J.D. - 1979
Lorraine Robinson was born and raised in Clearwater. Her friends call her “Lorrie” and she invites you to do the same! Lorrie’s interest in trial law surfaced at 12 years of age, when she read an exciting biography about early 20th century criminal defense attorney Earl Rodgers. From that point forward, Lorrie knew she was going to be a trial lawyer.
Her interest deepened as she participated on debate teams in high school and college. Her most formative experiences occurred during the summer of 1977, when she clerked with the Clearwater State Attorney’s office. In 1978, when she interned with the public defender’s office in West Palm Beach.
Within a week after her graduation from law school in March 1979, she returned to the West Palm Beach public defenders’ office. This time, she returned as a lawyer. While with the public defenders’ office, she tried over 100 serious felony cases, including several first-degree murder trials. Towards the end of her career as a public defender, she served as chief of felonies, and supervised other felony attorneys.
In 1989, Lorrie was approached with an opportunity to enter civil practice with an established firm, handling commercial litigation and personal injury cases. She accepted the opportunity to take on the challenge of civil trial law. In 1992, she returned to the Tampa Bay area to be of assistance to her mother. She accepted a position with a Tampa firm where she continued her practice in the area of commercial litigation and personal injury. Lorrie joined Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly called Perenich & Carroll) in 1998 as an associate, bringing her more than 20 years of personal injury experience to the firm.
Lorrie is a member of the Clearwater Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association. She formerly served as president of the Pinellas chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Over the years, she has taught at numerous seminars to paralegals, nurses, and health care professionals. Presentations have included: “Travels in Cyberspace” at St. Petersburg College, “Internet and the Law” and “Health Care, Hospital Law and Nursing Home Law” for The People’s Law School, an educational program sponsored by the Clearwater Bar for the general public, a segment on legal-ethical issues for nurses presented to an advanced nursing class at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, and a six hour seminar on “Legal/Ethical Issues for Health Care Professionals: A Legal Perspective,” at St. Petersburg College.
Since 2001, she has been recognized by the Florida bar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction held by a very small percentage of attorneys. She is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts, the United States District Court, the Middle District and Southern District of Florida, as well as to the Supreme Court of the United States. She currently focuses her practice in all areas of personal injury law.
B.S. - 1976 Major: Accounting
St. Petersburg Junior College - "Travels in Cyberspace", USF College of Nursing - "Internet and the Law", USF College of Nursing - "Health Care, Hospital Law and Nursing Home Law", St. Petersburg Junior College - "Legal/Ethical Issues for Health Care Professionals: A Legal Perspective"