I grew up in rural Western Maryland in a destination community known as Deep Creek Lake. After graduating from high school in 1999, I enrolled as a Biology student at Penn State University.
After graduating from Penn State in 2003, I began my legal studies at the University of Pittsburgh. During my first summer of law school, I worked as a judicial clerk for the late District Court Judge Ralph Burnett in Garrett County, Maryland. From my second year of law school through graduation I worked with the law firm of Malone Middleman, P.C., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a law clerk.
Upon graduation, I relocated to South Florida and began my career as an attorney. I took up residence with my wife, Desiree, son, Jack, and Golden Retreiver, Santino, in Boca Raton, Florida.
For the first two and a half years as an attorney, I primarily practiced in insurance defense, defending a variety of types of cases including auto negligence, professional negligence and malpractice, premises and product liability, Workers’ Compensation, as well as handling a fair share of insurance coverage cases involving Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and casualty claims. It was during this time that I learned first hand how insurance companies operate in the best interests of their bottom line.
After realizing I had more passion for the people I was fighting and after gaining valuable litigation experience under superb attorneys, it was time for me to change the focus of my practice. I left my position and began representing injury victims.
After a year with a prominent Personal Injury firm in Boca Raton, Florida, I decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of going into business for myself. I started Peter J. Porcaro, P.A. and focused my practice on plaintiff’s Personal Injury as well as Criminal Defense. During my career as a solo practitioner in South Florida I handled hundreds of personal injury cases fighting for the interests of people injured in a variety of ways. The most common cases involved automobile accidents and falls. I developed a reputation as a fierce litigator and recovered millions of dollars on behalf of my clients.
As a result of changing trends nationally and with an eye toward the future, in 2012 I began developing a practice in cannabis law. I sit on the national legal committee for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law, as well as the legal committee for ASA, Americans for Safe Access. Additionally, I’ve worked with veteran groups and other activist groups moving Florida toward the inevitable legalization of cannabis in all forms. I’ve partnered with United for Care and its legislative arm, Florida for Care lobbying for cannabis law reform and for the state Constitutional Amendments to allow for cannabis use. I’ve worked with investors and entrepreneurs to establish within the cannabis industry, both in Florida and in other states and I am currently supporting Floridians for Freedom through Florida CAN, and Regulate Florida, which are both seeking broader cannabis legalization this year.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to working with you.
Peter J. Porcaro