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I grew up in Panama City, Florida.
I graduated from the University of Missouri in 1988 with a degree in journalism and got
my law degree from the University
of Florida in 1991.
I joined the Jacksonville Public Defender's Office in 1992, leaving to
open my own private practice in 1999. In 2003, I returned to the Public
Defender's Office to work part-time so that I could spend more time at home
with our three young daughters. In 2008, I joined Mike full-time in his
practice. (Mike and I became friends at the Public Defender's Office in 1992.)
My husband Carey works a consultant, and we are co-owners of Hepler Bros.
LLC (a franchise of Fibrenew International), which is a mobile repair service
for leather, plastic and vinyl.
In 2010, I was appointed
to the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in
Criminal Cases. I'm also a member of the Jacksonville Women Lawyer's
Association and the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Florida Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1991||10/02/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Distinguished Special Achievement Award||Public Defender's Office||1996|
|Attorney||Public Defender's Office||2003 - 2008|
|Attorney/Owner||The Hepler Law Firm||1999 - 2003|
|Attorney||Public Defender's Office||1992 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases||Committee member||2010 - Present|
|San Marco Rotary||Foundation Chair||2008 - Present|
|Word Association Publishers||The State of Florida v. You: The Accused's Guide to Defending a Florida DUI Charge||2010|
|Sullivan & Hepler||Domestic Violence in the State of Florida: Beware, Know Your Rights, Get a Lawyer||2010|
|Word Association Press||Cutting Through the Red Tape: Top Ten Things All Florida Social Security Disability Applicants Should Know ci||2010|
|University of Missouri||journalism||Bachelor of Journalism||1988|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||N/A||law||N/A|