As a former state prosecutor, Barry Taracks is familiar with both sides of the courtroom. Graduating from Stetson College of Law in 1986, he went on to become an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. As a criminal prosecutor, he handled misdemeanor and felony cases from 1986 to 1989. When he left the office in 1989, he began practicing criminal defense, instead. As a defense attorney, Mr. Taracks has the upper hand in the courtroom; with a working knowledge of criminal prosecution strategies and techniques, he creates aggressive and effective case strategies to keep his clients out of jail.
Today, Mr. Taracks handles all types of criminal and DUI cases. Constantly striving to become more educated and informed in his field of practice, Mr. Taracks became certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000, a device used to determine whether or not a motorist was driving under the influence of alcohol. Over the course of his career, Mr. Taracks has handled more than 5,500 cases – acting as lead attorney in more than 179 jury trials. He is qualified to practice law in State and Federal Court.
Octavio "Tav" Gomez
Octavio Gomez is originally from Colombia. After moving to the United States as a child, he grew up in Fort Lauderdale and attended Florida State University. After earning his undergraduate degree in Political Science and History, he went on to earn his Juris Doctorate at the Florida State University College of Law. As an attorney, Mr. Gomez has a reputation for aggressive and dedicated advocacy in criminal and civil litigation. As a law student, he served as an intern with the Agency for Health Care Administration. He is constantly striving to become a more educated and informed legal professional, and regularly attends legal seminars.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Gomez began working as a state prosecutor at the State Attorney's office in Tampa, Florida. As a prosecuting attorney, he handled thousands of DUI and misdemeanor cases, gaining an invaluable understanding of criminal prosecution. He also served as Lead trial attorney and has handled a multitude of felony cases, including habitual offender cases, 10-20-life cases, Today, he uses this knowledge to the advantage of his clients in court. grand theft cases and trafficking cases. Mr. Gomez has developed an invaluable understanding of the discovery phase and trial preparation. He has represented high profile cases in both Federal and State court. Please review our case results to confirm his great achievements.
Mr. Gomez is fluent in Spanish and has served as lead attorney in more than 60 jury trials. With more than 10 years of legal experience, he handles cases with strategic aggressiveness to maximize case results.
Anthony Rickman received a full academic scholarship to attend the University of South Florida. After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice, he decided to pursue a law degree at the Florida State University College of Law. He began his legal career at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's office working as an Assistant State Attorney. There, he earned valuable legal experience prosecuting thousands of DUI, misdemeanor, traffic violation and felony cases.
Mr. Rickman joined The Law Firm of Taracks Gomez & Associates in 2007. Since then, he has focused his practice on helping people wrongfully accused of a crime. As a former prosecutor, he is familiar with the ins and outs of criminal prosecution – knowledge that he uses to more effectively help his clients in the courtroom today. He is also the lead attorney in the Entertainment and Sports law division of the firm.
Mr. Rickman is qualified to practice law in State and Federal Court. As a criminal defense attorney, he continues to help clients in traffic offense cases, DUI cases, manslaughter cases, drug possession cases and other criminal offense matters. As a prosecutor, he gained a clear understanding of prosecution strategies and how to find their weaknesses. He has helped clients obtain dismissals of charges and has argued hundreds of motions. Although he is skilled and often resolves cases before they actually go to trial, he treats every case as though it will be taken before a jury.
Last year, Taracks Gomez & Rickman opened an entertainment and sports law branch of the firm. Spearheaded by Mr. Rickman, the branch focuses its efforts to help producers, directors, entertainers, artists, musicians and athletes in court. Because of his diverse legal background, Mr. Rickman is able to employ his skills to help his clients in the television, film, music and sports industries. Since the development of the entertainment and sports law branch, Mr. Rickman has worked on negotiations for multimillion dollar films.
Additionally, he has aided in production contracts, directorial contracts, movie and television development contracts, film and video distribution agreements and entertainment representation agreements. Today, Mr. Rickman is able to use the negotiation and trial skills he gained as a prosecution and defense attorney in entertainment law.
Frank Kerney III
After graduating from the University of South Florida, Frank Kerney III went on to obtain a law degree from Stetson University College of Law. As a law student, Frank was an initiated member of College of Law's Honors fraternity. At graduation, he was honored as a recipient of the William F. Blews Service Award. Today, he is an aggressive attorney devoted to criminal and DUI defense. He is licensed to practice in both
State and Federal Court.
During law school, Mr. Kerney gained valuable experienced as a certified intern, where he was approved by the Governor to represent clients while still a student. There, he worked in the post-conviction relief division, obtaining a working knowledge of everything from first-degree murder appeals to simple misdemeanors. Since joining the legal team at Taracks Gomez & Rickman, Mr. Kerney has handled thousands of criminal cases, including DUI’s, drug crimes, sex crimes, and violent crimes.
In 2013, Frank was honored by being nominated as the lead attorney with Legal Aid Services for the University of South Florida, where he dedicates time to helping students with a wide range of legal issues. Frank’s work with USF’s student body allows him to give back to the community and gain an intimate knowledge of issues affecting college students, including University administrative policies surrounding those legal issues.
Frank is proud of his reputation as an assertive and aggressive legal representative and always ready to help clients both in and out of the courtroom. He is dedicated to helping clients by giving their cases the personalized care and attention they deserve, even giving clients his personal cell phone number so that they can contact him at any time.
Zachary Armocida graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and decided to pursue a career in law. As a student at Stetson University's College of Law, Zach worked as an intern at the State Attorney Office in Hillsborough County in both the domestic violence and felony divisions. He worked with victims of domestic violence and domestic violence injunctions as well as putting together research for parole motions in felony cases. Mr. Armocida also served as a law clerk for a family law firm, where he worked on various issues in family law such as alimony, paternity, child custody and divorce.
After graduating with his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law, Mr. Armocida worked at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office as an Assistant State Attorney. During this time, he handled thousands of cases involving DUI, traffic violations and various other criminal offenses. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Armocida has insight into how the prosecution puts together a case and how to best fight that case as a defense attorney today.
Today, Mr. Armocida handles both criminal and family law cases where he uses the skills he learned as a prosecutor to fight for his clients. Zach's trial experience, education, and experience as a prosecutor make him an excellent advocate for his clients.