A fond farewell: Victor Pellegrino, Esquire


As with Manny and Bubba, I am really sad that Vic is gone. I knew him professionally, which is a shame, as I would have loved to have known him more outside of the courtroom.

But at the courthouse, he was a legend.

Vic whipped my butt when I was a young prosecutor. He was a gentleman about it. I was enamored with his polish, his presentation. Like so many others, I wanted to be like Vic. I learned from that.

Vic was always on time, prepared, and professional. I learned from that.

Vic had a great reputation with the judges, attorneys, and law enforcement officers. I learned from that.

Vic continued to work and care about his cases until the end. I learned from that, too.

I am happy to count myself among those that knew him and litigated with him.

Please say a prayer for him and his family. Please take a moment to reflect on the life of such a great lawyer. Take time for your family and friends. As we have seen for the third time in less than a year, life is too short.

Here is the article about VIc: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jun/07/072143/longtime-tampa-attorney-and-dui-law-expert-dies/

You can read his professional bio here: http://www.floridadefense.com/Bio/VictorPellegrino.asp

Author: Joe Bodiford

Tallahassee criminal defense attorney. Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, Nationally Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy, and AV* rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Former adjunct professor of law and co-director of the Trial Team at Florida State University College of Law; former adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law (Florida criminal procedure, Trial Advocacy). Curator of Advocacy Underground. Practicing in the area of State and Federal Criminal Trial and Appeals. Visit us at www.BodifordLaw.com!

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