I represent clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout the Tampa Bay area. I am a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Additionally, I am an attorney on the NORML Legal Committee which fights for the reform of marijuana laws in Florida and throughout the country.I graduated with Honors from the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, Florida, in 1999, and served as Vice Chair on the Executive Board for the UF Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board. I completed internships at the State Attorney's Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit prosecuting cases in the felony division, and the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, working with federal prosecutors. I also completed a federal judicial internship with the Honorable Henry Lee Adams, Jr., United States District Judge, for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. After gaining valuable trial experience working with state and federal prosecutors, I became an Assistant Public Defender in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Florida defending individuals charged with misdemeanor, juvenile and felony offenses. More than twelve years ago, I entered private practice as a criminal defense attorney representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. Call 813-250-0500 to discuss your case.
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- Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis
- Before moving back to Florida, I had the pleasure of working with the criminal defense attorneys at Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis, which is Georgia's largest and most recognized DUI defense law firm.
- Assistant Public Defender
- Public Defender's Office in the Fourth Judicial Circuit
- After graduating from law school, I began my career as an Assistant Public Defender fighting to protect the rights of clients charged with misdemeanors in county court. I was promoted to juvenile court and then a felony division in Circuit Court in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
- University of Florida
- J.D. (1999) | Law
- Honors: Graduated with Honors; Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Executive Board
- Activities: Competed in State and National Moot Court Competitions
- University of Oklahoma
- B.A. | Philosophy
- Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Lifetime Member
- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer (FACDL)
- Lifetime Member
- National Organization of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- NORML Legal Committee
- National College for DUI Defense
- DUI Defense Lawyers Association
- Georgia State Bar
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- Florida State Bar # 185825
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- American Bar Association
- Leslie Sammis, the co-founder of Lawyer Legion, will update attendees of the ABA's National Specialization Roundtable on the efforts of this organization to collect comprehensive information about certified specialist lawyers and to market their credentials to consumers nationwide.
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