Firm Overview


Things happen. Sometimes things don't work out as we planned. Sometimes accidents occur. Sometimes people make mistakes. And sometimes life leads you in a direction where you need an attorney.

We're here to help.

Canan Law is a St. Augustine-based firm of attorneys who care about you and your future. Our attorneys have served St. Augustine for more than 27 years, and we know the subtleties of Florida law and the St. Augustine judicial culture. We're aggressive trial attorneys. Experienced malpractice attorneys. Strategic criminal attorneys.

Here's how we can help you today: In matters of car accidents, personal injury, DUI and family law, St. Augustine's Canan Law attorneys will help you clarify your goals and navigate the often confusing maze of laws and liabilities. When your attorney sees a need for expert witnesses to prove your case as in medical malpractice, product liability, divorce or a complicated criminal defense, we know who to go to in St. Augustine and beyond.

Choose your attorney with care. If you are in St. Augustine, St. Johns County or anywhere in Florida, you can count on the Attorneys of Canan Law. Most initial attorney consultations are free. Contact the Attorneys at Canan Law in St. Augustine for an evaluation of any Florida law matter.

Main Office

Main Office
1030 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.
St. Augustine FL 32084



Criminal Defense


Canan Law attorneys defend persons accused of criminal offenses in St. Johns, Putnam, Clay and Flagler Counties. Canan Law includes several former state prosecutors who have the trial experience and expertise to defend criminal allegations of all types including assault, battery, homicide, kidnapping, sex offenses, drug offenses (trafficking, sale, possession), robbery, theft, worthless checks, burglary, arson, and traffic offenses (DUI, license suspensions). No matter how minor the charge may seem, you should be represented by knowledgeable, competent counsel, who can work through the criminal justice system, give you zealous representation, and minimize the impact of the proceedings on your life. If you have been accused of a crime, or if you know someone who has been accused of a crime, do not delay in contacting Canan Law regarding your criminal defense.

Criminal Defense - An Overview

Criminal law is the body of law that relates to so-called "public wrongs." Criminal law does not concern itself with disputes between individuals but rather to offenses against the public order. The federal government, along with cities and states, define and prosecute people who commit crimes that range from minor traffic violations to serious, violent offenses, like rape or murder. People who are charged with a crime are called defendants, and they are represented by criminal defense attorneys. The governmental body that pursues the charges against the defendant is represented by a lawyer called a prosecutor. Serious crimes are called felonies. More minor offenses are called misdemeanors. If you find yourself charged with either type of crime, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Canan Law, to protect your rights now and in the future.

The Defense Process

Every lawyer involved in the criminal justice system must adhere to a complex set of rules of procedure to ensure a fair trial. The rules apply to both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys. This complicated procedure means that the criminal justice system is best dealt with by an experienced criminal defense attorney. A defense attorney should get involved in a case at the earliest stages, even before interrogation, if possible. The arresting officers have the obligation to inform the person in custody that he or she has the right to an attorney and the right to have an attorney appointed if he or she does not have the resources to pay for an attorney. Most of us are familiar with these warnings - called "Miranda" warnings, after the name of the US Supreme Court case that first required the warnings. Crimes committed by children are handled by a separate criminal justice system, known as the juvenile justice system. Juvenile courts typically have less formal procedures and a less formal manner of adjudicating cases.

Crimes May be Either Misdemeanors or Felonies

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, some crimes may be considered either felonies or misdemeanors. Serious felonies, for example, assault or sexual abuse, often refer to conduct that could be a misdemeanor. If an assault causes severe bodily injury, for example, it is often regarded as a felony. Simple assault that causes no lasting injury, however, is a misdemeanor. Similarly, while drug offenses usually are felonies, possession of a small amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Florida. Less serious offenses, such as traffic violations, are often prosecuted as misdemeanors, even though they may be felonies in some circumstances, or the most minor type of crime, infractions, in others. A traffic violation usually is an infraction if there was no collision, no one was hurt, and no property was damaged. The violation becomes a misdemeanor or a felony if someone is injured or there was destruction of property.

What to Do if You Are Falsely Accused of a Crime

Believe it or not, many people who are convicted of a crime and end up in prison were falsely accused. Although the American criminal justice system works in most cases, not all juries get things right and the consequences can be tragic. An innocent person pays the price for something he or she did not do, while the guilty party roams free. A defense lawyer at our firm can help you to navigate through the complex criminal law procedures.

Medical Malpractice


All healthcare professionals owe a higher duty of skill towards you as a patient because of the lengthy and dedicated training they go through. When they fail in their duties, a medical malpractice claim may arise.

At Canan Law, our attorneys provide aggressive legal representation for clients who need an experienced medical malpractice attorney in St. Johns County or anywhere in Northeast Florida.

If you suffer a medical malpractice injury in St. Johns County, you are protected by Florida laws that give you the right to file a medical malpractice claim. Most commonly in medical malpractice cases in St. Johns County, your Canan Law attorney may sue for the recovery of monetary damages on your behalf.

Medical malpractice cases require extensive investigation and understanding of the medical area involved. Because of the highly technical nature of medical malpractice cases, your Canan Law attorney will focus on discovering the details that explain how the injury or disease was due to medical malpractice or negligence. Among the types of compensatory damages you may recover in a medical malpractice case are: reasonable medical expenses, loss of earnings capacity, and pain and suffering. Both present and future expected losses are included in the total awarded. Though no amount of money can completely compensate someone for the injuries and losses resulting from medical malpractice, the damages awarded in a malpractice injury case are an attempt to restore an injured party to the way they were before the injury occurred.

Canan Law attorneys have experience in all types of medical malpractice cases and work with a network of medical experts. Thankfully over 90% of medical malpractice cases do not have to go to trial because they can be settled through negotiation and mediation prior to the trial date. Patrick Canan's knowledge and acquired skills in the field of settlement negotiation, coupled with an aggressive approach to trial practice are an excellent combination for achieving optimal outcomes to both litigated and non-litigated medical malpractice disputes. If you are not sure if you have a medical malpractice case, please fill out our questionnaire or contact Canan Law and an experienced medical malpractice attorney will discuss your case with you.

Personal Injury


At Canan Law, our attorneys provide aggressive legal representation for clients who need an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Johns County or anywhere in Northeast Florida.

If you suffer a personal injury in St. Johns County, you are protected by tort law that gives people who are injured in an accident, through no fault of their own, the opportunities to file a claim for damages and to deter others from committing the same harms. Most commonly, if you suffer a personal injury in St. Johns County, your Canan Law personal injury attorney may sue for the recovery of monetary damages on your behalf.

A personal injury due to the fault of another person (intentional or not) can vary greatly in severity, from hardly noticeable or only minor discomfort to severe, and life-changing injuries or even death. In cases of severe personal injury, your attorney may attempt to gain an order from the St. Johns County circuit court which prevents the conduct that caused your personal injury from continuing.

Most areas of personal injury law are complicated and require extensive investigation and expert testimony, so it is imperative to have a thorough and competent attorney, well-versed in personal injury law, to represent your interests.

What do truck accidents, boating accidents, motorcycle and motocross accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, defective drugs, products liability, dram shop or liquor liability, premises security liability and construction site injuries all have in common? Canan Law attorneys have handled cases in all of these areas of personal injury law in addition to wrongful death, drunk driving or other automobile accidents and recovered compensation for the victims of negligence.

For more information on how Canan Law handles a variety of personal injury claims for clients located in St. Johns County and Northeast Florida, including those arising out of Medical Malpractice, Car Accidents, Product Liability, and Wrongful Death, please contact the attorneys of Canan Law.

Patrick T. Canan

Canan Law

CANAN LAW was founded by attorney Patrick T. Canan. As the former Chief Prosecutor of St. Johns County, Patrick is now one of the area's foremost trial lawyers. Patrick earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida in 1981.

Law Profession affiliations include:

-The Florida Bar Admitted in 1983
-U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
-Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Atlanta, Georgia
-Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
-St. Johns County Bar Association President 2000
-Circuit Court Mediator Certified by Florida Supreme Court in 2002


University of Florida

Andrew Morgan

Canan Law

Former Assistant State Attorney turned Criminal Defense and Family Law attorney with the law office of CANAN LAW. While with the State Attorney's Office Andrew was a lead trial attorney prosecuting life, first, second and third degree felonies. Prior to law school Andrew obtained his Masters in Business Administration from Winthrop University.

Law Profession affiliations include:

-Assistant State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit (St.Johns, Putnam, Flagler and Volusia counties)
-Assistant Director of the Republican National Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C.
-Law Clerk to the Honorable Gary P. Flower, 4th Judicial Circuit
-Putnam County Bar - President 2006
-Juvenile Justice Coalition - Vice President 2005


Florida Coastal School of Law

Julie K. Kurtz

Canan Law

Julie K. Kurtz joined Canan Law in 2008 after earning her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law, cum laude. Julie is a former Law Clerk Intern to United States Magistrate Judge Thomas E. Morris. Her practice focuses on civil litigation and medical malpractice.

Law Profession affiliations include:

-Law Review Staff Editor, Florida Coastal School of Law
-Author, A New Beginning: How Bush v. Holmes Can Improve Public Education in Florida,
... 8 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 163 (Summer 2007).
-Law Clerk Intern to the Honorable Thomas E. Morris, United States Magistrate Judge, Jacksonville, Florida


Florida Coastal School of Law

Hunter Conrad

Canan Law

Canan Law is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney, Hunter S. Conrad. Hunter joins the firm from the 7th Circuit of the State Attorney's Office. At Canan Law, Hunter provides legal guidance on a full spectrum of cases including criminal, family, civil and personal injury law.

Hunter S. Conrad received his degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. Prior to attending law school Hunter received his accounting degree from North Greenville University and is a 2004 graduate of Pedro Menendez High School. Hunter is a member of the Florida Bar Association, St. Johns County Bar Association, and Putnam County Bar Association.

Daniel K. Hilbert

Canan Law

Daniel began private practice in 2010 after a successful career as a prosecutor in Florida's 4th and 7th judicial Circuits. At Canan Law, Daniel provides legal guidance on a full spectrum of cases including Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, Non-Compete issues, and disputes relating to property, contracts and family law matters.

Mr. Hilbert graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2006. In law school, Mr. Hilbert was a member of the Mock Trial Team and was awarded Best Advocate. Mr. Hilbert graduated in the top twenty-percent (20%) of his class and earned the Humanitarian Award at graduation. As an Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Hilbert tried over 30 trials to completion including Armed Robbery, Attempted Murder and Trafficking in Hydrocodone and Cocaine. In the Summer of 2013, Mr. Hilbert also began teaching litigation at Florida State College at Jacksonville as an Adjunct Professor.


. Florida Coastal School of Law, 2006
. Dean's List (2004, 2005)
. Dean's Scholar (2005, 2006)
. Westminster College, 2003

Professional Association and Memberships

. Adjunct Professor, Florida State College at Jacksonville
. Saint Johns County Bar Association (2013, Treasurer)
. Putnam County Bar Association
. Saint Augustine Sports Club (2013, President)
. Rotary Club of Saint Augustine

Court Admissions

. All Courts of Florida, 2007
. U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2010

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