Meet The Stone Lockett Attorneys

At Stone Lockett, the skill and commitment that our criminal law attorneys apply to the defense of the accused is demonstrated in their impressive record of verdicts, dismissals and other favorable outcomes for clients.

Information on the personal and professional credentials of each attorney is available below, and we welcome anyone charged with a crime in the Jacksonville area or northeast Florida to contact us for a free consultation.

Stone Lockett Attorneys

Mitchell (Mitch) Stone, received his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Florida College Of Law in 1988. From there began his career as a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office first in Miami and then Jacksonville, Florida. He began by prosecuting DUI and Domestic Violence cases in county court and soon advanced to the position of a circuit felony prosecutor where he handled violent crimes, property crimes, white collar crimes and DUI manslaughter cases. Later, he was promoted to the Special Assault Unit and the homicide team of the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville.

After leaving for private practice in 1992 he started a Florida-based state and federal criminal defense law firm based in Jacksonville. Over the years he practiced almost exclusively in criminal courts defending clients across the state from charges ranging from simple DUI to drug possession to murder as well as representing clients charged in major drug trafficking cases, fraud and financial crimes cases in Federal court. In 1999, he passed the Florida Bar’s criminal trial law board certification exam and was thereafter recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Criminal Trial Law Specialist. After 20 years of running his own law firm in 2012, he and Lee Lockett formed what is now, Stone Lockett, P.A., a North Florida based law firm specializing in State and Federal criminal defense.

In addition to being board certified, Mr. Stone has achieved the highest ratings from peer review and other publications. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubble which is the highest rating a lawyer can receive. He has been recognized for his work in the areas of criminal defense, DUI defense and white collar criminal defense by being named in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Florida Trend's Legal Elite, Jacksonville Magazine's Leading Lawyers and in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has successfully represented clients in numerous high profile cases. He has conducted over 150 criminal jury trials to verdict in both Federal and State court.

In 2017 Mr. Stone was elected secretary by the statewide membership of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL). He will become president of FACDL in 2021. He served as president of The Jacksonville Beaches Bar Association in 2017-2018 and remains on the board as immediate past president. He has also served in the past on the board of FACDL, as President of the Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The White Collar Conference and the Florida Bar Criminal Law Section. He is admitted to practice in Florida, Washington DC, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Middle and Northern Federal District Courts of Florida.

Mr. Stone has been published numerous times for his work relating to criminal defense matters including authoring Property Crimes Defense Strategies (Aspatore 2014) and Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in Florida (2012). He currently authors the F Words column for Defender Magazine. He has served as Chair of Blood Breath & Tears, the annual statewide DUI defense seminar in Florida. He is a frequent lecturer on criminal defense subjects at legal seminars and has served on the faculty of the Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Advanced Trial Practice Seminar, The Florida Bar's Masters of DUI seminar, the FACDL Blood Breath and Tears DUI seminar, the Lorman DUI seminar and the FACDL Showcase on Sentencing. He has also lectured on criminal defense topics at the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office and at the Middle District of Florida's Federal Defender Conference. He is a frequent commentator on criminal law issues in national, state and local media.

Mitch Stone has been married to his wife Christine since 1988 and has two daughters, Hannah and Sarah. He lives in Atlantic Beach and enjoys surfing and paddleboarding when not practicing law or playing golf. He is a member of Surfrider and is an advocate for protecting our environment and the beaches.

Lee Lockett was born and raised in Jacksonville. He attended Florida State University for his undergraduate studies and graduated in 1992. After graduating from FSU, he traveled south to Miami where he was accepted into law school at St. Thomas University School of Law. There, Mr. Lockett was elected to the Executive Board of the Moot Court Team. Mr. Lockett was awarded the Book Award in Criminal Procedure II as a third year law student. After graduation he was offered a position with the State Attorney's Office for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. As an Assistant State Attorney he was asked to serve as "First Chair" in over 30 jury trials and countless non-jury trials and hearings. In his second year he was promoted to Division Chief in County Court Division E where he supervised all attorneys in that division and made DUI filing decisions. After leaving the State Attorney's Office, Mr. Lockett served with the Public Defender's office where he received the prestigious "ROC" Award for trial advocacy. Lee Lockett has been practicing for more than 15 years and has in excess of 45 Jury trials to his credit. He is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College Of DUI Defense, Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Association, Law Week Committee 2005-2006, Judicial Relations Committee of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Gator Bowl Committee 2004-2007 and the Traffic Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. He is admitted to practice in all counties and circuits in the state of Florida as well as the United States Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida. Mr. Lockett has received the highest rating ("Superb") offered by AVVO, an independent lawyer rating system. Mr. Lockett has also received a rating of "AV Preeminent" 5.0 of 5, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell peer review. Lee Lockett has lectured other local attorneys in the area of DUI Defense and is also a regular guest speaker at UNF on criminal law related topics. He has also been asked to appear on several nationally syndicated television shows which have showcased his representation of a local girl and her family.

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