Jason D. Sammis focuses exclusively on criminal defense. As a lifetime member of the NORML National Legal Committee he fights for the reform of marijuana laws. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in 1996, before earning his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1999. While at the University of Florida College of Law, Jason was a member of the prestigious Florida Law Review. Jason was also elected the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board.
Leslie M. Sammis has focused her career on criminal defense. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Law (UF), with Honors, in 1999. Leslie completed internships with the State Attorney’s Office prosecuting felony offenses, the United States Attorney’s Office in Tampa working with federal prosecutors, and a federal judicial internship with the Honorable Henry Lee Adams, Jr., United States District Judge, for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. As a former Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, Leslie represented clients in misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony court.
Amanda Brunson is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa, FL. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida in 2009, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. During college, she completed an internship at the Public Defender’s Office for the 4th Judicial Circuit. Her passion for criminal defense work began during her first internship assisting with the Investigations Bureau and interviewing clients at the jail. After obtaining her B.A., Amanda graduated Cum Laude from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2012. She completed a Florida Bar Fellowship with the Public Defender’s Office in the Major Crimes Bureau. After spending several years at the Public Defender’s Office as an Assistant Public Defender gaining valuable trial experience, she joined the Sammis Law Firm. Her practice is now focused primarily on serious felony offenses in state court.
Joshua L. Monteiro graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York in Potsdam before earning his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. As a former Assistant Public Defender for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa and the 6th Judicial Circuit in Dade City, Joshua gained extensive jury trial experience by defended clients charged with the full spectrum of criminal offenses. He has represented clients charged with minor misdemeanors such as criminal traffic violations and DUI to the most serious felony offenses for drug trafficking, aggravated assault, and sexual battery. In addition to his legal and educational experience, Joshua served over 27 years in the U.S. Army, on both Active and Reserve duty. Joshua worked as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Dismount, and eventually commander. He deployed numerous times as an Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His experience in the Army has provided him with a wealth of leadership and decision-making skills.
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