ELERLAW is a general trial practice law firm handling all family, criminal and general litigation matters in both State and Federal courts.
My 30 year legal career began as Assistant State Attorney in Duval County where I prosecuted criminal offenses.
For approximately 20 years thereafter I was a private practitioner in Jacksonville. I started as an associate attorney at the law Offices of Tassone & Ferebee and represented clients in criminal and civil litigation. I then went on to partner of Tassone & Eler, with a focus on complex and major litigation practices in criminal and civil law matters including homicide (Death Penalty), robbery, kidnapping, arson and drug trafficking cases.
In 2006, I launched The Law Offices of Refik W. Eler, P.A., a general practice law firm specializing in similar aspects of criminal and civil litigation in State and Federal Courts. Thereafter, I was appointed as Chief Assistant Public Defender. I was the Chief Assistant Public Defender serving the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida, a post I held from January 2009 until January 2017.
For several years, I was an Adjunct Professor at The Florida Coastal School of Law where I taught trial advocacy including mock trial of criminal and civil cases to second and third year law students. Other legal memberships included; the Florida Public Defender Association’s Death Penalty Steering Committee and Mental Health Committee.
Since 2009, I have served as a Board Member for the Sulzbacher Center for the homeless and for five years I also sat on the Board at the Jacksonville Humane Society.