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Attorney Joel DeFabio

Meet Joel DeFabio

Attorney Joel DeFabio has represented clients in Miami against federal charges since 1980. Throughout 30+ years of practice, he has established himself as one of the country's most preeminent criminal defense attorneys. Attorney DeFabio's trial work has resulted in more than 50 "Not Guilty" verdicts, including the acquittal of his client during the national headline-making "Liberty City 7" case. In the early 1980s he helped shaped the criminal justice system in South Florida with his work during the "Cocaine Cowboys" era. Attorney DeFabio relentlessly seeks the best possible outcomes for his clients and protects their rights, and he draws from the knowledge and experienced gained from defending more than 300 federal cases.

Attorney DeFabio earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami Law School in 1980, and while there received the Book Award in Advanced Criminal Procedure. His entire career has been dedicated to upholding the rights of the criminally accused; Attorney DeFabio became an Assistant Public Defender with Miami-Dade County as soon as he achieved his law degree. After defending cases in the juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony divisions, he founded a private practice in Coral Gables and represented clients in the area for a number of years before joining the illustrious team of DeFabio, Beckham & Solis in Miami.

During his career Attorney DeFabio has represented clients charged with all types of federal crimes, and he has defended more than 300 federal cases. He has authored a number of Criminal Appeals, which comprise some of the most influential caselaw regarding citizens' right to privacy in Florida. His professionalism and outstanding legal skill has resulted in recognition from numerous associations and organizations in the industry. He earned the prestigious honor of receiving an invitation to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and is rated 9.6 "Superb" by Avvo. Additionally, he was chosen by the Daily Business Review as one of the "Most Effective Lawyers" in Miami for the specialization of Criminal Justice in 2008, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers bestowed the Rodney Thaxton "Against All Odds" Award upon him in 2007. Click here to read about Attorney DeFabio's numerous accolades.


  • University of Miami Law School, 1980


  • More than 30 years of experience
  • Former Miami-Dade County Assistant Public Defender
  • Has defended thousands of cases at the Juvenile, Misdemeanor, and Felony levels in Miami-Dade County since 1980
  • Defended more than 300 federal cases
  • Represented clients in more than 100 jury trials
  • Has practiced law exclusively in Miami-Dade County since 1997

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Recipient of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Rodney Thaxton "Against All Odds" Award, 2007
  • Nominee for the Daily Business Review's "Most Effective Lawyers" award in Criminal Justice, 2008
  • Selected for The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, 2013
  • Rated 9.7 "Superb" by Avvo

Court Admittance:

  • Florida Bar, 1980
  • New Jersey Bar, 1980
  • US District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1980
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1981
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Florida Trial Bar, 1984
  • US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 1988
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1989
  • US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1989
  • US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 1989

Professional Associations:

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
DeFabio, Beckham & Solis, P.A. - Miami Federal Crime Attorney

Located at:
2420 SW 22nd Street (Coral Way)
Miami, FL 33145. View Map

Phone: (305) 290-2109
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