New York University School Of Law
For 35 years, I have practiced criminal defense law in the state and federal courts of Florida. My main goal in taking a criminal case is either to get the case dismissed or to resolve the case so my client suffers no permanent stigma from the experience
Some of my most rewarding cases are those in which I am able to clean a past blotch off of someone’s background and help them move forward with their life. To me, this is what providing professional legal services is all about. I read somewhere that the three most traditional professions are medicine, the ministry, and the law. My grandfather was a doctor, by father a Presbyterian minister, and me an attorney, so I hope I'm carrying on a family tradition.
As the father of a twelve year-old daughter, I know how important education is in today’s world and have tried to help others by contributing to scholarship funds and other learning-bases charities. I am a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Friends Service Committee. Over the years, I have won awards from the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office for assisting in its pro bono defense program and the Consulate General of Mexico for hosting and moderating a seminar entitled, “Death Penalty Practice in the United States and Florida Under International Conventions and Treaties.” I also moderated a Judicial Panel discussion in December, 2011, sponsored by the National Business Institute—“What Criminal Court Judges Want You to Know.”
I was born in North Dakota and lived in three states before graduating cum laude from the University of Illinois in 1979. I began practicing law after passing the Florida Bar Exam in 1982. That same year, I graduated from New York University School of Law and moved down to Florida to take a job with the Miami-Dade County Public Defenders Office. I worked at the PD Office for six years before going into private practice where I have been ever since. My practice is almost exclusively criminal defense representation at the investigative, trial, appellate, and post-conviction levels.
I have been practicing criminal law since 1982, when I began my career as an Assistant Public Defender in Miami, Florida. During that time, I have represented close to 2500 clients and have done over 150 jury trials and written over 500 appellate briefs. In 2003, the Florida Bar certified me as a criminal trial specialist. In 2007, James Publishing released my book, Florida Criminal Trial Procedure. I enjoy what I do and look forward to speaking to you about your criminal issues.