Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation. He has reviewed and commented upon thousands of academic studies and white papers pertinent to cannabis use and its impact on behavior. His writing and research have appeared in over 750 publications and scholarly journals including The New York Times, Medscape, Drug Testing & Analysis, and Congressional Quarterly, as well as in more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies. He has spoken at numerous national conferences and legal seminars, including those sponsored by the California Association of Toxicologists and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, testified before state legislatures and federal bodies, and assisted dozens of criminal attorneys in their defense of clients charged with DUI cannabis.
Mr. Armentano has attended various international conferences on the subject of cannabis and psychomotor performance, including those sponsored by the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs & Traffic Safety (ICADTS). He has authored various peer-reviewed papers on the subject of cannabis, driving, and public policy, including: Cannabis and psychomotor performance: A rational review of the evidence and implications for public policy (Drug Testing & Analysis, 2013, 5: 52-56) and Should Per Se Limits Be Imposed For Cannabis? Equating Cannabinoid Blood Concentrations With Actual Driver Impairment: Practical Limitations and Concerns (Humboldt Journal of Social Relations).
Paul Brunton is an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1966, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa in 1971, and a Master of Law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1982.
Mr. Brunton is admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Tulsa County Bar Association. He is a member of the TCBA Court Operations Committee and the Criminal Law Section. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and was former Chair to the OBA Criminal Law Committee. He is a member, and he was the former Director of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Additionally, Mr. Brunton is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Tulsa County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the NORML Legal Committee and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Brunton was the Chief Public Defender for Tulsa County, 1972-1974, and he was a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1974 to 1980. Additionally, Mr. Brunton was the recipient of the Tulsa County Bar Association "Golden Rule Award" in 1996 and the "President's Award" in 1999. He was the recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association "Earl Sneed Award" in 1999. He is cuurently President of the Tulsa County Bar for 2010-2011. Mr. Brunton is a speaker, moderator, and lecturer for Search and Seizure Law and Hodgepodge of Criminal Law Nuggets for various CLE and Bar groups. He was in private practice from 1974 until July 2001 when he was appointed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals as the Federal Public Defender for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma.
Mary Chartier is a partner at Alane & Chartier, P.L.C., a women-founded law firm located in downtown Lansing, Michigan, that Mary began with her law partner Natalie Alane. Mary's practice is focused on criminal defense, defending parents charged with abuse and neglect, and appellate work. Before starting the law firm, one of Mary's positions was working at the Michigan Supreme Court for Justice Michael F. Cavanagh. Mary is a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the National College of DUI Defense. She is also the Appellate Unit Chairperson of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Co-Chairperson of the Ingham County Bar Association's Criminal Law Section, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ingham County Bar Association. Mary has taught at Thomas M. Cooley Law School for over ten years, including teaching a medical marijuana class and an appellate class. She has presented at numerous conferences on topics related to criminal defense, including presenting at conferences organized by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Michigan Judges Association, and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Mary has also taught at the highly regarded Hillman Advocacy Program, which provides courtroom training to trial lawyers and is sponsored by the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Michele M. Clark is a Family, Business and Administrative Law attorney practicing in Colorado and Texas. Michele earned her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Affairs in Denver.
Michele went to law school determined to create positive change in the world. She dedicated the first 10 years of her practice to public interest law, during which time her social advocacy helped shape Texas legislation. Acting as passionate counsel for clients of the Women's Advocacy Project, SafePlace and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, she represented survivors of domestic and sexual violence in their divorce, custody and protective order cases. During this time, Michele also worked with youth in the juvenile justice system and in school disciplinary proceedings.
In 2007, Michele opened a solo practice and, in addition to her family law clients, began representing small to medium sized businesses, many of whom were state-licensed. In Texas, Michele's primary clients ran bingo and gaming businesses, and she handled their transactional, administrative, civil and criminal proceedings.
Now back in Colorado, Michele represents the interests of local dispensaries who rely on her for both transactional and civil litigation matters. Michele is also a fierce advocate for parents who face adversity from a system still ignorant about cannabis use. Recently, and with much support from members of the community, Michele started a Marijuana work group called "Cannabis at Home" that focuses on laying the groundwork for "best practices" for parents who use cannabis. It is her hope that having best practices in place will educate courts about cannabis use and minimize its negative impact on families.
JohnW. Coyle, III is a 2000 graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and is also a member of the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western districts of Oklahoma and the Northern and Southern districts of Texas. He was the recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award as Oklahoma's Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyers in 1995, and recipient of the Barry Albert Award from the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for Excellence in Advocacy in 2005. Listed in Best Lawyers in America in 1999-2012 and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in Criminal Trial Practic. Mr. Coyle was the instructor in Criminal Law and the Procedure for the Oklahoma Bar Review. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer in Continuing Legal Education Seminars and is a Legal Analyst for ABC Television News and Local Affiliates.
He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers' Association, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association, Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National Association of Criminal Defesnse Lawyers, First Amendment Lawyers' Association, and Master, William J. Holloway American Inn of Court, 1997-2012.
Coyle Law Firm practices Criminal Trial and Appellate law in all State and Federal Courts, Grand Jury Investigations, White Collar and Complex Crimes, Murder, Drugs, DUI, Sex Crimes, Obscenity and Securities Fraud. They have defended cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the Nation. Each client's case is handled through a team approach that involves experienced defense lawyers, paralegals and investigators. "We stick up for people."
Lauren Davis is a Denver-based attorney, with fifteen years of legal experience. Lauren started her career as a law clerk for the first female Justice appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court. She then went on to serve as a Deputy District Attorney in both the Manhattan D.A.'s office and the Denver D.A.'s office. In late 2008, Lauren left the D.A.'s office to work as a defense attorney. She now uses her knowledge of the criminal justice system to help medical marijuana patients, caregivers and Center owners throughout the State navigate the novel and complex medical marijuana code.
In addition to helping dispensary owners and growers establish legally compliant State businesses, Lauren also maintains a marijuana-focused criminal defense practice. Lauren has been a key member of the legal teams involved in cutting edge marijuana cases throughout Colorado. She has successfully defended one of the first physicians charged for writing a medical marijuana recommendation; sued the Board of Health for attempting to change the definition of primary caregiver; sued the City of Centennial for banning dispensaries based on violations of Federal law; and has challenged ordinances throughout the Front Range on Constitutional grounds. Lauren has also served on Law Enforcement sub-committee of the Amendment 64 Task Force, the CCJJ DUID subcommittee and is a board member of CO NORML.
Lauren is committed to protecting the Constitutional rights of patients and caregivers. With a background in legislative policy, appellate law, and law enforcement, Lauren has a well-rounded understanding of the issues at stake for the medical marijuana community. Her writings have also been quoted by witnesses testifying before the U.S. Congress.
Lauren holds a Juris Doctor from the New York University (NYU) School of Law. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where she graduated Magna Cumme Laude. When she is not working, you can find Lauren skiing, mountain biking or hula hooping.
AV preeminent attorney, Superlawyer, 8 years Boulder Criminal Defense Bar Chair. He set a new high bar for chairing a chapter in the state, assisted other chapters in forming, re-building, and aiding chapters from other states to get up and running. Working with NORML Legal Committee long-term member Phil Cherner, he got the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar up and running on the Internet, including listserv state-wide, from a few members on Cherner's effective listserve, to over 400 members of the list. He got the State Chapter up and running on the Internet, and ended up with a very active list, a model for this and other states.
Delivered in excess of 30 lectures for NORML (and LEAP.cc) nationally, locally, and state wide. Testimony for city councils, state legislative meetings addressing various aspects of A-64 and of intoxicated driving. Chair, Colorado NORML, leading to a re-energized, re-constituted state chapter, and to the legalization of marijuana in the State of Colorado. Radio, TV, and podcasts, too many to count, local, state, and national, during the year leading up to the successful passage off Amendment 64, legalization of pot in Colorado. Lectures also including University of Colorado School of Law, Denver University School of Law, Kansas Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Municipal Judges Association, and more.
He has written well in excess of 30 articles over the years, including scholarly, human interest, and more. Editor (With Judge Hoffman) for the Colorado Lawyer, Criminal Law Articles, over 4 years, in excess of 3 articles per year for this publication. Additionally, an article on Dr. Stephen Hawking's, "A Brief History of Time," was used as part of the written material for a physics college course at CU, explaining a portion of Dr. Hawking's book.
Boulder Bar Association, Board of Directors, 3 years. Colorado Municipal Judges Association, Board, 5 years. Judge, Lafayette Municipal, 8 years. Reality TV show (4 episodes) Power of Attorney, for FOX TV. Additional bio material, see www.Lfrieling.com 37 years criminal defense practice. He is the current chair Colorado chapter of NORML.
Gerald "Gerry" Harris Goldstein is a nationally known and respected defense lawyer and Past President of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served as amicus curiae for NACDL in many high-profile cases, including CNN v. Manuel Noriega and Joe Does v. United States, arguing that lawyers should not be required to disclose the identity of cash-paying clients on IRS forms. His forceful Congressional testimony during the 1996 House Waco hearings is credited with helping to turn the tide against further suppression of citizens' rights in America. More recently, he represented Dr. Al-Badr Al Hazmi, a fifth-year radiology resident in San Antonio who was arrested on September 12, 2001. Subsequently, Goldstein testified before Congress on his client's request to speak with counsel.
Gerry is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas Lawyer's Legal Legends, has been profiled in numerous publications, has served as an adjunct professor of law at University of Texas School of Law in Austin and at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also Board Certified in Criminal Law. In his role as an adjunct professor, Gerry teaches a course titled: Advanced Criminal Law (Defense of a Complex Federal Prosecution). Other topics/seminar papers that Gerry speaks about are: 2008 Supreme Court Update; Crawford & the Current State of the Hearsay Rule; Crossing the Double Crosser; Federal Appeals - What will the next 50 years look like?; Hot New Trends from the Supremes; Motions to Suppress; Notable Recent and Pending Federal and TX Crim Cases; Tenth Circuit Standards of Review.
Gerry is received a certification in Criminal Law in 1975 from the State Bar of Texas. He holds the following bar admissions: Texas (1968), Colorado (1989), U.S. District Court Western District of Texas (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit (1982), U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit (1979), U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit (1983), U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit (1981), U.S. Supreme Court (1975).
Gerry's education background is as follows: The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1968 LL.B.; Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1965, B.A., Major: Business Administration.
His published works include: Grand Jury Practice; Pretrial Release; Indictment [Joinder/Severance/Transfer]; Pretrial Motions; Suppression of Evidence; Jury Selection; Trial [Evidence]; Examination of Witnesses; Jury Instructions; Closing Arguments; Creative Trial Techniques; Criminal Issues - Civil Cases; Jury Arguments [Closings to Remember]; Search and Seizure; Life and Hearsay - Post Crawford Era; Federal Appeals; Supreme Court Review.
He has received the following honors and awards: Best Lawyers in America, 1987 -- Present; Texas Monthly - Texas Super Lawyers; Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers; Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2003 -- 2007; Scene in SA Monthly - San Antonio's Best Attorneys, San Antonio Law, Top Ten Lawyers, 2004 -- 2008; Texas Lawyer Legal Legends, 100 Best Lawyers over Last 100 years (100 Year Anniversary of State Bar of Texas), 2000; Fellow, State Bar Foundation, 1976 -- Present; Recipient, Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award [Outstanding Criminal Defense Attorney in the United States] from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1991; Recipient, Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in Texas from the State Bar of Texas, 1991; Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award [Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Advocacy] from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1993; Recipient, John Henry Faulk Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the American Civil Liberties Union; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Hall of Fame, 2002; Marquis Who's Who, Who's Who in American Law, 14th Edition, 2006 -- 2007.
He is a member of the following professional associations: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President (1994 -- 1995); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President (1992 -- 1993); Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1997 -- Present; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1991 -- Present; American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1987 -- Present; American Board of Trial Advocates, President (1997 -- Present); Dean's Round Table, University of Texas School of Law, 1989 -- Present; Texas Civil Liberties Union, General Counsel (1979 -- 1985); San Antonio Bar Association, Board of Directors (1977 -- 1978); American Bar Association, 1968 -- Present; Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
Jack Gordon, Jr has been a trial lawyer throughout his career in both the civil and criminal arenas. His experience extends from civil rights trials to death penalty cases. He takes pride in his reputation as a good trial lawyer and as a gentleman at both the bench and the bar. He also takes pride in knowing his limitations and if he can't do the clients work professionally, then he knows the good lawyers to whom he can direct his clients for representation in a specialized field of law. He holds bar memberships at the Oklahoma Bar Association, United States Supreme Court, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and all Oklahoma Federal District Courts. He is a member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. His professional honors include: Fellow at American College of Trial Lawyers and listed in Best Lawyers in America. In 2003 he earned the Lord Thomas Erskine award from OCDLA. He has been an adjunct professor at Law University of Tulsa and a lecturer at Criminal Defense Seminar on Ethics and Jury Selection. When not practicing law, he enjoys fly-fishing with his wife Elise, not only in the warm waters of Oklahoma but in the mountain streams and rivers in Canada, Wyoming, and Montana.
Norman Elliott Kent, a graduate of Hofstra University, who first joined NORML as a college senior in 1971, is now a publisher and criminal defense attorney based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, handling First Amendment, constitutional rights, and media law cases. A pioneer in medical necessity defenses for marijuana users, such as Elvy Mussika, Norm has represented patients, growers, and buyer's clubs throughout Florida for over 30 years. As far back as 1982, he sued the State of Florida to stop the deadly herbicide paraquat from being sprayed on marijuana fields.
Norm has authored 'The Pot Warriors Manifesto', contributes marijuana advocacy columns to Counterpunch.org, and has lectured at multiple NORML legal seminars, conferences and other events on cannabis law issues. A member of the NORML Legal Committee for over twenty years, Norm is a cancer survivor who is an open and out medical marijuana user himself, crediting marijuana with ameliorating the harsh nature of chemotherapy treatments.
A noted advocate for gay rights who has appeared as a commentator on CNN and FOX News, Kent is also presently the publisher of The South Florida Gay News, the largest weekly LGBT newspaper in the State of Florida.(www.southfloridagaynews.com)
Mr. Kent serves on NORML's Board of Directors.
David Lane is currently in private practice in Denver. The practice emphasizes death penalty trial work in the state and federal courts. The civil rights component of the practice includes Title VII race, age, sex, religious discrimination, as well as Section 1983 and Bivens litigation. He takes state court-appointed death penalty cases in Colorado and is on the list of qualified attorneys for CJA court-appointments for federal court criminal/capital appointments both at the trial and post-conviction stages. He currently represents five Guantanamo Bay detainees. He has been qualified by numerous district courts in Colorado as an expert witness in the area of criminal defense.
Over the past 26 years Mr. Lane has represented numerous individuals either charged with or convicted of capital offenses in several states, including Colorado, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New York, New Mexico, Michigan and Texas at trial, appeal and post conviction in state and federal courts. He has consulted on cases throughout the country. He has been on the faculty of the Airlie Conference, a four-day intensive seminar sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for attorneys primarily involved in capital litigation.
Mr. Lane has taught at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he taught Professional Responsibility, Trial Advocacy and Death Penalty Jurisprudence, and the University of Denver School of Law where he is currently teaching Death Penalty Jurisprudence. He is a frequent lecturer on issues involving either the death penalty or civil rights at many colleges and universities and other public forums. He has lectured throughout the country in over 40 cities on the Colorado Method of Jury Selection in Capital Cases.
He is the recipient of the 1995 Jonathan Olom Award, the highest honor conferred by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, given to the Colorado criminal defense lawyer who works "in defense of the accused without regard for personal gain", and the recipient of Newsed Community Development Civil Rights Award.
Michael Levinsohn worked as a public defender his first two years in San Diego, trying approximately twenty jury trials, and has been in private criminal defense practice ever since. He lived and practiced in the Bay Area from 1992 to 2004. He and his wife moved to LA so she could take a dream job at USC. He defends all criminal cases, from murder on down, but is deeply invested in defending marijuana cases because he sees such an injustice there. Mr. Levinsohn takes essentially a "no-deals" approach to defending marijuana cases. He has represented a number of collective dispensary operators, delivery services, and individuals, and has been fortunate to have cleared many of them, including of charges, of money laundering, and "deposit structuring." He particularly loves quashing search warrants, and defeating illegal searches.
Right now, he has a particular affinity for marijuana-related child cases. He hasn't lost one yet, and is fighting the case of Daisy Bram in Butte County, and Tehama County-- pro bono. He defeated child endangerment charges once at preliminary hearing. The prosecution has now re-filed, and the case is half way through a second prelim. There have been some favorable rulings, and he is fighting this case to the end. Daisy has been interviewed and written about in a number of publications and on radio and TV, particularly since her audio of the moment her children were taken went viral on the internet. In keeping with pro bono representation of Daisy Bram, he is working on a structure for his practice that would have a sliding fee scale. Those who can pay the full fee will do so, with the understanding that their payment can help the representation of those who cannot afford it, but who deserve help. No one deserves the injustice of a marijuana conviction.
E. X. Martin has been practicing criminal law in state and federal courts for over thirty eight years. He is in private practice in Dallas, Texas. He has successfully represented a spectrum of clients including both N.F.L.team owners and players, country and western stars, and best of all the stage manager for the Rolling Stones! He is a respected trial lawyer and computer guru. E. X. is an extraordinary lecturer at criminal defense seminar and has spoken in over 40 states on defending computer crime cases and on using technology both in the office and the courtroom to effectively represent the citizen accused. He has received the President's Commendation Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's and the Presidential Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Lawrence A. Martin graduated from University of Tulsa, College of Law in 1976. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Creek County Bar Association, Osage County Bar Association, Pawnee County Bar Association, and admitted to practice law Pawnee Nation and Osage Nation. He is a member of Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a Municipal Judge for the City of Mannford, OK, and was a former Assistant District Attorney of Pawnee and Osage Counties, OK. His specialties include domestic issues and small town practice. He has served as counsel for plantiffs and defendants on numerous criminal and civil jury trials.
Jeralyn E. Merritt is a Denver attorney in private practice primarily representing persons accused of serious federal drug and financial crimes. She served as one of the principal trial lawyers for Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City Bombing Case. She has been a television legal analyst since 1996, most frequently appearing on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNBC. An expert in using Internet resources in the practice of law, she has created two nationally recognized websites, Crimelynx.com and Talkleft.com, for criminal defense lawyers and journalists covering crime-based news and politics.
Marc Milavitz is a criminal defense attorney practicing law in Boulder, Colorado. He has been involved in the marijuana legalization effort ever since his undergraduate days at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is 1990 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School and practices in both federal and state courts. Marc has successfully litigated many search and seizure cases relating to drug offenses, and this past year won a suppression hearing in Boulder involving 100 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms. He was also the trial counsel for Brian Gall and part of the prevailing defense team in the United States Supreme Court in U.S. v. Gall.
Lance Rogers is the principal attorney for the Law Offices of Lance Rogers, APC located in San Diego, California. Prior to managing his own law practice, Mr. Rogers was an associate attorney with Jeffrey A. Lake, APC and Turner Law Group, APC.
Mr. Rogers' law practice focuses on civil rights litigation throughout the state of California. In 2009, he successfully defended medical marijuana dispensary operator, Jovan Jackson, from criminal prosecution by the San Diego District Attorney. The resulting high-profile acquittal and successful appeal paved the way for legal challenges throughout the state. In addition to criminal matters, Mr. Rogers has handled a wide array of civil litigation cases including asset forfeiture proceedings, unlawful detainer trials, civil rights litigation, contract disputes, and municipal zoning challenges. Additionally, Mr. Rogers represents Mother Earth Cooperative, the first medical marijuana dispensary licensed by the County of San Diego.
Mr. Rogers has taught multiple seminars on medical cannabis law throughout San Diego, including legal training courses for the Public Defender and the County Bar Association. He is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), California NORML, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), and Hemp Industries Association (HIA). Mr. Rogers is an Adjunct Faculty Professor at California Western School of Law.
Aaron Romano graduated from Bard College in New York with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and music. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he was awarded the University of Pennsylvania Award for Public Service and was a recipient of the Equal Justice Foundation Fellowship. He interned at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office where he tried many of his own cases. He was a law clerk for the Honorable Russell M. Nigro of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Attorney Romano was also the editor of the University's public interest journal, Hybrid: The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, and a teacher for the Philadelphia Urban Law School Experience.
After law school, Attorney Romano managed a solo practice in Hartford, Connecticut. He then moved back to Philadelphia to become a part of the prestigious Defender Association, renowned for producing top trial attorneys. After his tenure as an Assistant Public Defender, he moved to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and worked as an Assistant Attorney General prosecuting major crimes. He worked in private practice in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands before returning to Connecticut to manage his firm in Bloomfield.
Attorney Romano has tried over one thousand cases and achieved outstanding results for his clients throughout his career. He has been a nationally recognized guest lecturer on trial advocacy and defeating cellular telephone tracking evidence at Continuing Legal Education courses across the country.
Attorney Romano is a Lifetime Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a Lifetime Member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee, a member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) a member of the U.S. Virgin Island's Bar Association, and serves as legal counsel for the Connecticut NORML chapter.
Attorney Romano is licensed to practice in Connecticut (Federal & State), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands (Federal/Territorial), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
David D. Smith attended the University of Oklahoma (BA Letters 1979) and the University of Oklahoma College of Law (Juris Doctorate 1982) in Norman Oklahoma. He was licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma in 1982. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College in 2004, and joined the faculty in 2005. He is also on the faculty of the National Judicial College. He is a member of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (and received the OCDLA President's Award for Outstanding Advocacy, 2006); the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Charter Member); and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Smith has presented and spoken on subjects including Jury selection; handling high profile cases; evidence; and use of advanced techniques in case preparation, for the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Tulsa County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws; Trial Lawyers College; and the National Judicial College.
Mr. Smith is presently the indigent defense contractor for Cleveland County, and also maintains a private practice in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. In 2012 he was awarded the John Adams Award as the outstanding indigent defense contractor in the State of Oklahoma.
Pamela Tedeschi has practiced criminal defense for the past 16 years shortly after graduating in 1996 from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles,California. She travels throughout the state of California to advocate on behalf of medical marijuana patients, collectives, dispensaries and their primary caregivers, employees and volunteers. Her success in case dismissals, as well as negotiating beneficial dispositions in cases involving marijuana, concentrated cannabis, honey oil, edibles, as well as in other drug offenses, has created such a strong client referral network - she has not had to advertise or market her legal practice by any other means. Notwithstanding, the internet has beckoned and she is currently working on a website to inform and educate the public at large. Ms. Tedeschi represents clients in both state and federal court actions.
In addition, Ms. Tedeschi's legal practice specializes in preparing and filing writs in both the California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court, with a sub-specialization in post conviction writs of habeas corpus that allege ineffective assistance of counsel ("IAC"). She has joined the estimated one percent of attorneys who have succeeded in receiving relief from an appellate court where ineffective assistance of counsel has been alleged. In a Second District California Court of Appeal unpublished decision, In re Ivan Morales, No. B152643, the Court granted a petition for writ of habeas corpus her office brought on behalf of a non-citizen client. Mr. Morales was convicted of an aggravated felony in a state prosecution, placed in INS custody, and faced mandatory deportation in federal immigration court. His former defense counsel, a public defender who became a sitting state judge, committed the IAC by not advising about the inherent immigration consequences. After the appellate court reversed Mr. Morales' conviction, the deportation proceedings were abandoned, the local prosecutors did not pursue the case anew,and he was allowed to remain in the United States.
Ms. Tedeschi began her professional career as network newswriter, which later led to feature film production and development, including several pictures produced by Disney, Touchstone and Buena Vista Pictures. Subsequently, she served as Vice President of Production at a now defunct entertainment company, and successfully co-promoted a live heavyweight boxing bout to qualify WBA boxer Tony Tubbs so he could challenge Mike Tyson to a heavyweight fight that took place in Tokyo, among many other entertainment projects.
Jeff Wertz was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and since 1996 has been a criminal and civil litigation attorney based in Aspen, Colorado. He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in civil engineering. Jeff attended Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating Cum Laude in 1996; while at Duquesne Law, he was honored as a member of Duquesne Law Review and was twice elected President of his class.
Jeff was formally called to the Bar of England and Wales in October of 2012. Jeff became a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2010.
Jeff is licensed in Pennsylvania and Colorado and in several federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, NORML, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar [Sustaining Member], the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and, most recently, the Inner Temple Golf Society. Jeff serves his local community of Aspen as a member of the City of Aspen Liquor Licensing Authority.