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Joseph Alexander Lao, Esq.

Joseph Alexander Lao, known as "Alex" by his peers, was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He received his bachelor's of science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Northern Illinois University. He graduated college with honors in December 1995, merely two and a half years after graduating high school.

Alex graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1999. He began his career with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office in 1999 where he served for six years as a prosecutor and was ultimately lead trial attorney. He handled thousands of criminal cases. He tried thirty-four jury trials as lead counsel ranging from Robbery with a firearm to Violent Career Criminals, and second chaired many other jury trials

From 2005 to 2014, he worked as a trial attorney for a local law firm, and was a named partner in the firm for the last couple years. While at the firm, he tried twenty-two jury trials over those nine years. He served as lead attorney in twenty-one of those trials. Alex has successfully conducted jury trials in claims regarding wrongful death to serious bodily injury. He has also handled several cases involving traumatic brain injuries. Alex created Lao Law Firm, P.A. to continue serving the people of Florida in both criminal and civil cases. He is recognized by the Florida Bar as being board certified in civil trial law.

Raquel Y. Reyes-Lao, Esq.

Raquel is the Managing Trial Attorney for the Tampa office of Lao Law Firm. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she is also a long time Florida resident. She attended Hernando High School, graduating valedictorian in 2001. She was very involved as co-captain of the women's varsity soccer team and placed first in the Florida State Track and Field Championship in discus.

She earned an academic scholarship to Florida State University. After three years, she earned bachelor's degrees in both finance and real estate in 2004. Thereafter, she attended St. Thomas University School of Law and earned her J.D. in 2007. She has been representing individuals in personal injury cases her entire career as an attorney. She has worked in a major law firm in Miami for the past decade and recently joined Lao Law Firm.

Erika Firestine

Erika was born and raised in Tampa, FL. She plans on attending law school. She is a football fanatic and avid Disney passholder. She works on the litigation files for the firm.

Kristin H. Lao, MD

Kristin Lao, M.D. is a family physician who trained at the University of South Florida Medical School and USF Morton Plant Mease Family Practice Residency. She attended college at the University of Florida.

Kristin reviews medical records for the law firm and prepares medical chronologies and discovery. Kristin is also very active in her community. She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling whenever possible. Kristin and Alex Lao have been married since 2004.