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Attorney Resume

Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

  • Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Law, 2001through July 2006
  • Less than 1% of all Florida lawyers have achieved such a rating
  • Attorneys are not permitted to use “Specialist” designation unless Board Certified
  • “Specialist” is highest level of recognition given by The Florida Bar
  • Designation awarded for a special demonstration of “competency, skill and experience”
  • Passed a 7 hour written examination on all aspects of state and federal criminal law
  • Judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys provided favorable reviews


Ties to Tampa & Legal Community

  • Third Generation Tampa Native
  • Practicing Law in Tampa Courthouse on daily basis for 13 years
  • Practiced before every sitting Hillsborough County Criminal Court Judge
  • Co-Prosecuted with attorneys who are now Hillsborough Criminal Court Judges
  • Excellent reputation and well respected throughout courthouse
  • Jesuit High School graduate; Parishioner Nativity Church


Former Prosecuting Attorney for Hillsborough County

  • Career Criminal Prosecutor - Senior Trial Attorney - Felony Division
  • Five years experience as an Assistant State Attorney
  • Handled thousands of cases as a Prosecuting Attorney
  • Learned the methods, attitudes and practices of law enforcement officers
  • Leaned the methods, hierarchy, and influences of the State Attorney’s Office
  • Prosecuted Bank Robbery and Homicides
  • Prosecuted dozens of Drug Trafficking and Racketeering cases
  • Prosecuted hundreds of Possession of Cocaine, Marijuana, MDMA, Meth.
  • Prosecuted hundreds of Weapons Possession, Thefts, Resisting Arrest
  • Prosecuted hundreds of Motions, Violations of Probation, Bond Reductions
  • Prosecuted hundreds of DUI cases; approved cases for reduction of charges
  • Prosecuted hundreds of Batteries (aggravated, on officers, domestic violence)


Thirteen Years of Criminal Law Experience

  • Practiced all aspects of criminal law for 13 years
  • Well-Respected by Judges and Prosecutors as a former prosecutor and defense attorney
  • Hired by hundreds of clients seeking to have charges reduced, dismissed or not prosecuted
  • Defended all types of Drug Charges: Trafficking, Delivery, Poss with Intent to Sell
  • Defended all types of Theft /Fraud: White Collar, Org. Fraud, Racketeering, Grand Theft
  • Defended all types of Sexual Offenses: Lewd & Lascivious, Sex Batt., Pornography
  • Defended all types of Driving Under the Influence: Felony and Misdemeanor
  • Defended all types of Weapons Charges: Felon in Possession, Concealed, 10-20-LIFE
  • Defended all types of Traffic: suspended license, leaving scene, vehicular homicide
  • Defended all types of Battery: great bodily harm, deadly weapon, domestic violence
  • Defended all varieties of juvenile, traffic, misdemeanors and felonies
  • Filed hundreds of Motions: ROR / Bond, Modify / Terminate Probation
  • Motions to Dismiss, Motions to Suppress Evidence
  • Motions to Seal / Erase / Expunge arrest, internet and court records
  • Often file extensive memorandum of law with detailed legal argument & case citations


Extensive Trial Experience

  • Tried over 500 Trials including nearly 100 Jury Trials
  • Tried Serious Felony Jury Trials on: Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Robbery Firearm
  • Tried Serious Felony Jury Trials on: Drug Trafficking, Armed Burglary, Firearms
  • Tried Felony Jury Trials on: Possession of Cocaine, Grand Theft, Suspended License
  • Tried Felony Jury Trials on: Battery on an Officer, Resisting with Violence
  • Tried dozens of Jury Trials in county court on DUI cases


Recognized for Outstanding Trial Skills

  • Awarded University of Florida Law School Scholarship for outstanding trial skills
  • Selected as a member of the Florida Gator’s Trial Competition Team


Asset Forfeiture / Property Seizure

State Court Experience:

  • Successfully challenged numerous police seizures
  • Seeking recovery of vehicles and U.S. Currency in both trial and appellate court
  • See, In re Forfeiture of $55,045.00, 809 So. 2d 105 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002)
  • See, In re Forfeiture of $55,045.00, 753 So. 2d 735 (Fla. 2d DCA 2000)

Federal Court Experience:

  • Successfully represented corporation in claim to multi-million dollar real estate holding


Appeals (Criminal, Forfeiture & Police Abuse)

  • Represented numerous individuals on appeal in Second District Court of Appeal
  • Referred clients by other attorney’s after unsuccessful trial / prison sentence
  • Unlawful Sentences, Improper Procedures, Improper Admission of Evidence
  • Violation of Constitutional Rights causing reversed sentences and new trials
  • Numerous Published Court Decisions including but not limited to:
    • Bogdanowicz v. State, 744 So. 2d 1155 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999)
    • Seymour v. State, 738 So. 2d 984 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999)
    • Landreth v. State, 739 So. 2d 1198 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999)
    • Ross v. State, 779 So. 2d 300 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999)
    • Stuart v. State, 771 So. 2d 1192 (Fla. 2d DCA 2000)
    • Curtis v. Sheriff Cal Henderson, 777 So. 2d 1017 (Fla. 2d DCA 2000)


Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with Honors, University of Florida, 1988
  • Juris Doctor Degree from highly rated University of Florida Law School, 1992
  • Passed the Bar Exam on the first attempt
  • Admitted to practice 1993: Florida Supreme Court & Federal District Court

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