Jason D. Sammis focuses exclusively on criminal defense. He is a lifetime member of the NORML National Legal Committee. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1996, and 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. Jason is admitted to the state bars of Florida and Georgia, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit.
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. Since entering private practice and founding the Sammis Law Firm, Leslie has continued her focus on criminal and DUI defense.
Matthew Menendez has focused his legal career on his passion for criminal defense representation. After obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University, Matthew graduated from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans in 2010. After law school, Matthew gained valuable trial experience as an Assistant Public Defender for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. While working as an Assistant Public Defender for more than three years, Matthew successfully and zealously advocated for his clients in juvenile, misdemeanor and felony court. Matthew is an experienced trial attorney. He has sharpened his motion practice skills and is not afraid to ensure that his client’s rights are protected and recognized in court proceedings through argument and advocacy.
Amanda Brunson is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa, FL, at the Sammis Law Firm. 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 had the opportunity to complete an internship at the Public Defender’s Office for the 4th Judicial Circuit. Ms. Brunson always knew she wanted to be an attorney, but 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 attended Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. She finished in the top 9% of her class and graduated Cum Laude in 2012. While in law school, she focused her studies on criminal work and 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.
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