Edward Tapanes, Esq.



Founder & Managing Partner, specializes in state and federal cases throughout the United States and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He has tried numerous jury and bench trials and has successfully handled several criminal appeals. Many of his cases involve high profile international narcotic traffickers, public corruption, organized fraud and money laundering.

His civil litigation experience is in commercial litigation, international business transactions, fraud, contract disputes, personal injury, insurance claims, debt collection and real estate. Tapanes graduated from Florida International University in 1999 and received his Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2002. He received a Masters of Laws (LLM) in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004, enhancing the firm’s International Litigation capabilities. He served as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County from 2002 to 2008, became Assistant Chief of the Career Criminal Robbery Unit and worked in the Gang Prosecution Unit where he handled major crimes.

Tapanes is admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. He is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association, American Bar Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the League of Prosecutors. He was committee chairperson for the Florida Bar Grievance for three years, and serves the community through pro bono work in Miami-Dade County by mentoring children in underprivileged schools and organizing and sponsoring the annual St. Thomas University School of Law’s Toys for Tots toy drive. Tapanes has appeared as a guest speaker at St. Thomas University School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Practice course.