Our attorneys reflect the diversity of the clients we serve, contribute to the Palm Beach County community, commit to representing each client fairly, and come from many different parts of the country and world. They have attended a cross section
of reputable law schools located in Florida and across the country.
First, meet our Division Chiefs who provide leadership and day-to-day oversight to the complex work of the following areas: Administration, Appeals, County Court, Felony, Juvenile, Major Crimes, Mental Health & Social Services, and Serious Crimes.
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Steve Arbuzow earned his Bachelor of Arts in American Government & Politics and Spanish from Wofford College and his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He started working for PD-15 as an investigator and then joined PD-15 as an
Assistant Public Defender. Steve is currently Chief of the County Court/Misdemeanor Division. In his time away from the office, Steve enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his family.
Daniel Eisinger earned both his undergraduate degree and J.D from the University of Florida. He has litigated cases in the Misdemeanor, Felony, and Major Crimes divisions. He has tried numerous homicide cases including ones where the
state was seeking the death penalty for his clients. Daniel has supervised lawyers in the Misdemeanor and Felony divisions and now serves as the PD-15's Chief Assistant. A Palm Beach County native, Daniel graduated from
Leadership Palm Beach County in 2014, served on the 2020 West Palm Beach Task Force for Racial and Ethnic Equality, and, since 2016, has been a core member of the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge in Palm Beach
County. He is a member of the National Association for Public Defense, National and Florida Association(s) for Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Palm Beach Bar Association. A dedicated husband and a father of three
boys, he enjoys rooting for his Cleveland sports teams, playing piano with his boys, and watching classic movies.
Christine Geraghty attended the University of Florida for both her bachelor's degree in English and her J.D. Currently Chief of the Appellate Division, her roles at PD-15 have included trial and appellate work. She
is qualified as lead counsel on capital murder cases. Christine is a past-President of Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association's appellate practice committee.
Scott Pribble attended Ball State University in Indiana where he majored in Philosophy and Anthropology and then graduated with his J.D. cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law. In law school, he worked as a
legal intern at the Innocence Project of Florida advocating for the wrongfully convicted and at the Children in Prison Project advocating on behalf of juveniles in Florida's prisons. Scott has worked in nearly every PD-15 division. Aside
from a stint in the Appellate Division litigating appeals and later as a supervisor in the Felony Division, he has worked in the Major Crimes Division since 2015. He is currently the Chief of the Major Crimes Division,
where he handles cases in which the state is seeking the death penalty as well as other first-degree murder cases. Scott enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two kids and doing outdoor activities including golfing, running,
camping, and paddling.
Elizabeth Ramsey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stetson University Honors' Program and holds a J.D. from Rutgers University-Newark. Elizabeth began her career in Brooklyn, New York where she served as an
Assistant Public Defender to Legal Aid Criminal Defense Division for six years. Prior to moving to Florida, Elizabeth was in private practice and certified as capital counsel during New York State's brief adoption of the death penalty.
Since 2003, Elizabeth has been an Assistant Public Defender with PD-15 where the majority of her practice has been devoted to Major Crimes and death penalty litigation. Currently the Chief of Serious Crimes, Elizabeth is
licensed to practice in the State of Florida, New York, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the Eastern District of New York. In her off time, Elizabeth fosters kittens for Bella's Promise and raises
James Snowden is a proud graduate of South Carolina State University and the University of District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. The current Chief of PD-15's Felony Division, James has also served as
Chief of the office's specialty units, which includes the Serious Crimes, Mental Health, and the Forensic divisions. PD-15 was one of the first Public Defender Offices in the State of Florida with a Forensic Unit, which is dedicated to
providing assistance to cases involving DNA, latent prints, and other sciences. James has tried cases in Juvenile, County Court, and Circuit Court and has had the pleasure of working in every specialty division in PD-15 – representing
children charged as adults and adults charged with misdemeanors and felonies, including those charged with first-degree murder and facing the death penalty. He has also served in Major Crimes Division/Capital Division and as a Felony
Resource Director assisting felony attorneys. In his spare time, James enjoys family, friends, and Pittsburgh Steelers Football.
Schnelle Tonge earned her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Currently Chief of the Chief of Mental Health & Social Services Division, at PD-15, she has worked in County Court, Circuit Court,
and Juvenile Court divisions where she has tried a variety of jury and non-jury trials. Over the last ten years, she has served as Chief of the Juvenile Division and former Chief of the County Court Division. Schnelle is from the beautiful
island of pink sand beaches, Antigua and Barbuda. Outside of the office, Schnelle enjoys mentoring youth in the community, traveling, and working out.
Maegan Young graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Criminology and from Saint Thomas University College of Law with her J.D. and a dual M.S. Degree in Sports Administration. As
Chief of the Juvenile Division, she represents children in juvenile drug court, commitment programs, and direct-file and leads a team of zealous youth defenders. At PD-15, Maegan has worked with the office in the
misdemeanor, juvenile, felony, direct filed juvenile and serious crimes divisions where she has tried a variety of jury and non-jury trials; and as the former Chief of the County Court and the County Court Resource Attorney. She is licensed
to practice in the state of Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
Our work would not be possible without the dedicated work of all of our Assistant Public Defenders. The majority of the attorneys at our office have more than five years of experience in criminal defense work. Senior attorneys provide support
through mentoring, training and case collaboration. Additionally, our office is one of only five in Florida with an in-house appellate division. Our trial attorneys have access to appellate attorneys with decades of experience who offer valuable
knowledge of legal issues. Below is a large sample from among our Assistant Public Defenders.
Ingrid Abello attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies, where she double majored in criminology and psychology. She earned her J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law. Currently an assistant public defender in
PD-15's Juvenile Division, Ingrid has worked in PD-15's misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony divisions. Ingrid is bilingual in English and Spanish. When not at work, she loves devoting all her time to her family.
Cindy Anderson graduated from York University with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from Seattle University with an M.B.A. After a 20-year career in software development specializing in data warehousing and cyber security, Cindy graduated in
2020 magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. Cindy works in PD-15's Appellate Division doing both appellate and post-conviction litigation. In her free time, she loves to dance, listen to live music, and explore our wonderful
Lakshmi Apolinario earned her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Florida Atlantic University and her J.D. cum laude from Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad College of Law. In law school, she earned numerous awards, recognitions, and
leadership roles for extracurricular contributions including Moot Court Honor Society, Nova Law Review, the National Trial Association, and the Caribbean Law Student Association for which she served as president. At PD-15, Lakshmi enjoys having
her own clients, defending them at trials, and confronting her adversaries. Outside of working and learning, Lakshmi enjoys traveling, following modern trends, fashion, and dancing and listening to music with her friends and family.
attended Florida State University for his bachelor’s degree; Boston University for his master’s degree in criminal justice; and Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law for his J.D. During law school, Manny worked an
investigator at PD-15. He then provided First Party Property Defense for a private firm and handled Misdemeanor and Felony cases with the Public Defender Family in Circuit 19. At PD-15, he conducts criminal defense in the Domestic Battery
Division. When not at PD-15, Manny enjoys spending time with his family, staying physically active (which includes a love for CrossFit), and exploring the community.
Luis Asprino graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and with a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. Currently, Luis works in the Serious Crimes Felony Division. In
his free time, Luis plays video games, reads, and enjoys exploring the many nature preserves in Palm Beach County.
Angela Audie graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. In law school, she was a Summer Public Interest Fellow at the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office and a
HOPE Public Interest Fellow with Legal Services of Northern California. Angie has served as a PD-15 trial attorney practicing in both the County Division and Circuit Criminal Division. She has conducted more than 15 jury trials involving both
misdemeanor and felony charges. A South Florida native from Miami, Angie enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing yoga, and hanging out with her dog Mia.
Andrew Benson completed his undergraduate work at Georgetown University in 2009 and earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2012. Andrew has litigated more than 40 jury trials, and is currently a PD-15 attorney in the
Major Crimes Division. He defends clients faced with the death penalty or the possibility of life without parole. Andrew holds licenses to practice law in both Illinois and Florida. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family,
reading, and running.
Tiffany Benson completed her undergraduate degree at Saint Xavier University and earned her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Tiffany has litigated more than 50 jury trials. Currently an attorney in the Serious Crimes Division, she
defends clients faced with mandatory life sentences. Tiffany holds licenses to practice law in both Illinois and Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned his J.D. from Roger Williams University (RWU) School of Law. While attending law school, Drew interned with the Massachusetts Public Defenders Office and participated in the RWU criminal defense clinic, as well as the advanced clinic. He enjoys watching and playing soccer. He is a huge fan of the US National Soccer Team.
Lily Boehmer earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kent State University in Ohio and her J.D. from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. During law school, Lily interned in the Office of the Public Defender in Columbus, the
Bronx Defenders where she was a Criminal Defense Practice Legal Intern, and the Criminal Defense Clinic at the law school where she was a Student Certified Legal Intern. Her externships included the Federal Public Defender Office for the
Southern District of Ohio where she was a Capital Habeas Unit Extern and the Franklin County Public Defender in Columbus where she was a Municipal Law Clerk/Common Pleas Extern. Prior to entering law school, she was a Summer Intern at a law
firm in Milwaukee and an Investigative Intern at the Georgetown University Law Center's Juvenile Justice Clinic.
Amy Browen earned her undergraduate degree from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and holds a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her law school participation in a Criminal Defense Clinic helped
prepare her to practice at PD-15. She was a Legal Intern at the Victim Rights Center of Connecticut, a Certified Legal Intern at her law school's Criminal Law Clinic, a Policy and Research Intern at the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, and a
Victim Witness Assistance Center Intern at the Office of the District Attorney. She is assigned to the County Court/Misdemeanor Division. Amy spends most of her free time with her dog, a pit bull mix, named Ozzy, and enjoys coffee shops, the
beach (water is warmer here), and board games.
Raymon Burns attended Florida Atlantic University as an undergraduate and Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law for law school. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked in retail as a sales manager. Raymon works in the
Felony Division at PD-15. When not at work, Raymon is a dedicated husband and father, attends church, and enjoys playing pool/billiards, instruments, and chess. As a football enthusiast, he is a 49ers fan and FSU college football fan.
Diahanne Chester earned her bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Central Florida and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Diahanne has worked in a small litigation firm and at PD-15.
Currently assigned to PD-15's Juvenile Division and County Court/Misdemeanor Division in the South County Courthouse, Diahanne has worked in a variety of County Court divisions and felony divisions. In her free time, Diahanne enjoys shopping,
spending time with her family, and baking vegan desserts.
Jercoryia Council earned her undergraduate degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. While in law school, Jercoryia served as a fellow with the Florida State
Conferences of the NAACP, and still serves on projects as a “Participating Attorney.” Prior to joining PD-15, she interned with PD-15 as a Certified Legal Intern for three months and gained invaluable experience that prepared her for the full
time attorney role. Jercoryia prepares daily court dockets, interfaces with clients about their case and the court process in general, visits jail facilities, works with investigators, prepares for trial, and drafts and argues motions. Her
niece is currently her favorite form of entertainment and she spends as much time with her as possible.
Jessica Crockett graduated from the University of Florida with a dual degree in sociology and criminology. She received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law. Currently assigned to PD-15's Forensic Unit, Jessica, in her capacity as a
Forensic Attorney, challenges issues related to DNA, drug toxicology, chemistry, fingerprints, ballistics, and digital forensics. When she isn't at home eating ice cream with her husband, you can catch Jessica on the rugby pitch.
earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Georgia and his J.D. from the University of Michigan. He was a Law Clerk at the Allegheny County Public Defender in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans,
LA, and at the Nashville Defenders in Nashville, TN. Thomas has also been an English Coach at Outside the Box English in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is fluent in Portuguese and possesses intermediate in reading and writing fluency in French. His
interests include antique maps, elections, history podcasts, and anything having to do with Brazil.
earned his undergraduate degree in biophysics and worked in Information Technology before earning his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Currently a resource director in PD-15's county court division, Michael has also tried
many serious and high profile cases in the Serious Crimes division and worked as a forensic specialist. He enjoys traveling, fishing, asserting constitutional rights, and all things ocean-related. A native Midwesterner, he is still adapting to
Florida's 9-month summers.
earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Regent University School of Law. Having served in the PD-15's Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, and Serious Crimes divisions and as the County resource attorney,
Megan serves as the Chief of the Juvenile Division. She represents children in delinquency drug court, commitment programs, and direct-file, and leads a team of zealous youth defenders. The co-chair of the Circuit 15 Juvenile Justice Advisory
Board and the chair of the Children's Defense Advocacy committee for the Florida Public Defender Association, Megan establishes programs that help children stay out of the justice system, and if children are in the justice system, to secure
release for them as quickly as possible. She has partnered with the local library and other stakeholders to organize authors of color visits to children in detention and currently serves as an Ambassador for Racial Justice for 2022 with the
Georgetown University Law Center's Juvenile Justice Initiative and the Gault Center. In her free time, she reads, writes about, and searches for excellent books.
has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law. Prior to joining the PD-15, Ben clerked for the Honorable Robert M. Gross at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach.
As an appellate attorney, Ben has served as the president of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the chair of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' amicus curiae committee, a board member of the Craig S.
Barnard American Inn of Court, and a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association's appellate practice committee. Outside of work, Ben has two cats (Babs and Sonia) and is an avid sports fan, particularly of the Chicago Cubs. Go Cubs!
is a double gator having earned her J.D. and Bachelor of the Arts in International Relations from the University of Florida. While in law school, Julie was on the executive board of the American Constitutional Society and was a Certified Legal Intern at the Public Defender’s Office of the 8th Judicial Circuit. From Boca Raton, FL, Julie and joys kayaking, gardening, and spending time with her dog, Finn.
earned her Bachelor of Arts in history from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in theology from Loyola University in Chicago, and a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Prior to joining the office, she litigated
criminal appeals on behalf defendants represented by the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Chicago. She now specializes in juvenile law and is a recipient of the Palm Beach County Bar Association's juvenile delinquency advocate of the
received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her J.D. from New York University. Before joining PD-15, she clerked for Justice Barbara Pariente at the Florida Supreme Court. Prior to attending law school, she worked for
Merrill Lynch. Erika is a member of PD-15's appeals team. Outside of work, she spends time enjoying running and trying new plant-based recipes.
received her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. At PD-15, she has worked in the county, juvenile, felony, and major crimes divisions and has concentrated on serious crimes and direct file. Stephanie currently serves in the
Major Crimes Division.
earned her BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD and L.L.M from Duke University. She was sworn into The Florida Bar in December of 2012. She has worked at the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program here in West
Palm Beach and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. She has also worked at ChildNet in Fort Lauderdale.
earned his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He serves as an attorney in PD-15's Appellate Division. Elijah enjoys literature, art films, travel, and classical music—he especially likes
graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – and with minors in both business and history – from the University of California, San Diego. She holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. In law school, Natalie
was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, a member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, and the President of the American Constitution Society. Natalie has also worked for several indigent
defense firms including the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, and Northern Virginia Capital Defender Office. A trial attorney at PD-15, Natalie has practiced in the County Division, Circuit Division, and
at First Appearances. In her free time, Natalie volunteers with the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, and playing board games.
earned his undergraduate degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and obtained his J.D. from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in New York. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2020. He is currently an assistant public defender in the felony division, but began his work with the Public Defender’s Office as a Certified Legal Intern. He joined the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ legislative committee in 2023 with the hope of making Florida’s criminal legal system fairer for PD-15 clients.
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He then worked as at a San Francisco law firm for five years before returning to school and earning his J.D. from Florida State University
College of Law. Prior to joining PD-15, he worked for the Public Defender of Brevard County, 18th Judicial Circuit on misdemeanor and juvenile cases. At PD-15, Sheldon has worked on cases ranging from misdemeanors to felony caseloads, including
plea negotiations, jury trials, and at various times in the satellite office of Belle Glade representing clients in the western community of Palm Beach County. His hobbies include boxing, practicing martial arts, playing the electric bass (very
poorly according to him), and volunteering as a poll watcher for various elections.
earned her Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs and Spanish and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. In law school, she participated in the criminal law clinic where she worked at PD-17, was a
judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Robert Diaz in the 17th circuit, and was a law clerk at two private firms. Samantha is a PD-15 trial attorney in County Court. Having grown up riding horses competitively and recently taking up tennis,
she loves being active, outdoors, and on the water; traveling; listening to live music; and spending time with family and friends.
earned her Bachelor of Arts in international studies and communications from the University of South Florida. She then graduated cum laude from St Thomas University College of Law. In law school, Heitman was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and the executive editor for the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. In her free time, Cassidy enjoys cooking, exercising, hanging out with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.
was born and raised in Tampa Bay. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from the University of Florida and her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. During her time in law school, she externed at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When she is not in the PD-15 office, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
attended Rockland Community College and Mercy College for undergrad, where he majored in accounting. He then earned his J.D. from Cardozo School of Law. While at Cardozo, Abe was heavily involved in the Unemployment Action Center and Suspension Representation Project. He interned/externed/completed clinics at the public defender’s office covering Atlantic County, NJ; Appellate Advocates; the New Jersey federal public defender’s office; the NYC Legal Aid Society’s Digital Forensics Unit; Legal Aid’s Staten Island Trial Office; and Legal Aid’s Manhattan Trial Office. Abe is a very big Yankees and Rangers fan (although he unabashedly jumped on the Panthers’ bandwagon last year).
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from the University of Michigan and she holds a J.D. from Pennsylvania State University College of Law. She holds licenses to practice in the State of Florida and in the United
States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. At PD-15, Cara handles felony cases. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and playing video games.
earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Central Florida and his J.D. from William & Mary Law School. Prior to joining PD-15, Andrew spent a year as in-house counsel for a large financial institution in Jacksonville, FL. Outside the office, Andrew enjoys playing guitar, going to the sandbar, and spending time with his pug, Pugsley.
attended Sewanee: The University of the South for her undergraduate studies. Prior to earning her J.D. from Tulane University, Devin spent two years as a Peace Corps' health sector volunteer. At PD-15, she is an attorney in the Serious Crimes
Division. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs and likes learning, laughing, and the great outdoors!
earned her undergraduate degree from Goucher College and her J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law. In between undergraduate and law school studies, she served two terms in AmeriCorps and worked at multiple nonprofit
organizations in Washington, DC. Since joining the PD-15 family, Maurissa has represented adult and juvenile clients through all facets of litigation in both County and Circuit Court. She has also represented clients in the Serious Crimes
Division and direct-filed juvenile cases. Having served as one of PD-15's forensic lawyers, Maurissa possesses specialized training in forensics. A voracious reader and proud aunt of two young boys living in Michigan, she is a pet lover and has
three cats and two dogs. Maurissa enjoys kickboxing, running, and cooking and trying new foods.
earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida and her J.D. from Florida A&M University's College of Law. She started her work with PD-15 as an Intern-Investigator, then as a staff investigator, and, before earning her
J.D., as a Felony Investigator. Ashley currently works in PD-15 as a Felony Assistant Public Defender. When not at work, she enjoys fishing and spending time with friends and family.
studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at Goucher College in Maryland and then earned his J.D. from Maryland Carey School of Law. Born and raised in Baltimore City, with a couple of years spent in Florida, David’s law career follows his parents’ careers who are both lawyers who studied and met at UFL. In law school, David competed on the Thurgood Marshal Trial Team where he discovered a passion for criminal defense. He represented misdemeanor clients as a student attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic. Before studying law, David taught English in Taiwan, China, and Spain; and worked at renewable energy and software companies. After graduating law school in May, David moved down to Palm Beach County with his son and spouse, who grew up here. When he is not trudging through WestLaw, he enjoys cycling, watching Lev grow up, and losing to Barrie in Bananagrams.
earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of Central Florida and his J.D. from Florida International University College of Law. Prior to joining PD-15, he interned at the Palm Beach State Attorney's
Office. At PD-15, Daniel works in the Felony Division as a division lead.
graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration. He holds a J.D. from the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Prior to coming to PD-15,
Marcus enlisted in the United States Army for four years and served one tour in Iraq. After his military service, Marcus worked as an Adjunct Professor and Flight Instructor. Marcus's professional affiliations include membership with Florida
Bar, the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee, the Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, and as a Pupilage Group Leader in the Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court.
joined the PD-15 appellate team after previously working in state, nonprofit, and private sector attorney roles. She brings a wealth of experience to the Appeals Division as she has served as the attorney of record in more than 500 Florida and Federal opinions and presented approximately 50 Oral Arguments before the Florida Supreme Court, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
completed her undergraduate work at Howard University and received her J.D. from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Prior to joining PD-15, she practiced as an attorney in Construction and Civil Litigation. Shawnee is a
member of the Florida Bar, Southern District of Florida Bar, National Association for Public Defense, F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association, and Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association. In her free time, Shawnee enjoys participating
in the many activities of her church, reading, singing, and traveling.
earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech University and her J.D. cum laude from Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, she won national competitions, earned awards as a member of both the Trial Team and Moot
Court team, and received the Blaise Gamba Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Prior to entering law school, she spent a year serving with AmeriCorps. As a trial attorney at PD-15, Genevieve practices in the County Criminal Division and the
Domestic Violence Division where she has conducted more than 20 jury trials. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, a Golden Retriever, named Oliver.
was born and raised in Westchester New York where he earned his undergraduate degree, from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, which is located in a beautiful spot along the Hudson River. He graduated with his J.D. from St. Thomas School of
Law. At PD-15, Ian is an attorney in the Serious Crimes Division handling life felonies and capital sex offenses. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports.
graduated with a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. As an undergraduate, she worked for Beachcomber Family Center for Addiction and Recovery and interned
with the Broward Victim's Advocate Unit. While working at PD-15, she has gained experience in the Juvenile Division working with children accused of committing crimes and with County Court working with adults accused of misdemeanors. In her
free time, she loves hanging out with her two dogs and playing sports.
earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Pre-Law certificate from Florida International University and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. During law school, she was a legal intern for the Honorable Judge Kenneth Gillespie in the 17th Judicial Circuit, a law clerk for a large insurance defense firm in Fort Lauderdale, a research assistant, and an employee in the Public Interest office at NSU. Jackie is currently working in the appellate division at PD-15. Outside of work, Jackie is a second-degree black belt, enjoys being outdoors and traveling, and is an avid Star Wars fan.
earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Florida State University and her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Prior to joining PD-15, Laura practiced law under supervision as a Student Practitioner in the Criminal
Defense Clinic of her law school, served as an intern at the Exoneration Initiative, and worked at a private Criminal Defense Firm in Tallahassee. She serves at PD-15 in the County Court/Misdemeanor Division. When not at work, Alexandra loves
spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and playing with her family's Golden doodle puppy, Nola.
graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville and earned his J.D. from Roger Williams University (RWU) School of Law. Dalton has served as the RWU School of Law President of the LGBTQ+
Alliance; Academic Success Teaching Fellow; and a member of the 2022 Moot Court Board. His internships have been with Congressman David Cicilline, the Rhode Island Human Rights Commission, and the Rhode Island Center for Justice where he
focused on prison abolishment. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association and LGBTQ Bar association. A native of Beaver, Kentucky, in 2015, Dalton was selected as one of the Out 100 Most Impactful and Influential LGBTQ+ People in
America, Outsports Person of the year, and received the Fairness Award in Kentucky.
graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy before attending Duke University School of Law for his J.D. He holds licenses to practice law throughout Florida and in the United States Supreme Court. Prior to coming to
PD-15, Logan clerked for the Honorable Judge Alan O. Forst on the Fourth District Court of Appeal. He now works in our Appellate Division, writing briefs directed to his former court. Logan's practice spans the criminal gamut from misdemeanor
trespass cases through first-degree murders, and he maintains an academic interest in civil practice and out-of-state legal issues. Outside of work, Logan enjoys spending time with his two corgis, competing in trivia competitions with his wife
(both as a team and against each other), and being decidedly mediocre at video games.
grew up in Broward County with her Caribbean family. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Florida State University and her J.D. cum laude from the Florida A&M University College of Law. In law school, she earned numerous awards and scholarships such as Rattler for Justice and Smith & Broussard & Smith Rising Star Scholarship, where her paper titled, “Controversial Solutions are a Catalyst for Change: Police Abolition” will be published in the next volume of her school’s law review journal. She also held the position as Mock Trial Director for the Southern Region Black Law Student Association. During her free time, she enjoys reading, jiu-jitsu, and traveling with her favorite countries being Japan and Spain.
completed her undergraduate work at Florida A&M University and holds a J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law. Kenisha currently works as a felony attorney at PD-15. In addition to earning office awards for her persistence in trials,
she is active in the community as the Public Service Chair for the F. Malcom Cunningham Bar Association. She is also a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Sheree Davis Cunningham Black Women's Association, and Palm Beach
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Kenisha enjoys volunteering at schools and foster homes, going to the gym with friends, and cooking restaurant style meals.
attended the University of Florida for both his undergraduate and law school studies. As an assistant public defender in the Felony Division, Jaimie handles cases ranging from third-degree felonies all the way to first-degree felonies. As a
proud Gator, he enjoys fantasy sports and likes working out at the gym in the morning. Go Gators!
graduated summa cum laude from the University of Virginia with a degree in elementary education and earned her J.D. from Tulane Law School. Prior to law school and spending her summers interning at PD-15, Virginia spent a decade as a
professional chef. As an attorney at PD-15, Virginia has handled County, Juvenile, Felony, and Appellate cases. She enjoys scuba diving, hiking, gardening, and reading.
holds a Master's of Arts in Comparative Religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Board College of Law. Esmeralda tries jury and bench trails. Having attended law school
later in life, she, through her study of constitutional and criminal law, discovered her calling to represent the indigent accused. Esmeralda considers it a privilege and a serious responsibility to accompany her clients and advocate on their
behalf. Esmeralda's “claim to fame” is that she interviewed Bryan Stevenson – the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama – on the topic, “Without Truth, There is No
graduated cum laude from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains, NY before joining the Office of the Public Defender for the 15th Judicial Circuit of FL. Prior to law school, BJ received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. During law school BJ was lucky to work with the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, a non-profit wrongful conviction organization, along with an internship in Manhattan focused on complex litigation and civil rights. Additionally, BJ was on the Pace Environmental Law Review, and in his final semester of law school, completed the Semester-in-Practice program as a Judicial Intern in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York. BJ loves animals, sports, family, friends, and is also an avid chess player. However, his passion is in protecting the rights of the accused.
received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, graduating cum laude, and his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law (formerly Franklin
Pierce Law Center). As an undergraduate, he was a Rule 36 Student Attorney in the school's Criminal Practice Clinic representing clients charged with misdemeanor offenses and was active in the school's Public Interest Coalition. A criminal
defense attorney, Tyler has represented clients in PD-15's Juvenile, County Court/Misdemeanor, and Felony Trial divisions and has tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict. Currently assigned to the Serious Crimes Division representing clients
charged with serious felony offenses, in his spare time Tyler enjoys reading and watching TV.
graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and from Boston College Law School with her J.D. A criminal defense attorney for eight years and a public defender for more than seven years, Taylor is currently the
lead felony attorney. Prior to working as a public defender, Taylor interned with the New England Innocence Project and the Committee for Public Counsel Services (the agency responsible for indigent defense in Massachusetts). The Boston College
Journal of Law and Social Justice published her law journal note titled “A ‘Dubious Distinction:' New Jersey's Drug-Free School Zones and Disparately Impacted Minority Communities.” In her free time, Taylor enjoys doing yoga, eating spicy food,
and reading non-fiction books.
earned her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University and her J.D. from Florida International School of Law. Following law school, Kelly joined PD-15 where she serves as an attorney in the Mental Health Division. Kelly represents
clients who are under involuntary placement at a Baker Act facility, which means clients are considered to be mentally ill and sent – often involuntarily – to an approved mental health facility. Kelly represents PD-15 clients at their
involuntary placement hearings at Baker Act hospitals. Her out of work interest focus on her family, traveling, and hiking.
earned his undergraduate degree from Cal State Bernardino (his Yale) after attending, and being asked to leave, most of San Bernardino's high schools and after attending San Bernardino Valley College (his Harvard). He earned his J.D. from
Loyola Law School in New Orleans. Paul has been in PD-15's Appellate Division since 1990. He likes to read and use humor—invoking a quote from writer Joan Didion, who said October in San Bernardino, California, was the “season of suicide,
divorce, and prickly dread.” His claim to fame is that he was born in San Bernardino in October.
earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics (with a minor in German) from Denison University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Kaileigh served as Parliamentary Intern to Siobhain McDonagh MP at
Mitcham and Morden Parliamentary Office in London. During law school, she was a Legal Intern at Abolitionist Law Center in Pittsburgh, a Junior Student Attorney at her law school's Criminal Law Clinic, a Legal Intern at the Allegheny County
Office of the Public Defender in Pittsburgh, and a Senior Student Attorney for her law school's Criminal Law Clinic. She is conversant in German, and enjoys sports, travel, trivia, and palm and tarot reading.
graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Florida and with his J.D. from the University of Florida's Levin College of Law. Robert joined PD-15 right out of law school. He works in the Appellate Division
here, but also possesses experience as a trial attorney in both county and circuit court. Robert enjoys playing soccer, freediving, and hearing the clerk say “not guilty.”
attended the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton for his undergraduate degree and the University of Miami for his law degree. Prior to attending law school, Harris worked at two different law firms in New York City—one job involved
data entry and the other involved intellectual property. While attending law school, he interned at the Miami Public Defender's Office and at an immigration law firm in Brickell, FL. He has worked at the PD-15's Gun Club office handling first
appearances, arraignments, DUS court, and interviewing clients with low bonds and is now handling cases assigned to Veteran's Court. When he isn't reading, napping, or doing yard work, he enjoys watching his kids participate in taekwondo and
going to Rapids with his family.
earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University and her J.D. from Barry University School of Law. She served as a Certified Legal Intern as part of FAU’s Juvenile Defense Clinic during law school and as a law
clerk for a criminal defense firm. Between her undergraduate and law school studies, she worked as a paralegal at a law firm. As an undergraduate, Aparna interned in Ft. Lauderdale with both the Public Defender and Attorney General’s offices.
She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and traveling.
Obtained a criminal justice degree from Florida Atlantic University and earned her law degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Johanna worked at a technology company as a contract manager before joining the PD-15
family. Having worked at PD-15 in both felonies and misdemeanors, Johanna currently specializes in Driver’s License Restoration. She is married and loves to travel and garden.
holds a bachelor's degree from Singapore Management University and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. Licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. and Florida, she is a felony attorney at PD-15. Prior to joining the PD-15
family, she clerked for a trial court circuit judge in Montgomery County, Maryland and interned at other public defender offices in New York, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Outside of work, Hareesha is a mentor with Take Stock in our Children
and a board member of the Palm Beach Rowing Association. She enjoys eating good food, boxing and fitness classes, dancing, yoga, travelling, and puzzles.
Completed her Bachelor of Arts in government and criminal justice and J.D. at the University of Maryland. While in law school, she worked as a law clerk at the Baltimore City, Maryland Office of the Public Defender, volunteered for a summer clerkship at the Public Defender Service in the District of Columbia, and traveled to the New Orleans Public Defender Office to assist for a week after Hurricane Katrina. Prior to joining PD-15, she served with the Defender Association in Philadelphia. She is currently an attorney in the Major Crimes Division, representing those accused of First-Degree Murder. Renee has served as the Judicial Relations Board Member for the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. She is Florida Bar Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law. She earned her Combatives belt in Gracie University jujitsu and assists with the women's self-defense program in North Palm Beach, FL.
obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Missouri and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. There Shelby was a student attorney with the Criminal Justice Clinic representing D.C.
residents charged with misdemeanors, as well as people facing parole violations before the US Parole Commission. During law school, she also interned with judges in federal and state courts. At PD-15, Shelby has served in both the County Court
Division and Juvenile Division and works out of the Felony Division. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and hanging out with her dogs.
received a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University, a Master's degree from New York University, and her J.D. from the University of Miami. Natalie has practiced as a PD-15 attorney her entire legal career—working in the Appellate, Domestic,
Misdemeanor, Felony, Juvenile and Mental Health divisions of the office. She is currently the supervisor at the Gun Club branch office where she handles first appearances and arraignments at the Gun Club and North County courthouses. Natalie
holds licenses to practice law in Florida and Washington States. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, vacationing, and spending time with her family.
a SE Florida native, received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his J.D. from the University of Miami's School of Law. Before joining PD-15, he worked both in private practice, specializing in Criminal Defense and Public
Finance, and for the Broward County Public Defender's Office. He is a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 94 from 2006 to 2014 and serving as Minority Leader in 2014. A leading proponent for
Restoration of Civil Rights Legislation, Perry became a member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 33 between 2016 and 2022, and serving as Democratic leader-designate. His outside interests include coaching little league sports,
serving as President of the local Bar Association, helping ex-cons through the restoration of rights process, leading voters' registration initiatives, conducting economic empowerment workshops for local businesses, and spearheading the
resurgence of youth baseball within Broward County's African American communities. He is a member of The Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and the Pompano Masonic Lodge #409.
completed his undergraduate work at the University of Florida and earned his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. While an undergraduate, Daniel was a volunteer in the Public Defender's Office assisting attorneys
and investigators at arraignments and first appearances. He also served as a Certified Legal Intern and began trying jury trials during his last semester of law school. Since law school, Daniel has worked at PD-15 except during a 15-month
period during which he practiced workers compensation insurance defense. Currently assigned to the South County Courthouse, Daniel has spent time in the Misdemeanor, Felony, and Juvenile divisions. He enjoys spending time with his family
cheering on the Florida Gators Football team and loves his parrot who is celebrating her 42nd birthday.
received his undergraduate degree in Political Science – with a minor in Philosophy and in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence studies – from Brandeis University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to law school, Aaron
worked in social justice, public interest, and education roles. The grandson of a Holocaust survivor, Aaron spent time studying in Jerusalem as a Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies' student and a Dorot Foundation in Israel Fellow—engaging with
Holocaust survivors as well as Israel and West Bank peacebuilding activities. In law school, he was an extern at the Brooklyn Defender Services and the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama; and interned in the Capital Habeas Unit of
the Federal Community Defender Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and at the Georgia Justice Project. Also in law school, Aaron participated in a variety of clinics and projects, and served as an editor on the N.Y.U. Review of Law and
Social Change. Outside of work, Aaron likes running, swimming laps, and boxing training. He is also a mindfulness meditation practitioner and involved in Jewish communal life.
received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. Jerry has lived in South Florida for most of his life—since 1972. Before joining the PD-15 family, Jerry
was in private practice for 10 years in civil courts. He is a member of the Florida Bar, United States District Court Southern District of Florida and United States Supreme Court. When not at PD-15, Jerry enjoys golf, racing, travelling, and
grew up in Lantana and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Central Florida. He later obtained his J.D. from St. Thomas University in Miami. Joe has handled more than 100 jury trials on solely criminal matters. He holds Board
Certification, from the Florida Bar, as an expert in the area of Criminal Trial Law, an honor given to only seven percent of members after undergoing a thorough evaluation for expertise in that area of law and professionalism and ethics in the
practice of law. Joe has also met the qualifications to represent people in cases where the state seeks the death penalty. Joe currently serves as the Felony Resource Director at the Public Defender's Office. In his free time, he enjoys
spending time with his family, playing video games, and watching UCF sports.
received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine and his law degree from the University of California, Davis. At PD-15, Tim has worked in the Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, and Appellate divisions. He is a member of
the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has served on the board of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bethune-Cookman University, a Paralegal Advanced Technical Certification from Hillsborough Community College, and his J.D. from Southern University Law Center. While attending law school,
Derrick was a Legal Assistant at a private firm, a Law Clerk at the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, and a Law Intern for Judge Sandra Jenkin at the Louisiana Fourth Circuit of Appeal.
earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She currently serves in the trial division in Major Crimes. Outside of the office, she enjoys sports, cooking, and being outside.
earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Florida Atlantic University and her J.D. from Florida International University College of Law. Though she was born in Australia, Rebekah grew up in Broward County. In law school, she was a member of FIU’s Trial Team, and prior to joining PD-15, she interned at PD-17 and PD-11 as a Certified Legal Intern. In her free time, she enjoys reading.
earned both his undergraduate degree and J.D. from New York University. Prior to law school, he worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-profit think tank. Scott currently serves as an Assistant Public Defender in PD-15's Juvenile
Division. With the recent acquisition of a record player, in his spare time he is looking forward to building a collection of good tunes.
studied Education and Spanish at Clemson University, then moved to California, where he obtained advanced degrees from Fuller Seminary and worked in educational technology. After moving to Korea, where he taught college-level courses in
religion and culture, he returned to the USA for law school. Michael completed his J.D. at Northwestern University School of Law and then joined PD-15 where he has tried more than 50 cases to jury verdicts, which have included more than 20
felonies where he was lead counsel, included homicide and sexual battery cases, and involved both children and adults. He currently works in the Serious Crimes Division, representing persons charged with sex crimes and serious violent felonies.
He is a member of the board of the directors for the New Voices Project, an organization dedicated to using the arts to increase awareness of the Holocaust and the moral lessons for all humanity. Michael spends his remaining free time with his
wife, stepchildren, and their cats, and unwinds by enjoying Dodger baseball, cheering on Clemson football, and playing video games.
holds an undergraduate degree in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Jessica has litigated more than 60 jury trials, including serving as lead counsel on first-degree murder cases.
Currently assigned to the Serious Crimes Division at PD-15, Jessica holds licenses to practice law in both Florida and Massachusetts. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and her English Bulldog Winston.