Member of the Bar: State of Florida, 1982
Clayton R. Kaeiser, P.A.
Public Defenders Office
8/1982 - 8/1988
I have handled trial and appellate cases in 44 of Florida’s 67 counties, all five state appellate courts, and the Florida Supreme Court. I have also represented clients in all three Florida Federal District Courts, four Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court, and ten other states. As of June, 2017, I have tried 162 trial-level cases to verdict and written over 500 appellate court briefs. In August, 2003, I received board certification from the Florida Bar as a specialist in Criminal Trial Law. In addition, I have an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell dating back to 2002, have received a 10 (perfect) rating from AVVO, and a Super Lawyer rating from SuperLawyers.com since 2007. In 2007, James Publishing released my book, “Florida Criminal Trial Procedure,” which was a legal treatise targeted at practitioners.
In the last 35 years, I have represented people charges with crimes ranging from horse theft to first-degree murder. In federal court, my clients have included defendants accused of money laundering, medicare fraud, mortgage fraud, bank fraud, immigration smuggling, RICO (racketeering) violations, and public corruption. I have also represented numerous people subpoenaed to testify in front of federal grand juries. In one of my more interesting cases, I represented the Consulate General of Mexico in a federal mandamus proceeding in which we were attempting to intervene in a death penalty case being heard by a state Circuit Court judge in Palm Beach County.
My advocacy also involves representing defendants on direct appeal and in post-conviction proceedings. I have argued in front of the Florida Supreme Court, the Federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, and all of the Florida state appellate courts. Over the years, I have secured many appellate reversals for my clients and been involved in numerous published opinions. In 2005, I succeeded in having my client’s sentence overturned by the United States Supreme Court. Some of my representative appellate cases are the following--Levy v. United States, 545 U.S. 1101, 125 S.Ct. 2542, 162 L.Ed.2d 272 (2005); Pardo v. State, 596 So. 2d 665 (Fla. 1992); United States v. Machado, 333 F.3d 1225 (11th Cir. 2003); Consulate General of Mexico v. Phillips, 17 F.Supp.2d 1318 (S.D. Fla. 1998); Hernandez v. State, 186 So. 3d 1103 (Fla. 3d 2016); Masaka v. State, 4 So. 3d 1274 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009). During the last 15 years, I have filed numerous post-conviction motions and have succeeded in having many convictions and sentences set aside. Some of my cases have received attention in the local and national media, and I have been quote in the New York Times and appeared on the Today show.