PATES LAW GROUP, P.A.
Joe Pate has been a criminal defense attorney for seven years in the Central Florida Community. His firm, Pates Law Group, P.A., is based out of downtown Orlando in the South Colonialtown historic district. Prior to opening the firm in 2008, Joe worked as an Assistant State Attorney for both Orange and Osceola counties for three years. As a prosecutor, he gained invaluable courtroom experience both trying and negotiating cases, yet he increasingly realized his desire to help the individual citizens of society that are often times in situations that are not lifestyle choices but in fact are the result of a mistake in judgment or even simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Joe would state 95% of those charged with a crime are not “bad” people, but rather are simply doing what they thought in the moment that they had to do, or just not realizing the potential negative consequences to themselves or to others of those choices. People deserve second chances and to have an advocate passionately pursuing their best interests when facing any criminal allegations levied against them. In a preventative effort to reduce negative consequences, Joe volunteers as a mentor with LIFEGUIDES, assisting foster care youth with the transition into adulthood.
In 2012 the passion of Pates Law expanded, bringing in Joe’s wife, Andrea, to provide family law services. This practice includes divorce, paternity, adoptions, and modification actions, as well as service as a Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator, Parenting Coordinator and Guardian ad Litem. Continuing the desire to advocate for families, Andrea’s most recent training is focused on Elder Mediation and providing resolution for the full spectrum of family issues. Andrea has served for six years on the Board of Directors for The Foundation for Foster Children, advocated in schools and provided free seminars to the community on real issues facing families. Gaining strength in the community, Pates Law brought on Peyton Lea and Natalia Scott to continue a high quality of service to an increasing number of families. Natalia in particular has a heart for adoption and guardianship cases some of which can be some of most heart-wrenching stories but most joyful outcomes.
Pates Law Group is a “hand to hand,” boutique firm. The concern is the individual and the relationships of that individual. The sense of calm amidst the storm, promptness of return calls, and advocacy in and out of the courtroom are only a few ways the attorneys of Pates Law Group have been complemented. This holistic, client-centered approach brings a sincerity to the practice of law that generates a culture of support and strength both during the course of a case, and also for years after.
Pates Law Group, P.A.
1521 Mount Vernon St. Orlando, FL 32803