Jay R. Thakkar

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Cocoa, FL

Cantwell & Goldman PA
 | 96 Williard Street, Suite 302
Cocoa, FL 32922-7947
Phone: 321-473-3243
Fax: 321-639-9950
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Hindi,
  • Gujarati
    Attorney Profile

    Jay R. Thakkar is an attorney with Cantwell & Goldman PA law firm in Cocoa, Florida. A top-rated and award-winning attorney with nearly 10 years of legal experience, Mr. Thakkar provides unmatched representation and support to clients throughout Brevard County and the surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    · Criminal defense

    · Civil litigation

    · Real estate

    · Foreclosures

    A Brevard County native, Mr. Thakkar has deep ties to his community, and he has a genuine concern for the legal issues that affect the residents and business owners of his area. As such, he delivers the highly personalized counsel his clients need to make the best-informed decisions as he aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes on their behalf as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

    A 2007 graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Thakkar returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2010. While pursuing his legal degree, he helped establish the Florida Pre-Legal Honor Society's Mock Trial Team, and he completed an internship with the university's Student Legal Services. He also served as teach assistant in the area of trial practice.

    Mr. Thakkar is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and he served with the 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's office after receiving his license to practice. He has also volunteered his time and services with Brevard County Legal Aid, where he serves on the board of directors.

    Among his other leadership roles, Mr. Thakkar serves as treasurer of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he has served as director of the Brevard County Bar Association as well as president, treasurer and director of the organization's Young Lawyers Division. He is also an associate with the Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court, and he serves as legal counsel for the Asian American Store Owners Association.

    In honor of his outstanding professionalism and legal abilities, Mr. Thakkar has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers each year since 2015, and he has twice won the Associate of the Year award from the Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

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    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

    Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

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    About Jay Thakkar

    Admitted: 2010, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://www.hmtlaw.com/attorney/thakkar-jay-r/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Super Lawyers Rising Star in Florida, 2015 - Present
    • Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court - Associate of the Year, 2013 - 2014
    • Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court - Associate of the Year, 2012 - 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Brevard County Bar Association, Executive Board, Treasurer , 2020
    • Brevard County Bar Association, Executive Board, Secretary , 2019
    • Florida, 2010
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2012
    • Asian American Store Owners Association, Legal Counsel, 2013 - Present
    • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Treasure, 2013 - Present
    • Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court, Associate, 2012 - Present
    • Brevard County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Director, 2011 - 2012
    • Brevard County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Treasurer, 2012 - 2013
    • Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Board of Governors for the 18th Judicial Circuit, 2018
    • Brevard County Legal Aid - Board of Director, 2014 - Present
    • Brevard County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, President, 2014 - 2015
    • Brevard County Bar Association, Board of Director, 2017
    • Young Lawyers Division, Brevard County Bar Association, President-Elect, 2013
    • Brevard County Bar Association, Board of Director, 2015 - 2016

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro Bono Committee of the 18th Judicial Circuit, Director, 2017
    • Legal Aid, 2014 - 2015
    • Pro Bono Committee of the 18th Judicial Circuit, Director, 2016

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • DUI Awareness, Rotary Club of Rockledge, FL, 2013

    Educational Background:

    • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florid, B.S., Major: Finance, Minors: Entrepreneurship and Criminology, 2007
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    Office Location for Jay R. Thakkar

    96 Williard Street
    Suite 302
    Cocoa, FL 32922-7947

    Phone: 321-473-3243

    Fax: 321-639-9950

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    Last Updated: 12/18/2020

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