Patricia Dawson

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Patricia Dawson has practiced law for more than 26 years, focusing on Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury, and Title IX, and she has litigated several high-profile cases. She has been a solo practitioner of the Law Office of Patricia Dawson, P.A. since 2006. For more than 11 years, she served as a Prosecutor for the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, litigating cases involving murder, sexual battery, trafficking, racketeering, domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, etc. Patricia has appeared on Fox 13 News providing legal commentary and analyses on a variety of topics.

Patricia has an established commitment to the legal profession, as exemplified through her participation and leadership in legal organizations and associations. She Chairs the CLE Committee of The Florida Bar and the FAMU Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) External Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of The Florida Bar, Florida Bar Criminal Law Section Executive Council, Florida Bar, National Bar Association, George Edgecombe Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Hillsborough County Association of Women Lawyers, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Black Prosecutors Association.

In addition, Patricia has led and participated in other organizations in the Tampa Bay community: Sickle Cell Association of Hillsborough County, Inc.; Tampa Organization of Black Affairs (TOBA); Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc.; and other boards and advisory committees. She has participated as a mentor for Middleton High School’s Tampa Bay Male Club, Eldridge F. McLane Middle School, TOBA’s Ladies in Training Mentor and Sponsorship Program, and Hillsborough County Girl’s Court.

Patricia Dawson is a Tampa native and graduate of Florida A.M. University and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University in 1994.