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Hon. Charles Atwell (Kansas City, MO)
Charles Atwell joined the firm of Foland Wickens Eisfelder Roper & Hofer, P.C. on December 1, 2012 after serving over 16 years as a Circuit Judge in Jackson County, Missouri. Charlie's last assignment was that of Presiding Judge for the entire circuit. During his tenure on the bench he tried or was involved in a variety of complex cases in such areas as commercial litigation, securities fraud, product liability, medical malpractice, antitrust, real estate evaluation and death penalty cases. Some of the more notable cases that Judge Atwell presided over include a plane crash case involving the death of the governor of the state of Missouri; commercial litigation involving the Power & Light District of Kansas City, Missouri; constitutional interpretation of the state statute involving abortion rights of minors and complex real estate litigation touching upon the value of commercial real estate on the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Missouri. During his over 16 years as a judicial officer Judge Atwell sat as a special judge for both the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District and on the Missouri Supreme Court. Charlie's practice involves both mediation and arbitration. He has successfully mediated cases in such areas of employment law, business and commercial litigation, medical malpractice matters, personal injury and real estate disputes. He also participates in both civil and criminal litigation on behalf of the firm. The Judge has been on the AAA Arbitration Panel for the last three years and regularly handles matters in arbitration for AAA. He has also been involved in other arbitrations that have been tried both in Kansas City and occasion outside of the Kansas City area, which included an extended arbitration that was tried in Jacksonville, Florida. Judge Atwell has had substantial experience in representing individuals and companies in business investigations including matters before state and federal grand juries. Judge Atwell frequently serves as a discovery master in complex cases. While on the bench he used discovery masters on many occasions in complicated cases and has the good fortune of being a master himself in several of these matters since he joined the firm. Since joining the firm he has been involved in representing individuals and corporations under investigation as well as individual defendants in state and federal court. Before taking the bench, Charlie served as both an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Thereafter, he was a partner in the firm of Wyrsch Atwell Mirakian Lee & Hobbs and was a well-known trial lawyer both regionally and throughout the United States. While in practice, he was regularly named in Best Lawyers of America and retained an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Charlie was active in the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). In 1989 – 90 he served as President of the Missouri Association and between 1990 – 1996 he served twice on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 1993 – 1994 he was co-chair of NACDL's CLE committee with the Honorable Charles Daniels, who presently sits on the New Mexico Supreme Court. He has been a long time faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at the national session in Boulder, Colorado as well as the Midwest Regional in Chicago, Illinois — both at Northwestern and Loyola Law Schools. In 2007 he was named by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as the best Circuit Judge in the State of Missouri. In 2013 Judge Atwell was given an award by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association for his outstanding contributions to CLE program. In 2015 he received two other awards. One award was the Ross Roberts Trial Academy Award for Professional Excellence in the area of teaching trial advocacy. He also received the Distinguished Counsel Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. The Distinguished Counsel Award is an award that is given periodically to lawyers for both the quality of their legal ability and also for maintaining congeniality and civility of the practice of law. In 2015 the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) decided to begin to host a deposition program once a year at the law school at UMKC. Judge Atwell and Judge William Ossmann of Shawnee County, KS were named as program directors of that program. The first session was held in August of 2015 and was a great success. NITA plans to make this program an annual event with the leadership of Judges Atwell and Ossmann. In law school, he was a member of the law review and graduated with honors from UMKC Law School in 1978.
Anthony Bornstein (Portland, OR)
Tony Bornstein is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Portland, Oregon, specializing in Federal Habeas Corpus cases. He began his criminal defense career with the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland in 1986 where he worked as a trial attorney. He later served in that office as the attorney trainer. From 1995 until 1998, he directed the Appellate Advocacy Clinic at the Washington College of Law at American University. While in D.C., he was the CLE coordinator for the District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Tony has long been active in the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and formerly chaired OCDLA's Education Committee. A member of NACDL since 1987, he once co-chaired NACDL's Government Misconduct Committee and occasionally writes for The Champion.Tony loves the Pacific Northwest and the outdoors, reading history, and, "having grown up at Wrigley Field," he's a life-long Chicago Cubs fan.
Jerome 'Jerry' Buting (Brookfield, WI)
Jerome F. Buting is a shareholder in the Brookfield, Wisconsin law firm of Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. He received his undergraduate degree in Forensic Studies from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He is a past director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a past president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and chair of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section from 2005 to 2007. His present private practice is entirely criminal defense, both trials and appeals. He has defended the citizen accused in many serious high profile trial cases, including the Steven Avery case as shown in the Netflix documentary, “Making a Murderer” and he obtained the reversal of convictions in State of Wisconsin v. Ted Oswald and State of Wisconsin v. Ralph Armstrong (reversing a 25 year old murder conviction). He lectures nationwide and is frequently sought after for his knowledge in the use of expert witnesses and DNA evidence.
Nancy Caplan (Boston, MA)
Nancy Caplan has been an advocate for low-income individuals for almost forty years. Before starting law school in 1980, she worked for five years in New York City, first for MFY Legal Services as a government benefits advocate and then for the Prisoner’s Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society as a paralegal. She graduated from the Northeastern School of Law in 1983 and then began her career as a CPCS public defender. As a public defender, she has practiced in Hamden, Hampshire, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties. She has mentored and supervised many wonderful lawyers and contributed to multiple training programs within CPCS and the indigent defense community. Since April of 2013, she has been the Attorney in Charge of the Drug Lab Crisis Litigation Unit, which she started with fellow pioneers Benjamin Selman and James Corbo.
Robert M. Cary (Washington, DC)
Rob Cary represents clients in civil and criminal matters before judges and juries across the country. Mr. Cary is well-known for his representation of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. The American Lawyer described Williams & Connelly's work on the case as "one of the best criminal defense performances in memory, resulting in a heightened scrutiny of prosecutors that will affect the Justice Department for years to come." While Mr. Cary handles both civil and criminal cases, he is a frequent speaker on matters of criminal law, professional liability and legal ethics. He has taught Trial Advocacy at Georgetown University Law Center and is currently teaching White Collar Crime at Georgetown. He has been appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court to teach professionalism to new members of the Virginia State Bar and serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and the Lawyers Committee of the Innocence Project at Cardozo University.
Denis M. deVlaming (Clearwater, FL)
Mr. deVlaming was educated at the Ohio State University where he received a B.A. in Psychology (1969). He graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1972 with a Juris doctor degree. He accepted an appointment as a Florida Assistant State Attorney where he prosecuted in the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1972 through 1975. Thereafter, he started his own law practice and has specialized in criminal defense ever since. Mr. deVlaming is the past president of the Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (1987), the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association (1991) and the Clearwater Bar Association (1994-1995). He also served as Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Clearwater Bar. He was elected statewide President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2002-2003) and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2001 he was named senior counsel in The College of Master Advocates And Barristers and in 2010 he was inducted in to the American College of Trial Lawyers. He currently serves as president of First Step, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping needy men and women who are on probation. He is Board Certified in criminal law (1988-present) and has been approved by the Florida Bar to give Continuing Legal Education seminars on every aspect of the criminal trial. For over twenty five years he has been asked to lecture at the Board Certification Seminar for criminal trial law. He has authored over 50 published articles touching upon matters involving criminal law in both state-wide and national magazines. Mr. deVlaming is an adjunct professor at Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida teaching “Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy” and is a past adjunct professor at the University of South Florida. He has also been a guest lecturer for the St. Petersburg College, the “Peoples Law School” in Pinellas County and been asked to speak at the statewide Florida Judicial Conference on criminal law and ethics (Circuit and County), the Florida Public Defender’s Association (trial tactics), the Gerald T. Bennett prosecutor/public defender trial training program at the University of Florida, the National College of DUI Defense held at Harvard law school (2005, 2009, 2014) and “Masters of DUI” held in Miami, Florida (2006). He has also travelled around the state giving a three hour interactive ethics seminar to the combined offices of the state attorney and public defender. And has coordinated, produced, directed and acted in several mock trials for cable television. Mr. deVlaming has been inducted into “Who’s Who In American Law” (1989-present) and has been included in the book “Best Lawyers In America” (Naifeh and Smith, 1995-present). He was selected as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Florida by the Florida Trend magazine (July 2004-6), Florida Monthly magazine (Sept. 2003), the Tampa Bay magazine (1997-present), the Tampa Metro magazine (2003-4) and Florida Super Lawyers magazine (2006-present). The Tampa edition of the Business Review newspaper included him as one of the Gulf Coast’s most influential lawyers (Oct. 2003). The national rating service of attorneys (Martindale-Hubbell) has given him an “A” rating since 1987. He is also listed in that publication’s “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers”. His peers have presented him with awards for professionalism and excellence in the field of criminal law by awarding him “The Barney” award (Inns of Court, 1997), “The Hindman” award (Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1998), “The Richard T. Earle” award (voted on by all Pinellas County Florida judges, 1998),“The William Reece Smith” award for professionalism (Stetson College of Law, 2008) and the “Jack Edmund” award (The Herbert G. Goldburg Inn of Court, Tampa 2011). In 2012 he was inducted in to the Stetson College of Law “Hall of Fame” (Florida).
Joe Guastaferro (New York, NY)
Joseph Guastaferro has spent his thirty-year career as a trial consultant and or mitigation specialist working exclusively with the criminal defense bar defending citizens accused. He has worked collaboratively with State, Federal and privately retained criminal defense lawyers in over 200 cases. In thirty of those cases the accused faced a possible sentence of death, seventeen of the thirty were tried to a verdict before a jury and twenty-six received a sentence other than death. He worked as a mitigation specialist with the defense team for Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing state trial and as a consultant with the defense team of Brian Nichols in the Fulton County (GA) courthouse shootings, both of which resulted in life verdicts. Dedicated to training criminal defense lawyers, he taught his first criminal defense CLE course in 1976 for the Cook County Public Defender Office. Joe lectures throughout the country on Jury Selection & Persuasion. He is a regular member of training faculty in State and Federal Public Defender offices for both capital and non-capital cases. He has taught for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the National Criminal Defense College as well as the New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) and taught on the faculty from 1996 and 2005. Joe was an inaugural member of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and taught at “The Ranch” for four years. He has lectured at National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) conferences and published articles in the organizations nationally acclaimed magazine, “The Champion.” From 2011 to 2015 Joe served as a mitigation specialist for the Military Commissions in Guantanamo, Cuba. In 1995 and 1996 Joe was part of a nine-person team who taught trial skills in Russia to criminal defense lawyers in the former Soviet Union. In May 2003, after his involvement in the Embassy Bombing Case in NYC, he lectured in Salzburg, Austria on the Impact of Terrorism on American Juries. Joe has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, from Jersey City University and a Master Degree in Theatre Arts, from the University of Connecticut.
Richard Jaffe (Birmingham, AL)
Richard S. Jaffe of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight P.C. has been certified as an NBTA Criminal Trial Specialist since 1984. He was lead counsel in 3 out of the 5 Alabama Death Row exonerees at new trials. He has represented law enforcement officers in the state and federal courts for over 30 years. In 2014 Super Lawyers listed him as one of the top 10 lawyers in Alabama. Since 2010 Best Lawyers of America has listed him 3 times as “Lawyer of the Year” for Birmingham in White-Collar or Non- White-Collar criminal law. Mr. Jaffe is serving his 4th term as an NACDL Board of Director. He presents throughout the U.S. on issues involving criminal defense and has published numerous articles on criminal law. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and author of “Quest for Justice; Defending the Damned.”
Mike Klinkosum (Raleigh, NC)
Mike Klinkosum is a partner in the North Carolina law firm of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC and is the managing partner of the Raleigh, NC office. He practices exclusively in the field of criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels in both the State and Federal courts. Mike obtained his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1992) and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law (1995), where he was a member of the law school’s national mock trial team. Mike began his career as an Assistant Public Defender in the Kane County Public Defender’s Office (St. Charles, IL); then as an Assistant Public Defender for the Cook County (Chicago, IL). He has also been an Assistant Public Defender for the Wake County (Raleigh, NC) Public Defender, and an Assistant Capital Defender for the NC Capital Defender, where his work focused exclusively on representing clients at the trial level facing the death penalty. Mike is a certified Specialist in North Carolina State Criminal Law by the NC State Bar, and as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is the author of Klinkosum on Criminal Defense Motions published by LexisNexis. Mike has been named in Super Lawyers magazine in the field of criminal defense since 2012, and as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in criminal defense by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers since 2012. Mike is rated “AV”® by Martindale-Hubbell and was named to The Best Lawyers in America® in 2016. In 2007, Mike and Kelley DeAngelus won the release of Floyd Brown, an innocent intellectually disabled man, who was wrongfully charged with murder and held without a trial in a state mental hospital for 14 years. For their work in freeing Floyd Brown, Mike and Kelley were presented with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Award, as well as the Kellie Crabtree Award from the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. In 2010, Mike, along with Christine Mumma of the NC Center on Actual Innocence and Joseph B. Cheshire V, won a declaration of innocence from a three-judge panel of the NC Innocence Inquiry Commission for their client, Gregory F. Taylor. Mr. Taylor had been wrongfully convicted of murder and imprisoned for 16 years. For his work in Greg Taylor’s case, Mike was again awarded the Kellie Crabtree Award from the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, making him the only attorney in North Carolina to have received the award more than once. Mike has served on the board of directors for North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services since 2008. He is also a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and served as the Chair of the Criminal Defense Section of the NCAJ from 2004 to 2006. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law where he teaches Criminal Procedure Litigation Skills.
Tama Beth Kudman (West Palm Beach, FL)
A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University (Class of '92) and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Class of '95), Tama Beth Kudman has built her care r handling complex criminal trial litigation. Her practice encompasses all areas of state and federal criminal matters, including: Fraud, Conspiracy , Steroid and Pill Mill cases, Drug Possession and Trafficking Offenses, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes, White-Collar Offenses, and Internal Investigations. Early in her career, Tama was a member of the defense team that obtained an acquittal for one of four New York City police officers charged in the infamous precinct !house torture of Haitian immigrant, Abner Louima. Most recently, Tama was a member of John Goodman's defense team in his second trial for DUI Manslaughter. Additionally, Tama recently won a full acquittal for a pharmacist charged in a federal 38-count conspiracy and drug trafficking case involving steroids, Hgh, and oxycodone. Tama is a member of the White-Collar Crime Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She has also served as Chair of the Criminal Law Committee for the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Tama has received an AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell and has also been named to the Florida Super Lawyers list for 2015 and 2016.
Benedict Kuehne (Miami, FL)
Known as the “Iron Lawyer” for his successes and accomplishments in complex, protracted trials and appeals, as well as for his significant achievements as an Ironman athlete (140.6 miles of swim, bike, and run), Benedict P. Kuehne is experienced in both trial and appellate courtrooms
throughout the State of Florida and across the nation. While he is known best for his significant representations as a white collar criminal defense lawyer, he is also one of the premier election law specialists in Florida, having represented Vice President Al Gore and the Gore/Lieberman Recount Committee as trial cocounsel in the 2000 election recount trial and the appeals to the Florida Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. In 2012, leading a legal team, Ben obtained the fifth highest verdict in the United States, $155 million, for his successful representation of an internationally accomplished educator who sued as a whistle blower for her wrongful termination. Recently, Ben prevailed against the U.S. Department of Justice in a test case in which he was charged, as a lawyer, with money laundering for reviewing and approving the propriety of legal fee payments to another prominent criminal defense lawyer for representation of a high-profile client prosecuted for drug trafficking. In a long-awaited and highly favorable appellate decision of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals declared that legal fees paid for criminal defense representation were exempt from money laundering enforcement. The Department of Justice promptly dropped all charges, resulting in Ben’s immediate vindication the day before Thanksgiving 2009. He is a Past President of the Dade County Bar Association, a former member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, a Past President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami, a Life Member of its Miami Chapter, a Founding and Life Member and past board member of the statewide Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a Charter Member of the Rosemary Barkett Appellate Inn of Court. He previously served as Chair of the Criminal Law Section, the Appellate Section, and the Council of Sections of The Florida Bar, was President of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and served as Chair of the Appellate Certification Committee and the Criminal Certification Committee of The Florida Bar. He is triple certified by The Florida Bar in Criminal Trial Practice, Appellate Practice, and Criminal Appellate Law, and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Advocate. He is also credentialed as a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Legacy Advisor.
Kevin McClain (Centralia, IL)
Kevin W. McClain is a licensed private investigator in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin. He is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator and President of Kevin W. McClain Investigations Ltd., which is a multi-state investigative firm (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Wisconsin) with 30 investigators that have over 300 years of investigative experience. He is qualified as an expert in Criminal Investigations, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He has also been a college instructor in personal security. Mr. McClain began his career in 1993 and gained distinction as one of the regions premier private investigators assisting some of the finest criminal defense and civil attorneys with major felonies, personal injuries, wrongful deaths, excessive force shootings, civil rights investigations, police misconduct investigations, white collar defense investigations, corporate investigations and high profile media cases. He has been a featured speaker at the national conferences for NLADA “Life in the Balance Capital Defense training seminars in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Florida and St. Louis. He has spoken for the IICLE, IACDL, and ISBA for continuing education for Illinois attorneys. Mr. McClain has taught for Jon Rapping’s Gideon’s Promise for returning attorneys. He also was a featured speaker at the national conferences and international conferences for NALI, NCISS, and Intellenet. Mr. McClain has presented on over 20 different criminal defense subject matters in over 25 states. He has developed numerous presentations on the utilization of the Internet and Social Media and has been retained as a Cyber Investigator in high profile media cases conducting jury research and verifying credentials of experts. He has developed numerous investigative and attorney training programs throughout the country. He is a founding faculty member of nationally acclaimed Essentials of Defense Investigations Training Institute for criminal attorneys and investigators held yearly in Faubush, Kentucky.He has the distinction of being part of the defense team on two Illinois Death Penalty cases which were dismissed prior to trial. (First time in Illinois history since Capital Litigation Division was formed in 2000.) Mr. McClain has conducted over (76) Death Penalty investigations as a fact and mitigation investigator around the country including two recent cases one was part of the Angola (5) defendants in Louisiana which resulted in a life sentence and the other which just concluded (March 2015) was a federal death penalty case where the client was charged with (6) homicides. The case resulted in a life sentence with one of the homicides getting an acquittal on at the guilt/ innocence stage of the trial. Starting in 2016 Mr. McClain will be an adjunct professor at Valparaiso Law School and also will be one of instructors for the future Defense Investigators Certification Program taught through Valparaiso Law School. Mr. McClain has also worked extensively with the Center of Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and is on the faculty at the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College. He is also a contract investigator for the Exoneration Project in Chicago
William H. Murphy, Jr. (Baltimore, MD)
Judge William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr. is the founder and a senior partner of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy in Baltimore. In addition to his active trial work and ongoing caseload, Judge Murphy also serves as the informal elder statesman of the firm.With more than 42 years of practice in state courts, Judge Murphy has been successful in over 90% of his state court cases and over 40% of his federal cases–four times higher than the national average of 9%. In the courtroom, he’s known as an expert litigator with a calm and calculated approach for getting to the truth. Ask those who know him best to describe the man leading many of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy’s most complex cases and the words you’ll hear most frequently are “imaginative,” “leader,” “calm,” and “team builder.” Judge Murphy is most energized when battling the powerful to protect the rights of the innocent and under-represented. Judge Murphy is legendary among trial attorneys, known for his creative and systematic approach to commanding any situation in court. At every turn, he has been able to out-strategize, out-organize and simply out-work his opponents. His exceptional ability to cross-examine any witness has led him to countless victories. “In court, you only know, at best, 60 percent of what’s going to happen. The other 40 percent is unexpected. You state your theme. Then you improvise and, at the end, restate the theme,” he says. His 1998 victory for boxing promoter Don King became a legendary case in sports history and garnered wide-spread attention throughout the nation. In a case of wire fraud charges brought on by UK-based bank, Lloyd’s of London, Judge Murphy defended Mr. King’s participation in fraudulently claiming $350,000 of refunds from a cancelled boxing match. Through his extensive knowledge on the case and fearless cross-examination of Mr. King’s former accountant, all nine counts were ultimately dismissed. In 2008, Judge Murphy and his team at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy reached a $54 million settlement with Constellation Energy on behalf of homeowners in the Baltimore area whose private drinking wells were contaminated by coal ash. In August 2010, he and his team of attorneys represented 23 plaintiffs who were awarded $34.33 million in damages after a Baltimore City jury found that they had been permanently injured in a carbon monoxide release at an Inner Harbor restaurant.In 1966, he entered the University of Maryland School of Law. After ten years of building a thriving practice as a superstar attorney, he successfully ran for judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in 1980. In 1983 he resigned and returned to his true passion: litigation. He has been perfecting this craft ever since. In 2004, Judge Murphy received the Charles Hamilton Houston Award for Lifetime Achievement in Litigation. The Baltimore Sun has profiled him as one of the top five lawyers in the state and wrote that he is recognized by his peers as “extraordinarily gifted” and “one of the best defense attorneys of his time.”
C. Melissa Owen (Charlotte, NC)
C. Melissa “Missy” Owen always wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer. The daughter of Pittsburgh defense attorney John Knorr, Missy grew up with the practice of criminal law in her blood. Missy has practiced criminal law exclusively since moving to Charlotte in 2002, where she met Noell Tin and joined what was then his solo practice. Their legal partnership was the first brick laid in the building of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen. Missy represents clients in state and federal courts across North Carolina, handling cases ranging from misdemeanors to homicides. Missy has particular expertise in white collar and sex offense cases, where she has represented clients in the pre-indictment phase, at trial, and on appeal. She also represents clients in regulatory proceedings involving the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). In white collar matters, Missy’s keen ability to analyze and digest complex business arrangements and transactions enables her to quickly assess a client’s circumstances and provide immediate guidance. In sex offense matters, she regularly works with forensic experts and consultants to aggressively investigate allegations. As a consequence of her approach to these challenging cases, some of Missy’s clients are never ultimately prosecuted. Missy is a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, serves on PTO Board at Saint Patrick Catholic School, and is an active member of the Dilworth Neighborhood Development Association. In 2013, Missy joined the board of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc.
Scott Sanders (Santa Ana, CA)
Scott Sanders graduated from the University of Wisconsin and Emory University Law School. He has been an attorney with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office for twenty-three years, and currently serves as an Assistant Public Defender. One of Scott's clients is Scott Dekraai, who was charged in 2011 with capital murder after killing eight people at a local beauty salon. In 2015, an Orange County Superior court judge removed the entire district attorney's office from the case after conducting hearings related to the use of jailhouse informants, which spanned a calendar year and included the testimony of more than two dozen prosecutors and members of law enforcement.
Marcia Shein (Decatur, GA)
Attorney 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 federal matters dealing with 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, 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, Inside the Minds Series on “Litigation Strategies for Internet Pornography Cases.” Attorney Shein has spoken before Criminal Defense Bar Associations as well as on television as a legal analyst for such cases as George Zimmerman and Andrea Sneiderman. 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 throughout the United States in White Collar, Drug and other complicated federal and state 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.
Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
Deja Vishny has practiced criminal defense for over 35 years with the Milwaukee Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender, where she specializes in defending homicide cases. She heads the statewide Homicide Practice Group and is the deputy training director for that agency. She is a faculty member at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Marquette University Law School and has taught at seminars on trial and motion practice throughout the United States and in India. She studied police interrogation and attended the Reid school of Interrogation course in 2004, is a nationally known lecturer on the subject of defending false confession cases, and published articles in The Champion and The Wisconsin Defender on the subject. She currently is serving her third term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served several terms on the Board of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section.