Notable Cases

McDonald v. State
Practice Area:
Criminal defense
Date:
Apr 20, 2007
Outcome:
Supreme Court affirmed 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 client whose conviction and sentence were reversed.

United States v. Levy
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Aug 23, 2005
Outcome:
Certiorari granted
Description:
Successfully appealed client’s case to United States Supreme Court through 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 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 federal jury trial

United States v. Kenneth Williams
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Mar 17, 2000
Outcome:
Convicted
Description:
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. 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 case to verdict in three week trial

United States v. Beasley
Practice Area:
Federal crime
Date:
Sep 23, 1996
Outcome:
Court affirmed conviction
Description:
Represented appellant in 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 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 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:
Suceeded 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 insanity defense

Trial Cases

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 w/violence, 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
    District Court, Southern District of Florida, Judge William J. Zloch, Felony
    life (Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud & Bank Fraud), week-long trial, Guilty
    as charged (July 2000), AUSA Larry Bardfeld
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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 a firearm during felony), 6 week trial,
    Guilty (December 1996), ALISA Barry Sabin
  17. 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
  18. 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 the government (May 1994), ALISA Lois Foster-Steers
  19. 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-Smith v. State, 699 So. 2d 629 (Fla. 1997)], ASA
    Abraham Laeser & Anne Lyons
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. State v. Trent Crowell, F88-31459, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Ursula Ungaro-Benages (1 degree murder), tried w/Greg Samms as co-counsel,
    week-long trial, Guilty of Manslaughter (October 1989), ASA
    Cathy Vogel
  24. State v. Christopher Cwtls, F85-27570, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Steven Robinson (Attempted Murder, etc.), tried w/Steven Potolsky as co-counsel,
    week-long trial, Guilty of L.1.O. (November 1986 ), ASA
    Jacqueline Hogan-Scola
  25. State v. Robe1t Banks, F85-01081, Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Judge
    Arthur Maginnis (Capital Sexual Battery), tried w/Stephen Weinbamn as co-counsel,
    week-long trial, Not Guilty (April 1986 ), ASA Rita Cohan
  26. 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