John P. Guidry, II
John P. Guidry II, Esquire, practices criminal defense in Orlando, and he has been defending criminal cases since his admission to the Florida Bar in 1993. He earned his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law in 1993 with his Juris Doctor (with Honors), an MBA (Masters of Business Administration), and his Bachelor's Degree focused on Accounting.
Mr. Guidry began his criminal defense career at the Orange County Public Defender's Office in 1993, under the wonderful supervision of then elect Public Defender Joseph DuRocher (in my opinion, the best public defender, ever). In 2001, Mr. Guidry left his position as a Felony Division Chief with that office to begin his private practice in downtown Orlando, right next to the Orange County Courthouse (where his office remains to this day).
He has defended thousands of citizens arrested on a wide range of criminal matters, including winning jury trials on serious crimes that are Punishable By Life, Capital Sexual Battery, all types of felony, misdemeanor, and traffic allegations (Yes, my web people want me to list more crimes that I defend, and while I won't give in to listing everything as that would be a pretty boring read, let me give in slightly and mention that I defend quite a few drug possession charges, including trafficking, plus driving offenses like driving on a suspended license and DUI. Also let's not forget that we do plenty of sealing and expunging of criminal records).
As I've probably mentioned a thousand times, I really hate biographies. Yes, this page is on the verge of being just that. In that spirit, let me mention that I practiced entertainment law in addition to criminal law for several years. More specifically, Music Law. But, these days 100% percent of my practice is criminal defense.
Criminal law and music law are more closely related than one might think (those in the music business know this to be true). While in college, I was also a DJ for my college station, KSLU. At that time, I was playing in bands and started recording local bands in my basement (it was St. Louis, they have basements there). Eventually, I opened up a commercial recording studio called Upstart Music Productions (U.M.P.), an Orlando recording facility founded in 1998. It just made sense to practice music law in order to help the artists coming through the recording studio. In 2009, U.M.P. was sold to a record label, but John retained a mastering facility until 2013, mixing and mastering albums for artists throughout Florida.
J.D., St. Louis University, 1993
Honors: Cum Laude
M.B.A., St. Louis University, 1993
B. S., St. Louis University, 1990
Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: DJ at college radio station KSLU