I am an Attorney at The Byrd Law Firm where I practice Criminal Defense and Family Law. I was born and raised on Long Island in New York and came to Florida to pursue a college degree at Stetson University.
While studying at Stetson I became intrigued with law, so after I graduated I pursued a law degree at Nova Southeastern University Law School. At law school I interned at the Broward County State Attorney’s office, and it was there that I realized the injustices and indignities that are suffered by people accused of committing crimes.
After graduating from Law School I worked for over 3 years at the Public Defenders’ Office in Sarasota, where I defended well over a 1000 individuals accused of crimes. I tried many cases including some of the most serious felonies.
In 2008, I started working at the Byrd Law Firm, where I now practice Criminal Defense and Family law in Sarasota and Manatee County. I defend all types of criminal case with a large focus on DUIs and Juvenile crimes.
In 2009 I became one of the first attorneys in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to receive a Certificate of Achievement for completing the Breath Test Operator Course which is required of all licensed Breath Test Operators in the State of Florida. I have also volunteered as a Judge for Teen Court of Sarasota, a diversion program aimed at helping juveniles with their self-esteem, motivation, and self improvement, and in turn prevent any future criminal behavior.
In my family law practice, I focus on all divorce related matters, including but not limited to, child support, alimony, timesharing, equitable distribution and attorney's fees, as well as paternity issues, and Injunctions involving violence.
I aggressively represent all my clients and diligently protect their best interest.
If you would like to speak about your legal matter, please give me a call at 941-954-3400.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2003||10/02/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Certificate of Achievement - Breath Test Operator Course||Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission||2009|
|Attorney||The Byrd Law Firm||2008 - Present|
|Assistant Public Defender||12th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office||2003 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The National Trial Criminal Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Sarasota County Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division||Treasurer||2012 - Present|
|Sarasota County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court||Barrister||2006 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2005 - Present|
|Sarasota County Bar Assoication, County Criminal Section||Chair||2009 - 2010|
|State v. J.V.||Not Guilty on both Counts|
|State v. B.B.||Not Guilty|
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|Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center||Law||Juris Doctor||2003|
|Stetson Universtiy||General Business||Bachelor of Business Administration||2000|
|Youth Leadership Government Day||The Judicial System||2012|