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Wanda M. Akin - Newark, NJ
Wanda M. Akin, was formerly the Managing Attorney for Chubb & Son, Inc.’s, New Jersey House Counsel law firm, Scanlon & Akin, and a Senior Trial Attorney and Of Counsel to Podvey, Sachs, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner & Cocoziello from November 1994 through January 1998. Ms. Akin now maintains her solo practice known as Wanda M. Akin & Associates in Newark, NJ and is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and at Seton Hall University’s John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy And International Relations. Akin has over 24 years of experience as a trial lawyer in a wide variety of types of cases including criminal defense (in US and International Courts), complex product liability, property claims, construction accident litigation, catastrophic personal injury, employment/labor, trademark and copyright, and other complex litigation (Representing three New Jersey Municipalities and their respective Police Departments and personnel in complex employment and personal injury litigation). She has been trial counsel in numerous cases in New Jersey State Courts and Federal Courts, New York State and Federal Courts, Maryland State Courts, and in many other Federal Court actions throughout the United States. She served as to an Accused at the UN backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. She is currently included in the list of counsel eligible for appointment to represent accused and victims before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and has filed applications on behalf of victims of the Darfur Crisis to participate in the criminal proceedings before the ICC. She is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on the Rules of Evidence, for 18 years was a Trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, formerly a Master in the Seton Hall Law School Alumni Association Inn of Court and served as a Presidential Appointee to the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Committee on Judicial Administration. In 1999 she served as the President of the Seton Hall Law School Alumni Association. Akin has taught International Criminal Law in the Seton Hall Law/American University In Cairo summer program in Cairo, Egypt and teaches International Criminal Law and Peacemaking and Peacekeeping In Contemporary World at the Seton Hall University John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy And International Relations where she was 2005 Adjunct Faculty Of The Year. She teaches Criminal Trial Practice at Seton Hall Law School and has lectured and presented widely in the areas of trial advocacy, international law, media and persuasion, publishing/literary ventures and criminal trial preparation to lawyers, students, bar groups and to a wide variety of businesses and other citizens on various topics. Ms. Akin is also a periodic guest commentator on Court TV, MS-NBC, Inside The Law,(PBS) NJN (New Jersey Network); UPN 9 News and CN8 It’s Your Call. She covered the delivery of the acquittal of O.J. Simpson for America’s Talking and discussed the reaction of African American Women to the verdict on Rivera Live. She was MS-NBC’s political commentator during the 2000 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and the 2000 Presidential Election. She is a frequent panelist/lecturer and seminar producer on issues concerning the trial bar and in particular, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Wanda is also counsel to three publishing houses as well as authors and writers in literary matters. She has appeared on TODAY, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight and New York’s NewsChannel 4 with respect to cases and with clients on literary matters. Ms. Akin is the founding agent of the Akin & Randolph Agency for representation of authors, artists and athletes. The Agency represents numerous published authors and has provided consultation to professional athletes, coaches and organizations with respect to communications, employment and motivational issues.
Raymond M. Brown - Woodbridge, NJ
Raymond M. Brown is a partner in the Litigation Department of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP and is the Chair of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Compliance Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in internal investigations, corporate compliance and all other aspects of white collar criminal defense. Mr. Brown has been a trial lawyer, teacher and legal journalist since 1974. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is a past president of the Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers of New Jersey and former member of the Board of Directors and former Parliamentarian of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has handled a wide variety of US criminal and civil matters representing individuals and corporations. He has appeared in high profile trials such as the nine-month trial involving former Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan and the successful eight-year defense of senior executives of a major multinational corporation charged with environmental violations. Brown has also represented corporations and government entities in complex commercial litigation. He has appeared in courts in 12 states and conducted investigations throughout the US as well as in Kenya, El Salvador, the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, the Bahamas, Colombia, and Sierra Leone. Mr. Brown is a member of the New Jersey and New York Bars. Brown also has significant international experience qualifying as Counsel before the International Criminal Court in the Hague, and having served as Co-Lead Defense Counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He is the Host of the Emmy Award winning New Jersey Network Program “Due Process” and has provided legal analysis and coverage for many broadcast venues. Mr. Brown has taught International Criminal Law in the Seton Hall/American University Program at Cairo, Egypt and at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. In addition to teaching International Criminal Law at Seton Hall University School of Law where he is a Visiting Professor and Research Scholar, he has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Advanced Criminal Procedure. He has spoken on over 200 occasions to criminal and civil lawyers, law enforcement personnel and judges, students and a variety of citizen groups. His subjects have included trial advocacy, ethics, race, human rights and international law, the art of persuasion, and educational policy. Mr. Brown was recently quoted on the Council on Foreign Relations web site regarding Hamden v. Rumsfeld, the landmark decision in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the military commissions do not comply with U.S. military law, the laws of war, or the Geneva Conventions, which protect the rights of detainees during wartime. Mr. Brown is a graduate of Columbia University and received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.
Jean-Jacques Cabou - Phoenix, AZ
J Cabou is a litigator and a partner in the firm’s Investigations & White Collar Defense practice. At both the trial and appellate level, J’s principal focus is on defending individuals and corporate entities against criminal and other government investigations, including in civil enforcement proceedings. J has particular experience in white collar matters and is a recognized authority on both state and federal civil forfeiture, seizure, and racketeering laws. As an experienced commercial litigator, J continues to represent clients in certain complex civil litigation matters, especially where parallel criminal or regulatory enforcement action is present or threatened. J has served as lead counsel for clients in matters before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, and United States District Court, as well as Arizona’s trial, appellate and Supreme Courts. J represents entities across industry sectors, including virtual currency, money transfer, gaming, wholesale pharmaceuticals, legal services, and music and entertainment promotion. J’s individual clients include executives in these and other industries, as well as public officials and other prominent individuals. In 2012, J co-founded Perkins Coie’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Supply Chain Compliance (CSR) practice. The CSR team counsels clients from numerous industries on integrating the expanding mandates of laws, such as the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, into their compliance programs. J and the CSR team also assist clients in investigating and mitigating compliance risks in related areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act. J is also a member of the firm's Arts, Entertainment and Sports industry group. J is among a small group of lawyers nationwide who have advised athletes and team staff in matters involving eligibility for collegiate or Olympic teams and has represented athletes in investigations and arbitrations involving the NCAA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. J has served on the faculties of the University of Chicago Law School and the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. He is a regular lecturer on criminal law issues, especially issues affecting white collar defendants. J has long been active in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves on its Board of Directors. He also has served on the Boards of the Arizona State Bar Criminal Justice Section and the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. J is recognized by numerous client and peer review organizations including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. In 2005 and 2006 J served as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Assistant for Public Safety. While in Chicago, J was recognized by the Chicago Police Department for his outstanding contributions to public safety.
Prof. Jeffrey L. Fisher - Stanford, CA
Jeffrey L. Fisher is a professor at Stanford Law School and co-director of its Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. His academic and Supreme Court work runs the gamut of federal constitutional and statutory matters, but focuses on constitutional criminal procedure issues. Professor Fisher has argued 22 cases in the Supreme Court, including representing the petitioners in Crawford v. Washington, Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, Blakely v. Washington, and Kennedy v. Louisiana. In 2006, the National Law Journal named him one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the country – the youngest person on the list – and he has remained on that list since. He also is a recipient of the Heeney Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Professor Fisher formerly served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Nancy Hollander - Albuquerque, NM
Ms. Hollander has been a member of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. since 1980 and a partner since 1983. Her practice is largely devoted to criminal cases, including those involving national security issues. She has also been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and has argued and won a case involving religious freedom in the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Hollander also served as a consultant to the defense in a high profile terrorism case in Ireland, has assisted counsel in other international cases and represents two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Ms. Hollander is a past president of NACDL (1992-93). She has taught in numerous trial practice programs, including the National Criminal Defense College and Gerry Spence's Trial College and at national and international seminars on various subjects including the securing of evidence in international cases, forfeiture, illegal search and seizure, expert witnesses, defense of child abuse cases, ethics, evidence, and trial practice. She has written extensively on these and other criminal law topics. She has coordinated and taught training courses for criminal defense lawyers wishing to appear before the ICC and the ICTY, was the coordinator of a jury trial training project in Russia and has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam. In 2001, Ms. Hollander was named as one of America’s top fifty women litigators by the National Law Journal. She has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, the National Directory of Criminal Lawyers, and the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers. She was chosen as Best Lawyers’ 2010 Albuquerque Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Lawyer of the Year. In 2007, she was highlighted in Superlawyers, top twenty-five New Mexico lawyers. She also received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Foundation in 2006. Ms. Hollander is an international member of Perren Buildings Chambers, London, which is comprised of individual criminal defense practitioners who practice independently, and are subject to professional regulation as individuals in their respective jurisdictions. She is co-author of WestGroup's Everytrial Criminal Defense Resource Book, Wharton’s Criminal Evidence, 15th Edition, and Wharton’s Criminal Procedure, 14th Edition. She has appeared on such national television programs as PBS Now, Burden of Proof, the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, CourtTV, and the MacNeill/Lehrer News Hour.
John C. Hueston - Los Angeles, CA
John Hueston has extensive jury trial experience, and has been selected to serve as lead trial counsel by Fortune 500 companies and by governments in a variety of cases, including business torts cases, securities and shareholder class action cases, patent litigation cases, trademark infringement cases, and environmental cases. A former lead prosecutor for the Enron trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, Mr. Hueston also devotes a substantial part of his practice to internal investigations, corporate crisis management and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Hueston serves as Chair of the firm's Business Trial and Crisis Management practice and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. The American Lawyer magazine has recognized Mr. Hueston as one of the nation's Top 50 Young Litigators and California Lawyer magazine has named Mr. Hueston a "California Attorney of the Year." Fortune magazine chose Mr. Hueston as one of 25 People Who Shaped the Face of Business in 2006. The Los Angeles Daily Journal named him as one of California’s 100 most influential lawyers in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and as a Top 20 California Lawyer Under 40 in 2001. Chambers & Partners has repeatedly recognized Mr. Hueston as a "Band 1" leading litigation attorney for white-collar crime & government investigations. Mr. Hueston was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for white-collar criminal defense in 2009-2013, as well as the Southern California Super Lawyers list for business litigation from 2006-2013. SuperLawyers also named him one of the Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013. As a prosecutor, Mr. Hueston was presented with four awards by three U.S. Attorneys General for his trial work, including the highest award bestowed by the U.S. Department of Justice. As Forbes magazine noted of his work in the trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, where he served as a lead prosecutor, “John Hueston was quickly able to establish a clear, uninterrupted connection between fraudulent activities at Enron and the two defendants . . . a methodically researched presentation of evidence proving the defendants’ guilt.” The Los Angeles Times described Mr. Hueston’s cross-examination of Lay as “devastating” and The Associated Press called him “the perfect David to Lay’s Goliath.”
Neal Katyal - Washington, DC
Neal Katyal focuses on appellate and complex litigation. He has extensive experience in matters of patent, securities, criminal, employment, tort, and constitutional law, and has orally argued 17 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, with 15 of them in the last four years. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Neal served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States, where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against 8 states who sued the nation's leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters. As Acting Solicitor General, Neal was responsible for representing the federal government of the United States in all appellate matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals throughout the nation. He served as Counsel of Record hundreds of times in the U.S. Supreme Court. He was also the only head of the Solicitor General's office to argue a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, on the important question of whether certain aspects of the human genome were patentable. Neal has also served as a law professor for 15 years at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was one of the youngest professors to have received tenure and a chaired professorship in the university's history. He was also Director of the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law until his appointment to Principal Deputy Solicitor General at the Justice Department. Additionally, he served as a visiting professor at both Harvard and Yale Law Schools. After graduating from Yale Law School, Neal clerked for The Honorable Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as for The Honorable Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served in the Deputy Attorney General's Office at the Justice Department as National Security Advisor and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General during 1998-1999. Neal has published dozens of scholarly articles in law journals, as well as many op-ed articles in such publications as the New York Times and the Washington Post, and has testified numerous times before various committees of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Neal is the recipient of the very highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Edmund Randolph Award, which the Attorney General presented to him in 2011. The Chief Justice of the United States appointed him in 2011 to the Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules. Additionally, he was named as One of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide by National Law Journal (2010); One of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times (2008); Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers USA (2006); Runner-Up for Lawyer of the Year by National Law Journal (2006); One of the Top 50 Litigators Nationwide 45 Years Old or Younger by American Lawyer (2007); and one of the top 500 lawyers in the country by LawDragon Magazine for each of the last six years. He also won the National Law Journal’s pro bono award in 2004. After graduating from Yale Law School, he worked as a summer associate with Hogan Lovells' legacy law firm, Hogan & Hartson.
Elizabeth Kelley - Spokane, WA
Elizabeth Kelley is a criminal defense lawyer based in Spokane, Washington. Her practice focuses on federal post-conviction work, and she specializes in representing people with mental illness and intellectual/developmental disabilities. She is serving her third term on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, chairs its Membership Committee, and is a Life Member. In 2009, she traveled to Liberia as part of an NACDL-UN Commission on Drugs and Crime-sponsored mission to train that country’s criminal defense bar. She lectures throughout the country and frequently provides legal commentary for television and radio. Her book reviews regularly appear in The Federal Lawyer. She hosts two internet radio shows: the award-winning CelebrityCourt where she interviews judges, journalists, law professors, ex-law enforcement, and criminal defense lawyers about the top celebrity legal news of the week; and AuthorChats which features in-depth interviews with authors about their recent works.
Mark M. O’Mara - Orlando, FL
Mark M. O'Mara has been practicing Criminal and Family Law in Central Florida for 28 years, and is presently Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist and a Marital and Family Law Specialist. Mark is a former felony prosecutor and Division Chief and has handled all types of criminal cases, including traffic, property crimes, DUI, drug cases and Death Penalty cases. He has extensive trial experience in both state and federal criminal defense. Mark also represents clients in contested divorce cases, involving child time sharing issues, alimony and division of assets. Mark is also involved in many Bar activities, including serving as President of the Seminole County Bar Association and serving on both Circuit and Federal Grievance Committees. He currently serves as the legal analyst for Central Florida's WKMG Channel 6.
Hon. Jed S. Rakoff - New York, NY
Jed Rakoff is the District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He received his BA degree from Swarthmore College in 1964 and his JD degree from Harvard Law School in 1969. He served as a Law Clerk to Hon. Abraham L. Freedman in 1969-70. He was an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in 1970-72. Judge Rakoff served an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1973-80. He was a Litigation Partner at Mudge, Rose, et al. in 1980-90, and a Litigation Partner at Fried, Frank et al. in 1990-96. Judge Rakoff is a co-author of five books. He has authored over 150 published articles, 380 speeches, and over 1000 judicial opinions. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Judge Rakoff is a Trustee of William Nelson Cromwell Foundation. He served on Governance Board of MacArthur Foundation Initiative on Law and Neuroscience in 2007-2010. He was the Chair of the Grievance Committee of SDNY in 2001-2012. He was also the Chair of Second Circuit Bankruptcy Committee in 2003-2011, and the Chair of Honors Committee of New York City Bar Association in 2006-2009. Judge Rakoff is a Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers and American Board of Criminal Lawyers.
Jeffrey Rosen - Philadelphia, PA
Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. His most recent book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. He also is the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd, and The Unwanted Gaze. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude, Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and Yale Law School. Professor Rosen's essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and the L.A. Times called him, "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator."
Ted Simon - Philadelphia, PA
Theodore “Ted” Simon is an attorney in private practice in Philadelphia, Pa., where he has based a local, national and international practice for the last 39 years. He has obtained reversals in the U.S. Supreme Court and in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. As NACDL’s President-Elect, Simon is slated to be sworn in as the Association’s President next year, on August 2, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pa. In addition to representing individuals and corporations in state and federal trial and appellate proceedings, Simon is a leading authority on the representation of Americans abroad and securing their outright release from custody, as well as on the application of prisoner transfer treaties here and abroad, achieving remarkable success in obtaining the transfer of numerous foreign nationals. He has also successfully defended international extradition requests. A frequent speaker at legal seminars across the nation on a wide variety of pre-trial, trial, sentencing, and post-trial criminal law issues, Simon has made numerous appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Early Show, CNN, ABC’s 20/20, Primetime, NBC’s Dateline, Larry King Live, Court TV, Geraldo Live, Crossfire, The Abrams Report, and The Oprah Winfrey Show (as well as all of the major networks and cable outlets). Immediately following the 2000 presidential election, Mr. Simon hosted his own daily cable TV show, which analyzed various, current legal issues. Additionally, Mr. Simon as a result of his combined legal and communication skills and long standing relationships with the media is a much sought after legal and media consultant. Simon has been selected by his peers and included in a Philadelphia Magazine’s "Best Lawyers in Philadelphia" edition as well as having been selected a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer.” Simon is also an invited member of the "National Trial Lawyers," a national organization composed of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state. Simon’s clients have included Michael Fay (Singapore caning), Ira Einhorn (French extradition), Alain Robert, (climber of skyscrapers), Don King, Tranda Wecker ("Internet birth mom"), Robert Durst, Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones (civil defense), NBA professional basketball player Dante Cunningham, and Amanda Knox, the college student who was charged with but acquitted of the murder of her roommate in Perugia, Italy. He also secured the prompt November 2011 release of Gregory Porter, the Drexel University student charged with throwing Molotov cocktails in Egypt during last year's protests, and in just nine days in early 2012 had all state criminal charges dismissed against Derrick Thomas, the starting basketball guard for Drexel. In separate matters in just the past year, Mr. Simon’s diverse practice generated back-to-back federal reversals in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, dismissal of all charges against a well-known performer, acquittal at state trial of a hearing-impaired defendant on self-defense grounds, avoided the charging and prosecution – post-search -- of a college student facing mandatory minimum drug offense charges, and successful resolution for the lead defendant in a multi-million dollar international federal drug smuggling case involving in excess of 1000 kilograms of marijuana. An NACDL member since 1979, he previously served on the Association’s Board of Directors from 1993-99 and from 2004-09. From 2009-10, he served as Secretary of NACDL, from 2010-11 as NACDL Treasurer, from 2011-12 as NACDL Second Vice President, and from 2012-13 as NACDL First Vice President. He also served as a Co-Chair of NACDL’s 50th Anniversary Gala Event and on the Steering Committee of the Capital Campaign for the Foundation for Criminal Justice. His service in both of those roles was recognized by two of his many NACDL presidential commendations. Among Simon’s numerous other leadership roles at NACDL are his tenure as Co-Chair of NACDL’s International Affairs Committee, his service on the NACDL Budget Committee, his authorship of the “Tips and Tactics” column for The Champion, and his instrumental roles on a broad range of NACDL task forces over the years. Mr. Simon also is a member of the Board of Directors of Philadelphia’s Jenkins Law Library, America’s first law library. Simon is a 1971 graduate of American University and a 1974 graduate of Temple University Law School.
Michael Stepanian - San Francisco, CA
Michael Stepanian has practiced criminal law in Federal and State Courts for over forty years. He has never lost his enthusiasm for the courtroom and his clients. A member of the Northern District of California Federal Panel for thirty years, he has been awarded the opportunity of representing the most difficult clients. He has spoken on tricky ethical problems and legal strategy at NACDL and NORML Legal Committee seminars across the country. He has tried and lost interesting and complex cases. Throughout the years, Mr. Stepanian has represented people charges with major drug, tax and fraud cases, two-bit street sales, guns, gangs, lawyers with thorny ethical problems, and fancy kids doing stupid things. He has recently represented a man in a wild case involving death threats to President Obama.
Brian A. Sun - Los Angeles, CA
Brian Sun has earned a national reputation as a distinguished trial lawyer in complex business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He has successfully litigated cases against some of the nation's top trial lawyers. His cases have included representing Dr. Wen Ho Lee in his successful civil suit against the U.S. government, former Clinton fundraiser Johnny Chung, and former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona. Brian is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was named in 2005 by Lawdragon Magazine as one of America's 500 leading lawyers. Brian's practice covers a wide range of areas, including matters involving unfair competition, intellectual property disputes, entertainment litigation, executive compensation, and shareholder rights. His practice covers the full spectrum of business crimes, such as securities fraud, corporate internal investigations and fraud, tax fraud, bank fraud, FCPA investigations, technology transfer violations, fraud in government procurement, and public corruption prosecutions involving prominent elected officials. In 2007 he was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as amongst the "Best of the Bar in Los Angeles." Brian was also named "Defense Attorney of the Year" by the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section for 2003 and was awarded the 2003 "Distinguished Service Award" by the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association for dedication to pro bono work.
Jeffrey S. Weiner - Miami, FL
Jeff Weiner is the Managing Partner of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., in Miami, Florida. Jeff has been a practicing criminal defense attorney since 1974. Jeff is a nationally Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. He represents United States citizens and foreign nationals in international criminal law matters, and members of various professions before regulatory agencies. Many of his cases are “high profile” in which he represents fellow attorneys, professional athletes, politicians and business executives. Jeff has argued trials and appeals throughout the country including appeals before the United States Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, and numerous Florida and Federal courts of appeal. Jeff had the distinction of arguing Florida v. Jimeno, 500 U.S. 248 (1991) before the United States Supreme Court. Jeff’s distinguished legal career includes terms as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), president of the Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is also a former Regent and faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College. Jeff was voted by fellow lawyers as one of the 2013 Best Lawyers in America®, as a “Florida Super Lawyer” ®, is named in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” ®, which singles out less than 2% of the nearly 63,000 Florida Bar members practicing in Florida, in the 2013 South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” and enjoys an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Jeff received the Robert C. Heeney Award, NACDL’s highest honor, awarded annually “to the one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association, and the legal profession.”
Donald R. West - Orlando, FL
Don West practices criminal defense from Orlando, Florida. He has been board certified as a criminal trial specialist by the Florida bar since 1987. Mr. West is qualified as lead counsel in capital cases in both state and federal courts. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, recognized by Superlawyers and is well liked by all that know him, especially the judge from the Zimmerman case.