Attorney Profile

Attorney Profile

Richard F. Cipriano, III, Esquire was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Jesuit High School in 1996 and attended the University of South Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Richard attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and has been practicing law since 2004.

He gained a tremendous amount of trial experience as a prosecutor with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State Attorney in both Sarasota County and Manatee County. While there, he successfully prosecuted cases, ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies such as Driving Under the Influence, Burglary, Drug Trafficking, and Armed Robbery. In his private practice, he applies the invaluable skills he acquired during his years as a former prosecuting attorney representing his clients in criminal matters.

Richard also has extensive knowledge and experience defending consumers who have been sued by debt collectors attempting to collect on consumer debts. He represents consumers who have been sued by junk debt buyers like CACH, LLC., Cavalry SPV I, LLC., Midland Funding, LLC., and Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC., in Hillsborough County and surrounding counties.

Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Defense
  • Consumer Defense


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, (J.D. 2003)
  • University of South Florida, (B.A. 2000)
  • Jesuit High School, (1996)

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida Bar, 2004

Court Admissions:

  • All Florida State Courts

Reported Decisions:

  • Midland Funding, LLC. v. Reginald Felder, 24 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 168a, (Fla. Hillsborough Cty. Ct. April 22, 2016)
  • Frank Soto v. State of Florida, 16 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 299a, (Fla. Manatee Cty. Ct. January 8, 2009)
  • Robert Rawls v. State of Florida, 16 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 297a, (Fla. Manatee Cty. Ct. December 23, 2008)
  • State of Florida v. Stephanie Syfert, 16 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 190a, (Fla. Manatee Cty. Ct. November 25, 2008)
  • State of Florida v. Matthew Porter, 15 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 926a, (Fla. Manatee Cty. Ct. July 3, 2008)