Richard Hornsby

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Orlando, Florida

Richard E. Hornsby, P.A.
Richard Hornsby
Richard E. Hornsby, P.A.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 2001

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2015
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Richard E. Hornsby, P.A.

1217 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801 Visit website


Richard Hornsby is the owner of Richard E. Hornsby, P.A., a boutique criminal defense law firm located in Orlando, Florida. He represents clients in central Florida and the Orlando metro areas in matters involving DUI, sex crimes, assault, battery, child abuse, burglary, homicide, robbery, theft, traffic crimes, expungement, white collar crimes, financial crimes and drug crimes. 

Graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and religion from the University of Florida, Mr. Hornsby obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. He also has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida (2003) and a Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Florida (2014).

Mr. Hornsby is board-certified in criminal trial law by The Florida Bar and is board-certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. With a genuine concern for his clients, he serves as a zealous and fierce advocate for those who have been accused of wrongdoing and upholds their rights. 

Mr. Hornsby is a member of The Florida Bar's Rule of Criminal Procedure Committee, The Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Section and Trial Lawyers Section, the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Association for Justice and the Orange County Bar Association. 

Mr. Hornsby is also a member of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, serving as a Teen Court Volunteer and a certified guardian ad litem. 

An sought after speaker, Mr. Hornsby has spoken at numerous seminars and continuing legal education events about effective closing arguments, basics in criminal pleadings, ethical digital marketing and more. In addition to his law practice, he is a legal analyst for WESH 2 News, an affiliate of Central Florida NBC, and for the Orlando Sentinel, for whom he regularly provides legal commentary. 

Recognized for his exceptional work in criminal defense, Mr. Hornsby has been selected by the Orlando Business Journal as one of the Best of the Bar in Criminal Defense and named to the list of Legal Elite by Orlando Style magazine and Florida Trend magazine.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 90% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 2001, Florida

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Ethical Digital Marketing, Orange County Bar Association, Spring 2018
  • Basics in Criminal Pleadings, PD Training College, Summer 2004
  • In Defense of Unlicensed Drivers: s. 322.34, The Defender, Spring 2002
  • Basics in Criminal Pleadings, PD Training College, Summer 2004
  • Search and Seizure in Florida, PD Training College, Fall 2006
  • Effective Closing Arguments, PD Training College, Fall 2007
  • Jury Selection for Real Attorneys, PD Training College, Spring 2008
  • Veterans' Symposium, Florida Bar Annual Meeting, Summer 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • City of Orlando, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Leadership of Orlando Class 72
  • Guardian ad Litem (Certified in 2003)
  • Winter Park Babe Ruth, Coach, 2015-2019
  • Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar
  • Teen Court Volunteer, 2003-Present
Educational Background:
  • B.A., 1996, University of Florida, Cum Laude
  • M.S., 2003, University of Central Florida, Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • M.S., 2014, University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Master of Science in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine, 2021
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Magazine every year from 2012 through 2021
  • Richard Hornsby was selected as one of Orlando's Top Attorneys in criminal defense for 2016., Legal Elite, Orlando Style Magazine, 2016
  • Richard Hornsby was one of only two criminal defense attorneys voted to the Orlando Business Journal's annual Best of the Bar list., Best of the Bar - Criminal Defense, Orlando Business Journal, 2007
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Criminal Procedure Rules Committee , 2022
  • Solo & Small Firm Committee Member, 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors (2006 - 2009, 2018-2019)
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Vice President (2007 - 2008)
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President (2008 - 2009)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Florida Supreme Court, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Florida Supreme Court, Traffic Court Rules Committee (2004 - 2010)
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
  • The Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Southern District of Florida, U.S. District Court, 2021
  • Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court, 2003
  • Northern District of Florida, U.S. District Court, 2021
  • District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, 2021
  • State of Florida, 2001
Industry Groups:
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • State Criminal Defense

Office location for Richard Hornsby

1217 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 321-346-7102


9 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2015

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