Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 2006 - SuperLawyer, 2010

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Introduction

After graduating law school in 1994, I began working as a Public Defender helping those unable to afford a private lawyer. Three years later, I started in private practice, helping people with both civil and criminal matters. Nearly 30 years later, I'm still practicing law in Gainesville and surrounding communities.

You deserve to be treated with respect and compassion during this difficult time. You deserve to have your phone calls and emails returned promptly, and to be kept apprised of developments in your case. You deserve to have a skilled and experienced advocate right at your side. 

I am happy to discuss your matter briefly with you for no fee. If I take your case, I will personally put in the time necessary to ensure your case is handled properly.

 

In personal injury matters, you are not charged attorney fees or costs unless there is a recovery.

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Experience

Civil matters tried to jury or litigated:

Car crash

Wrongful Death

Slip and fall

Product liability

Nursing Home Negligence

Breach of Contract

Insurer Bad Faith

Insurer Refusal to Pay

Criminal matters tried to jury:

1st Degree Murder

2nd Degree Murder

DUI (Impairment and DUBAL)

Aggravated Stalking

Domestic Violence

Cocaine Trafficking

Possession of Cannabis

Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

Aggravated Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer

Robbery

Escape

Resisting or Obstructing an Officer

Scheme to Defraud

Witness Tampering

Sexual Battery

Kidnapping

Aggravated Battery

Theft

Trespass

Driving with Suspended or Revoked License

Education

University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D. (1994)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A. (1991)

Bar Admissions

Florida Bar (1994)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (1997)

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1997)

Certifications

Board Certified Criminal Trial Law

Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator

Memberships

Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (President, 2001)

Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter FACDL, Past President

Gerald T. Bennett American Inn of Court

Florida Bar Sections: Trial Lawyers; Real Property, Probate and Trust Litigation; Criminal Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Teaching and Mentoring Activities

Former Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice, University of Florida College of Law (2016-2020)

Faculty, Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program (2006-present)

Florida Bar Grievance Committee 8A (Chair, 2006)

LET'S GET STARTED

2750 N.W. 43rd St., Ste. 102

Gainesville, FL 32606

help@rightatyourside.com