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About me

I have been actively practicing law since 1996, and have been deeply involved in the legal system since 1991.  I believe in excellent client communication and passionate dedication to client interests.  I have worked extensively in both the state and federal court systems.

Bottom line:  I practice what I preach.  I believe that, as an attorney, I need to ensure that the legal system is geared toward protecting and vindicating my clients' interests.  I attempt to do so in a principled and conscientious manner.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
    17 years, 100 cases
  2. International Law: 15%
    11 years, 50 cases
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 15%
    11 years, 100 cases
  4. Financial Markets and Services: 10%
    11 years, 50 cases
  5. Other: 35%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Burnside Law Firm

109 Ilsley Avenue
Park Central, Suite 9
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, FL, B3B-1S8


FLMember in Good Standing199609/08/2015
DCInactive 200005/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Faculty Mentorship HonorsBurnett Honors College, Office of Prestigious Awards2013
Florida's Legal EliteFlorida Trends Magazine2010
Attorney of the YearFlorida Democratic Black Caucus2009
Attorney of the YearFlorida Democratic Caribbean Caucus2009
Attorney of the YearFlorida Democratic Hispanic Caucus2009
Attorney of the YearCentral Florida Police Benevolent Association2007
Best Up & Coming AttorneyFlorida's Legal Elite2007
Political Science Professor of the YearPhi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity2006
Paul Wellstone Grassroots Activist of the YearCentral Florida Young Democrats2004
Public Interest Law FellowFlorida Bar Foundation1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselEgan, Lev & Siwica, P.A.2010 - Present
Partner/Senior AttorneyThe Tate Law Firm, PLLC2011 - 2013
Managing AttorneyThe Brett Law Firm, P.A.2009 - 2011
Trial AttorneyWeston, Garrou, Walters & Mooney2005 - 2009
Professor of Constitutional LawUniversity of Central Florida2003 - 2013
AssociateLaw Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, P.A.2003 - 2005
Assistant Public Defender- Lead Track AttorneyPublic Defender's Office - 20th & 9th Judicial Circuits2000 - 2003
AssociateGordon, Silberman, Wiggins & Childs, P.C./Law Office of Grant Morris1999 - 2000
Assistant Public DefenderPublic Defender's Office1997 - 1999
AssociateLaw Office of Michael J. Rocque1996 - 1997
Certified Legal ExternPublic Defender, 2d Judicial Circuit1996 - 1996
Certified Legal ExternPublic Defender, 17th Judicial Circuit1995 - 1995
Law ClerkVolunteer Lawyers' Resource Center1995 - 1995
Law ClerkLaw Office of Stephen Rakusin, P.A.1994 - 1994
Judicial Law Clerk - Honorable Robert J. FoganSeventeeth Judicial Circuit of Florida1993 - 1993
Law ClerkSpellacy, Lescano & Duckett, P.A.1992 - 1992
Legal InternPublic Defender - 17th Judicial Circuit1991 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nova Scotia Barristers' SocietyMember/Barrister & Solicitor2014 - Present
Canadian Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
ACLU of Central FloridaCo-Chair - Legal Panel2009 - 2013
First Amendment Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - 2011
Florida Democratic Lawyers' CouncilRegional Co-Lead Counsel2004 - 2013
American Jewish CongressBoard of Directors - S.E. Region2004 - 2012
American Constitution Society for Law and PolicyMember2004 - Present
George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of CourtBarrister2003 - 2012
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - 2013
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2001 - 2012
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - 2002
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1993 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Clinton McCowen MatterClient Vindication
State of Florida v. Christopher WilsonState dropped 296 counts, including felony.
State of Florida v. Brian DoyleN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Heritage NewspaperOp-Ed: "If You Think Twice, It's Not Alright"2008
"The New Statesman""Obscenity Trial?"2008
The Heritage NewspaperOp-Ed: "So You Say You Want a Revolution?"2007
The Heritage NewspaperOp-Ed: "What's Going On? Civility in Legal Practice"2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Central FloridaPolitical Science/Pre-LawOther - Bachelors1993
Nova High SchoolN/ADiploma - With Honors1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WFTV Channel 9 NewsWhistleblower Retaliation2013
Dr. Drew on CallTrayvon Martin Case2013
Issues with Jane Velez-MitchellTrayvon Martin Case2012
Anderson Cooper 360Trayvon Martin Case2012
Political Commentary on New Florida GovernorRick Scott's Political Agenda2011
National Public Radio NewsThe Voting Rights Act & DoJ Submission Requirements2011
FOX-NewsThe Unconstitutionality of the Ten Commandments at the Courthouse2011
Day in the Life: Civil Rights & Public Interest LawCivil Rights Litigation2011
Central Florida News 13Capital Punishment & The Casey Anthony Case2011
ABC/WFTV - Channel 9 NewsDrug Testing of Recipients of Public Assistance2011
Where Do We Go From Here? Law in the Instant Media AgeEthics & Instant Media2010
WDBO-AM Radio - First Amendment Victory in Federal CourtFirst Amendment Court Victory vs. City of Clermont2010
Understanding Civil Rights for Special NeedsCivil Rights & Liberties2010
The Mike Malloy ShowElection Fraud in Florida2010
Taxpayer Bill of RightsDue Process Rights of Taxpayers2010
Tax Investigations by the IRSTax Payer Rights Upon Confronted by IRS Investigation2010
Say What You Want??Free Speech & Privacy on the Internet2010
Privacy in the Public SphereConstitutionality of Municipal Electronic Surveillance2010
News Report on Federal Civil Rights LawsuitCivil Rights Lawsuit vs. City of Clermont for First Amendment Violations2010
Local Television News AppearanceConstitutionality of School Uniforms2010
FOX-35 News CommentaryUnconstitutionality of Arizona's Immigration Law2010
Employee RightsWage and Hour Laws & Child Labor Laws2010
Discussion on Child Pornography & Computer Hackers Implication of the InnocentInternet & Criminal Law2010
Debate - School PrayerConstitutionality of School Prayer and Related State Statute2010
Central Florida Inns of Court Practice SeriesEthical Practices During Closing Arguments2010
WFTVInternet Defamation2009
WFTVConstitutionality of Potential SLAPP Action vs. Website Publisher2009
Voice of America NewsThree Dimensional Demonstrative Exhibits in the Courtroom2009
Discussion on the Rights of Guantanamo DetaineesCivil Rights & Liberties2009
WFTV CommentaryCasey Anthony Defamation Case2008
WFTVVoter Protection2008
All Out Against the War in IraqMisplaced Priorities: The Opportunity Costs of the War Against Iraq2008
"Intersection" - NPREstablishment Clause Violations Posed By Proposed Florida Constitutional Amendments2008
"The Stephanie Miller Show"Discussion of Federal Tort Claims Law & Prisoner Rights2007
"The Big Story" - FNCFirst Amendment Rights & Restrictions on Free Speech2007
"Sqauwk Box" - CNBCRamifications of Prohibitions on Internet Gaming2007
Federalist Society Debate SeriesAffirmative Action & the Grutter/Gratz Opinions2006
"The Big Story" - FNCConstitutionality of Sexual Offender Residential & Travel Restrictions2006
Federalist Society Debate SeriesConstitutional Legitimacy of the Kelo/Takings Case2005
"The O'Reilly Factor" - FNCConstitutional Implications of Federal Sex Offender Legislation2005
"Flashpoint" - WKMGIraq War; Bush Environmental Policies; Civil Rights2005
National Security vs. Civil LibertiesPost-9/11 Limitations on Civil Liberties2004
Federalist Society Debate SeriesConstitutional Legitimacy of Bush v. Gore2004
FALA Semi-Annual ConferenceInternet Law Updates - Co-Author of Semi-Annual UpdateN/A
Election Protection Seminars for AttorneysVoting Rights & Election ProtectionN/A