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