|FL||Member in Good Standing||1992||01/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Professionalism Award||Brevard County Bar Association||2005|
|Board Certified - Criminal Trial||Florida Bar||2005|
|Outstanding Trial Lawyer||Office of the State Attorney||1999|
|General Counsel||Fraternal Order Of Police||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Funk, Szachacz & Diamond, LLC.||2004 - Present|
|Felony Division Chief||Office Of The State Attorney||1992 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Brevard County Bar Association||President||2012 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Vassar B. Carlton Inn of Court||Member||N/A|
|State v. Kelly, DeForest 05-2010-CF-019102-BXXX||At trial state dropped most of the above waived the minimum mandatory penalties and pled him out to 30 months with credit for more than a year.|
|United States of America v. Billy Thorton||Not Guilty on all counts|
|See all legal cases|
|Brevard County Bar Assoc. Ex Parte||President's Message||2012|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||N/A||law||1992|
|University of North Carolina||International Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Self Defense Through Tactical Shooting & Decision Making||Legal Update on Florida Self-defense law||2014|
|Fraternal Order Of Police||Offier Involved Shootings - legal issues and IA's||2014|
|Advance Firearms Law Symposium||Firearm training and Self Defense laws||2014|
Posted by Meredith
This lawyer and his partners (Funk and Szachacz) are HORRIBLE! I went to them with my case, and they put on a big show of being a team and working together on all their cases. They said they only take cases they know they can get a good outcome for and after they heard my case told me they would call the next day and say whether or not they wanted to take the case. This would make you think when they called you back you have a good case, right?
Well, of course they called back, took my $4000 (ridiculous) and stuck me right into pre-trial intervention aka. drug court. I won't even get into what a joke that was, since it doesn't belong in this review...
Well, on no fault of my own, I failed out of drug court (they give out false positives all the time to make people stay longer and pay more), and told Alan Diamond about what had happened. He didn't do anything to try to work with them, not that I wanted to seeing as how that program was such a joke. Every time I tried to call these guys, no one answered, so I would leave a voicemail. I never, not once, got a call back from them. On the single time the secretary actually answered she told me that Mr. Diamond (my primary attorney) was unavailable and that I needed to call back later. I asked to speak to one of the other men in the firm since they were all supposed to be working together for me. I spoke to Mr. Funk, who told me still that I needed to call back and talk to Diamond. I asked why for $4000 I couldn't get one of them to call me back, and he promised that I would get a call. I'll bet you can guess that I never got one!
I never had any information I needed and always went into court blind, not knowing what I was walking into. He would try to bully me into taking deals when I wasn't comfortable with them and would get exasperated when I would ask clarifying questions, as if I was a nuisance. He wouldn't show up in court until after the judge had gotten there, making me wonder if my representation was even coming. He would dodge our questions. He couldn't get me a copy of the discovery or the dash cam video of the night I was arrested. After I fired him and got a new attorney (Mark Germain - the BEST), I got what I wanted within weeks.
Long story short, if you want any information about your case and if you want to actually get a good outcome for your case, stay as far away from Funk Szachacz and Diamond LLC as you can. Your record will thank you for it.
Ashley Severance, Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I highly recommend Mr. Diamond and personally refer all of my clients with criminal charges to his office. I find him to be a zealous advocate, dedicated to his clients, and extremely easy and a pleasure to work with.