We’ve been a criminal law firm since graduating from the University of Florida College of Law in 1972. While in law school, we developed a keen interest in the criminal area and served as a student intern under the tutelage of Eugene Whitworth, Esq., who later became State Attorney of the 8th Judicial Circuit. Upon graduation, we accepted a position as an Assistant State Attorney in the 18th Judicial Circuit in Seminole County, Florida, and due to his intense work ethic, devotion and charisma, was quickly elevated to a position in the Felony Trial Division, where he remained until 1977. During that time, he was responsible for numerous high-profile prosecutions and earned a reputation as a tough but fair prosecutor amongst his peers.
In 1977, after a brief foray into politics, he established a private practice specializing in criminal defense with another former prosecutor and friend. For the next 11 years, we developed a criminal practice in both state and federal courts in the central and southern districts of Florida. We rose to prominence for their vigorous defense strategies and were engaged in several high-profile criminal trials during this period.
In 1988, he finally succumbed to the lure of the Florida Keys, closed out his practice, sold his house, moved onto his trawler and headed for Marathon. After six months of “retirement” herealized he desperately missed both the practice of law and court appearances. He applied for a position as Assistant Public Defender in the 16th Judicial Circuit, and was assigned to manage the Marathon office. In 1990, the State Attorney’s Office decided to cut their losses and hire he as the manager of their Marathon office. He held this position until 1993. At that point in time, he received an offer from the Cunningham Law Firm, the oldest law firm in the Florida Keys, to join them as a Shreveport defense lawyer. He’s reputation in the Keys was well known by this time, and by 1993, he had prosecuted, or defended, a large percentage of the community. His approachability and charismatic personality served him well once again in a private practice. From 1993 through today, he has handled a wide variety of criminal cases, including environmental infractions, groundings, DUIs, driver license suspensions, aggravated batteries and attempted murders.