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Ramon Acosta (Reno, NV)
For the past 16 years, Ramon Acosta has served as an Assistant Federal Defender currently assigned to the Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Nevada appearing in the Federal Courts of Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada. He has previously served in the Western District of Texas, appearing in the Federal Courts of San Antonio, El Paso and Del Rio, Texas. He has also practiced in the Federal Courts ofNew Mexico and Arizona. He has been a lawyer for 26 years, and his area of practice is primarily criminal law. Ramon is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, in Macon, Georgia and the Trial Lawyers College, Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. During law school he interned in the United States Senate (1001 Congress) and upon graduation, accepted a position as Legislative Assistant for the City Council of Washington, D.C. After several years in the District of Columbia, Ramon joined the New Mexico Bar and was appointed Deputy District Attorney for the Third (3rd) Judicial District for the State of New Mexico. He has served as faculty and facilitator for various national training seminars sponsored by the United States Administrative Office of the Courts (AO) and the National Defender Investigator Association, (NDIA). Mr. Acosta joined the faculty of the National Judicial College (NJC) in 2010.
Robert Aguero (Bakersfield, CA)
Robert Aguero has over 30 years in the investigations field. The first 15 years were spent as a police officer and detective. He has investigated a variety of crimes including homicides, gang cases and major narcotics cases. For the last 18 years he has been a licensed private investigator specializing in cell phone forensics and cell tower data analysis. He is certified with the Cellebrite UFED, Cellebrite Physical Analyzer, Susteen SecureView, Katana Lantern and certified in Mobile Phone Seizure. He has been involved in over 200 cell phone/cell tower forensics cases and testified as an expert in various Superior courts in California and Nevada on cell phone forensics, cell tower data analysis and cell pings.
Paola Armeni (Las Vegas, NV)
Paola Armeni has assisted in several high profile criminal cases in both the United States District Court and Eighth Judicial District Court as well has participated in the only impeachment hearing of a Nevada public official. She has also been successful in civil rights actions against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, with her last jury award being in excess of 2 million dollars. Paola is also the past president of NACJ, the Nevada affiliate of NACDL and currently is 1 of 15 Board of Governors for the State Bar of Nevada.
James A.H. Bell (Knoxville, TN)
James Bell is a nationally renowned criminal defense lawyer who believes in total justice; one who will exhaust all reasonable efforts to zealously advance the clients best legal interest; and one who will refuse employment, if in his opinion, the client’s interest is best pursued by alternative less engaging representation. Mr. Bell accepts employment with the view the case will be tried to verdict. Mr. Bell has tried to verdict more than a thousand cases in his decades of experience. He screens his cases so that he can devote personal attention to your matter. He refuses to delegate serious court appearances to other associates in his office and will be with you through all steps of the legal proceedings. Mr. Bell has also made his presence known through his participation in state and national bar associations: he is a past-President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; he served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for nearly twenty years, serving as Parliamentarian for an unprecedented three terms; and he is an invited Fellow in the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is the recipient of the highest award to a member of the bar from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Robert J. Heeney Award, given annually to the one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association and the legal profession. Mr. Bell has gained national recognition not only as a trial lawyer, but also as a presenter for national bar association groups. His presentation evaluations put Bell in the category of one of the most highly sought presenters on trial issues. He has presented for decades for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and other state and national groups. Bell has also lectured to members of the American Association for Justice (formerly the National Trial Lawyers) and various state bar association groups throughout the United States. Mr. Bell has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in the Southeast, Best Lawyers in Tennessee, Best Lawyers in Knoxville, and many other such lists.
J.W. Carney, Jr. (Boston, MA)
J.W. Carney, Jr. is a criminal defense attorney in Boston with Carney & Associates. He began his career in 1978 as a public defender in Boston for five years, and then served as a prosecutor for the next five years. He has been in private practice since 1989. Jay is a contributing author to the treatises Massachusetts Criminal Practice; Take the Witness: The Experts Speak on Cross-Examination; and Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference. He was invited to join the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1996, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1998. Jay has been a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for twelve years under five governors, and was co-chair for twenty years of the Lawyers’ Assistance Strike Force of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has tried over 170 major felony cases in the Superior and Federal Courts, and most recently represented organized-crime kingpin James “Whitey” Bulger (with co-counsel Hank Brennan) in his Federal trial. Jay’s mentor is Horace Rumpole of the Old Bailey.
Marco Contreras (Reno, NV)
Mr. Contreras is an independent Nevada State Certified Court Interpreter. He also has worked as a staff interpreter for the Washoe County District Court. Mr. Contreras is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno. On numerous occasions he has been invited to speak at the National Judicial College on topics regarding Ensuring a Fair Judicial Process: Interpreters in the Courtroom. Since 1998, he has been actively providing both interpretation and translation services for state and federal courts. Also, he has fulfilled numerous contracts with legal and private entities to translate complex written material including, domestic and international business contracts, wills, employee manuals, settlement agreements and other matters.
Christopher Dupont (Phoenix, AZ)
Mr. Dupont was admitted as an attorney by the State Bar of Arizona in 1992 and immediately began his career as a litigator in private practice. He has successfully represented clients throughout Arizona in juvenile delinquency, mental health, child dependency, domestic relations and most notably in defense of those accused of committing a crime. Mr. Dupont is a past President of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice where he served as Chairman of the Amicus and Strike Force Committee and was three times recognized for his outstanding service with Presidential Commendations. Mr. Dupont currently serves on the Board of the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona and has worked with Veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqui Freedom, the First Gulf War and Vietnam. Mr. Dupont has lectured extensively to fellow attorneys in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico on topics such as: Presentation of Evidence in Civil Litigation; Federal Discovery in State Court Proceedings; the Criminal Trial from Start to Finish; Addressing Language and Cultural Barriers in Criminal Litigation; International Perspective in Death Penalty Litigation - Co-presented with Consul General Carlos Flores Vizcarro, Consulate of Mexico; Protecting the Undocumented Witness; Justification and Self-Defense; Using International Treaties to Their Full Effect; and International Treaty Compliance Litigation. He has also published in the Arizona Advocate, Arizona Attorney Magazine, The Defender, New York Quarterly and Judicature. Mr. Dupont has been a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the State Bar of Arizona, and the United States District Court. Most recently, Mr. Dupont was given the Sisyphus award for his outstanding work for his client, the Government of Mexico, as a consultant to death penalty attorneys in the United States, where he has provided assistance in Arizona, California, Nevada and South Dakota.
Hanni Fakhoury (San Francisco, CA)
Hanni Fakhoury is a Senior Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's civil liberties team, focusing on criminal law. He's represented clients in criminal and civil government investigations, argued in federal court on the constitutionality of surveillance technologies, and written numerous amicus briefs in federal and state courts throughout the country on electronic searches and cybercrime. A frequent speaker and lecturer at domestic and international legal conferences on law enforcement surveillance technologies, Hanni has a particular focus on educating and working with the criminal defense bar. In addition to speaking at numerous criminal defense legal conferences and seminars, he regularly advises other lawyers on electronic surveillance issues in criminal cases, and still represents indigent federal criminal defendants on appeal as a member of the Northern District of California's Criminal Justice Act appellate panel. Regularly interviewed and quoted by news media organizations, including theAssociated Press, CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, the Wall Street Journal and theWashington Post, his writings have been published in the New York Times, Slate and Wired. Before joining EFF, Hanni was as a federal public defender in San Diego where he handled all aspects of criminal litigation including trial and appeal. Hanni graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in political science and an honors degree in history, and received his law degree with distinction from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of Barristers for his excellence in written and oral advocacy.
Abe Hutt (Denver, CO)
Abe Hutt has been a trial lawyer in Denver since 1984. He handles criminal, civil and administrative cases, including professional license matters, although his primary emphasis has been on criminal defense. He has represented clients in the trial courts of all of Colorado's 22 judicial districts, as well as the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for Colorado and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented attorneys, teachers, physicians, nurses, veterinarians, pilots and dentists in professional disciplinary proceedings concerning their professional licenses. He is a frequent teacher on the subject of trial tactic and has taught Advanced Trial Practice and Advanced Criminal Procedure, as well as being a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College. He is included in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s “All-Stars of Cross Examination” CD and is one of NACDL’s top-rated CLE speakers. Mr. Hutt is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Colorado State Legislature’s Interagency Task Force on Drunk Driving. He has been an Officer and Director of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and a member of its Policy Committee. Mr. Hutt is probably best known for his work in the area of DUI defense. He has authored numerous articles on the subject and is a frequent speaker at various continuing education seminars. He is the only non-judge who is a contributing author to the Colorado County Court Judge's DUI Benchbook and he has written the DUI and Motor Vehicle Law section of CLE, Inc.'s Annual Update of Colorado Law since 1991. He has lectured at both local and national seminars on such topics as Cross Examination on Roadside Sobriety Exams, Representation of Clients before the Department of Motor Vehicles, Jury Selection Tactics for DUI Cases and Sophisticated Techniques in DUI Defense.
Stephen Ross Johnson (Knoxville, TN)
Mr. Johnson is a trial and appellate attorney whose practice is focused on the defense of persons and companies accused of white-collar crimes, major felonies, and other serious matters in federal and state courts. He has argued or briefed cases before the Supreme Court of the United States; the Supreme Court of Tennessee; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits; all federal district courts in Tennessee; the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and Tennessee Court of Appeals. He has been admitted to practice on a pro hac vice basis in a number of other federal and state courts. Mr. Johnson has been defense counsel in jury trials and hearings in state and federal courts involving a wide variety of criminal offenses, including charges of theft of trade secrets, racketeering, money laundering, health care fraud, illegal gambling, government contract fraud, wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, perjury, firearms offenses, illegal drug distribution, assault, child abuse and neglect, internet crimes, rape, other sexual offenses and homicide. He has successfully defended persons at jury trial in murder prosecutions when the death penalty was sought. Mr. Johnson has represented persons wrongfully convicted of serious felony matters on appeal and collateral review, to include direct appeal, state post-conviction, coram nobis, and federal habeas corpus proceedings. In addition, he represents health care providers and other licensed professionals in disciplinary matters. Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), co-chairs NACDL's Sixth Circuit amicus committee, and is a past President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL). For three consecutive years he served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Criminal Justice Section, and he is the Associate General Counsel for the TBA. Mr. Johnson is on faculty with the Tennessee Criminal Defense College (TCDC), and is an active member of the white-collar defense, sentencing, forfeiture, mental health, and membership committees of NACDL. He serves as the chair of the technology committee of the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) and is a Master of the Bench with the Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court. For his volunteer efforts, the TBA honored Mr. Johnson with its Access to Justice Award. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of white-collar criminal defense and has achieved an AV rating for preeminent legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Johnson is an adjunct professor with the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he supervises third year law students in the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic, an initiative he has been involved in for over a decade. He has published articles and taught lawyers, law students, members of law enforcement, and others on the topics of trial practice, wiretapping, ethics, federal grand jury investigations, the death penalty, pretrial preparation, forensics, jury selection, cross-examination, eyewitness identification, and other criminal law and litigation issues. He has been quoted or profiled in the Tennessee Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Newsweek and the National Law Journal. He is listed in SuperLawyers, Cityview's Top Attorneys, and the Knoxville Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served on the Constitutional Law Moot Court Team and the Moot Court Board, was a member of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, chaired the Speaker Series and UT Pro Bono, coordinated the Homeless Project, and was the founding director of the Tennessee Innocence Project. Among other honors, he received the Excellence in Criminal Advocacy Award and the Dean's Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the College of Law. During law school, Mr. Johnson worked at the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Johnson completed his undergraduate education at Carson-Newman University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics with a minor in Political Science. At Carson-Newman, he was an honors student, a resident assistant, involved in student government, founded the Community Connections program, and was president of the Bonner Scholars, who created the Stephen Ross Johnson Service and Leadership Award and named him its first recipient. Mr. Johnson was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the United Kingdom, where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Economic History from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and worked as a consultant economist for Govan Initiative, a Scottish economic development agency. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Johnson worked as a private investigator and also in the education, court, banking, retail, farming, and manufacturing sectors. He regularly draws on his diverse academic and vocational experiences in representing his clients.
Richard S. Jaffe (Birmingham, AL)
Richard S. Jaffe is the Senior Partner of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Jaffe & Drennan, P.C. The firm concentrates in the area of criminal defense and personal injury, with Mr. Jaffe specializing in the areas of white collar criminal defense and criminal litigation in the federal and state courts. He has been certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by The National Board of Trial Advocates (NBTA) since 1984. He is past president of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the founder of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association. Best lawyers of America named Mr. Jaffe “Lawyer of the year” in non-white-collar criminal defense in Birmingham for 2010 and “Lawyer of the year” in white-collar criminal defense for Birmingham for 2013. In 2012 Super Lawyers listed him among the top 50 lawyers in Alabama. Mr. Jaffe is a sought after speaker to organizations and trains lawyers on trial strategies and communication skills throughout the United Sates. He is serving his 3rd term as a Board Director for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He is the author of “Quest for Justice; Defending the Damned.” Mr. Jaffe has handled over sixty capital cases, including 5 federal death penalty cases. Only one of his clients has ever received the death penalty and only a small number are serving life sentences. His acquittal rate is among the highest in the country. He is the only attorney in the nation who has successfully defended three death row inmates at new trials after they had previously been sentenced to death. He and his firm have participated in numerous other acquittals of individuals facing serious punishment, both at trial and on appeal. In addition, Mr. Jaffe has successfully represented many individuals and corporations facing significant sentences for violations of Federal Criminal Offenses. Mr. Jaffe began his career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama, then served as a Deputy District Attorney, before entering the private practice of law in 1978. Mr. Jaffe has been board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Specialist since January 31, 1984. (Copyright 2006 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). He is currently listed in both Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Jaffe has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for over 6 years. He is licensed to practice law in New York, Georgia, D.C. and Alabama. He is a sought after speaker at litigation conferences throughout the United States. In 1994, the Alabama Bar Association awarded him the prestigious Clarence Darrow Award for the contributions he has made in defending indigent people charged with criminal offenses. The Roderick Beddow Award, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer Association's most prestigious award for service in the criminal defense field, was presented to Mr. Jaffe in the summer of 2002. It is awarded "in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the practice of criminal law." Mr. Jaffe served as president of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, and is a founder and past-president of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association. He taught "Evidence" at the minority Miles Law School in Birmingham, Alabama for eight years. Mr. Jaffe has published many articles and papers in connection with the training of attorneys. His February 2001 article in the Champion magazine was repeatedly cited in the Cornell Law Journal in a definitive study on jury selection in capital cases. It has been reprinted by several organizations that train trial lawyers. Mr. Jaffe is frequently called upon to comment on death penalty issues and other areas of criminal law by television, radio and print media. He has been the subject of numerous stories reporting his successes in the death penalty area. One recent television story led with the byline, "Birmingham's Matlock.
Steven Kessler (New York, NY)
Steven L. Kessler maintains a national AV-rated white collar practice in New York. He litigates cases of first impression and has been involved with many state and federal forfeiture cases of national significance. Mr. Kessler is a nationally recognized authority in the field of forfeiture law, representing clients in forfeiture and white collar criminal cases in state and federal district and appellate courts nationwide. He is a member of the Joint Rules Committee for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York with regard to the forfeiture-related local rules. Mr. Kessler is the author of CIVIL AND CRIMINAL FORFEITURE: FEDERAL AND STATE PRACTICE (West Group 1993 & Supp. 2014), a three-volume treatise, analyzing the forfeiture and RICO statutes of all 50 states and the District of Columbia and the major federal forfeiture provisions. He received the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award from New York Law School in June 2000 for his highly acclaimed one-volume treatise, NEW YORK CRIMINAL AND CIVIL FORFEITURE (LexisNexis 2014). A contributor to the New York Law Journal and other publications on issues relating to forfeiture and criminal law, Mr. Kessler is the author and Revisions Editor of portions of the CIVIL PRACTICE MANUAL (LexisNexis) and ten chapters of the renowned 15-volume treatise, Weinstein, Korn & Miller’s NEW YORK CIVIL PRACTICE. He is widely quoted and cited in court opinions and media of legal and general circulation nationwide, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Business Week, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle, The Kansas City Star and the ABA Journal, among others. Mr. Kessler was selected for inclusion in SUPER LAWYERS every year since 2012 and in NEW YORK’S TOP RATED LAWYERS, and his biography appears in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN LAW and similar publications. He is in his 21st year as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, where he teaches New York Practice. Mr. Kessler is a regular speaker and panelist at CLE programs and seminars. He has lectured before the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Southern Conference of the Council of State Governments, and has testified before the New York State Assembly Codes Committee and the New York City Council. He is a member of the Forfeiture Abuse Task Force of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and served as Co-Chair of the Forfeiture Law subcommittee of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a past Treasurer of the NYSACDL and a member of its Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Kessler served from 1999-2001 as Chair of the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association. Between 1989 and 2001, he was the editor of One on One, the General Practice Section’s highly acclaimed newsletter. He served for eight years as a member of the NYSBA’s House of Delegates and was Chair of the Association’s Special Committee on AIDS and the Law from 1992 to 1996, a multi-professional committee responsible for the passage of groundbreaking legislation in Albany. He is a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Kessler was head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the Bronx District Attorney’s office, where he supervised and litigated all phases of forfeiture and related matters. In that capacity, he was a member of the Forfeiture Law Advisory Group of the New York State District Attorney’s Association. A graduate of the Cornell Law School, Mr. Kessler is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has appeared before the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second and Seventh Circuits and the District Courts in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont and West Virginia.
Dirk Manoukian (Walnut Creek, CA)
Mr. Manoukian graduated in the top of his class from the University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law, and went on to accept a position as a Deputy District Attorney for the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office. From 1991 to 2005, Mr. Manoukian prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of thousands of criminal cases. He personally tried over a hundred jury trials ranging from misdemeanor crimes to lengthy death penalty homicide trials. Mr. Manoukian worked on a number of drug and gang task forces with both state and federal agencies handling cases from the preliminary target identification stage to final formal prosecution and sentencing. These task forces involved extensive search warrant and wiretap based operations, undercover and informant based investigations, and traditional and technologically advanced surveillance methods. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Manoukian was a partner in a Bay Area personal injury and criminal defense firm representing clients in California and Nevada. Mr. Manoukian also represented clients in criminal investigations and defended clients in formal prosecutions in both state and federal courts, in California and Nevada. In the Spring of 2011, Mr. Manoukian started his own firm, the Law Offices of Dirk L. Manoukian, with offices in Walnut Creek, California and Reno, Nevada. Mr. Manoukian’s firm represents clients in both civil and criminal matters, in both Nevada and California. The last several years Mr. Manoukian has been an instructor for private and government attorneys, as well as investigators from law enforcement agencies and private organizations. Mr. Manoukian instructs on a variety of topics to include the effects of drugs and alcohol on criminal and civil liability, as well as legal updates and courtroom testimony for the California Narcotics Officers Association, the California Highway Patrol, and numerous police and sheriff departments. Recently, Mr. Manoukian has also been teaching for the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Institute of Criminal Investigation in both their Core Course and Homicide-Robbery Advanced Investigation course programs. Mr. Manoukian has developed a detailed understanding of the procedural and substantive operations of municipal, state and federal law enforcement and prosecuting agencies. Additionally, he has extensive experience in dealing with state and federal task forces and specific agencies such as the Department of Justice, Department of Insurance, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. Mr. Manoukian has handled a number of high profile cases, and has a great deal of experience in dealing with the related aspects of those matters such as special interest group pressure, media exposure management, and government and public relations. Additionally, Mr. Manoukian has developed an expertise in the presentation of complicated cases involving mental or psychological issues, to include both mental health and substance abuse matters as well as dual diagnosis dynamics. In recent years, Mr. Manoukian has assisted both individual and corporate clients navigate the legislative, law enforcement, medical, and ever changing political environment of medical/recreational marijuana in state and federal venues.
Don Samuel (Atlanta, GA)
Donald F. Samuel graduated from Oberlin College in 1975 and the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 1980 where he was an editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. He served as law clerk to United States District Court Judge Harold L. Murphy (N.D.Ga.) following his graduation from law school and then joined what is now known as GARLAND, SAMUEL & LOEB, P.C. He is past-President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL). In 1999, he was elected to membership in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. In 2000, he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. Don Samuel is the author of a treatise on Georgia Criminal Law, GEORGIA CRIMINAL LAW CASE FINDER (3rd Edition 2014) published by Lexis Law Publishing and a treatise on criminal law in the Eleventh Circuit, ELEVENTH CIRCUIT CRIMINAL HANDBOOK also published annually by Lexis Law Publishing. He also publishes a compilation of federal cases that are favorable to the defense that is currently 1,750 pages long and includes over 6,000 cases on all topics of criminal law which can be accessed on line at: www.gsllaw.com/Publications. Don was co-counsel in the United States Supreme Court case Georgia v. Randolph decided by the Court in March 2006, which held that a consent search of a residence is not permitted if one spouse objects, even if the other spouse consents. In 2011, Don was lead counsel in the successful defense of Dr. Lawrence Egbert, the medical director of Final Exit Network. Dr. Egbert was prosecuted for voluntary manslaughter in Phoenix, Arizona. The State alleged that Dr. Egbert and the Final Exit Network was involved in assisting hundreds of people to commit suicide. Following a three week trial, the jury returned a not guilty verdict. In 2000, he was co-counsel for Ray Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens All-Pro Linebacker who was charged with a double murder in Atlanta. All charges were dropped just prior to the close of the state’s case in exchange for a plea to a misdemeanor with twelve months probation. In 2010, Don and his partner represented Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger in connection with allegations that he sexually assaulted a college student in Milledgeville, Georgia. The District Attorney was ultimately persuaded to bring no charges against Roethlisberger.
Vincent Savarese (Las Vegas, NV)
Vincent Savarese III is a shareholder in the law Vegas, Nevada law firm of Gentile, Cristalli, Miller, Armeni & Savarese. He represents clients in complex litigation, concentratin g in pretrial , trial and appellate matters in the areas of state and federal criminal defense, constitutional law and federal civil rights. He is considered a leading advocate in the State of Nevada with respect to constitutional litigation , with particularized expertise in matters involving First Amendment and search and seizure issues. Mr. Savarese received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in History magna cum laude from Boston University in 1976 and received the degree of Juris Doctor cum laude from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 1979. Mr. Savarese began his professional career at the nationally-renowned criminal defense firm of Oteri & Weinberg in Boston, Massachusetts. He was thereafter a partner in the Las Vegas, Nevada criminal defense firm of Savarese & Chesnoff, and subsequently practiced as a sole practitioner in Las Vegas prior to joining the Las Vegas firm of Gordon Silver. Mr. Savarese became a member of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 1980; and was a Founding Member and former Vice President of the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He is also counsel to the Las Vegas, Nevada Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Marcia Shein (Atlanta, GA)
Marcia G. Shein is a federal criminal defense attorney who has worked in federal district and appellate courts throughout the U.S. She is a member and filed cases in every Federal Circuit court of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She is a nationally recognized attorney in matters of Federal trial, plea and sentencing mitigation, and appellate and post conviction litigation. Marcia was President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) for 2013 and is a life member of NACDL. Her articles have appeared in publications such as The Champion, The Federal Lawyer, and The Georgia Defender. She is the editor and author of a self-help manual for inmates and is the sentencing chapter author for Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense published by Juris Publishing and authored the sentencing mitigation chapter for West Publishing Aspatore books, “nside the Minds Series on “Litigation Strategies for Internet Pornography Cases.” She has worked with many federal criminal defense attorneys throughout the country on mitigation factors in many types of cases. Attorney Shein has spoken before Criminal Defense Bar Associations as well as on television. She has taught criminal justice courses for Troy State University in Alabama, Kaplan University in Chicago and Broward Community College in Davie Florida. She has represented clients from Alaska to Maine and beyond U.S. borders in complicated Federal criminal cases.
Colette Tvedt (Washington, DC)
Colette Tvedt serves as the Director of Indigent Defense Training and Reform. In that capacity, she focuses on developing and delivering training programs for indigent defense providers nationwide. She also partners with other national organizations on projects such as an initiative to increase pretrial release and implementation of workload studies to ensure the best representation of indigent defendants. Colette has devoted her career over the past 25 years to representing poor people accused of crimes. She spent 18 of those years as a public defender in Massachusetts and Washington State. During the last seven years she was in private practice with the Seattle law firm, Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, where she continued to represent the indigent by court appointment in state and federal court, in addition to serving on the board of one of Seattle’s public defender providers. Colette Tvedt also has extensive experience training attorneys. She has organized training programs for hundreds of defense lawyers and served for several years as a Clinical Professor of Law as the director of the Suffolk Defenders Clinical Program at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. In recent years, in addition to her practice, she has served as professor of advanced trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law and at Seattle University School of Law. She is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) in Macon, Georgia. Colette Tvedt is an honors graduate of Rutgers University, where she also attended law school.
Christie Williams (Austin, TX)
Christie N. Williams is a founding partner of Mills & Williams, LLP, a Texas criminal defense firm handling complex cases in both federal and state court. Board Certified in Criminal Law since 1999, Christie’s career has included well over 100 criminal trials in a wide variety of criminal cases including murder, aggravated kidnapping, sexual assault, money laundering, drug conspiracy, environmental violations and health care fraud. Christie spent six years as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Dallas County before starting private practice in 1999. In addition to her legal practice, Christie has taught the trial advocacy courses at Southern Methodist University Law School and the criminal defense trial skills course at the Center for American and International Law. She is frequently asked to share her trial experiences and techniques with her fellow criminal defense lawyers. Christie serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Texas Monthly has named her a Texas “Super Lawyer” every year since 2003. In addition, Christie has twice been recognized by the National Law Journal on the "Top 40 under 40" list, recognizing the best litigators in the United States. Christie is a 1992 of graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.
DUI SEMINAR FACULTY
Mimi Coffey (Fort Worth, TX)
Mimi Coffey, Texas DWI Attorney, is the founder of the Coffey Firm, which has offices in both Dallas and Fort Worth focusing on Texas DWI. She has been recognized by the National College of DUI (DWI in Texas) Defense for passing their DUI (DWI in Texas) Defense Board Certification exam. She has completed courses on NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing as both a practitioner and an instructor. She has also met the requirements of the DOT 49 CFR Part 40 and has completed classes as an Intoxilizer 5000 series operator and maintenance technician by C.E.S. Consulting. She has also completed the Robert F. Borkenstein course on Alcohol and Highway Safety: Testing, Research and Litigation as well as the Borkenstein course on DWI/DUI drugs: The Effects of Drugs on Human Performance and Behavior, both courses designed for state technical supervisors. Mimi is a published author and has contributed articles to both The Champion and The Voice for the Defense. She is a frequent speaker on DWI in Texas and around the country. Mimi performs legal analysis for CNN, CNN Headline News, and Fox News on various legal topics. She is frequently consulted by local news agencies on DWI issues in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, voted 2015 D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas, featured in Fort Worth Texas Magazine and 2014 Super Lawyer Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement Award. Mimi is a member of The National College for DUI Defense. She is a sustaining member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as well as a member of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Tarrant County Bar Association and State Bar College. Ms. Coffey graduated Salutatorian from Brewer High School and she obtained her B.A. from Baylor University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Geology which gives her an extensive scientific background. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Texas Tech School of Law.
Edward L. Fiandach (Rochester, NY)
In 1976, nationally renowned Rochester New York DWI trial expert, Edward L. Fiandach, presented his first paper on Driving While Intoxicated. Since then he's given over 100 lectures on DWI, became New York's first Board Certified DWI Specialist, authored two sets of books on DWI,established a firm that tries more DWI cases than any firm in the State of New York and has written more articles on New York DWI than any attorney in the world. His monthly DWI newsletter, The New York DWI Bulletin, is the only statewide publication of its kind and for twelve years has been continuously used by lawyers, prosecutors and judges across the state. His annually supplemented DWI treatises, New York Driving While Intoxicated, 2d and Handling Drunk Driving Cases 2d, both two volume, nationally distributed texts, are widely acclaimed as the most authoritative publications of their kind. His DWI articles have been published nationally in The Magistrate, The Public Defense Backup Report, The Daily Record, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Times Union, Criminal Justice Journal and The Automobile Liability Newsletter, The Champion and numerous state and local bar association publications in New York and elsewhere. He also owns and is factory trained on a BAC DataMaster and has conducted replicate DWI testing to demonstrate the effects mouth alcohol at lectures and for the media. In July of 2005 at a program conducted at Harvard Law School, Mr. Fiandach was honored by being named the Dean of The National College for DUI Defense. This puts him at the top of the nation's DWI lawyers. He is the first DWI attorney in the State of New York to ever be approved as a Board Certified DWI specialist by the American Bar Association and the only one in the Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, Syracuse, Binghamton and Watertown area. He is also rated "AV" by the nationally recognized Martindale-Hubble™ lawyer rating system. This is the highest rating a lawyer can receive. This puts him in the top 5 percent of all American lawyers. Mr. Fiandach is frequently used as a source of DWI information by such prestigious news outlets as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, CNN, the Associated Press, ABC, The Harrisburg Patriot, Lawyer's Weekly and others. He has been a featured "Speaking Out" columnist in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle on eleven occasions. He is a frequent guest of local television and is regularly interviewed by all local media as an expert on DWI and alcohol related issues. He is also a frequent guest on television, radio and internet talk shows. A dynamic speaker, Ed Fiandach has lectured on DWI nationwide for groups such as the National College for DUI Defense, the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Georgia Institute of Legal Education, New York State Bar Association, the New York State Magistrates Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Lorman Legal Education, the Erie County Bar Association, and numerous other professional organizations. He is a regent and founding member of the National College for DUI Defense. He has taught the subject of DWI to New York State Judges on behalf of the New York State Office of Court Administration. He owns and is a factory trained operator of the BAC DataMaster. Mr. Fiandach is also an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure at the prestigious University of Rochester. He teaches a course on Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law to almost 100 upper classpersons. Over the years Mr. Fiandach has consistently demonstrated that he is a force to be reckoned with in the face of incompetence or injustice. In 2001, for instance he was instrumental in exposing the incompetent and unjust practices of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office in the prosecution of felonies. Ignoring what was at times intense opposition from the local media, Mr. Fiandach called for the resignation of then District Attorney Howard R. Relin. Simultaneously, he petitioned then Governor George A. Pataki to launch an investigation into the disappearance of more than five thousand felony cases. Although that two year investigation fell short of calling for Mr. Relin's resignation, it nonetheless acceded to many of Mr. Fiandach's complaints. Thereafter, Mr. Relin chose not to seek reelection. Since he obtained a reversal in a murder appeal he argued after being admitted for only two months (see,People v. Egan (4th Dept. 1980) 72 AD2d 239, 424 NYS2d 546, Mr. Fiandach's career has been one of outstanding accomplishments and legal victories. In 1989, for instance, Mr. Fiandach's investigation disclosed a witness to "lot switching" in the manufacture of DWI Breathalyzer® ampoules. His Rochester hearings were the basis upon with the New York City Criminal Court suppressed Breathalyzer® tests in People v. Serrano, 142 Misc2d 1087. His 1991 appellate victory in People v. Uruburu, 169 AD2d 20, reversed the order of the Monroe County Court (Wisner. J., presiding) and mandated suppression in an untold number of DWI cases statewide (see e.g., People v. Sperber 199 AD2d 725). In 1991, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing (now West Group) published Mr. Fiandach's first book, New York DWI. It instantly became the standard for serious DWI publications in the State of New York. Also in 1991, he began writing his popular column in the Rochester Daily Record, "New York DWI." It ran until 1994 and consisted of over 150 weekly articles on DWI issues. In 1992, in a televised DWI case that WROC TV 8 recently characterized as "one of the most high profile cases in the 1990's," Ed became the only attorney in the State of New York to obtain a verdict of "Not Guilty" for a client tried for Murder as the result of DWI. His client was alleged at trial to have driven 11 miles in the wrong direction with a .18 BAC on an interstate highway. Also in 1992, Mr. Fiandach founded NYDWI.COM (now Fiandach.com) the internet's most complete source for information on New York DWI.In 1993, he founded the New York DWI Bulletin as a monthly DWI publication for lawyers. Since then it has become the source of up-to-date DWI information for lawyers and judges across the state. In 1994, Mr. Fiandach's 1400 page two volume treatise, New York DWI 2d was published by West Group. His 1995 case, Pringle v. Wolfe, 164 Misc2d 733, was the first Supreme Court decision to declare DWI §1193 (2) (e) (7) unconstitutional. Further litigating the matter through the United States Supreme Court, the ultimate decision significantly weakened the power of the State to take a motorist's license simply because he or she had .08% of alcohol or greater in the blood. Also in 1995, West Group published Mr. Fiandach's second DWI book, Handling Drunk Driving Cases 2d. This two volume set on the trial, law and science of DWI cases is used by lawyers from coast to coast. In 1996, Mr. Fiandach became the first New York attorney to be factory trained on the BAC DataMaster. Mr. Fiandach received his certification at a course offered by National Patent Analytical Systems in Mansfield Ohio. In 1997, Mr. Fiandach was hired to do a DWI appeal for an individual who had been sentenced to 15 years to life for DWI. The decision in People v. Donhauser, (1998) 255 AD 2d 933, 683 NYS 2d 357, represented the only successful appeal of such a sentence in the State of New York. Also in 1997, in the only DWI ranking of its kind, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle compared Rochester's top DWI lawyers and found Ed Fiandach's clients to be the least likely to be convicted of DWI. Comparing figures, the paper noted that his clients ". . . were convicted of the top count only 13% of the time," the lowest of all lawyers examined. In July of 2002, Mr. Fiandach challenged the way DataMaster breath testing machines were calibrated. At the DWI hearings in People v. Rowley, Mr. Fiandach made the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services admit, for the first time, that they do not calibrate these DWI test machines; they only verify manufacturer calibration. In December of 2002, Mr. Fiandach was the author of an Op-Ed piece in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle which explored the effectiveness of .08 as a per se blood/breath DWI alcohol limitation. The next day, in an editorial, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle adopted in substance his position. In 2003 Mr. Fiandach won an unprecedented DWI sentencing appeal. This time he won the appeal of six time convicted drunk driver Brian Beckwith who received the longest sentence ever handed out to a drunk driver in the state of New York. In a 1999 proceeding that was praised statewide by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, the 37 year old motorist, who was not represented by Fiandach & Fiandach at trial, was sentenced to sixteen years to life for DWI. As a result of Mr. Fiandach's successful representation, the Appellate Division Fourth Department overturned this draconian sentence (People v. Beckwith, 309 A.D.2d 1253, 767 N.Y.S.2d 713). On June 6, 2003, Mr. Fiandach gave his 100th DWI lecture to a lawyers group. The place was New York City and the lecture was entitled "Strategies in Blood Testing." It was given for the New York State Bar Association's annual "Big Apple DWI Seminar." In 2004, Mr. Fiandach was named the Assistant Dean of the National College for DUI Defense. This is the second highest position of the nation's leading leading and only ABA recognized DWI defense organization. In 2005, he was named the Editor of the Journal of the National College for DUI Defense. This is the national publication of the National College for DUI Defense and the only publication of its kind. In 2006, Ed celebrated the birth of his son, Will, and was named Dean of the National College of DUI Defense. This made him the head of the nation's most prestigious certification and educational body for DUI attorneys. In 2007, he was named to New York's Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, which along with his superlative Martindale Hubble rating places him in the top 1% of American lawyers.The passage of New York's tough new Leandra's Law in 2010 created several new offenses and significantly raised the penalties for those convicted of alcohol relates operating offenses. One aspect was elevation to the level of a felony those who have been arrested with a child aged 16 or under in the vehicle. On December 7th, 2010, in Steuben County, Mr. Fiandach obtained what may have been the first not guilty verdict in such a case. Leandra's Law also added a strict requirement for the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in the vehicles of those convicted of alcohol related crimes. Mr. Fiandach has been very active in fighting every aspect of this law, including motions seeking a declaration that the law is unconstitutional. Over the years, his DWI clients have included doctors, nurses, airline and professional pilots, physicians assistants, lawyers, judges, professional musicians, professional athletes, priests, military personnel, politicians, police chiefs, fireman, bus drivers commercial drivers, CEO's, teachers, college administrators, professors, models, actors and actresses. He owns and has also been trained by the manufacturer as an Operator of the National Patent Analytical System "DataMaster", the breath testing device in widest use in New York State. More recently, he survived a furious challenge on NY’s Angular Spinelli Rule rule on People vs. Johnson.
Mac Fulfer (Fort Worth, TX)
Mac Fulfer is a popular speaker who gives presentations on face reading for national and international conferences. He customizes his presentation to the specific needs of any organization such as improving sales, jury selection, and better hiring interviews. He has spoken to more than 2,000 companies and organizations that include American Airlines, the FBI, the Kansas State Judicial Conference, Business Week Magazine, the International Meeting Planners, the National Association of Legal Administrators and the US Postal Service. Mac Fulfer practiced law in Fort Worth for over 22 years after earning his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas in 1975. Initially, Mr. Fulfer became interested in the practice of face reading for the purpose of jury selection. He quickly discovered that face reading changed his perspective, allowing him to see people more compassionately through the experiences reflected on their faces. Since then, he has researched and developed these skills and presented ideas in workshops across the country. His workshops are in great demand from lawyers, educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies and other venues that have an interest in understanding people. As a presenter, Mr. Fulfer relies on his background, personal experience, wisdom and expertise in face reading to give participants information that will enhance their communication skills.
Erin H. Gerstenzang (Atlanta, GA)
Erin Gerstenzang is a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. Her practice is focused on the defense of clients charged with DUI and other drug and alcohol related offenses. Erin is a frequent lecturer and has been invited to teach DUI trial techniques in 7 states. She planned and coordinated the first DUI Defense Trial Strategies for Georgia Public Defenders conference and has chaired it every year since. She is a faculty member of the National College for DUI Defense and has been named by Georgia Superlawyers as one of Georgia’s Rising Stars. Erin co-authored the article “The Impact of Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on DUI Defense Law,” published in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ magazine The Champion. She is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Southern Trial Lawyers Association. She is admitted to State Bar of Georgia, as well as the New York State Bar. Erin graduated from Emory University School of Law, and earned her B.A. from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Peter Gerstenzang (Albany, NY)
Peter Gerstenzang is the senior partner in the Albany firm of Gerstenzang, O'Hern, Sills & Gerstenzang where he focuses on Criminal Defense with an emphasis on DWI cases and Vehicular Crimes. He commenced his legal career as a prosecutor for the United States Army in the Republic of Vietnam. From 1972 to 1975, he was an Assistant District Attorney for the County of Albany. Certified as a breath test operator, he taught at the New York State Police Academy in their Breath Test Training Program for 12 years. Mr. Gerstenzang is Board Certified by the National College for DUI Defense (ANCDD@), and is a former Dean of that college. The NCDD is the only organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists in DUI law.* His book, Handling the DWI Case in New York, published by West Group, is considered a standard reference in the field of Driving While Intoxicated cases. Peter Gerstenzang is a regular lecturer for the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Magistrates Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York State Defenders Association. In addition, he lectures for numerous County Bar and Magistrates Associations, public defense organizations and the New York State Court Clerks Association.
John Hunsucker (Oklahoma City, OK)
Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, John is the lead attorney with the Hunsucker Legal Group. The Hunsucker Legal Group is a multi-attorney firm defending over 300 DUI cases a year. John is a Director on the Board of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association and a Sustaining Member of the National College of DUI Defense. Serving as Oklahoma’s NCDD State Delegate, John is also a Faculty Member of the National College for DUI Defense. John is one of only a few attorneys in the country that actually owns the Intoxilyzer 8000 and has instructed attorneys in the United States and Canada on the use and problems of the machine. John has co-authored 20 books on the subject of DUI Defense including Oklahoma DUI Defense, The Law and Practice (Lawyers and Judges Publishing). John has been selected as an Oklahoma SuperLawyer every year since its inception in Oklahoma. John has been featured as a legal expert nationally on CourtTV’s Open Court with Lisa Bloom and CourtTV’s In Session with Ashleigh Banfield. Locally, he has appeared on every major news station in the Oklahoma City market and has been quoted in the Daily Oklahoman for his extensive knowledge of DUI law. In 2012 and 2013, John was selected as the Daily Oklahoman Reader’s Choice Best DUI Attorney. In 2014, John testified as an expert witness on the subject of DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing in District Court and has testified for the Oklahoma House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Safety on DUI related issues.
David S. Katz (Orlando, FL)
David Katz is a Board Certified DUI Defense Expert. In fact he is one of only three Board Certified DUI Defense Experts practicing in the State of Florida. Mr. Katz was certified as an expert in DUI defense in 2012 by the National College for DUI Defense, which is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) as the only national organization to confer Board Certification in DUI Defense. David Katz is a founding partner of the Law Offices of Katz & Phillips, P.A. Mr. Katz limits his practice almost exclusively to the area of DUI defense. For More than 5 years, Mr. Katz has focused his practice on DUI defense. Prior to opening his own law firm, Mr. Katz was the lead DUI prosecutor in Seminole County, Florida, where he received training directly from the manufacture of the Intoxilyzer 8000 on the device during meetings with the company’s president. The Intoxilyzer 8000 is currently the only machine in use in Florida for evidentiary breath testing. As far as we are aware, Mr. Katz is the only Defense Attorney in Florida to have training from the manufacture of the machine. David Katz has been the featured speaker at both local and national DUI conferences, where he has help teach attorneys from all across the country DUI trial skills. Mr. Katz has spoken and taught about every aspect of the DUI trial and on how to deal with breath test result including how to get the results suppressed so a jury will not hear about them and what to do if the results are admitted against your client at trial. In 2013 Mr. Katz was invited to become a Faculty member of the National College for DUI Defense and still holds that position. In addition to Board Certification, David Katz has received many awards, including a Client Choice Award from AVVO in 2012, and a preeminent client rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 2012. Further, Mr. Katz was the only attorney whose practice focused on DUI defense to be included in Newsweek Magazines 2012 National Showcase of Leading Criminal Lawyers published in October 2012. David Katz has also received the 2013 & 2014 Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell. This award is given to less than 1% of the over 900,000 attorneys listed nationally on Martindale Hubbell’s websites. Mr. Katz has also maintained a superb client rating (10 out of 10) on AVVO since 2011 and was named one of Central Florida’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers for 2013. Finally, he has been included on the Super Lawyers –Rising Stars edition since 2013. DUI is not recognized as a specialized area of law in Florida; therefore, Mr. Katz is not certified as a specialist by the Florida Bar.
Ron Lloyd (Palmetto, GA)
Ron Lloyd has more than 26 years of combined experience investigating impaired driving cases, as a State Trooper (Sergeant) with the Georgia State Patrol and as a Consultant and Expert Witness in the private sector. As a State Trooper, he made nearly 1000 DUI arrests and was a member of the Elite “Alpha Team” DUI Task Force that was based out of Metro Atlanta. He also served as the Georgia State Patrol’s Impaired Driving Training Coordinator for NHTSA’s DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) program for Georgia Troopers and Trooper Cadets. He was also a NHTSA/IACP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), as well as a DRE/SFST Instructor and he served as a member of the Georgia Technical Advisory Panel, which was responsible for regulating and monitoring the DRE training program in Georgia. And, he served as the DRE Agency Coordinator for the Georgia State Patrol, as well. Ron Lloyd is a frequent lecturer and has trained hundreds of professionals and organizations on DUI related issues for the Georgia Police Academy, The Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia, The Georgia Safety Management System, The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) Crime Lab, Judges from Georgia at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada at Reno, The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) at Harvard Law School, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICLE), Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), The Institute of Continuing Judicial Education (ICJE) from the University of Georgia, as well as many others. Mr. Lloyd currently serves as a Consultant, Expert Witness and Trainer on DUI related issues and has been retained on more than 5000 alcohol and drug related cases over the past 13 years. He has never been denied the opportunity by any court to testify as an Expert Witness on DRE, SFST or any impaired driving related issues.
Steve Oberman (Knoxville, TN)
Steve is the founder and managing partner of The Oberman & Rice Law Firm practicing in the areas of DUI defense and criminal defense. Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Steve served as Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) during 2009-2010. He was subsequently designated as a Fellow and continues to serve on several committees of the NCDD. He currently serves as chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Committee. Steve was the first lawyer in Tennessee to be certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the NCDD. He is the author of DUI: The Crime & Consequences in Tennessee, updated annually since 1991 (Thomson-West), and co-author with Lawrence Taylor of the national treatise, Drunk Driving Defense, 7th edition (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen). Steve has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Law School since 1993 and has received a number of prestigious awards for his faculty contributions. He is a popular international speaker, having spoken at legal seminars in 26 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries. His DUI and trial technique seminar audiences have included the bar associations and judicial associations in many states and the National Judicial Institute of Canada.
Charles M. Sevilla (San Diego, CA)
Chuck Sevilla is in private practice in San Diego and has been a criminal defense attorney since 1971. He received an LL.M. at George Washington University in 1971, a J.D. at the University of Santa Clara in 1969, and a B.A., at San Jose State University in 1966. He was a partner in the firm of Cleary & Sevilla (1983-2004), Chief Deputy California State Public Defender (1979 to 1983), the Chief Trial Attorney at Federal Defenders, San Diego ( 1972 to 1976), president of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice ( 1980), and numerous other defense organizations. He is listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America from 1987-present (Woodward/White, Inc.) He is a long-time member ofNACDL, contributed articles to the CHAMPION, and serves on the CHAMPION editorial board. Chuck has argued many times in the federal and California appellate courts and three times in the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, he has written a number oflaw reviews as well as two novels, Wilkes on Trial (Ballantine 1993) and Wilkes: His Life and Crimes (Ballantine 1990) about the life of a criminal defense attorney in New York City. He also has published three trial humor anthologies, Law and Disorder (W.W. Norton, 2014); Disorder in the Court (W.W. Norton, 1992, 1999); Disorderly Conduct, as co-author with G. Uelmen and R. Jones (W.W. Norton, 1987, 1999). Over the span of 40 years in the law, Chuck has litigated many issues in the trial and appellate courts including his presentation topic of dealing with the unruly jurist. For more details, see his website at http://www.charlessevilla.com/.
Leonard R. ‘Lenny’ Stamm (Greenbelt, MD)
Leonard Stamm is nationally and locally recognized authority and lecturer in the area of drunk driving defense and Motor Vehicle Administration hearings. He authored Maryland DUI Law, and is charged with updating Maryland Evidence: State and Federal by Professor Lynn McLain, both published by West-Thomson-Reuters. He is also a Regent and Sustaining Member of the National College for DUI Defense, serving on its executive board as Assistant Dean, and as Chairman of its Amicus Committee, and will be its Dean as of July, 2015. He signed on to an amicus brief in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, and co-authored amicus briefs in Bullcoming v. New Mexico and Missouri v. McNeely. He is a former President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association and serves on the Maryland Criminal Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. He has also been given Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV-Preeminent, is recognized as a Super Lawyer, a Best Lawyer, and has been rated "10-Superb" by Avvo. Best Lawyer awarded Stamm "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015 in the area of DUI/DWI defense in the Washington, D.C. area.
Joseph P. St. Louis (Tucson, AZ)
Joseph P. St. Louis – Joe St. Louis spent 9 days and 8 nights canoeing 125 miles through the Canadian wilderness with his 16-year-old son last summer. When Joe craves a real challenge, he tries to teach judges and juries why crime lab blood tests are inaccurate. Joe is a Partner in the Law Firm of Nesci & St. Louis, P.L.L.C., listed as a Tier One law firm in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms in the United States. He is one of 13 Regents of the National College for DUI Defense, a national defense organization with over 1,800 members. Joe is the only lawyer in Arizona certified as a specialist in both criminal law (by the Arizona State Bar) and in DUI defense (by the National College for DUI Defense, as recognized by the American Bar Association). He is listed inWoodford & White’s Best Lawyers in America and has an AV Preeminent (5.0 out of 5.0) rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has been listed as one of the best lawyers in Arizona by Superlawyers magazine since 2009, and is listed as one of the best lawyers in Tucson by Tucson Lifestyles magazine. A past president (and the current treasurer) of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Joe is a co-chair of their annual Aggressive Defense of the Accused Impaired Driver seminar. He has spoken on a variety of legal topics at legal education seminars sponsored by a variety of State Bar and Defense Attorney organizations in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. In 2003, at the request of the then-presiding chief judge of the Pima County Justice Courts, Mr. St. Louis served as a part-time Justice of the Peace. Joe is a trial lawyer, regularly trying criminal and DUI cases throughout Arizona, including DUI charges, DUI homicides, drug offenses, sexual offenses and violent crimes. He has tried over 150 cases to juries, on both misdemeanor and felony charges, in Federal court and in State courts throughout Arizona. He has also argued cases before the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Joe is one of four lawyers who recently litigated a 17-day-long Daubert hearing regarding the reliability of blood test evidence in the Maricopa County Superior Court, resulting in the trial court ordering the suppression of all blood test results in 11 felony cases.