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Barbara Blount-Powell

1800 N. Main St.
Gainesville FL 32609
(352) 378-1107

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BARBARA BLOUNT-POWELL, ESQ.

Please Call : 352-378-1107


     A member of the Florida Bar since 1979, I have exclusively practiced criminal defense in Gainesville, Fl and the 8th Judicial Circuit (Alachua , Levy, Bradford, Gilcrist, Union) since 1984.  NEVER a prosecutor, I was a public defender for 16 years handling every type of case from traffic to first degree murder.  In 2001 I joined two experienced criminal defense attorneys in private practice.  With a combined total of over 70 years of criminal defense work, we offer the experience, trial skills and local knowledge critical to a successful defense.  Backed by competent staff and extremely capable partners, my office provides the attention to detail and resources necessary to successfully investigate and defend criminal allegations.  I focus primarily on the defense of DUI, DUI manslaughter, drug possession , sale, and trafficking as well as general felony and misdemeanor offenses.

Contact me at: Telephone: 352-378-1107
Fax: 352-378-0103
http://www.crimelawyers.org/navigate.aspx?ctype=ATTY_URL&lid=786642&url=http://www.reasonabledoubt.org

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BIOGRAPHY OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY BARBARA BLOUNT-POWELL

     Sixth generation Floridian; daughter of a US naval officer; graduate of Duke University and the University of Florida College of Law; member of the Florida Law Review; member of the defense team for Danny Harold Rolling from 1992 through trial in 1994; member of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 1988; Secretary, Vice President, and President of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1988 to 1991; member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

    I am currently an emeritus member of the James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court mentoring fellow attorneys in the professional practice of law.

    I annually attend conferences and seminars to maintain and strengthen a cutting edge knowledge of legal developments particularly in the areas of DUI defense and search and seizure law.

 EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Graduate: University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL
Degree Earned: Juris Doctor - August 1978

Undergraduate: Duke University, Durham, NC
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts, 1975, Cum Laude
Majors: Political Science and Economics

University of Miami School of Law, visiting student 1977-78, Miami, FL
High Honors, Spring 1978; "Book Award," Creditors/Debtors Rights, Spring 1978, University of Miami
Law Review, University of Florida College of Law, Board member 1976-78

Ashley Hall, High School Diploma, 1971, Charleston, SC

WORK EXPERIENCE

As an advocate for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and those less powerful than the government, Barbara was convinced to join the private bar in 2001 and to practice with others she has grown to respect and admire over the years.

Before joining DeThomasis & Buchanan, P.A., Barbara practiced criminal law as an assistant Public Defender for the 8th Judicial Circuit for over sixteen years. Barbara was a member of the defense team for Danny Harold Rolling from 1992 through his trial in February of 1994.

Barbara has continued to participate in educational enhancement through death penalty programs and other criminal law seminars. She also participates in the mentoring of fellow bar members through the American Inns of Court.

Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1979, Barbara initially practiced in the area of civil litigation in Miami, FL. Leaving the practice of law for a year before returning to Gainesville in 1984, Barbara sailed the Caribbean aboard a 60' schooner as First Mate and Chef.

Since 1868, generations of lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory as an authoritative guide to the American legal profession. The Martindale-Hubbell database is regarded as a primary research source for information and ratings of law firms and attorneys around the world. Barbara Blount-Powell’s attorney rating is AV - the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell. According to Martindale-Hubbell, an "AV rating indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar."
Click here to view Martindale-Hubbell’s online rating of Barbara Blount-Powell.

2001 - PRESENT - DeThomasis & Buchanan, P.A., criminal defense practice

1984 - 2001 - Assistant Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit, Gainesville, FL
(Felony Assistant 1986 - 2001)

1983 - 1984 - Moorings Ltd., Tortola, British Virgin Islands - crew/chef, charter sailing yacht "Bright Star"

1980 - 1983 - Salley, Barns, Pajon, Guttman and Del Valle, P.A., Miami, FL - Associate, commercial litigation

1979 - 1980 - Highsmith and Strauss, P.A., Miami, FL - Associate, personal injury litigation

1978 - 1979 - Turner and Morris, P.A., Gainesville, FL - law clerk, criminal defense practice

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Member, Florida Bar, admitted in April 1979

President, 8th Circuit Chapter, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1990-1991

Vice President/President-elect, 8th Circuit Chapter, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1989-1990

Secretary, 8th Circuit Chapter, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1988-1989

Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1988-present

Chapter Representative, Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1990-1992

Member, Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar 1986-present

Currently Emeritus Member, James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court, member since 1995

Member, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association

RECENT CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

"Blood, Breath and Tears" DUI Seminar
Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Sept. 2009; Sept.. 2008; Sept. 2007; Oct. 2006; Sept. 2005; Oct. 2004; Sept. 2003

"Intoxilizer 800" Seminar
Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Sept. 2005

Criminal Law Certification Review
Sponsor: Florida Bar Association and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
April 2009; April 2008; April 2007; April 2006; April 2005; April 2004

PERSONAL

A Sixth generation Floridian, Barbara actually spent most of her youth living all over the United States and Central America. The daughter of a U.S. Navy officer, Barbara called DeLand, Florida, home base while residing wherever her father’s orders carried the family. She attended thirteen elementary schools and three high schools before the family moved to the Canal Zone in Panama for most of her college career. Always an avid sailor and horsewoman, Barbara pursues her equestrian interest in dressage and is teaching her children to ride aboard her horse and their ponies.

Returning to Florida for law school in 1975, Barbara made Gainesville her home. An interest in criminal law was originally fostered by an uncle who was a sitting Florida judge for more than thirty years. His love of the law, particularly criminal law, gave Barbara an early interest and exposure to its substance and development in this state.

Barbara married Scott in 1992 and they have two children. They all look after the dog, horse, ponies, cockatiel, and fish.

Please Call : 352-378-1107

 

BARBARA BLOUNT-POWELL

BIOGRAPHY OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY BARBARA BLOUNT-POWELL

     Sixth generation Floridian; daughter of a US naval officer; graduate of Duke University and the University of Florida College of Law; member of the Florida Law Review; member of the defense team for Danny Harold Rolling from 1992 through trial in 1994; member of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 1988; Secretary, Vice President, and President of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1988 to 1991; member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

    I am currently an emeritus member of the James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court mentoring fellow attorneys in the professional practice of law.

    I annually attend conferences and seminars to maintain and strengthen a cutting edge knowledge of legal developments particularly in the areas of DUI defense and search and seizure law.

 EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Graduate: University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL
Degree Earned: Juris Doctor - August 1978

Undergraduate: Duke University, Durham, NC
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts, 1975, Cum Laude
Majors: Political Science and Economics

University of Miami School of Law, visiting student 1977-78, Miami, FL
High Honors, Spring 1978; "Book Award," Creditors/Debtors Rights, Spring 1978, University of Miami
Law Review, University of Florida College of Law, Board member 1976-78

Ashley Hall, High School Diploma, 1971, Charleston, SC

WORK EXPERIENCE

As an advocate for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and those less powerful than the government, Barbara was convinced to join the private bar in 2001 and to practice with others she has grown to respect and admire over the years.

Before joining DeThomasis & Buchanan, P.A., Barbara practiced criminal law as an assistant Public Defender for the 8th Judicial Circuit for over sixteen years. Barbara was a member of the defense team for Danny Harold Rolling from 1992 through his trial in February of 1994.

Barbara has continued to participate in educational enhancement through death penalty programs and other criminal law seminars. She also participates in the mentoring of fellow bar members through the American Inns of Court.

Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1979, Barbara initially practiced in the area of civil litigation in Miami, FL. Leaving the practice of law for a year before returning to Gainesville in 1984, Barbara sailed the Caribbean aboard a 60' schooner as First Mate and Chef.

Since 1868, generations of lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory as an authoritative guide to the American legal profession. The Martindale-Hubbell database is regarded as a primary research source for information and ratings of law firms and attorneys around the world. Barbara Blount-Powell’s attorney rating is AV - the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell. According to Martindale-Hubbell, an "AV rating indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar."
Click here to view Martindale-Hubbell’s online rating of Barbara Blount-Powell.

2001 - PRESENT - DeThomasis & Buchanan, P.A., criminal defense practice

1984 - 2001 - Assistant Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit, Gainesville, FL
(Felony Assistant 1986 - 2001)

1983 - 1984 - Moorings Ltd., Tortola, British Virgin Islands - crew/chef, charter sailing yacht "Bright Star"

1980 - 1983 - Salley, Barns, Pajon, Guttman and Del Valle, P.A., Miami, FL - Associate, commercial litigation

1979 - 1980 - Highsmith and Strauss, P.A., Miami, FL - Associate, personal injury litigation

1978 - 1979 - Turner and Morris, P.A., Gainesville, FL - law clerk, criminal defense practice

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Member, Florida Bar, admitted in April 1979

President, 8th Circuit Chapter, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1990-1991

Vice President/President-elect, 8th Circuit Chapter, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1989-1990

Secretary, 8th Circuit Chapter, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1988-1989

Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1988-present

Chapter Representative, Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1990-1992

Member, Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar 1986-present

Currently Emeritus Member, James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court, member since 1995

Member, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association

RECENT CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

"Blood, Breath and Tears" DUI Seminar
Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Oct. 2006; Sept. 2005; Oct. 2004; Sept. 2003

"Intoxilizer 800" Seminar
Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Sept. 2005

Criminal Law Certification Review
Sponsor: Florida Bar Association and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
April 2006; April 2005; April 2004

PERSONAL

A Sixth generation Floridian, Barbara actually spent most of her youth living all over the United States and Central America. The daughter of a U.S. Navy officer, Barbara called DeLand, Florida, home base while residing wherever her father’s orders carried the family. She attended thirteen elementary schools and three high schools before the family moved to the Canal Zone in Panama for most of her college career. Always an avid sailor and horsewoman, Barbara pursues her equestrian interest in dressage and is teaching her children to ride aboard her horse and their ponies.

Returning to Florida for law school in 1975, Barbara made Gainesville her home. An interest in criminal law was originally fostered by an uncle who was a sitting Florida judge for more than thirty years. His love of the law, particularly criminal law, gave Barbara an early interest and exposure to its substance and development in this state.

Barbara married Scott in 1992 and they have two children. They all look after the dog, horse, ponies, cockatiel, and fish.

Please Call : 352-378-1107

Practice Areas

Lawyers of this firm represent individuals accused of crimes at the trial, appellate and post-conviction levels including, but not limited to, the following areas:
     
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • DUI
  • DUI Manslaughter
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Racketeering
  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault
  • Drug Related Offenses
    • Trafficking in Controlled Substances
    • Sale or Possession of Controlled Substances
    • Sale or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Battery
  • Sexual Battery
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Resisting Arrest
 
  • Juvenile Crime
  • Violation of Restraining Orders
  • Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disorderly Intoxication
  • Trespassing
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Computer Related Crime

Craig C. DeThomasis

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Undergraduate: University of Florida, September 1976 - August 1980
Degrees Earned: Associate Arts - 1978, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - 1980
Major: Finance

Graduate: University of Florida College of Law, January 1981 - May 1983
Degree Earned: Juris Doctor - May 1983

Member of the Florida Bar since October 1983.

WORK EXPERIENCE

While attending law school at the University of Florida College of Law from January 1981 through May 1983, Craig was employed in several law firms and related offices which addressed the legal needs of individuals charged with crimes.

Craig held positions as a law clerk for several private attorneys handling criminal defense matters as well as with the Alachua County Probation Department.

Additionally, while attending law school, Craig participated in the Criminal Law Clinic Program where he became a Certified Legal Intern and was employed as an intern and senior intern at the Office of the Public Defender, Eighth Judicial Circuit. He later went on to become an Assistant Public Defender in July 1983 through October 1987 handling cases in the misdemeanor, traffic, and felony divisions. Since October 1987, Craig C. DeThomasis has been engaged in the private practice of law primarily devoted to criminal defense.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Since fall 1990, Craig C. DeThomasis has held a position as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Florida College of Law teaching law students a practical skills training course in trial practice. As of fall semester 1999, Craig has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law handling the lecture component of the Trial Practice course offered at the University of Florida, College of Law.

Craig C. DeThomasis has also served as a Coach for the University of Florida College of Law Trial Team. He led two teams in Fall 1997/Spring 1998 to the Florida Bar Competition held in Miami, Florida as well as leading two teams in Fall 1998/Spring 1999 to the American Bar Association sponsored trial competition in Tampa, Florida.

In April 2000, Craig led a team of law students that competed at the National Criminal Justice Trial Competition sponsored by the American Bar Association Criminal Law Section, which was held in Chicago, Illinois. The team was honored as semifinalists in a field of twenty prestigious law schools from the United States.

In April 2001, Craig and his law partner, Michael Buchanan, again led a team of law students to compete in Chicago at the American Bar Association sponsored National Criminal Justice Trial Competition.

To this date, Craig continues to assist with the training and education of the University of Florida College of Law trial team members and trial practice students.

NATURE OF LEGAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Craig C. DeThomasis' law practice is primarily devoted to criminal defense. He has previously represented individuals charged with all levels of crime including, but not limited to, Murder, Manslaughter, Sexual Battery, Robbery, Racketeering, Burglary, Theft, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Drug Sale/Possession/Trafficking, DUI, DUI Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide and numerous other criminal felony, capital, and misdemeanor offenses.

He has tried at Jury Trial in excess of seventy five misdemeanor/traffic cases and in excess of fifty felony cases. Having represented individuals charged with capital offenses in excess of thirty times; Craig has tried at Jury Trial seven capital cases as lead counsel. Although primarily working at the trial court level, Craig has also represented individuals during appellate and post-conviction proceedings.

While practicing in the university community of Gainesville, Florida, Craig represents many students accused of violations of the Student Conduct Code during disciplinary hearings at the University of Florida.

Since 1868, generations of lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory as an authoritative guide to the American legal profession. The Martindale-Hubbell database is regarded as a primary research source for information and ratings of law firms and attorneys around the world. Craig C. DeThomasis’ attorney rating is AV - the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell. According to Martindale-Hubbell, an "AV rating indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar."
Click here to view Martindale-Hubbell’s online rating of Craig C. DeThomasis.

LECTURES/PUBLICATIONS/APPEARANCES

Craig C. DeThomasis has been called upon by many different organizations as well as print, broadcast and film outlets, to address issues relating to the practice of law. Below is a representative list:

  1. Pediatric Sexual Abuse Conference; Sponsored by Shands Hospital at University of Florida, April 1992. (Lecture/mock trial demonstration for health care providers, law enforcement personnel, and social workers on the topic of sexual abuse of children).

  2. Eleventh Annual Conference, "Sexism: Silent Journey to Violence"; Sponsored by the Sexual Battery Committee of the Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women, July 1992. (Panel member and presented a lecture on Sexual Battery)

  3. Florida State University: Department of Criminology "How Can You Defend Those People - The Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney": Lecture, September 8, 1995, Tallahassee, Florida.

  4. Florida State University: Department of Criminology, "The Criminal Trial Process - Jury Selection to Verdict": Lecture, February 23, 1996, Tallahassee, Florida.

  5. The Santa Fe Source: Santa Fe Community College Bulletin; Vol. II No. 4, "Legal Lexicon" - Employment opportunities within the legal profession.

  6. "A Defendant's Participation in the Criminal Process." Continuing Legal Education Seminar, May 3, 1996. Sponsor: The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section and Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section.

  7. Professor Gerald T. Bennett (1937-1999): "Narrowing the Gap Between Theory and Practice"; Florida Law Review, January, 2000, (Volume 52 Number 1).

  8. University of Florida: Department of Sociology; "Current Issues Within the Criminal Justice System". Lecture, September 21, 2000, Gainesville, Florida.

  9. University of Florida: Student Judicial Affairs Office, "Due Process and Civility; the Student Judicial Process". Panel Discussion, May 21, 1999, Gainesville, Florida.

  10. University of Florida: Career Development Conference, "Careers in Criminal Practice". Panel discussion, February 17, 2001, Gainesville, Florida.

  11. The View with Barbara Walters; "Was It Rape". Interview/Commentary, February 8, 2001, ABC-TV Broadcast Company.

  12. "Raw Deal: A Question of Consent", Documentary. Artisan Entertainment; Director: Billy Carbine; Producers: Alfred Spellman/Billy Corben. World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival, January, 2001.

  13. Clay County Chamber of Commerce/Clay County School Board: 2000 Career Shadowing Program; February 2001

  14. "Brother v. Brother": Hard Copy; May 12, 1999

  15. "Drug Trafficking", "DUI: Prosecution/Defense", Law Matters; WUFT, 2001, 2002.

  16. Florida Network of Victim/Witness Services: Annual Training Conference; 6/16/05, Orlando, Florida.
    Lecture: The Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney

  17. The Ilene Silverman Show: "Legal Issues Facing Motorcyclists"; panel discussion. Cox Cable Channel 21, July 2006.

  18. Insite Magazine: "Just Say Know..... Your Legal Rights"
    July 2006 Issue: "Finding the Right Attorney"
    August 2006 Issue: "Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Part I"
    September 2006 Issue:
    "Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Part II"
    October 2006 Issue: "Football Season in Gainesville"
    December 2006 Issue: "The UF Student Judicial Process"
    January 2007 Issue: "Since You've Asked"
    February 2007 Issue: "The Right to Remain Silent"
    March 2007 Issue: "Drug Offenses"

  19. "Article V Revisions: Impact on Court-Appointed Counsel", Panel Discussion, 3/17/05
    Sponsor: Justice James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court.

  20. UF Levin College of Law, Guest Lecturer: "Interviewing/Counseling the Criminal Defendant, 11/06/06.

EXPERT TESTIMONY

Craig C. DeThomasis has been called upon to review criminal cases at both the trial and post-conviction levels and has testified as an expert on at least five occasions. Areas of testimony have included issues regarding effectiveness of counsel and proper investigation in both capital and non-capital cases. Craig has been called upon to offer expert testimony as a State, Defense, and Court witness.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

President:
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (F.A.C.D.L.)
Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter, 1996

Vice President:
F.A.C.D.L. - 8th Circuit Chapter, 1995

Secretary/Treasurer:
F.A.C.D.L. - 8th Circuit Chapter, 1994

Member:
Board of Directors: F.A.C.D.L. - Statewide Organization, 1996

Chairman:
(1996 / 1997) -Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar, Group A
(2005 / 2006) -Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar, Group B

Vice-Chair:
1995 / 1996 -Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar, Group A
2004 / 2005 -Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar, Group B

Member:
1994 / 1995 -Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar, Group A
2003 / 2004 -Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar, Group B

Member:
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bench/Bar Committee (1996 - 1999)

Master:
Justice James Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court (1994 - 1998)

Emeritus:
Justice James Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court (1999 - Present)

President-Elect:
Justice James Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court (2006 - Present)

Member:
Alachua County Substance Abuse Policy Task Force Board (1996 - 1997)

Member:
Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar

Member:
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association

Member:
Florida Leading Attorneys (1996 - 1997)

COMMUNITY/SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS

Board of Directors - Children's Home Society of Florida,
Mid-Florida Division (1994 - 2000)

Wyngate Farms Homeowners Association:
President (1994-1996)
Vice President/Secretary (2003)
VIce President (2004-present)

Leadership Gainesville XXIII - Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, (1995)

A.B.A.T.E. (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education), Member (2006-present)

"Bikers on Parade for the USA", Charter Member, Board of Directors (2006-present)

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

The law firm of DeThomasis and Buchanan, P.A. encourages its personnel to advance their education and participate in programs which address the needs of its clients. In an effort to provide the most effective representation in a changing legal environment, the following courses are representative of the commitment to advancement of that education.

  1. Public Defender/State Attorney Training
    (National Institute for Trial Advocacy/Criminal Law Section)
    One (1) week practicum 1984

  2. Advanced Trial Advocacy Training Program Florida State University
    One (1) week practicum - 1987

  3. Florida Public Defender Association Conferences
    Winter 1984, Summer 1986, Summer 1987, Winter 1989

  4. Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers:
    Seminars, Winter 1988, Fall 1989, Summer 1990, Fall 1990 - 1991, Winter 1992, Fall 1992

  5. DUI Defense Seminar/P.E.S.I., 1986, 1988

  6. "Life over Death XI" Death Penalty Defense Seminar
    September 13 - 16, 1990, Tampa, Florida

  7. "Life over Death XI" Death Penalty Defense Seminar
    January 30 - February 1, 1996, Tampa, Florida

  8. "Life over Death XIII" Death Penalty Defense Seminar
    September 29 - October 1, 1994, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    Sponsor: Florida Public Defender Association

  9. Capital Litigation Defense Seminar:
    August 7, 8, 1992, West Palm Beach, Florida
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
    Palm Beach Criminal Defense Association

  10. North Florida Death Penalty Defense Seminar
    July 10, 1993, Tallahassee, Florida
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Tallahassee Chapter

  11. "Death is Different II:" Death Penalty Defense Seminar
    March 29, 30, 1996, West Palm Beach, Florida
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  12. DUI Defense Seminar
    August 4, 1994, Gainesville, Florida
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  13. Criminal Law Review
    May 9, 1995, Tampa, Florida
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  14. "Appellate Practice Pointers"
    November 6, 1995, Gainesville, Florida
    Sponsor: Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter-FACDL

  15. "Improving the Legal Profession", September 14, 1995
    "Applying Rules of Evidence", October 18, 1995
    "Evidence Jeopardy", January 18, 1996
    "Forensic Evidence and Law", February 15, 1996
    "Using Children as Witnesses", March 21, 1996
    "Case of the Silent Alarm/Professionalism", May 16, 1993
    Sponsor: Justice James C. Adkins, Jr., Inn of Court;
    Gainesville, Florida

  16. "Sexual Harassment in the Legal Community" 10/15/98
    "Ethics and Impeachment Process" 11/19/98
    "Ethical Dilemmas: Strategies" 4/15/99
    "DUI: Legal Issues" 5/20/99
    Sponsor: Justice James C. Adkins, Jr., Inn of Court;
    Gainesville, Florida

  17. "Life Over Death XVI" Death Penalty Defense Seminar
    September 17-18, 1997
    Sponsor: Florida Public Defender Association

  18. "Blood, Breath and Tears IX" DUI Seminar
    September 21, 2002
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  19. "Professionalism Issues", Sept. 18, 1997
    "Confidentiality in the 21st Century", Oct. 16, 1997
    "Florida Evidence Code", Nov. 20, 1997
    "Mock Mediation", Feb. 19, 1998
    "Legal Jeopardy", March 19, 1998
    "Zealous Representation", April 16, 1998
    Sponsor: Justice James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court, Gainesville, Florida

  20. "Professionalism/Bar and Bench", Sept. 30, 2004
    "Out of Sight/Out of Mind-Referrals", October 21, 2004
    "Judge Baiting/Error Creating", Jan. 20, 2005
    "Legal Jeopardy", Feb. 17, 2005
    "Florida Revisions to Article V", March 17, 2005
    "Deposition Blunders", April 28, 2005
    Sponsor: Justice James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court, Gainesville, Florida

  21. Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, April 8, 2005, Tampa, Florida

  22. "Freedom of Speech: Lawyer Advertising", Oct. 16, 2003
    "Is the Right to Counsel in Danger", Nov. 20, 2003
    "Freedom of Religion/Judicial Ethics", Jan. 15, 2004
    "Right to Bear Arms", Feb. 19, 2004
    "Search and Seizure", March 18, 2004
    "Constitutional Jeopardy", April 15, 2004
    "Due Process Alternatives to Jury", May 20, 2004
    Sponsor: Justice James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inns of Court, Gainesville, Florida

  23. Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, April 28, 2006, Tampa, Florida

  24. "Blood, Breath and Tears XI" DUI Seminar, Oct. 1, 2004, Orlando, Florida
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  25. "Blood, Breath and Tears XII" DUI Seminar, Sept. 23, 2005, Orlando, Florida
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  26. "Blood, Breath and Tears XIII" DUI Seminar, Oct. 6, 2006, Orlando, Florida
    Sponsor: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Michael R. Buchanan

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Born and raised in the state of Florida, Michael attended Oviedo High School where he was Student Body President from 1976-1977. While attending Oviedo High School, Michael was captain of the debate team, winning first place in the state of Florida District Three Interscholastic Debate Tournament in 1975, 1976 and 1977. In 1976, he was awarded first place in Lincoln/Douglas debate for the South Eastern United States Region during the Bicentennial Youth debates.

Michael Buchanan attended college at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he majored in Political Science. He attended UCF on scholarship for debate where he competed nationally in 1979 and 1980. In 1980, he was on one of only 56 teams nationally invited to attended the National Debate Tournament which was held in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from UCF, Magna Cum Laude, June 12, 1981.

Michael Buchanan attended the University of Florida College of Law. While in Law School he was selected to be a member of the Justice Campbell Thornall National Moot Court Board and was recognized as a outstanding senior member of the moot court team in 1984. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law on May 5, 1984.

WORK EXPERIENCE

While in law school, from September 1981 through August 1983, Michael was employed as a law clerk by Larry G. Turner, Esquire. Larry Turner’s law practice was devoted primarily to the defense of persons accused of crime . As a law clerk Michael’s duties included legal research and preparation of memorandum of law regarding criminal defense issues.

Additionally, while in law school, Michael participated in the Criminal Law clinic program where he became a certified legal intern for the Public Defenders Office, Eighth Judicial Circuit in September 1983. Michael remained employed by the Public Defenders Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit through 1988 where he was an Assistant Public Defender in the misdemeanor, traffic and felony divisions.

In 1989 Michael Buchanan entered private practice and began his professional association with Craig C. DeThomasis. Since 1989, Michael’s practice of law has been primarily devoted to criminal defense.

NATURE OF LEGAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Michael Buchanan’s law practice is primarily devoted to criminal defense. Criminal Defense represents 90% of the cases handled by Michael. He has previously represented citizens charged with first degree murder, manslaughter, sexual battery, robbery, burglary, grand theft, forgery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, drug sale, delivery, possession and numerous other criminal felony and misdemeanor offenses. Michael Buchanan has tried as lead counsel numerous jury and nonjury trials. Michael has actual jury trial experience handling cases where individuals have been charged with attempted murder, sexual battery, armed robbery, car jacking, child abuse, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, resisting officer with violence, burglary, drug sale, drug possession, driving under the influence, battery, domestic violence and petit theft.

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JURISDICTIONS LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW

State of Florida
Federal, Northern District Court of Florida
Federal, Middle District Court of Florida

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

President 1992, Eighth Judicial Circuit Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Secretary/Treasurer 1991, Eighth Judicial Circuit Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Board of Directors 1993, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member, Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, 1989 - present

Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990 - present

Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990 - present

Member, Eighth Judicial Circuit Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990 - present

Legal Panel Member, American Civil Liberties Union, 1989 - 1993

Member, Alachua County Jail Population Task Force, appointed by Eighth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Robert Cates, 1996

Member, Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "B", July 1993 - July 1996

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

The law firm of DeThomasis and Buchanan, P.A. encourages its personnel to advance their education and participate in programs which address the needs of its clients. In an effort to provide the most effective representation in a changing legal environment, the following courses are representative of the commitment to advancement of that education.

  1. Florida Public Defender Association Conferences Summer 1986, Summer 1987

  2. Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Seminars Fall 1989, Summer 1990, Fall 1990, Summer 1992, Fall 1992

  3. "Life over Death": Death Penalty Conference Fall 1990, Winter 1992, Fall 1996, Fall 1998

  4. Appellate Practice Pointers November 6, 1995 Sponsor: Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter-FACDL

  5. 1996 Grievance Committee Institute - Sponsor: The Florida Bar for members of local grievance committees

  6. 1999 Professionalism Seminar - Criminal Law Group Discussion Leader

  7. 1997 Survey of Florida Law - The Florida Bar

  8. Death in Different IX - Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), February 2003

  9. Criminal Law Certification Review - Florida Bar/FACDL; April, 2003

  10. Professionalism for Criminal Law - FACDL; April 2003

  11. Kids, Cops, and the Courts - FACDL; April 2003

  12. Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 17th Annual Meeting and Seminar - June 2004

  13. Criminal Law Certification Review - Florida Bar/FACDL - October 2005

  14. Ethics of Establishing the Client Relationship - Florida Bar - April 2006

  15. Showcase on Sentencing - Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - April 2006

HOBBIES AND NONLEGAL INTERESTS

Michael R. Buchanan is an avid gardener who is often found pruning his plants and pulling weeds. His green thumb is widely recognized by his friends and neighbors.Michael is often found at the beach, camping, fishing or creating mosaic art in his home art studio. A newspaper article appeared in the June 13, 2004 issue of the Gainesville Sun on Michael's mosaics titled "Gainesville lawyer Michael Buchanan is also an accomplished 3-D mosaic artist" . Click here to read the article.

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Craig C. DeThomasis, Esquire

Michael R. Buchanan, Esquire

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