Mike Benito

Lawyer at Darrigo & Diaz

Ronald D. Darrigo



Mike Benito is a member of the Darrigo & Diaz legal team who brings nearly 40 years of legal experience to the firm. After completing his undergrad studies at the University of South Florida and earning his law degree from Florida State University College of Law, Mike became licensed to practice law in the state of Florida in 1978.

Since being admitted to the Florida Bar, Mike has spent decades honing his skills in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. A seasoned advocate, Mike also leverages his time spent as a former prosecutor and his litigation abilities to the benefit of our clients both in the civil and criminal justice systems.

Mike’s unique employment history brings a wealth of insight and experience to the firm. As a former Assistant State Attorney and Chief of Major Crimes Division with the Thirteenth Judicial District, he gained invaluable experience into the “other side,” and uses this insight when creating effective defense strategies for our clients. Additionally, he has handled numerous trials from both sides of the courtroom, including over 40 murder jury trials.

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1978


  • Florida State University College of Law
    • Tallahassee, Florida, 1978 J.D.
  • University of South Florida
    • Tampa, Florida, 1975

Past Employment Positions:

  • Thirteenth Judicial District, Assistant State Attorney, Chief of Major Crimes Division, 1978-1991
  • Private Practice, 1991-Present


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