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Tampa, Florida