Loren Rhoton, P.A. is a law firm that focuses exclusively on postconviction actions and inmate issues.  The mission of Loren Rhoton, P.A. is to ensure that justice is accomplished in each and every case the firm undertakes.  The firm’s area of practice ranges from direct criminal appeals and postconviction actions to assisting inmates in dealing with the Florida Department of Corrections.  Loren Rhoton, P.A., is a small firm, consisting of Mr. Loren D. Rhoton and Mr. Ryan J. Sydejko.   The firm strives to keep a small caseload in order to give each case the individual attention it deserves.  We are not a volume business.  We do not accept every case that is presented to the firm for representation.  A thorough review of any potential case will be conducted before the firm undertakes full representation.  If you wish to have your case reviewed for representation, please contact Loren Rhoton for more information.   If inquiring about representation, please do not send any materials to the firm that you wish to have returned to you.  



Loren D. Rhoton is an attorney in private practice with the Firm of Loren Rhoton, P.A, in Tampa, Florida.  Mr. Rhoton graduated from the University of Toledo College of law in 1995 and has been a member in good standing with the Florida Bar since his admission to practice in 1995. The exclusive focus of Mr. Rhoton’s practice is dedicated to assisting Florida inmates with their criminal appeals/postconviction cases. 

Mr. Rhoton is a member of Florida Bar Appellate Division. He is also a member of the United States District Court, in and for the Middle, Southern, and Northern Districts of Florida. Mr. Rhoton is licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and is also certified to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Rhoton regularly practices before Federal District Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Mr. Rhoton is an expert in the field of postconviction relief. Due to the nature of his work, Mr. Rhoton typically deals with clients who have lengthy prison sentences. Mr. Rhoton has investigated and pursued hundreds of post conviction cases on behalf of inmates in Florida. He has practiced in all phases of the Florida Judicial System, all the way from misdemeanor county courts up to the Florida Supreme Court. Additionally, Mr. Rhoton has been directly responsible for amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850 (the main vehicle for most postconviction actions).

Mr. Rhoton was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to the Florida Criminal Rules Steering Committee, Subcommittee on Postconviction Relief, which focused on rewriting Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850.  Mr. Rhoton worked on said subcommittee with judges and other governmental officials in an effort to improve the administration and execution of postconviction proceedings. Mr. Rhoton’s role on said committee was to advocate for changes to benefit postconviction litigants (i.e., inmates).

For over one decade, Mr. Rhoton wrote a bimonthly article, Post Conviction Corner, for Florida Prison Legal Perspectives. Mr. Rhoton now edits and publishes the Florida Postconviction Journal, a quarterly newsletter provided free of charge to Florida prisoners. Selected articles from Mr. Rhoton have been compiled and printed in a legal self-help book, Postconviction Relief for the Florida Prisoner. Mr. Rhoton also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Prisoner’s Legal Aid Organization, Inc.

Ryan J. Sydejko is an attorney with the law office of Loren Rhoton, P.A. His practice focuses primarily on postconviction matters for those incarcerated throughout the State of Florida. He has argued cases before many circuit courts and District Courts of Appeal and has several published opinions. Mr. Sydejko has also presented cases to the Supreme Court of Florida and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

Mr. Sydejko graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in political science and attended the University of Tulsa College of Law.  As a student, he authored a law review article entitled: “International Influence on Democracy: How Terrorism Exploited a Deteriorating Fourth Amendment.”  The article, exploring how domestic terrorist threats have reshaped everyday law enforcement procedures, was published in the Spring 2006 edition of the Wayne State University Law School Journal of Law in Society.  Mr. Sydejko also wrote articles for the Florida Prison Legal Perspectives. Mr. Sydejko is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar and is qualified to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the Federal District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.



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