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Anton J. Nace, Esq.

Anton J. Nace, Esq. has served the Central Florida community as a criminal defense attorney for 22 years. Mr. Nace was born and raised in Florida and is well known throughout the legal community, possessing a strong reputation amongst attorneys and judges in the Orlando area and throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Nace began his career as an Assistant State Attorney in Orlando, Florida. He handled misdemeanor and felony cases before accepting a position in a specialized unit that dealt with Sex Crimes and Child Abuse. He furthered his career as a partner in several law firms, distributing his expertise to criminal defense.

Throughout his career, Mr. Nace has been lead counsel for more than 50 criminal jury trials. His strengths include his extensive preparation and knowledge of the law. Mr. Nace understands being more prepared than the State Attorney will put his client in a position to get the best possible results. On many cases throughout his career, he has successfully reduced felony charges to misdemeanors after filing and litigating Motions to Suppress. Most recently, Mr. Nace represented a client who was charged with 41 felony sex offense counts based on law enforcement’s seizure of computer equipment. Mr. Nace filed a Motion to Suppress Evidence in Unlawful Search and Seizure wherein he successfully argued that there was no valid exception to the warrant requirement, and that law enforcement failed to obtain a necessary warrant. After a lengthy two-day hearing, the Court granted the Motion to Suppress and the State Attorney’s Office, without the necessary evidence to proceed, filed a Nolle Prosequi on all 41 counts thereby dismissing the case in its entirety. Without this result, Mr. Nace’s client was facing the possibility of life in prison.

As a result of his litigation expertise, he has continued to render favorable outcomes while serving as a strong advocate both inside and outside the courtroom. Mr. Nace’s involvement with contested cases has enabled him to help many people throughout the community.

Education

Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Fredric G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1999

Bachelor of Arts in English, Furman University, Greensville, South Carolina, 1996

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

The Florida Bar
Member Since: 1999

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Orange County Bar Association

Experience

Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in the State of Florida, 1999-2003

Partner, Nace and Consalo, Attorneys at Law, 2003-2007

Partner, Dicembre and Nace, Attorneys at Law, 2007-2017

Managing Partner, Law Office of Anton J. Nace, P.A., 2017-2021

Client Reviews
★★★★★

I would like thank my attorney Thomas Luka. I knew from the beginning I had the right guy in my corner. While celebrating with family and friends at a Public Park in Seminole County, a fight broke out among various people. Myself, and a good friend, broke up the fight and the instigators left. Six months later, I was wrongly accused as the person who started the fight. The first attorney I hired could not even get a response from the State Attorney handling the case. Someone referred me to Tom and I felt comfortable at his demeanor and reactions.

After conversations with Tom, who knew I would settle for nothing less than a FULL DISMISSAL due to my innocence, I hired him. His firm of Adams and Luka did the due diligence by interviewing witnesses and the police who were on the scene, as well as starting a dialogue with the State Attorney. After gathering statements from witnesses, Tom was able to present a strong argument on my behalf to the State Attorney on why the case should be dismissed. If the State Attorney was not willing to dismiss the case, Tom was ready to take the case to trial.

The result by Thomas Luka: Case Dismissed.

I am 53 years old with a spotless record and glad to keep it that way thanks to the time, effort, hard work, and professionalism of the Adams and Luka and Tom Luka.

Earl from Mesquite
★★★★★
Thomas Luka left a life-long great impression of lawyers. He was always professional, on time, and answered things honestly. From the start and during the 14 months it went on - Tom was very upfront and honest with me about the possible outcomes. The result was better than I had hoped for. Tom really over-delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Marcela Giorgi
★★★★★
Adams and Luka were very professional and savvy in the courtroom. When you're in court with Mr. Luka you will think you have the best attorney there. I recommend this law firm. Pioneer Tech
★★★★★
Rich Adams is an outstanding criminal attorney. I have had the opportunity to refer several friends and clients to his practice for handling of criminal matters, and on every occasion he has produced an excellent result. Rich practices with attention to detail, a thorough knowledge of the law, and a passion to defend his clients. I will continue to refer clients to Rich Adams, and would strongly recommend him for your legal needs. Brian Pink