Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer

Richard Hornsby has become the criminal defense attorney of choice for those who find themselves in the crosshairs of federal and state prosecutors in Central Florida.

The youngest son of the late J. Russell Hornsby, one of Orlando’s most flamboyant trial lawyers, Hornsby is, by anybody’s definition, a colorful lawyer himself. Known for his animated arguments, relentless cross-examination, and ability to win the seemingly unwinnable case, Hornsby has achieved an enviable record of success in the courtroom.

Ask Hornsby what he loves most about criminal defense and he will tell you that nothing gets him more excited than announcing ready for trial, because there is nothing more exhilarating than hearing “not guilty” at the end of a hard fought trial – words that Hornsby tends to hear more than the average criminal defense attorney.

But Hornsby is quick to point out that no matter how easy an acquittal may have appeared, the truth is it didn’t come easy. Long before a case ever gets to trial, Hornsby will have immersed himself in the facts of the case, challenging witnesses’ claims, identifying conflicts in the evidence, and developing a defense that offers his client the greatest chance of acquittal.

And given the increasing importance of social and forensic science in criminal law, Hornsby has committed himself to being the most knowledgeable attorney in the courtroom. That is why, after graduating law school from the University of Florida, Hornsby obtained a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and a second master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of Florida.

Hornsby’s commitment to professional growth and record in the courtroom are reflected in the numerous honors he has obtained as a criminal defense attorney. Hornsby was voted Best of the Bar in Criminal Defense by the Orlando Business Journal in 2007, was named to the Florida Rising Stars list in criminal defense by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2012-2015, and was named to the Florida Super Lawyers list in criminal defense by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2016 – his first year of eligibility.

Hornsby is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar and Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. A trusted legal resource, Hornsby serves as the legal analyst for NBC affiliate WESH 2 News in Central Florida and is frequently called upon to provide legal commentary for the Orlando Sentinel and national media outlets such as CNN, FOX News, and People Magazine.

When not in court or on TV, you will find Hornsby watching Gator football, coaching his children’s youth sports teams or on a road trip with his wife Sara and their two children, James and Elle.                                                                                                             


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