Jeffrey G. Brown - Partner
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 with double certification.
Awards and Recognition: Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell certification; Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine; Super Lawyers – Top Lawyers of Tampa recognized for excellence and achievement by the legal community; Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney Award by National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Member: Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Board Member (2000–2013; President, 2004); Herbert G. Goldburg Criminal Inn of Court, member since inception (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. Luis Caicedo (largest Colombian Cocaine Don in history of the United States - got him a 5 year sentence); United States v. Toriano Parker (Acquittal); United States v. Johana Melendez Santiago (Acquittal); United States v. Jose Aguirre-Estrada (Acquittal); Javier Enrique Cardenas-Socarras (Acquittal); United States v. Henry Lyons (plea with never serving federal time); State of Colorado v. Robert Owens (Acquittal); United States v. Thomas Spellissy, SDI, Inc. (Acquittal on all but 1 count); United States v. Alfonzo Churchwell (Acquittal on three counts); United States v. Natalie Panko (Acquittal three counts); State of Florida v. Cable Ridenous (Acquittal); State of Florida v. Michael Saroukos (Acquittal); Melissa Berry v. Mark C. Dawson (largest Plaintiff’s verdict for revenge porn case to date, $600,000).
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.
Nationality: U.S. Citizen; Netherlands Citizen.
Adventure: Mountaineer/Adventurer/Paraglider/Extreme Skier/Foilboarder/Kiteboarder – Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, summit September 1, 2006; Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, summits January 4th, 5th and 6th, (3 nights on summit) 2013 in an attempt to paraglide off the top; Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, summit September 26th and 27th, 2016; Paraglided off the true summit for a new world record September 27, 2016; Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina, summit February 16, 2008; Mt. Elbrus, Russia, summit July 20, 2009 on skis; Haute Route (Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland on skis), The Alps, March 18-24, 2012; Mt. Blanc, summit September 2009, Chamonix, France; Mt. Blanc, summit April 2010 (skied), Chamonix, France; Mt. Blanc, summit June 26, 2012 (Paraglided off the summit), Chamonix, France; Mt. McKinley, Alaska, summit May 18, 2010; Lobuche, Nepal, summit April 21st and 22nd (2 nights on summit) 2012; Mt. Everest, Nepal – South Side, 2012, 26,000 feet for 6 nights (camps 2 and 3); Mt. Everest, Nepal – South Side, 2014; 2005 trekked in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda studying Mountain Gorillas (had an adult silverback gorilla walk over me as I was on the ground on the path in the bamboo jungle); 2016 trekked in Congo Impenetrable Forrest studying Mountain gorillas; P3 Licensed Paraglider; Kiteboarder; Foilboarder; Extreme Skier (on skis - Haute Route, Mt. Denali, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Blanc); Tennis; Golf; Kite surfer; Extreme Skier.
Extensive traveling – Egypt, Botswana; Kenya; Tanzania; Zimbabwe; Zambia; South Africa; Rwanda; Uganda; Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Columbia; Jamaica; Aruba; Bermuda; Dominican Republic; Canada; England; Ireland; Scotland; Netherlands; Spain; Germany; France; Italy; Switzerland; Russia; Hungary; Turkey; Republic of Czechoslovakia; Greece; Nepal; U.A.E.; Qatar.
FOX 13 (Tampa Bay) weekly legal analyst (2013-present). Television Legal Panelist/Analyst for over 15 years and 200 appearances: FOX NEWS, CNN, CNN Headline News, TRU TV (formerly Court TV), MSNBC, NBC, BBC, FOX13, News Channel 8, Tampa Bay 10, ABC Action News. (Weekly and 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).
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
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 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 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.
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.
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).