Notable Cases

Representative Case

McDonald v. State
Practice Area:
Criminal defense
Date:
Apr 20, 2007
Outcome:
Supreme Court affirmed the sentence
Description:
Argued case in front of Florida Supreme Court dealing with career criminal sentencing issues.
United States v. Ben Johnson
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Oct 29, 2006
Outcome:
Conviction and sentence reversed
Description:
Wrote brief for a client whose conviction and sentence was reversed.
United States v. Levy
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Aug 23, 2005
Outcome:
Certiorari granted
Description:
Successfully appealed the client’s case to the United States Supreme Court through the writ of certiorari
United States v. Serge Eduoard
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Jul 25, 2005
Outcome:
Convicted
Description:
Represented client in complex money laundering case tied in with the investigation of the Aristede Government in Haiti; tried the case to verdict.
United States v. Machado
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Nov 13, 2003
Outcome:
Trial court reversed
Description:
Convinced Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn U.S. District Court intrepretation of Sentencing Guidelines in white-collar theft case.
United States v. Steven Kivett
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Aug 01, 2000
Outcome:
Acquitted
Description:
Client acquitted of immigrant smuggling in a federal jury trial
United States v. Kenneth Williams
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Mar 17, 2000
Outcome:
Convicted
Description:
The represented lead defendant in multi-defendant drug/murder prosecution; tried case to verdict in four-month trial.
United States v. Lowery
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Mar 03, 1999
Outcome:
Trial court reversed
Description:
Interlocutory appeal by Government after I had convinced the trial judge to dismiss bank fraud charges against my client. I later tried the case to a verdict. The United States v. Sheldred Burke, 97-6138-CR-ZLOCH.
State v. Magner
Practice Area:
Criminal defense
Date:
Dec 09, 1998
Outcome:
Suppression order reversed
Description:
Wrote brief in major Fourth Amendment decision in Arizona
Consulate General of Mexico v. Phillips
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
May 01, 1998
Outcome:
Granted standing to contest state case
Description:
Represented Mexican Government in writ of mandamus filed in Federal District Court in effort to prevent death penalty prosecution of Mexican national in Palm Beach County.
United States v. Santos Acevedo
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Jan 01, 1997
Outcome:
Convicted of R.I.C.O. charge
Description:
Represented client in RICO prosecution and tried the case to verdict in a three-week trial
United States v. Beasley
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Sep 23, 1996
Outcome:
Court affirmed conviction
Description:
Represented appellant in an appeal from RICO convictions in infamous “Yahweh” case.
State v. Ronald Smith
Practice Area:
Criminal defense
Date:
Jan 01, 1994
Outcome:
Convicted of murder with no death penalty
Description:
Represented lead defendant in a multi-defendant murder case. Tried case to verdict and death penalty phase–client was eventually sentenced to life in prison
United States v. Dr. Esmildo Machado
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Jan 01, 1994
Outcome:
Case dismissed
Description:
Successfully represented physician client in case involving claims of unlawful provision of controlled substances; after two hung juries, the Government finally dismissed the indictment
Pardo v. State
Practice Area:
Criminal defense
Date:
Jun 13, 1992
Outcome:
Supreme Court affirms
Description:
Represented client in a capital sexual battery case and argued his case in front of the Florida Supreme Court, after the State filed an interlocutory appeal from my successful motion to exclude evidence.
State v. Trent Crowell
Practice Area:
Criminal defense
Date:
Jan 01, 1990
Outcome:
guilty of manslaughter
Description:
Succeeded in convincing jury to reduce first-degree murder to manslaughter
State v. Robert Banks
Practice Area:
Criminal defense
Date:
Apr 12, 1987
Outcome:
Acquitted of Capital Sexual Battery
Description:
Evidence consisted of confession, victim testimony, and blood type matching
State v. Christopher Curtis
Practice Area:
Criminal defense
Date:
Jan 01, 1987
Outcome:
Acquitted of main (attempted murder) charges
Description:
Tried case to verdict in which we raised an insanity defense
State of Florida v. Francisco Cabrera
Practice Area:
White-collar crime
Outcome:
Convicted of marijuana trafficking
Description:
(not available)

Trail Case

TRIAL LIST

  1. State v. Roosevelt Holmes, F00-1 7516A, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Maria Espinosa Dennis, Felony (Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Grand
    Theft), 4-day trial, Guilty as charged (July, 2002), ASA Jeremiah Van
    Hecke & Richard Jacobs
  2. State v. Roscoe Burton, F0 1 -1 1441, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Cecilia Altonaga, Felony (Battery on Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting
    Arrest wlo Violence), 3-day trial, Guilty of Simple Battery & Resisting
    Arrest w/o Violence (June, 2002), ASA Barnaby Min
  3. State v. Peter Van, F00-09722, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge Ellen
    Leesfield, Felony (Aggravated Battery on Law Enforcement Officer, Purchase
    of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Resisting Arrest wNiolence, 4-day trial,
    Court granted JoA on Agg Batt & Poss Coke, while Jury convicted on
    Purchase of Coke & L.1.0. of Resisting w/o Violence (December, 2001 ),
    ASA Jordan Lewin & Stephen lmmasche
  4. State v. Patrick Anglade, 00- 15137 CFl 0A, Broward Circuit Court, Judge
    Joel Lazarus, Felony (Burglary of a Dwelling), 3-day trial, Guilty of Simple
    Trespass (July, 2001 ) , ASA Michael Flynn
  5. State v. Nicolas Quintosa, F98-07779, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Leon Firtel, Felony (Capital Sexual Battery, 4 counts of Lewd & Lascivious
    Behavior), week-long trial, Guilty of Attempted Capital Sexual Battery, and
    3 counts of Lewd & Lascivious Behavior (April, 2001 ), ASA David Shapiro
    & Barthel Quinnelly
  6. State v. Johnny Doer, F99-12796, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge Ellen
    Leesfield, Felony (Burglary of a Dwelling), 3-day trial, Not Guilty
    (September, 2000), ASA Jonna Bowman
  7. United States v. Steven Kivett, 00-6205-CR-HUCK, United States District
    Court, Southern District of Florida, Judge Paul Huck, Felony (Alien
    Smuggling), 4-day trial, Not Guilty (September, 2000), AUSA Jeffrey
    Kaplan
  8. United States v. Sheldred Burke, 97-6138-CR-ZLOCH, United States
    .::J! District Court, Southern District of Florida, Judge William J. Zloch, Felony
    ,,. , ife ;9,,1 (Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud & Bank Fraud), week-long trial, Guilty
    / ~~~ as charged (July, 2000), AUSA Larry Bardfeld
    State v. Hector Huesca, 99-43145, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Ronald Dresnick, Felony (Aggravated Assault with a Firearm), 3-day trial,
    Not Guilty (August, 2000), ASA Ramon Javier
    State v. Frankie LaFontant, F96-24856, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Ronald Dresnick, Felony (Possession of. Firearm by Convicted Felon &
    Obstruction of Justice), tried with Martin Roth as co-counsel, 3-day trial
    Not Guilty on Felony & Guilty on Misdemeanor (August, 2000), ASA
    Christopher Lagos
    State v. Johnnie Ravon, F98-39481, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge Leon
    Firtel, Felony (Aggravated Battery, 3 counts of Attempted Armed Robbery,
    4 counts of Armed Kidnapping, 3 counts of Armed Burglary), week-long
    trial, Guilty on Aggravated Battery, one count of Attempted Armed
    Robbery, one count of Armed Kidnapping, and one count of Armed
    Burglary, with remaining counts JoA’d by court (July, 2000), ASA Frank
    Schwartz & Michael Mirer
    United States v. Pedro Lopez, 00-0274-CR-MIDDLEBROOKS, United
    States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Judge Donald
    Middlebrooks, Felony (Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute), 4-
    day trial, Guilty (June, 2000), ALISA Troy Ferguson
    United States v. Kenneth Williams, 99-0125-CR-MOORE, United States
    District Court, Southern District of Florida, Judge K. Michael Moore, Felony
    (CCE, two drug conspiracies, four counts of possession w/intent to
    distribute, firearm conspiracy), 8 week trial, Guilty of most counts (March,
    2000), ALISA Chris Clark & Stacy Levine
    State v. Michael Braggs, F97-25239B, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Marilyn Milian, Felony (Armed Robbery & Attempted Felony Murder),
    week-long trial, Not Guilty (April, 1999), ASA Marjo Lexa
    State v. Lamont Monds, F90-11446A, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Martin Kahn, Felony ( 1 degree murder & use off/a during felony), 4-day
    trial, Guilty ( October, 1997), ASA Bill Howell
    United States v. Santos Acevedo, 96-6020-CR-ZLOCH, United States
    District Court, Southern District of Florida, Judge William J. Zloch
    (R.I.C.O., 2 counts of armed robbery, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit
    armed robbery, & 2 counts of use of firearm during felony), 6 week trial,
    Guilty (December, 1996), ALISA Barry Sabin
  9. Statev. Ian Tulloch, F91-18345, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge Amy
    Dean (2 counts of armed robbery, 2 counts of armed kidnapping, armed
    b&e, & carrying a concealed firearm), week-long trial, Not Guilty
    (November, 1995), ASA David Gilbert
  10. United States v. Esmlldo Machado, 93-0200-CR-NESBITT, United States
    District Court, Southern District of Florida, Judge Lenore Nesbitt (26
    Counts of Dispensing Medication wino medical reason), week-long trial,
    Dismissed by government (May, 1994), ALISA Lois Foster-Steers
  11. State v. Ronald Smith, F91-005033A, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Michael Chavies ( 1 degree capital murder, etc.), tried w/Diane Ward as cocounsel
    month-long trial, Guilty/Sentenced to Death (February, 1994) [set
    aside on appeal-Sm/th v. State, 699 So. 2d 629 (Fla. 1997)], ASA
    Abraham Laeser & Anne Lyons
  12. State v. Ramon Hernandez, 92-02198 CF1 OB, Broward Circuit Court,
    Judge Richard Eade (Trafficking in Cocaine), 4-day trial, Not Guilty
    (November, 1992), ASA Barbara Tipton
  13. State v. Curtis Dukes, F88-27684, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge Stanley
    Goldstein (Capital Sexual Battery), tried w/Greg Samms as co-counsel, 4-day
    trial, Guilty of Attempt (December, 1990), ASA Beth Sreenan
  14. State v. Steven Kivett, F87-33691, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge Juan
    Ramirez (2 degree murder, Tampering w/Evidence), week-long trial, Guilty
    of Manslaughter (June, 1990), ASA Abigail Price & Ruth Solly
  15. State v. Trent Crowell, F88-31459, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Ursula Ungaro-Benages (1 degree murder), tried w/Greg Samms as cocounsel,
    week-long trial, Guilty of Manslaughter (October, 1989), ASA
    Cathy Vogel
  16. State v. Christopher Cwtls, F85-27570, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Steven Robinson (Attempted Murder, etc.), tried w/Steven Potolsky as cocounsel,
    week-long trial, Guilty of L.1.O. (November, 1986 ), ASA
    Jacqueline Hogan-Scola
  17. State v. Robe1t Banks, F85-01081, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Arthur Maginnis (Capital Sexual Battery), tried w/Stephen Weinbamn as cocounsel,
    week-long trial, Not Guilty (April, 1986 ), ASA Rita Cohan
    ..
  18. State v. Omar Cepero, FSS-00630, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Steven Robinson (Possession of F/A by Convicted Felon), 3-day trial, Not
    Guilty (March, 1985), ASA Bill McGee