Saturday, March 10, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Winning Women in Ohio

Winning women at OACDL's Advanced DUI Seminar - Michele Tjader (Wisconsin), Kim Keheley Frye (Georgia), Deandra Grant (Texas) and Jessica Towne (Georgia).

Women of NCDD: Lisa Anderson (Florida)

Lisa Anderson is a DUI superstar.  Her practice is located in Panama City, Florida.  She is a member of NCDD and an active member of the Florida Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  

Lisa is a very dynamic person and a courtroom warrior.  Charged with a DUI near Panama City?  Call Lisa.

From her website:

After graduating from Bay High School, Lisa continued working with her family’s ventures including managing a successful seafood restaurant, seafood market and assisting in her father’s international tuna distributorship. In 1994, Lisa received her associates degree from Gulf Coast Community College and then transferred to American University in Washington, DC. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Law & Society in May 1996.
After spending the summer back home in Panama City Beach, Lisa began classes at Stetson Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. Throughout law school, she played on the powder-puff flag football team and even led her team to the intramural championship in her third year. In addition to her regular course work, she was selected for the Moot Court Board and received awards for her oral arguments at the 1997 National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition in San Diego, California, and at the 1998 Jessup International Moot Court Competition held in Gainesville, Florida. She clerked for the Honorable Thomas Pennick, Florida State Court Circuit Judge and the Honorable Mary Scriven, Federal Magistrate for the Middle District of Florida. Lisa also participated in the prosecution clinic and assisted prosecuting cases handled by Sixth Circuit State Attorney Bernie McCabe’s office. She spent a semester in Rhodes, Greece and earned credits in admiralty and maritime law at Tulane University’s International Study Abroad program. In her third year, she worked for Carlson & Meissner providing litigation support and preparing pretrial motions and memoranda in their civil division.
Upon graduating from Stetson Law in 1999, she was offered a position as the Judicial Staff Attorney in her hometown of Panama City. In 2001, she went into private practice and has practiced exclusively criminal defense.
She chaired the First Saturday legal clinic and currently serves as Bay County’s Chapter Representative to the Florida Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Lisa is a member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), an organization devoted to improvement of the criminal defense bar. In 2005-2006, she tried 12 consecutive DUI cases–all resulting in acquittals.
Her defense practice has included criminal representation on cases such as possession, trafficking, grand theft, aggravated battery, sex offenses, violations of probation, fleeing & eluding, stalking, DUI, and all traffic offenses.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Women of NCDD in Ohio!

The Women of NCDD are well-represented at the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Advanced DUI Seminar.  In attendance are me, Sharon Curtis (Texas), Linda Callahan (Washington), Kim Keheley Frye (Georgia) and Michele Tjader (Wisconsin).

Women of NCDD: Sonja Porter (Oklahoma)

Sonja Porter is The DUI Diva.  She has a nationwide reputation of excellence in the area of DUI defense. Her practice is located in Oklahoma City, OK.  

Sonja not only handles DUI cases, she is also a frequent speaker on topics involved with the law and science of DUI defense.  

Charged with a DUI in or around Oklahoma City?  Call the DUI Diva, Sonja Porter.

From her website:


•  Admitted to Practice Law in Oklahoma Sept. 1999
  Admitted to Practice before the United State Supreme Court 2009
  J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law 1999
  B.A. in Pre-Law from Bob Jones University 1995


•  Former Assistant District Attorney for Oklahoma County
  Former Associate for 8 years with one of the original DUI Defense firms

Additional Training, Certifications and Permits:

  Permit by the Oklahoma Board of Tests for Alcohol and Drug as an Independent Specialist of Intoxilyzer 5000
  Permit by the Oklahoma Board of Tests for Alcohol and Drug as an Operator of the Intoxilyzer 8000
  Certified by Platt & Associates to have completed the NHTSA training for Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  Completed Summer Sessions of the National College of DUI Defense held in Cambridge, MA (Harvard’s campus)

Spotlight On: Jessica Fallon (Ohio)

I had the pleasure of meeting rising star Jessica Fallon in Ohio for the annual OACDL Advanced DUI Seminar.  She was a co-course director and a presenter at the seminar (and hopefully soon to be a member of NCDD).

Jessica is doing amazing work at The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt.  When I arrived in Columbus, several attorneys I know asked me if I had met Jessica.  They are all quite impressed with her.  Always on the search for talent, I was thrilled to meet her and hear her speak at the seminar.  She was poised, sharp and knowledgeable.  

Charged with an intoxication-related offense in Ohio?  Call Jessica Fallon.

From her website profile:

Jessica Fallon, an Associate Attorney with The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., with offices located in Columbus and Delaware, Ohio, has dedicated her practice area to the defense of OVI charges and criminal and traffic offenses.

Attorney Fallon is a dedicated lawyer providing legal representation to individuals accused of drunk driving and charged with OVI.  Ms. Fallon is gaining vast experience by working closely with Attorneys Jon Saia and Richard Piatt, who have a reputation throughout the State of Ohio of successfully advocating for individuals who have been charged with OVI, criminal and traffic offenses.  Attorney Fallon has conducted extensive research with respect to the laws involving charges relating to OVI offenses, as well as criminal and traffic offenses, and is a strong advocate in defending charges relating to OVI, criminal and traffic offenses in Columbus and Delaware, Ohio. 

Jessica has set herself apart from her peers by completing training in the operation and maintenance of the Intoxilyzer 8000, the newest breathalyzer machine to be put in use in Ohio.   She has also completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s course on DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing-the same course administered to police officers throughout the State.