Terence Lenamon began his career over twenty years ago, as an Assistant Public Defender in Miami-Dade County.  Today, he is a recognized and respected criminal defense trial attorney who represents those facing the most serious of charges, usually where the government is seeking the death penalty.

His passion is acting as an advocate for those who, after suffering a lifetime of abuse, neglect, mental illness, and addiction, find themselves accused of felonies or facing capital charges.

"Every person has a story. There is always some underlying common humanity in even those convicted of the most brutal crimes. It is my job to bring these mitigating factors to the jury, to shed light on the darkest heart and most disturbed mind." 

Trial Lawyer

In private practice, Terence has successfully litigated against the death penalty in over 95 cases and has tried 17 first-degree murder death penalty cases against the State of Florida.

Prior to his private practice, Terence served 5 ½ years as a public defender in Miami-Dade County, representing hundreds of indigent defendants in felony and capital cases.

Because of his vast experience litigating complex criminal issues, Terence Lenamon is a Florida Bar Board Certified Trial Lawyer and has been honored by his peers with an AV Preeminent rating in Martindale Hubbell.

Resource Lawyer

Terence is also a resource lawyer who assists other capital lawyers around the State of Florida with their active death penalty cases. Terry does this through his involvement with Florida Capital Resource Center, a non-profit organization that he co-founded in 2009.

Through his work with the FCRC, as well as the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL),  Terence has had the opportunity to teach lawyers around the State of Florida on various issues including jury selection, creative motion practice, and the development of mitigation themes.

Public Awareness

Since 2009, Terence has published a niche blog dedicated to sharing his perspective as someone defending those for whom the prosecution seeks the death penalty.  Entitled Terry Lenamon on the DeathPenalty, Sidebar With a Criminal Defense Attorney, posts delve not only into the ever-changing federal and state law dealing with capital punishment, but the underlying realities that exist in any case where the government is seeking the death of the accused.

A key goal of the blog is raising public awareness of not only the need for mercy in these matters, but the recognition that most defendants facing death have dealt with severe disability issues since childhood.

Mental illness, cognitive disability, and addiction are often core factors being considered in the sentencing phase of a capital case.

See: Terence Lenamon's Position on Capital Punishment.

Bar Admissions and Court Admissions

  • Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer: Florida 1999 to Present
  • United States Supreme Court, 2001
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2000
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2010
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1996
  • Florida State Bar, 1993

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), Member

Trial Experience

  • 125+ Jury Trials.
  • 17 Death Penalty Trials through Penalty Phase (14 Life Sentences -2 Death Sentences, both reversed)
  • 18 Non Death Capital Homicide Jury Trials
  • Handled in excess of 95 Homicide Cases as both first and second chair (Capital Attorney since 1997)
  • 18 Bench Trials (Juvenile Circuit Cases)
  • 850+ hours of continuing Legal Education on the Death Penalty
  • Trial coach for Nova University’s trial team, 2010-11

Resource Counsel (Florida Cases)

  • Acted as Resource Counsel, assisting lawyers on 15 death cases statewide.

Recognition and Service

  • Co-Founder of Florida Capital Resource Center, Inc.
  • Trial Advocacy Award: Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar 1992
  • Order of the Barristers Award for Courtroom Advocacy 1992
  • AV Peer Rated: Martindale-Hubbell 2003 to present

Education

  • B.A., Florida Southern College, 1998
  • Juris Doctorate, Nova University School of Law, 1992

Training Others (Florida Capital Resource Center)

Trained lawyers at 26 seminars throughout Florida including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tavares, Bushnell, Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, and Pensacola during 2012 to 2016, including two "Capital Jury Colleges."

Trial Lawyers College (Dubois, Wyoming)

On Staff as Faculty June 2016 - present

Seminars and Continuing Education

  • Life Over Death -Staff March 2018
  • Capital Resentencing Seminar -Orlando October 2017
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Staff Defense of Damned ( June 2017)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Staff Psychodrama for Lawyers ( June 2017)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Staff Training May 2017 (50 CLE Hours)
  • Life Over Death September 2016 (12 CLE Hours)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Graduate Program August 2016 (50 CLE Hours)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Staff Week 3 Trial Lawyers College July 2016
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Staff Training June 2016 (50 CLE Hours)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Graduate Program August 2015 (52 CLE Hours)
  • NDIA National Conference : New Orleans April 2014 (speaker)
    Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Graduate Program August 2014 (52 CLE hours)
  • Life Over Death September 2013
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Graduate Program August 2012 (52 CLE hours)
  • Graduate Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College August 2011
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Graduate Program August 2011 (52 CLE hours)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Regional Seminar April 2011 Voir Dire Round Top, Texas (24 CLE hours)
  • Vanderbilt University Law School April 2011 (Speaker)
  • Death is Different XVII Tampa, Florida March 2011 (Speaker)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Regional Seminar January 2011
  • Opening Statement Big Sur, California (24 CLE hours)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Regional Seminar: April 2010
  • Cross Examination Westchester, New York (24 CLE hours)
  • Death is Different XV: Orlando, Florida March 2009 (Speaker)
  • Federal Death Penalty Strategy Session Nashville, Tennessee November 2011
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Regional Seminar: February 2009
  • Psycho-dramatic Skills Toccoa, Georgia (24 CLE hours)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Regional Seminar: Jan 2009
  • Direct Examination Pacific Grove, California (24 CLE hours)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Regional Seminar Discovering Story Nov 2008 New Harmony, Indiana (24 CLE hours)
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College: Regional Seminar: Closing Argument Oct 2008 Sante Fe, New Mexico (24 CLE hours)
  • Life Over Death: September 2008:Florida Public Defenders Association
  • Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College May 2007: Depaul University: Chicago, Illinois
  • Criminal Federal Practice November 2006: Federal Public Defender Southern District
  • Death is Different February 2006: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Life Over Death: September 2005: Florida Public Defenders Association
  • CJA/FPD Litigation Seminar June 2005: Federal Public Defender Southern District
  • Life over Death September 2003: Florida Public Defenders Association
  • Life Over Death: September 2004: Florida Public Defenders Association
  • CJA /FPD Litigation Seminar April 2004: Federal Public Defender Southern District
  • FACDL 16th Annual Meeting June 2003: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Life Over Death September 2002: Florida Public Defenders Association
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College Death Penalty Seminar June 1-10th, 2002: Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College Dubois, Wyoming
  • Death is Different February 2002 : Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • FACDL 14th Annual Meeting June 2001: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Death is Different February 2001: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Camp Hugo Palm Beach June/ July 2000:Federal Public Defender Southern District
  • Camp Bonnie June 2000 : Federal Public Defender Southern District of Florida
  • Making Case For Life September 2000 (Houston): N.A.C.D.L.
    Difficult Cases August 2000 (San Diego): N.A.C.D.L.
  • FACDL Annual Meeting June 2000: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Death is Different February 2000: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Life Over Death October 1999: Florida Public Defenders Association
  • Death Penalty Forum: Miami Dade Public Defender 1999
  • FACDL 12th Annual Meeting June 1999:Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Criminal Law Certification Review April 1999: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Death is Different March 1998: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Death is Different March 1997: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Death Penalty Forum 1996: Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Life Over Death September 1996: Florida Public Defenders Association
  • Defending Crimes of Violence: May 1996: National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Criminal Defense College Macon, Georgia (attended and graduated 1995)