Lorena Mastrarrigo is the Deputy Chief Assistant Public Defender responsible for training and recruitment; she leads the Public Defender Academy which acts as an in-house skills training model for trial attorneys. She attended the University of Central Florida as a student-athlete and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. Mrs. Mastrarrigo went on to attend law school at the University of Miami where she received her Juris Doctorate. Mrs. Mastrarrigo began her legal career at the Law Office of the Public Defender. In 2003, Mrs. Mastrarrigo entered private practice where she headed up her firm that specialized in criminal and family law matters; she later became an associate at Glantz & Glantz, where she focused on criminal defense cases.
In 2009, Mrs. Mastrarrigo returned to her passion and rejoined the Law Office of the Public Defender specializing in foreign language major crimes cases and training attorneys at the Law Office of the Public Defender.
Mrs. Mastrarrigo serves as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, is a past President of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association, and is the Vice Chair of the Florida Bar, Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. Mrs. Mastrarrigo has also been recognized as a Hispanic Woman of Distinction in 2017 and is a recipient of the Lynn Futch Professionalism Award.
Lorena Mastrarrigo heads up our Public Defender Academy which acts as an in-house skills training model for trial attorneys. The Law Office of the Public Defender has developed a rigorous hands-on training curriculum that emphasizes trial skill development, motion practice, effective utilization of the evidence code and rules of procedure.
Even though a number of cases are resolved prior to trial, we recognize that it is essential to development of talented attorneys to emphasize trial skills and effective in-courtroom litigation practice. As a result we have imbedded within our office, a Public Defender Academy that is designed to sharpen our incoming Assistant Public Defenders courtroom technique so as to offer highly skilled trial representation.