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
Frank Kerney attended the University of South Florida where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Upon graduation from South Florida Frank went on to attend Stetson University College of Law where he earned a law degree and was initiated as a member of the school's invitation only academic honors fraternity. Upon graduation Frank accepted a position with Taracks Gomez & Rickman where he had interned during his final year of law school.
Frank practices in both the area of criminal defense and family law and has been the head of the Family Law division of Taracks Gomez & Rickman for several years. Frank understands that some cases require skilled negotiations while others require courtroom litigation and he is therefore dedicated to fighting for his clients both in and out of the courtroom. In 2013 alone Frank completed well over 30 full trials and settled dozens of other cases outside of court through mediation or face-to-face settlement conferences with opposing counsel.
Frank also prides himself on keeping up with updates to the law and attending continuing legal education courses. He has completed both the 2014 Masters of DUI Seminar and the 2014 Marital and Family Law Review Course this year alone. By understanding the ever-evolving changes in the statutes and case law, Frank is able to properly advise his clients and gain an advantage in the courtroom. Frank also knows that his clients often need that valuable advice outside of "normal" business hours and therefore provides his clients with his personal cell phone number to ensure that he is always just a phone call away.
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.