Maritza Arroyo

Maritza Arroyo

Attorney
Location:
Gainesville, Florida
Phone:
352-519-4138
800-615-9611
Fax:
352-373-1134
Email:

Maritza Arroyo has been practicing law since 1989.  She began practice as an Assistant State Attorney and litigated criminal cases from 1989 until 1999 when she began private practice at Wershow & Schneider.  In 2002 she became a partner in the firm.  She practices family law, collaborative law, criminal defense and dependency.

Fluent in Spanish and the daughter of Cuban immigrants, she knows some clients prefer to consult a lawyer in their native language.  She is happy to consult in both English and Spanish.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1999

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Collaborative Law
  • Dependency Cases

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1990

Education

  • Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont
    • J.D. - June, 1987
  • Cambridge University Faculty Board of Law The Old Schools, Cambridge, England
    • Summer Law Institute - 1985
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Summer Law Institute - 1984
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.A. - August, 1983

Classes/Seminars

  • Guest Lecturer, Trial Tactics and Techniques, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, 1993
  • Guest Lecturer, Trial Tactics and Techniques, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, 1994
  • Guest Lecturer, Trial Tactics and Techniques, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, 1995
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Florida, College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 2001
  • Adjunct Instructor, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida, 1995 - 1998
  • Guest Lecturer, Criminal Punishment Code, Gainesville Police Department, 1995
  • Guest Lecturer, Sexual Predator Statute, University Police Department, 1998 - 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Judicial Nominating Committee Eighth Judicial Circuit, Appointed by the Florida Governor, 1992-1996, 2000-2004
  • Friend of Child Advocacy Center, Gainesville, Florida
  • Junior League of Gainesville, Florida, Member
  • Abused Women's Center, Sexual and Physical Resource Center, Volunteer
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorney's Association Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, Participant, 1996
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Education Committee, 1998 - 1999
  • Ronald McDonald House, Gainesville, Board Member, 2011 - Present
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Gainesville Collaborative Divorce Team, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of the State Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Assistant State Attorney, 1990 - 1999
  • Office of the State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Assistant State Attorney, 1989 - 1990
  • Office of the State Attorney, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Intern for Felony Division, 1988
  • Vermont Supreme Court, Montpelier, Vermont, Hon. Ernest Gibson, III, Intern, 1987
  • Wershow, Schneider, Arroyo & Talbert PA , 1999 - 2012

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English