Erik Lombillo received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. While there, he majored in International Studies, studied abroad in Latin America, and became the leader of the largest student government agency on the USF campus.
Erik then attended Stetson University College of Law, which was, and currently still is, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the country’s number one law school for trial advocacy. While attending law school, Erik took advantage of Stetson’s prominence for teaching trial skills and rose to the top, winning awards for Trial Advocacy, Moot Court, and Opening Statements. Additionally, Erik was a legal intern for the Chief Federal Judge in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He was invited back for a second internship with the Court, a unique honor awarded to the top intern. Erik also took a job at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with the Office of Chief Counsel handling labor and contract issues. Before leaving NASA, he was awarded a coveted space-flown shuttle tile for his service, a rarely given honor.
Upon graduating law school, Erik was appointed Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit in Clearwater, Florida. While there, he prosecuted thousands of DUI, Domestic Violence, and felony cases. While still in the misdemeanor division, he was invited by the office’s elite Career Criminal Prosecution Unit to sit “second chair” during career criminal trials. It is those experiences with some of the most seasoned trial lawyers that Erik credits for his later trial successes. He was promoted to Lead Trial Attorney in County Court before being promoted to the Felony Division.
Being a Naples native, Erik moved to the Naples State Attorney Office’s Felony Division. While handling a caseload of DUI and felony cases, Erik became Collier County’s Drug Court Prosecutor, finding alternatives to incarceration for those who were willing to live sober. When he left the State Attorney’s Office for private practice, Erik had served Pinellas and Collier Counties for more than 6 years and handled over 10,000 cases.
As a capstone to his professional accomplishments, the Florida Bar awarded Erik Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law. Only about 387 Florida Lawyers, less than one half of one percent of all 90,000 Florida Bar members, have Board Certification in this area of law. Board Certified lawyers’ experience and competency have been rigorously evaluated, and they are the only Florida lawyers allowed to refer to themselves as ‘specialists’ or ‘experts’ or to use the letters B.C.S. to indicate ‘Board Certified Specialist’ when referring to their legal credentials. Board Certified lawyers have met the Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law, and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law. Certification is the Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competence and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Today, Erik devotes 100% of his practice to criminal defense and uses his knowledge of the inner-workings of the State Attorney’s Office and his understanding of the local courts to his clients’ benefit by advising them of their legal rights and asserting the best defense possible.