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George Euripedes Tragos (born in Chicago, Illinois on July 15, 1949) is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury attorney located in Clearwater, Florida. He has participated in a number of cases that have received national attention; these include the Terri Schiavo case, a civil suit against Nick Hogan, and the Stephen Coffeen case in which he successfully argued what has been dubbed the "Red Bull defense". He is senior partner in the Law Firm of Tragos and Sartes, PA.

Notable Cases

  • Terri Schiavo: The Terri Schiavo case, 1990 to 2005, revolved around a dispute over prolonged life support. Michael Schiavo, the husband of Teresa Marie "Terri" Schiavo, wanted to terminate life support for her after doctors diagnosed her as being in a persistent vegetative state. Terri's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, argued that she was still conscious. On March 29, 2004 the Schindlers were accused of abusing their daughter. George Felos, attorney for Michael Schiavo, alleged that puncture wounds and scratches were found on Terri's arm after a visit by her parents, who were banned from visiting her. George Tragos defended the Schindlers in a hearing to have their visitation rights restored. Police found the charges against the parents to be unsubstantiated.[1]
  • Nick Hogan: Hogan, the son of semi-retired professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, was the driver in a car accident in which he crashed into a tree as result of drunk driving and racing, on August 26, 2007. John Graziano, a passenger in the car, received serious brain injuries and is expected to require 24-hour-a-day care for the rest of his life. Tragos represented the family of Graziano in a civil lawsuit that resulted in a non-disclosed settlement to be used for providing Graziano with medical care.[2]
  • Kayode Sotonwa: Sotonwa, a doctor referred to low-income patients by the Pinellas County Health and Human Services Department, was accused of sexually assaulting one patient, improperly touching the breast of a second and striking a third too hard on the knee with a reflex mallet. George Tragos defended Sotonwa, who was acquitted of all charges.[3][4]
  • Stephen Coffeen (The "Red Bull Defense"): In 2009, Stephen Coffeen smothered his 83-year-old father with a pillow. Five psychiatrists testified that Stephen Coffeen had become temporarily psychotic after not sleeping and drinking the caffeinated energy drink Red Bull. Coffeen was acquitted by reason of insanity in July 2011.[5][6]
  • Arunya Rouch: Arunya Rouch was an employee at a Publix supermarket. On March 30, 2010, Rouch was fired for threatening her co-worker, Greg Janowski. She returned hours later, killed Janowski, and went inside to kill her managers. She was stopped in a police shoot-out. George Tragos represented her in a plea of insanity, stating that she "wanted to die. She wanted to commit suicide by cop". Rouch was found guilty of premeditated murder and given life imprisonment.[7]

Earlier career

Certifications, Ratings and Credentials

  • Florida Bar Board Certified — Criminal Trial
  • Admitted: District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th and 11th Circuits
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2013
  • Avvo Rating 10[9]
  • Martindale Rating AV Preeminent[10]
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