Became a Lawyer...
From an early age I was taught to "be a voice, not an echo." I believe that phrase really resonated with me and helped encourage me to become an attorney. I quickly realized that not everyone could stand up and speak for themselves, let alone be heard at times where it really matters. For me, it gave new purpose and goal to not let voices go unheard. From that point forward, I made a promise that I would put all efforts into those that needed me, and my clients would always be heard.
I became a criminal attorney because I felt I could make the most impact in the criminal field. I started at the Public Defender's office where I learned what it was truly like to defend those during their worst moments and let them know that someone will always be on their side. Working there has taught me how to defend with a passion and I gained invaluable experience that others don't have. During my tenure at the Public Defender's Office, I had 2 Orders published in Florida Law Weekly, won Pasco County Attorney of the Year for the Public Defender's Office and received an Award from the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar for the Most Improved Trial Advocacy at the State Attorney/Public Defender Conference.
I attended Lock Haven University for my undergraduate degree where I majored in Political Science. After receiving many of the top grades in the department, I was asked to tutor for one of the department chairs, which I did for two years. In addition to my studies, I worked three jobs, held a scholarship and participated in a national sorority. After completing Lock Haven, I moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where I started in sales and was able to perfect my negotiation tactics that became useful in today's practice. I started my legal career in 2005 as a legal assistant in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ultimately working my way up to an associate attorney.
I graduated from Barry Law School where I was a night student and worked a full-time job at a law office. Not only was I successful in maintaining my job and receiving accolades in school, I was invited to the George C. Young Inns of Court, received a focus in Children and Families Concentration Program and completed an internship with the Juvenile Delinquency Law Clinic. I also volunteered for several different organizations including Guardian Ad Litem and GoodWill's youth mentorship program. Due to the opportunities I had available to me in both undergraduate and law school, I was able to obtain skill and knowledge that exceeds all expectations.
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Pending Admission)
Areas Of Practice
- Criminal Defense - State Level
- State Appeals and Post Conviction Motions
- Federal Appeals and Post Conviction Motions
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
Past Employment Positions
- Sixth Judicial Circuit - Office of the Public Defender
- Mander Law Group