About Panella Law Firm


About Our Firm

Panella Law Firm is a tough and aggressive criminal defense firm that believes in justice and a defendant’s right to a fair trial. Our Orlando firm is committed to preserving your freedom by asserting your rights under the law. Attorney and founder Michael Panella is a top Orlando criminal defense lawyer who is UNDEFEATED AT TRIAL. He has a strong commitment to fairness in the legal system.

We have represented hundreds of clients whose lives have collided with the criminal justice system, and we fight hard on each client’s behalf. We are smart, skilled, and aggressive lawyers who are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with prosecutors in a courtroom. Our dedication to defending the accused extends to criminal appeals and challenging all forms of prison abuse.

In addition to criminal defense, we also handle family law cases. Whether your issue is divorce, child support or custody, we are here to help. We always work toward the best possible outcomes for every client.

Attorney Michael Panella has always been a high achiever, graduating with honors from the University of Florida College of Law and at the top of his class from University of Central Florida. Attorney Huda Saleh earned her B.A. from Rollins College and went on to earn her law degree from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law.

If you’re looking for a skilled criminal defense team who can use the law to defend your freedom, then Panella Law Firm is your best choice. Call us at 407-233-1822 for a free initial consultation about your case.

Our Attorneys

Attorney Mike Panella

For Mike Panella, the concept of zealous advocacy developed at an early age – fueled by what he perceived to be an unjust resolution in a personal family legal matter. Mr. Panella would later attribute his passion to defend the rights of those who stand accused to those inequities in the legal system he observed, and considered unjust.

Mr. Panella went on to graduate at the top of his class at UCF and spent several years working for the United States Senate, where he assisted Senators in rectifying constituent concerns involving state and federal agencies.

At the University of Florida College of Law, Mr. Panella earned the highest possible grade in several courses including Criminal Law and Family Law. He was unanimously elected the President of Phi Alpha Delta, a legal fraternity. Mr. Panella also worked closely with a respected criminal defense firm while in law school, and earned certificates in Criminal Justice, pro-bono work, and community service. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with honors.

From there, Mr. Panella joined the small defense team in the State v. George Zimmerman case, and became a critical member contributing to two successful appellate writs, overall strategy, and self-defense issues. After seeing that case through to a successful resolution, Mr. Panella spent time as a partner in a criminal appellate firm, where he worked on both capital and non- capital appeals. Mr. Panella also helped initiate a class-action lawsuit focused on prison abuse.

Mr. Panella has been a guest law school lecturer on Florida’s Justifiable Use of Force laws.

Before opening Panella Law Firm, Mr. Panella served as an Assistant Public Defender for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office and worked hundreds of cases in both Brevard and Seminole Counties. Mr. Panella was undefeated at trial.

Panella Law Firm is ready to devote the time and effort necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for your criminal trial or appellate matter.

If you think we may be able to assist, call today for a free consultation at 407-233-1822.


University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida Juris Doctor, cum laude

  • Book Award, Criminal Law
  • Book Award, Child, Parent, and the State
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Community Service Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
  • Justice (President), Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, Fletcher Chapter

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida B.A. Political Science: International Relations/Comparative Politics Minor: Philosophy

  • Recipient of the Research and Mentoring Program fellowship
  • Recipient of the Research and Mentoring Program grant

Professional Associations

  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Broward County Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Member
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Member

Attorney Huda Saleh

Huda is an associate attorney at Panella Law Firm, concentrating her practice in criminal defense, criminal appeals, and family law matters in the greater Central Florida area. Huda graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Philosophy and went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. While in law school Huda was instrumental in reviving the on-campus organization, National Association of Counsel for Children, where she served on the board of executive directors. During her final year in law school, Huda was accepted into the Juvenile Defense Clinic as a Certified Legal Intern, where she represented at-risk youth in various criminal matters ranging from misdemeanor drug possession cases to felony burglary and firearm cases.

Huda’s compassion and empathy for helping those most vulnerable led her to pursue a career in criminal defense work and upon graduating from law school, she began working at Panella Law Firm where she currently focuses her practice on complex criminal litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as family law matters and civil and criminal traffic issues.

Huda’s success in getting the best possible outcome for our clients comes from her ability to relate to people from all walks of life to help them obtain justice through zealous advocacy.

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