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As a criminal defense lawyer I practice throughout Florida in State Courts and throughout the United States in Federal Courts.


 


My law partner Geoffrey R. Mason and I represent individuals in all types of Federal and State criminal defense cases, with emphasis on serious and complex criminal defense litigation.


 


I graduated from the University of Florida (Bachelor of Science with Honors, 1983), and from the University of Florida College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1986). I also obtained his Master of Arts in Sociology with Honors from the University of Florida in 1986


 


I am a former President of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida, a former Member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a former President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for the Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter. I am an active member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association Criminal Law Section, the Federal Bar Association, and the James C. Adkins Jr. American Inn of Court.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    30 years
  2. Federal Crime: 15%
    28 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    30 years
  4. Violent Crime: 10%
    30 years
  5. Other: 25%
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Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

4545 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL, 326054522

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198801/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's AwardFlorida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter)1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSchackow, Mercadante & Edwards1988 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
University of Florida Levin College of LawCriminal Law Book Award Sponsor2008 - Present
James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of CourtCommunity Liaison2007 - Present
American Inns of CourtNational Liasion for Circuit2003 - 2007
Federal Bar Association, (North Central Florida chapter)President2003 - 2004
Federal Bar Association, (North Central Florida chapter)Vice President2002 - 2003
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)President1998 - 1999
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)Vice President1997 - 1998
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)Board Member1997 - 1998
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)Secretary/Treasurer/1996 - 1997
James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of CourtMember1996 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember1988 - Present
Florida BarMember1988 - Present
Federal Bar Association, (North Central Florida chapter)Member1988 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1986 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1986 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)Member1986 - Present
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of FloridaSociologyMA - Masters1986
University of FloridaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Matters, WUFT-TVCriminal and Constitutional Law2000
Law Matters, WUFT-TVCriminal and Constitutional Law1999
Law Matters, WUFT-TVCriminal and Constitutional Law1998