Rene Palomino Jr.



Miami, FL






Rene Palomino Jr. was born in Havana, Cuba in 1959 and arrived in Miami, FL in 1962. He was raised in Miami and attended Christopher Columbus High School. Upon graduation he attended the University of Miami and obtained a degree in Business Administration in 1980 with honors. He immediately enrolled in Nova Southeastern University School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1983. Throughout his 39 years of practicing law, he has represented over 3,000 cases in state court and approximately 200 cases in federal court. In 2008, he represented Albert Gonzalez who was charged in Federal Court with identity theft and hacking into major retailers in Boston, New Jersey, and New York. This was the largest identity theft case in the history of the United States when the charges were presented. In 2010, he sued the Republic of Cuba and Fidel Castro in a wrongful death case involving an American citizen who was a political prisoner, Rafael Del Pino. Mr. Palomino was able to obtain a judgement in the amount of $253,000,000 against Fidel Castro and the Cuban government for the death of Rafael Del Pino. In 2014, he represented Michell Abner Espinosa in the first bitcoin prosecution case in the State of Florida. Mr. Palomino was successful in getting the charges dismissed at the trial court level. In 2017 he relocated to Tampa, FL. and joined the Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office where he was a Felony Division Chief until the end of 2022. On January 3, 2023, he joined the firm of Escobar, Michaels, & Associates where he is presently employed.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1983
  • Southern District of Florida Trial Bar, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2007


  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    • 1983
  • University of Miami, Miami, Florida
    • 1980
    • Major: Business Administration

Professional Association & Memberships

  • Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, 2023 to Present
  • Kinights of Columbus, 2023 to Present

Past Positions

  • Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office, Felony Division Chief, 2017 - 2022
  • Corona Law Firm, Senior Trial Attorney, 2015 - 2017
  • Office of Civil and Regional Conflict Counsel Third District of Florida, Trial Attorney, 2008 to 2015
  • Rene Palomino Jr., P.A., Trial Attorney, 1987 to 2015
  • Essen & Essen, Trial Attorney, 1984 to 1986

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi


  • English
  • Spanish