Practice Areas: Federal Criminal Defense; State Criminal Defense, Entertainment Law, Media Relations, and Complex Civil Trial Law.
Admitted: Florida, 1989 – present; Colorado, 1996 – present; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992 – present; Middle District of Florida, 1991 – present. Pro Hac Vice: Parke County, Indiana, 2003; Middle District of Tennessee, 2006; Northern District of Georgia, 2006; Southern District of NY, 2008; Eastern District of NY, 2008; Western District of Washington, 2014; Northern District of West Virginia, 2016.
Law School: Stetson College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1989. Order of Barristers, 1989; American Bar Association Southeast Regional Moot Court Champion Team, 1989; American Bar Association Southeast Regional Mock Trial Team, 1989; Florida Bar State Mock Trial Champion Team, 1989; International Moot Court Board, 1989; Recipient Victor O’ Wehle Trial Practice Award, 1989; Torts I Book Award, 1986; Criminal Law I Book Award, 1987.
College: Boston College, 1982-1983; UCLA, 1984; Principia College, B.A. in History, 1986.
Certifications: Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 1996 – ; Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2001 – 2011 . One of 120 lawyers in Florida doubly certified.
Awards and Recognition: 2010 Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell certification; 2014 Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine; 2014, 2015, 2016 Super Lawyers – Top Lawyers of Tampa recognized for excellence and achievement by the legal community; 2014 Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney Award by National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Member: Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar (2000 – present; President, 2004); Herbert G. Goldburg Criminal Inn of Court (2000 – present); Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association (1994-2000); Barney Masterson Inn of Court (1992-1995);
Significant Cases: United States v. Jermaine Julian (first federal death trial in Tampa, Florida and the third federal death trial in Florida (12-0 Life recommendation); United States v. Toriano Parker; (Acquittal); United States v. Johana Melendez Santiago (Acquittal); United States v. Jose Aguirre-Estrada (Acquittal); United States v. Javier Enrique Cardenas-Socarras (Acquittal); United States v. Henry Lyons (never served federal time); State of Colorado v. Robert Owens (Acquittal); United States v. Thomas Spellissy, SDI, Inc.(Acquittal on all but 1 count); State of Florida v. Cable Ridenour (Acquittal); State of Florida v. Michael Saroukos (Acquittal).
Have appeared with or represented clients appearing on 60 Minutes, Today Show, Nightline, ESPN, FOX NEWS, CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, NBC, BBC, all local TV channels, and almost all other major news outlets including print such as NY Times, London Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times. Tried to jury over 150 jury trials in federal and state courts.
Born: Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 26, 1963.
Interests: Mountaineer – Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, summit September 1, 2006; Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, summit January 4, 5 and 6, (3 nights on summit) 2013 in an attempt to paraglide off the top; Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, summit September 26 and 27, 2016, paraglided off the true summit for a new world record; Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina, summit February 16, 2008; Mt. Elbrus, Russia, summit June 2009; Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt on skis), The Alps, March 18-24, 2012; Mt. Blanc, summit September 2009, France; summit April 2010 (skied), summit June 26, 2012 (paraglided off the summit); Mt. McKinley, Alaska, summit May 18, 2010; Lobuche, Nepal, summit April 21 and 22 (2 nights on summit) 2012; Mt. Everest, Nepal – South Side, 2012, 26,000 feet for 6 nights (camp2 and 3); Mt. Everest, Nepal – South Side, 2014; trekked in Rwanda after Silverback Gorillas; P2 Licensed Paraglider; Kite surfer; Extreme Skier (on skis -Haute Route; Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Blanc; Mt. McKinley); Tennis; Golf; Extensive traveling – Egypt, Botswana; Kenya; Tanzania; Zimbabwe; Zambia; South Africa; Rwanda; Uganda; Argentina; Chile; Columbia; Jamaica; Aruba; Bermuda; Dominican Republic; Canada; England; Ireland; Scotland; Netherlands; Germany; France; Italy; Switzerland; Russia; Hungry; Turkey; Republic of Czechoslovakia; Greece; Nepal; U.A.E;
Television Biography: Television Legal Panelist/Analyst: FOX NEWS, CNN, CNN Headline News, TRU TV (formerly Court TV), MSNBC, NBC, BBC, FOX13, News Channel 8, Tampa Bay 10, ABC Action News. (Monthly Legal Commentator on these shows: FOX NEWS On The Record with Greta Van Susteren; CNN Nancy Grace; FOX NEWS O’Reilly Factor; CNN HEADLINE NEWS Issues With Jane Valez Mitchell; FOX NEWS Glen Beck; TRU TV with Ashleigh Banfield and Jack Ford, FOX 13 The Kathy Fountain Show, FOX 13 The Lightning Round. (Providing legal analysis/legal commentary on the latest litigation news such as Scott Peterson, O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, Natalie Holloway, Martha Stewart, Duke Rape scandal, Jessica Lundsford, Michael Vick, Casey Anthony, and various other legal topics);
- Law Biography: Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco Counties), 1989 -1993, prosecuting over 100 jury trials for Capital Murder, Capital Child Abuse, Homicides, Arson, Kidnapping, Sexual Battery, RICO, and various other felony and misdemeanor crimes; Associate, Carey & Florin, P.A., 1993-1994; Partner, Taracks & Brown, P.A., 1994-1997; Partner, Jeffrey G. Brown, P.A., 1997-2003; Brown & Doherty, P.A., 2003 – present;
Honors and Appointments Biography: One of only 6 lawyers in Florida to try a Death penalty Murder case in Federal Court; Appointed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to serve as the sole lawyer representative for the Middle District of Florida on a Committee of all the Districts of Florida to report to the 11th Circuit on the retention of the Federal Public Defenders for Florida, 2007 – present; Appointed by the Chief Judge of the Middle District of Florida to serve as the sole lawyer representative on a three panel committee to report on the CJA procedures/lawyers for the Tamp Division of the Middle District of Florida, 2006-2008; Appointed by the Chief Judge of the Middle District of Florida as the CJA Representative for the Tampa Division of the Middle District of Florida, 2006 – 2008; Appointed by the Chief Judge of the Middle District of Florida as the CJA Representative for the Middle District of Florida, 2009 – 2011; Appointed by the Chief Judge of the Middle District of Florida to serve as a Panel Member to the Middle District of Florida Bench and Bar Committee, 2004; Appointed by the Florida Bar to serve as a Committee Member on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee 6E, 2002 – 2005 (Chairman, 2005); Vice-Chair of Open World/ Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar/Middle District of Florida/Stetson College of Law Delegation to St. Petersburg, Russia, 2004;
- Teaching Biography: Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law, “Trial Practice”, 2003; Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law, “Federal Criminal Law Seminar”, 2005; Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law, “Trial Practice,” 2006; Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law, “Trial Practice,” 2009; Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law, “Trial Practice,” 2010; Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law, “Trial Practice”, 2015; Adjunct Professor, St. Petersburg Junior College Police Academy, “Homicide and Child Abuse,” 1993;
Lecturing Biography: Speaker: “The Art of Voir Dire,” Stetson College of Law, 1992; Speaker, “A Prosecutor’s View,” Stetson College of Law, 1993; Speaker, “How to Cross Examine a DUI Cop,” Stetson College of Law, 1994; Speaker, “Selective Rules of Florida Criminal Procedure,” Stetson College of Law, 2000; Panel Member, “Law and the Media,” Hillsborough Inn of Court, 2006; “Media and the Law,” Leadership Institute with The Hillsborough Bar Association, 2007, 2009; Producer/Director, “Video Media Conference I,” Middle District of Florida Panel Discussion, 2000; Producer/Director, “Video Media Conference II,” Middle District of Florida Panel Discussion, 2001; Author of the mock trial: United States v. Defendant John Doe, (a technological showcase of a federal trial for visiting Russian Judges);