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Philip J. Bonamo
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  • Marital & Family Law Specialist
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Philip J. Bonamo
Meet Philip J. Bonamo

Mr. Bonamo has been a licensed attorney with the Florida Bar for 27 years. He is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He is Partner at the Rice Law Firm, located in Daytona Beach, Florida. His practice areas are concentrated to Marital & Family Law and Criminal Defense. Mr. Bonamo is considered a Specialist in the area of Marital & Family Law, and he has been a Board Certified Attorney by the Florida Bar in the area of Criminal Trial Law for 22 years.

Mr. Bonamo received his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Bonamo was extensively involved in Stetson's trial practice and clinic programs. Prior to attending Stetson University, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from the University of Florida.

Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Bonamo was a prosecutor for a total of nine years, having worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida, and was also an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida. Mr. Bonamo handled and tried all types of criminal matters, including homicides, career criminal prosecution and complex white-collar / fraud cases. He served as a Supervising Attorney in the Felony Trial Division for several years. While a state prosecutor, he was also an Adjunct Professor at Daytona Beach Community College teaching in the areas of criminal and constitutional law.


Mr. Bonamo is the elected Board of Governor Representative to The Florida Bar for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida, serving currently on the Board of Governor’s Rules Committee, Disciplinary Procedural Rules Committee, and the Disciplinary Review Committee. Mr. Bonamo is an "Advisor" attorney for the Florida Bar's Lawyers Advising Lawyers Program (LAL). Mr. Bonamo previously served as a mentor for law school students in Florida through The Florida Bar's E Mentor Program. He is a former board member and officer for the Volusia County Bar Association and is a prior President of the Volusia County Bar Association. Mr. Bonamo is a former Board of Director for the Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation, and as well is a former member of Board of Directors for the SE Volusia County Chamber of Commerce.

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Florida On Track for More Parental Rights to Unwed Fathers
We are in the midst of the 2023 legislative session, and both the Florida House and the Florida Senate are working on a variety of new proposed legislation in Tallahassee. One such proposed law change would give fathers, whose child or children are born out of wedlock, one step closer to gaining equal parental rights. Read More
Times Are a Changin’, Part I
The Florida Legislature is in full swing for the 2023 Legislative Session in Tallahassee, Florida,  and the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee is already active with 39 bills pending action before the committee.  Some of the key bills to keep an eye on this session are the following: Read More
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