Phillip Arroyo is a criminal defense trial attorney licensed to practice law throughout all Florida state courts and the Middle District Federal Court. He holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Florida A&M College of Law and was selected to serve in the White House Internship where he worked within the office of the Vice President of the United States analyzing domestic and economic issues in Washington, DC during 2012.
Upon entering private practice after more than 15 years in public service, Arroyo has been able to get many of his clients' felony and misdemeanor cases dismissed and has obtained Not Guilty verdicts during jury trials where years of prison time were at stake and his clients' lives and reputations were on the line. He is passionate about criminal defense and is known to be seen visiting clients at the jail late at night and on weekends.
He has experience and has effectively handled all types of criminal cases from misdemeanor batteries and petit thefts, all the way up to serious felony sex crimes, drug trafficking and murder cases, among many others. He has appeared in local and national media as a legal analyst in both english and spanish media outlets such as Channel 13 news, Wesh and spanish speaking national TV network Univision.
Before private practice, Arroyo served within the Appellate Division of the Office of the Public Defender for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Mr. Arroyo authored over 12 appellate briefs and obtained reversals for his clients. After his time handling criminal appeals, he served within the trial divisions of Volusia County and Seminole County where he handled hundreds of cases from arrest to jury trial and gained extensive experience handling both felonies and misdemeanors throughout his legal career.
During his time at the 18th judicial circuit, Arroyo was assigned as lead defense counsel to represent defendants before the Veterans Court, a diversionary program for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces accused of crimes due to substance abuse and mental health issues such as PTSD.
In 2021, Mr. Arroyo was appointed by the President of the Florida Bar to the Committee on Governmental and Public Policy and the the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and remains an active contributing member of the Florida Bar and the legal profession in Florida.
Arroyo is originally from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico where he served as Special Assistant to the island’s Democratic Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 and was also appointed by the Republican Governor of Puerto Rico to the island's Advisory Board on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2009. He was appointed to the Puerto Rico Interagency Committee on Illegal Gun Trafficking by the Secretary of State of Puerto Rico in 2010. Arroyo is also on record at the United Nations where he has testified on multiple occasions in regard to Puerto Rico's colonial political status with the United States.
Mr. Arroyo is a father and enjoys a simple life in Central Florida with his wife Josephine Arroyo, Esq., partner at The Arroyo Law Firm and their dog Oliver.