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My Talent Exceeds My Beauty

About Me

I grew up Vero Beach, Florida

I grew up in Foster Care in the lovely city of Vero. I'm not only a big fan of the city but of the Atlantic as well. I'm a small town girl at heart, and I blame Vero. I graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1999, after attending many of the local schools. I worked at Toojays Restaurant during high school and after graduating. After leaving Toojays, I became a licensed security officer and that is how I worked my way through college. I obtained my first two degrees from Indian River Community College, which is now Indian River State College. I'll never forget the nights that I worked math problems as I listened to the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean, it was during that time period of my life that I fell in love with the Atlantic. 

I attended college in Orlando, Florida

I was born in Orlando and it was nice to return their for my undergraduate studies. I worked full time as a security officer while attending the University of Central Florida. My favorite position as a security officer in Orlando was at Lockheed Martin.  I really enjoyed UCF as well as the off campus dorm that I lived in. I met some awesome people and had great times with them while at work and while not working. I love the pride that Orlando has in the University of Central Florida, I admire that the community is very supportive of the school and its students. I still honored and contributed to UCF while attending the UF Law School by keeping my UCF license plate (I still have it). I'll never forget the weekend that UCF played UF while I was in Gainesville. My favorite area of Orlando is near Alafaya Trail, I love the shopping areas and restaurants in that area. My favorite park is Epcot.

I attended law school Gainesville, Florida

A fellow co-worker in Orlando advised me prior to arriving in Gainesville that once I got there, I'd bleed orange and blue, he was right! I attended UF Law School as we won the back to back championships. Although law school was a challenge, it prepared me for a beautiful legal career. I took my studies seriously and I attribute my diligence while at UF to my success as an attorney. I studied abroad in South Africa while studying abroad, I was advised beforehand by a UCF (&IRCC) alumn that the experience would be life-changing and it was. I have travelled a lot since then because of that experience. My favorite day in South Africa was the day we climbed table mountain and could hear the animals as we raced back down the mountain because it was almost dark. I returned with a picture of me petting a cheetah, they are my favorite animals.

I began my career as an attorney in Bradenton

Public Defender

I began my career as a Public Defender. I am one of the few attorneys I know of who went to law school to become a Public Defender, although many eventually end up there. I really enjoyed representing my clients and my time in county court.


After leaving the Public Defender's Office, I used my spare time to volunteer within the local community. We did things such as an annual backpack give-a-way to golfing with at risk youth. I really enjoyed the days we spent on the golf course with the children, it was rewarding for all of us.

Private Practice

I eventually opened up my own law firm. Although I missed being a Public Defender, private practice brought more challenges within my career because I handled more complicated cases. I was also able to begin mentoring and sharing my life story with some of those whom I mentored. I love encouraging and motivating people.

Criminal Trials

I have great trial skills, one of the things that I asked of God in law school was to win a high profile trial (murder trial) and I did! Most of my trials were solo trials, I have a great grasp of the law and going to trial excites me. Despite what I have endured personally, I believe in the criminal justice system. My personal journey has me grateful that I was an aggressive advocate and ally for my clients.

Criminal Appeals

While at UF, a professor pointed out that most of (and probably all) of the case law we were studying mentioned male attorneys. Of course one of the goals that I achieved was having a case overturned on appeal that made it apparent that the trial attorney was a female. In a different case, I've also been complimented by opposing counsel in an appellate brief. Although I didn't win that particular appeal, I did win the trial that proceeded it.


My experience as a foster child gave me an interest in those who have been adjudicated dependent. While a full time student and employee in Vero Beach, I was a Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer. At UF Law, I interned with the local Guardian Ad Litem Office, that experience allowed me to see all aspects of the dependency system.  As an attorney, I handled dependency cases and enjoyed representing my clients.

Legal Educatoin & Experience


Legal Education    

University of Florida Law School, Gainesville, FL 

Juris Doctorate, May 2008

UF Law Mediation Clinic Gainesville, FL

County Court Mediation Training

Summer 2007

University of Capetown, Capetown, South Africa

UF Law Study Abroad Program

Summer 2006

University of Central Florida, Orlando FL

Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies May 2005

      Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, FL

Associate of Arts Degree, Liberal Arts  August 2003

Associate of Science Degree, Legal Assisting June 2003

Legal Experience      

Law Office of Terra Carroll, Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Solo Criminal Trial, Post-Conviction & Appellate Attorney

April 2011-February 2018

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender, Bradenton, Florida

Assistant Public Defender (Misdemeanors & Appeals)

November 2008 – March 2011

Eighth Judicial Circuit Family Law Intern Gainesville, FL

 Internship (Pro Se Department)

January 2008- May 2008

UF Law Child Welfare Clinic (Guardian ad Litem Program) Gainesville, FL

Certified Attorney Intern

August 2007- December 2007

19th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office

Juvenile Experience

August 2013 - December 2013

Guardian Ad Litem Program, Port St. Lucie, FL

Dependency Experience

October 2002- January 2004


Work History


Law Office of Terra Carroll, Criminal Trial & Appellate Attorney

11161 E. State Road 70 Suite 110-136 Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202

April 2011 – February 2018 (Closed Practice)

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender

1051 Manatee Avenue West 7th Floor Bradenton, Florida 34205

November 2008 – April 2011 (Private Practice)

Borders Bookstore, Cashier

6200 20th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32960

September 2008 – November 2008 (Attorney Position)

Kaplan – PMBR, Bar Preparation Represenative

700 South Fowler Los Angeles, California

September 2006 – May 2008 (Graduated Law School)

UF Law Family Law Externship, Pro Se Family Law Extern

8th Judicial Circuit Family and Civil Justice Center

January 2008 – May 2008 (Graduated Law School)

Levin College of Law Child Welfare Clinic, Certified Legal Intern 

8th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program

105 SE 1st Street Suite 7 Gainesville, FL 32601

August 2007 - December 2007

River City Security Services, Security Officer

3782 Phillips Highway Jacksonville, Florida 32207

April 2004 – August 2005 (Moved to Attend UF)

Public Defender’s Office of Diamond Litty, Paralegal Internship

216 South Second Street Ft. Pierce, Florida 34950

October 2003 – January 2004 (Moved to Attend UCF)

Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program, Child Advocate Volunteer

250 NW Country Club Drive Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34986

October 2002 – January 2004 (Moved to Attend UCF)

Securitas Security Services, Security Officer

610 North U.S. 1, Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34950

March 2001 – January 2004 (Moved to Attend UCF)

The Village of Sea Oaks, Security Guard 

1235 Winding Oaks Circle East Vero Beach, Florida 32960

October 2001 – January 2004 (Moved to Attend UCF)

Compass Security Company, Security Officer

11215 North Nebraska Avenue Tampa, Florida 33612

September 2001 – October 2001

U.S. Security Associates, Security Officer

2550 Palm Bay Road Northeast #113  Palm Bay, Florida 32905

Chico’s,  Stock person

2057 Indian River Blvd Vero Beach, Florida 32960

March 2001 – May 2001 

Security Services of America, Security Officer

1122 Old Dixie Highway Vero Beach, Florida 32960

March 2000 - March 2001

Toojay’s Deli, Dishwasher, Busperson, Cashier

555 21st Street  Vero Beach, 32960

March 1997 – January 2000