Robert Anthony Norgard

  • Partner


Bartow, FL





Robert A. Norgard has been a criminal defense lawyer for over 30 years. SuperLawyers magazine has recognized Bob as a top attorney in Florida since 2008, and is the only attorney in Polk County recognized in the area of Criminal Defense for 2011. Since 1995, Bob has been Board Certified by the Florida Bar in the area of Criminal Trial Practice. Bob has conducted over 210 criminal jury trials, including over 70 homicide trials. In addition to his extensive trial experience, Bob also has significant experience in postconviction cases, including having testified as an expert witness in postconviction proceedings over 20 times. Whether your case is big or small, Bob recognizes your case is very important to you, and he is committed to using his experience to help you.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense - Trials 70%
  • Criminal Defense - Postconviction 30%
  • Criminal Postconviction

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Criminal Trial Practice, Florida, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001


  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • J.D. - 1980
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Death is Different Death Penalty Column, FACDL Defender Magazine, 2004
  • Postconviction Relief Column, FACDL Defender Magazine, 2010


  • Death is Different Death Penalty Seminar, Florida Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1992 to 2004
  • Life of Death Penalty Seminar, Florida Public Defender's Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1992 to Present
  • Polk County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1992 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Penrose, Mouser and Harris, Associate, 1981 to 1982
  • Public Defender's Office 6th Circuit, Assistant Public Defender, 1982 to 1985
  • Public Defenders Office 10th Circuit, Assistant Public Defender, 1985 to 1995


  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Phi Kappa Phi