HOW I GOT MY START
I’ve always been a storyteller. Yet, even though I’ve been a natural presenter for as long as I can remember, I didn’t fully recognize my calling for trial advocacy until I attended law school at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). During law school, I was an active member of NSU’s competitive mock trial team — an exclusive honor society with limited membership — and in 2009, I was asked to represent NSU at a national mock trial competition in Providence, Rhode Island. That’s where I first fell in love with the courtroom.
Throughout the remainder of my academic career, I went on to earn several trial advocacy awards and gain professional experience at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, where I was a certified legal intern. The main function of my internship was to assist prosecutors with handling their daily dockets, reviewing cases, preparing pleadings, and trying cases — all excellent experience for an aspiring trial attorney.
MY INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL LAW
Following graduation, I worked as an assistant state attorney at the 17th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office in Broward County, Florida, where I began my prosecuting career in the Misdemeanor Trial Unit. There, I handled and tried all types of misdemeanor offenses, the majority of which were DUIs. My trial skills were quickly noticed, and I was promoted to the Felony Trial Unit within a relatively short period of time. By the end of my tenure as a prosecutor, I primarily handled first-degree felonies and felonies punishable by life in prison.
I tried over 50 jury trials to verdict as a prosecutor, many as sole counsel, and was repeatedly recognized by the office for obtaining guilty verdicts on career criminals, violent offenders, prison release re-offenders, and habitual offenders. Because of this experience, I have handled all types of criminal matters and have worked closely with law enforcement to investigate and build cases. Ultimately, this has taught me how law enforcement and prosecutors evaluate cases and what factors they rely on when filing charges, forming plea offers, and taking a case to trial.
It’s my job to verify the facts in your case, but it’s my passion to uphold your constitutional rights.