Mr. Rhoton has attained the Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent attorney rating. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services. The AV rating is the result of a peer rating process that indicates the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Rhoton graduated from the University of Toledo College of law in 1995 and has been a member in good standing with the Florida Bar since his admission to practice in 1995. The exclusive focus of Mr. Rhoton’s practice is assisting Florida inmates with their criminal appeals/post conviction cases.
Mr. Rhoton is a member of Florida Bar Appellate Division. He is also a member of the United States District Court, in and for the Middle, Southern, and Northern Districts of Florida. Mr. Rhoton is licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and is also certified to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Rhoton is an expert in the field of post conviction relief. He has been called on for consultation by judges, attorneys, and the Florida Bar for his expertise in post conviction law. Due to the nature of his work, Mr. Rhoton typically deals with clients who have lengthy prison sentences. Mr. Rhoton has investigated and pursued hundreds of post conviction cases on behalf of inmates in Florida. He has practiced in all phases of the Florida Judicial System, all the way from misdemeanor county courts up to the Florida Supreme Court. Additionally, Mr. Rhoton has been directly responsible for amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850 (the main vehicle for most post conviction actions).
Mr. Rhoton was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to the Florida Criminal Rules Steering Committee, Subcommittee on Post Conviction Relief, which focused on rewriting Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850. Mr. Rhoton worked on the subcommittee with judges and other governmental officials in an effort to improve the administration and execution of post conviction proceedings.
For over one decade, Mr. Rhoton wrote a bimonthly article, Post Conviction Corner, for The Florida Prison Legal Perspectives. During that time, Mr. Rhoton served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Prisoner’s Legal Aid Organization, Inc. Mr. Rhoton now publishes the Florida Postconviction Journal, a quarterly newsletter provided free of charge to Florida prisoners. Selected articles from Mr. Rhoton have been compiled and printed in a legal self-help book, Postconviction Relief for the Florida Prisoner. Mr. Rhoton also published the self-help forms book Post Conviction Forms for the Florida Prisoner