Speaker Bios

Erik Altieri

Erik Altieri

Erik Altieri is the Executive Director of NORML.

Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano has over two decades experience working professionally in cannabis policy. He is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He also serves on the faculty of The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, as well as at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, where he is the Chair of Science.

His writing on cannabis and cannabis policy has appeared in over 1,000 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than two dozen textbooks and anthologies. He is a regulator contributor to TheHill.com as well as to numerous other print and online publications. Mr. Armentano is the co-author of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009, Chelsea Green), which has been licensed and translated internationally. He is also the author of the book The Citizen’s Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws (2015), available from Whitman Publishing. He is the author and editor of the NORML-produced publication Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids, which summarizes over 400 peer-reviewed studies specific to the safety and efficacy of cannabis among different patient populations.

Mr. Armentano was the principal investigator for defense counsel in the federal case US v Schweder et al., one of the first legal cases to challenge the constitutionality of cannabis as a schedule I controlled substance. He was also an expert in the successful Canadian constitutional challenge, Allard v Canada, which preserved qualified patients right to grow cannabis at home.

He is the 2013 Freedom Law School Health Freedom Champion of the Year and the 2013 Alfred R. Lindesmith award recipient in the achievement in the field of scholarship.

Mr. Armentano works closely with numerous state and federal politicians with regard to drafting and enacting marijuana policy reforms, and he is a frequently sought speaker on the topic at legal and academic seminars.

Joseph Bondy

Joseph A. Bondy is a criminal defense attorney, located in Manhattan. A graduate
of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Bondy is admitted to practice law
in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern
and Western Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut, the United States
Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the United States
Supreme Court.

Mr. Bondy is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers (NACDL) and the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform
of Marijuana Laws (NORML). He is also a member of the NORML Amicus Committee.
Mr. Bondy has lectured on a variety of federal criminal law topics at various legal
programs throughout the country, and has served on the faculties of the National Criminal
Defense College (NCDC), and Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program

During the past twenty-two years, Mr. Bondy has represented hundreds of
individuals at every stage of criminal litigation. His advocacy and writing have won
numerous clients dismissals, acquittals, reduced sentences, and appellate reversals. Mr.
Bondy also maintains the website http://www.federalmarijuanadefense.com, as a federal
marijuana defense resource center for attorneys, advocates, and those accused of federal
marijuana violations.

An avid gardener and Shaolin kung fu practitioner, Mr. Bondy lives in Manhattan
with his wife and three children.

Nathalie Bougenies

Nathalie Bougenies

Nathalie Bougenies practices corporate law, intellectual property, and cannabis law, focusing on the regulatory framework of hemp-derived CBD products. She enjoys building a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses, industries, and long-term visions, and leverages her broad expertise and international background to help our overseas companies with their foreign direct investment into the United States and to help American companies with their overseas legal needs.

Nathalie graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she was the Executive Editor of the Oregon Law Review. She spent her last semester as a Fellow with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center in Washington, D.C., where she researched pressing IP issues, including counterfeiting and patent reforms, and assisted Fortune 500 Companies in advocating for stronger IP rights and enforcement in the U.S. and abroad.

In law school, Nathalie also worked as a research assistant for Professor Eric Priest, an expert on copyrigh t law in the U.S. and China, and served as a property law tutor, helping first-year law students solidify their understanding of this topic.

Nathalie was born and raised in Belgium and has lived and studied in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her international experience offers a valuable perspective to clients whose lives and businesses are increasingly shaped by globalization.

In her free time, Nathalie loves to watch movies at Portland’s independent theaters, lose herself at farmers markets, attend art exhibits, spend time with friends, practice Barre3, and take day trips to the coast.

Stephen W. Dillon

Stephen W. Dillon

Steve Dillon has practiced criminal defense throughout the state of Indiana and around the country in both federal and state courts for over forty-two years. He graduated from Purdue University in 1972 (cum laude) with a major in communications and a minor in psychology. Received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 1975 and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in October of 1975. Steve was Deputy Public Defender of Indiana from 1975 until 1977. From 1977 until 1988 he practiced with other private Indianapolis attorneys. In 1988 Steve opened Dillon Law Office in Indianapolis. Steve is a member of the F.I.J.A., Indiana Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, NAACP, and the Indiana Bar Association. In 1994, Steve became an active member of the Criminal Justice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association and served as chair 2013-2014. Steve is currently active as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pre-trial Release. Steve was a founding member and continues to remain active on NORML’S National Legal Committee. He helped start the Indiana NORML in 1974 and was State Director for over 30 years. He is Chair Emeritus of Indiana NORML Board of Directors. Steve has served as a member of the NORML National Board of Directors since 1991 and was Chairman of the Board from 1999-2011, Vice-Chair 2012-2015 and is currently serving again as Chair.

Steve was honored with several professional, political, and activist awards. In 1999, Steve received the “Dr. Barbara Bourland Light of Liberty Award” from the Libertarian Party of Indiana. In 2001, Steve received the “2000 Lights of Liberty Award” from the Advocates of Self-Government for contributing greatly to the spread of libertarian ideas and outstanding contribution to the cause of Liberty. In 2009, Steve received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from The National NORML Board of Directors in recognition of a lifetime of activism reforming marijuana laws and advancing the cause of personal freedom. In 2011, Steve received the “Attorney of the Year Award” from the Indiana Cannabis Action Network and Relegalize Indiana. In 2014, Steve received an award for leadership and dedication as Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, and in 2014 he received the “NORML Al Horn Memorial Award” for a lifetime of ceaseless work to advance the cause of justice and extraordinary support for NORML from the NORML Legal Committee. In 2015, Steve received the Indiana NORML “Freedom Award” for furthering the cause of personal freedom in Indiana and the nation. In 2016, Steve received the, “Steve Dasbach Chairman Award for Extraordinary Service” from the Libertarian Party of Indiana for helping to grow the party in extraordinary ways over many years.

Gerald “Gerry” Harris Goldstein

Gerald Gerry Harris Goldstein

Gerry Goldstein is a nationally known and respected defense lawyer at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley in San Antonio, Texas. He is a 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 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 Sept. 12, 2001. Subsequently, Goldstein testified before Congress on his client’s request to speak with counsel.

Gerry Goldstein is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas Lawyer’s Legal Legends. He also has been profiled in numerous publications, 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 also is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In his role as an adjunct professor, Gerry teaches a course titled Advanced Criminal Law (Defense of a Complex Federal Prosecution). Other lectures and presentations include U.S. Supreme Court updates, Crawford & the Current State of the Hearsay Rule, Crossing the Double Crosser and Federal Appeals.

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; and Supreme Court Review.

Gerry earned his juris doctor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, in 1968. He also graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1965, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Gerry 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) and the U.S. Supreme Court (1975).

Gerry Goldstein received NORML’s Al Horn Memorial award in 1999, which commemorated a lifetime of advocacy and support for responsible marijuana law reform. He has also 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 — present; 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 — 2008; First Annual Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award, George Washington University, (May, 2016); William S. Sessions American Inns of Court First Annual Goldstein Award of Excellence (2015); San Antonio Bar Association, Joe Frazier Brown, Jr., Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Legal Community & Citizens of Texas, 2016.

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; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Criminal Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates, President ; Dean’s Round Table, University of Texas School of Law; Texas Civil Liberties Union; San Antonio Bar Association; American Bar Association; and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from John Marshall Law School. He was admitted to practice law in the State and Federal Courts in New York in 1973.

He is a partner of the International Legal Defense Counsel with offices in Amagansett, Southampton and New York City. He is an experienced International lawyer who has counseled clients in prisons abroad in over fifty countries in international criminal matters.

Mr. Griffith testified before the United States Senate as an expert witness concerning the promulgation of prisoner transfer treaties between the United States, Mexico and Canada and as the representative for the International Bar Association on this topic at the 1995 United Nations Conference on “Crime Prevention and the Treatment of Offenders in Cairo, Egypt. ” He has also testified as an expert before the House Foreign Relations Committee regarding the treatment of American prisoners abroad. He has previously lectured before the International Bar Association on “Legal Problems of Traveling Abroad” and on the representation of Americans incarcerated overseas among other topics.

He has appeared as an international television expert commentator on a regular basis for Nancy Grace, CourtTV, and CNN among other networks.

Nelson Guerrero

Nelson Guerrero

Nelson Guerrero is the Executive Director of the Cannabis Cultural Association, a § 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation headquartered in New York City (the “CCA”).  

In 2016 Nelson co-founded the CCA after successfully educating his traditional Latin family about the benefits of cannabis. The CCA achieved non-profit status in February 2017 and, among other things, emphasizes criminal justice reform, promotes access to medical cannabis, and advocates legalization of adult-use of cannabis.  

Nelson employs both grassroots initiatives and policy advocacy to promote the CCA’s mission. Nelson has organized dozens of community events for cannabis education, entrepreneurship, and activism. The CCA is also one of five plaintiffs petitioning to deschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act in a pending lawsuit against the Attorney General and The Drug Enforcement Agency. 

Nelson is the Vice-Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Currently, Nelson is working on a bilingual documentary called “CannAbuelo”, which is set to debut Fall 2019. Nelson is a bilingual Ecuadorian-American and an alumnus of City University of New York, Lehman College.  

Rick Jones

Rick Jones

Rick Jones is the Executive Director and a founding member of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS). He is a distinguished trial lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience in complex multi-forum litigation. He is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, GA.

Rick currently serves as the 59th President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). At NACDL he has served as co-chair of both the Special Task Force on Problem-Solving Courts and the Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction. Both of these efforts resulted in the publication of ground breaking reports and continuing reforms. Most recently, Rick launched the inaugural NACDL Presidential Summit in Detroit, Michigan. The summit entitled, Race Matters: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice was a transformative two day event empowering lawyers to identify, challenge and work toward the elimination of the racism that pervades the American system of justice.

Internationally, Rick serves on the Board of the International Legal Foundation (ILF) and was invited to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal to help sustain, strengthen and institutionalize the public defense function in their newly created constitutional government. Rick was also invited to the Second International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a speaker to address issues pertaining to government contracted public defense models of service and the disparate impact of fees, fines and bail on the poor, the marginalized and people of color. He was also invited to participate as an expert in a Rule of Law Symposium sponsored by the United Nations in Monrovia, Liberia.

Rick is a commissioner on the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. He is also an inaugural member of the steering committee of the National Association for Public Defense, sits on the boards of the New York State Defenders Association and the Sirius Foundation and serves on the Editorial Board of the Amsterdam News. He was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices.

John Wesley Hall

John Wesley Hall, Little Rock criminal defense attorney, is a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Hall received the organization’s prestigious Robert C. Heeney Award in 2002 for service to the criminal defense bar. He was chair of the NACDL Ethics Advisory Committee from 1990-2005, and on the International Criminal Court’s Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal. He has tried 250+ jury trials and handled 250+ appeals, including three in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of Search and Seizure (3d ed., 4th ed. forthcoming), Professional Responsibility in Criminal Defense Practice (3d ed.), Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers (4th ed.), and numerous articles. He has done CLEs in 38 states, 3 provinces, and The Hague.

Norman Elliott Kent

Norman Elliott Kent

Norm 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.

Kyndra Miller

Kyndra Miller

Kyndra Miller, Esq. received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC San Diego in June 1994. Ms.
Miller graduated from Lincoln School of Law in Silicon Valley, California in 2002, passed the
California Bar and, thereafter went into private practice and opened an entertainment law firm in
Los Angeles, California. In 2009, Ms. Miller opened CannaBusiness Law, Inc. (“Firm”), a
wireless professional law corporation that provides Business Law, general corporate transaction
and civil litigation services to Cannabis businesses in California.

Kyndra Miller has approximately fifteen (15) years of corporate transaction, civil litigation and
private equity securities law experience. Ms. Miller provides legal counsel to entities in the
Cannabis industry, including without limitation, cultivators, manufacturers, transporters,
distributors and retailers. The Firm represents clients throughout the state – from Humboldt to
Los Angeles counties.

Kyndra Miller is a member of national NORML’s (National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws) Board of Directors. In February 2018, Ms. Miller was elected as the First Vice
Chair of NORML’s board. In addition, she was one of the founding board members of the
NORML Women’s Alliance. Ms. Miller is also the current President of the Beverly Hills Bar
Association’s Cannabis Law Section. Ms. Miller’s work as a Cannabis reform activist helps keep
her and her team at Cannabusiness Law on the cutting edge of state and federal laws governing
the new Cannabis Industry.

Beverly Moran

Beverly Moran

Beverly Moran is a Professor of Law at the Vanderbilt Law School. She is the author of three law school textbooks on Federal Income Taxation: The Tax Law of Charities and Other Exempt Organizations, Basic Federal Income Taxation of Individuals, and Federal Income Taxation of Business Enterprises. She is also the author of over 40 articles on income taxation, legal education, and Islamic law. Her articles are in the top 5% of all downloaded articles on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) a compilation of the scholarly work of over 400,000 academics worldwide who write in the English language. Professor Moran has presented on tax issues before the American Bar Association, the United Nations, the USAID and the Congressional Black Caucus as well as before law faculties in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Courtney N. Moran, LL.M.

Courtney N. Moran

Courtney Moran, founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC is the leading expert on industrial hemp law, championing legal policy for a sustainable Cannabis hemp industry. Courtney’s article, Industrial Hemp: Canada Exports, United States Imports was published by the Fordham Environmental Law Review. She successfully lobbied on behalf of the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association for passage of HB 4060, a bill that protects Oregon industrial hemp agricultural interests, and SB 1015, a bill that authorizes the processing of industrial hemp by licensed marijuana processors in the state of Oregon. She participated in the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in April 2016. In October 2016, Courtney testified before the Senado de la República in Mexico City, Mexico. She authored H 3559, the legislation that establishes the industrial hemp program for the state of South Carolina. Courtney currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Section. She also serves on the National NORML Board of Directors as well as the Board of Directors for Verified Life Cycle. Courtney is also co-petitioner of the Relegalizing Industrial Hemp Project, a formal administrative rulemaking petition to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency that will remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

Aaron J. Romano

Aaron J. Romano

Aaron J Romano has been practicing criminal law for twenty years, as a former Philly defender,
a prosecutor in the CNMI, and is currently in private practice in Bloomfield, CT. He is a
graduate of Bard College and received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania. He litigates
high profile criminal cases, many of which have received national press and has been invited to
teach CLEs on cellular telephone forensic tracking, trial advocacy, and cannabis law nationwide.
He successfully litigated State v. Menditto to the CT state supreme court which allowed people
in CT with convictions for minor cannabis offenses to have their records erased. His current
challenge to CT’s cannabis prohibition laws based on their racially discriminatory origin is
currently on appeal. He is a lifetime member of the NLC, NACDL, is consigliere for CT
NORML, and is on the Board of Directors for the Hartford County Farm Bureau where he has
been instrumental in getting farmers within his state to support efforts toward legalization.

David Schoen

David Schoen

For over 30 years, following a federal clerkship, David Schoen has focused his law
practice on the trial and appeal of criminal and civil rights cases around the country,
through his offices in Alabama and New York. He has served as lead counsel in
criminal cases that run the gamut from narcotics charges, to violent crimes, organized
crime cases, capital cases, and white collar crimes. He has served as lead counsel
in civil rights cases ranging from prison and jail litigation, to police misconduct, First
Amendment rights, voting rights, systemic challenges to indigent defense, foster care,
public education systems, and more. His clients have ranged from reputed bosses of
organized crime families, to homeless, indigent sex offenders, a leader of the KKK, all
Alabama public school children, victims of terror attacks, and many more.

David was honored by the ABA with their national pro bono publico award in 1995,
based on a finding that David had done more, through litigation he conducted, to
change the face of public institutions in the South than any lawyer of his era and he
was honored again in 2015 with the Judge David Nelson public interest award.

David regularly litigates post-conviction motions in courts around the country,
particularly involving claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. He has litigated
some landmark conflict of interests cases in which sentences of 30 years or more
have been set aside. David currently is litigating conflict claims in a capital murder
case, a racketeering murder case, and in a fraud case involving hundreds of millions
of dollars, among other post-conviction cases.

Daniel Shortt

Daniel Shortt

Daniel Shortt is a business attorney who works extensively with entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. He is an authority on legal issues relating to CBD and hemp laws and he has been invited to speak on those topics at events across the country and overseas. Daniel also assists our clients with their corporate formation, transactional, licensing, regulatory, and litigation needs. Daniel writes for the award-winning Canna Law Blog and he regularly speaks to media outlets who seek him out for his perspective on legal issues in marijuana and hemp.

Daniel graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, where he worked extensively with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to fund and establish the Cannabis Law and Policy Project (CLPP). He then served as the editor of the CLPP blog and as a Hazelton Fellow researching cannabis law. He also interned for Justice Richard Baldwin of the Oregon Supreme Court and for the Seattle City Attorney.

As an undergrad, Daniel studied music at Gonzaga University, focusing on jazz guitar. After college, he worked and volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing guitar, taking boxing classes, and exploring Seattle with his two dogs Dexter and Oliver.

Frederick P. Sisto

Frederick P. Sisto

Frederick P. Sisto is a criminal defense attorney who handles criminal cases throughout New Jersey, with a focus in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. He graduated Rutgers College and Rutgers School of Law with Dean’s List and Distinguished Service Honors in 2007. Fred was admitted to the New Jersey Bar that same year. He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge (later Justice) Jane Cutler Greenspan of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Fred began his legal career as an attorney for the Ocean trial region of the Office of the Public Defender. His private practice was founded in 2009. Fred has handled all types of criminal cases ranging from motor vehicle and drug offenses to murder.

He is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney. Criminal Trial Certification by the New Jersey Supreme Court is a designation earned by less than one half of one percent (< 0.5%) of all attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey. It requires: handling at least ten jury trials to verdict; good standing as a licensed New Jersey attorney for at least five years; completion of numerous hours of accredited criminal trial education courses; an unblemished reputation amongst attorneys and judges who attest to the applicant’s character and ability; and passing a full-day intense examination covering various aspects of criminal trial practice. 

While at Rutgers, Fred studied abroad in Spain and continues to speak fluent Spanish. He has lectured on criminal law and procedure topics for the New Jersey State Bar Association and Ocean County College since 2008. Fred enjoys leisure and sports, especially with his wife, kids, and his dog Gonzo. fredsisto.com


Justin Strekal

Justin Strekal

Justin Strekal is the Political Director for NORML, where he serves as an advocate to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and to reform our nation’s laws to no longer treat marijuana consumers as second-class citizens. Before working on drug policy, he focused on tax, wage, and campaign finance reform as well as managed electoral campaigns throughout the country for positions in every level of government.

Jeffrey S. Weiner

Jeffrey S. Weiner

Jeff Weiner is the Managing Partner of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., in Miami, Florida. He has been a practicing criminal defense attorney since 1974, and has argued state and federal criminal cases in over 25 states.

For almost 50 years, Mr. Weiner has been a staunch advocate for the preservation of our constitutional rights. He is a nationally Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.

Mr. Weiner represents U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in international criminal-law matters, fellow lawyers, and other professionals in grievance matters. Many of his cases are “high profile,” in which he represents fellow attorneys, professional athletes, politicians, and business executives. As part of Mr. Weiner’s practice, he not only represents people and businesses who are charged with sophisticated criminal conduct, individuals and corporate victims as well.

Mr. Weiner has argued trials and appeals, including appeals before the United States Supreme Court,  the Florida Supreme Court, and numerous Florida and federal appellate courts. He had the distinction of arguing Florida v. Jimeno, 500 U.S. 248 (1991), before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Weiner’s distinguished legal career includes terms as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), president of the Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, chair of the Dade County Bar Criminal Courts Committee, chair of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ Criminal Law Section, and Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is also a former Regent of the National Criminal Defense College.

Mr. Weiner was voted by fellow lawyers as one of the 2019 Best Lawyers in America and as a “Florida Super Lawyer,” is named in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite,” which singles out less than 2% of the nearly 63,000 Florida Bar members, is named in the 2019 South Florida Legal Guide‘s “Top Lawyers,” and enjoys an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which recognizes lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating.

Mr. Weiner received the Robert C. Heeney Award, NACDL’s highest honor, awarded annually to “the one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association, and the legal profession.”

Mr. Weiner is a popular CLE lecturer and author of articles pertaining to criminal law and constitutional procedure topics. He has authored several articles for The Champion.

Mr. Weiner also co-authored O’Connor’s Federal Criminal Rules & Codes plus published by Thomson Reuters®.