AIKEN AND O'HALLORAN SW FLORIDA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
I am a fourth-generation native Floridian. My undergraduate degree is in accounting from the University of South Carolina. After graduation, I served in the United States Treasury Department as a special agent with the Intelligence Division. The enforcement training regimen consisted of basic training in Federal Criminal Investigation, which included techniques of interrogation, surveillance, photography, forensics and report writing. Specialized training included investigating and prosecuting Federal Criminal Tax Violations. Formal legal training included a Juris Doctor's degree from the University of Miami. After joining the Department of Justice, I served for several years as a trial attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami, Florida handling a wide range of Federal violations including tax prosecutions, drug prosecutions, firearms prosecutions, and other Federal violations. I left the United States Attorney's Office to join the firm of Cohen and Hogan then located on South Beach. At the time, Cohen and Hogan was one of the best known criminal defense firms in Miami, specializing in complex Federal criminal litigation involving wiretaps, racketeering, and major fraud cases. In 1974, I moved my practice from Miami, Florida to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where as a sole practitioner expanded my practice to include State criminal defense. I practiced in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from 1974 to 2002. During that period of time, I developed one of the largest Federal criminal practices in Broward County and represented people throughout the United States in various Federal venues. Many of these cases were complex multi-defendant conspiracies. My Federal Trial experience includes jury trials in Los Angeles; Salt Lake City; New York City; Cleveland, Ohio; Florence, South Carolina; Georgia; Virginia and North Carolina and handled relating proceedings in other states, including Mississippi; Michigan; Illinois and Massachusetts. My admissions to the Appellate venues include the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court. I am at this time a member of the bar of four (4) states including Florida, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. In terms of trial experience, I have participated in approximately 200 jury trials encompassing almost every conceivable type of criminal violation, including homicide, drug violations, conspiracy, racketeering, firearms violation, securities violation, wire and mail fraud, wildlife violations, income tax fraud, sales tax fraud, employment tax fraud, high seas violations, explosives violations, embezzlement, theft, counterfeiting and forgery, labor law and racketeering violations, bribery, and smuggling. Over the years, my clients have included a congressman, a number of judges, politicians, and people from every walk of life from the clergy to the homeless. As a Federal criminal practitioner, I have also extensively represented witnesses and targets before Federal grand juries and in that capacity, over the years, represented numerous organized crime figures involved in gambling, extortion, prostitution, loan sharking, and racketeering.
In 2002, I expanded my practice to include the Southwest Coast of Florida and formed a partnership with Sean C. O'Halloran, a former State Prosecutor in both Charlotte and Lee County. Mr. O'Halloran is the son of a prominent lawyer and a native Fort Myers resident. The combination of my 40 years of experience and his local knowledge and reputation culminated in the expansion of our practice to Sarasota County and Charlotte County. I now reside in Sarasota but practice in both Lee and Sarasota County, as well as throughout Florida. In the last ten years I have focused on Sex Crime cases, but continue to handle the full range of State and Federal Felony cases in Sarasota and elsewhere.
Employment U.S. Treasury Department / IRS Intelligence Special Agent 1965 to 1971 U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney 1972 to 1973 Cohen & Hogan Trial Attorney 1974 to 1974 Education University of South Carolina - B.S. - 1965 - Major: Accounting University of Miami School of Law - J.D. - 1971 Licenses Florida 1971 U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida 1972 U.S. Supreme Court 1975 U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit 1981 U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit 1981 U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit 1982 U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida 1983 U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit 1984 Colorado 1986 Montana 1993 Wyoming 1994
I am a managing partner and trial attorney with the law firm of Aiken & O'Halloran. I have lived in Fort Myers since 1973. After graduating from Bishop Verot High School in 1992, I went on to receive my undergraduate degree from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. I completed law school in 1999 and was admitted to the Fl
I am a managing partner and trial attorney with the law firm of Aiken & O'Halloran. I have lived in Fort Myers since 1973. After graduating from Bishop Verot High School in 1992, I went on to receive my undergraduate degree from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. I completed law school in 1999 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in April of 2000. I began my professional career at the local State Attorney's Office, prosecuting numerous misdemeanor and felony cases. I first handled misdemeanor cases in Charlotte County, including misdemeanor DUI's, domestic violence batteries, petit thefts, driver's license offenses, and fish and game violations. I tried dozens of cases in Charlotte County and eventually took over the juvenile prosecutor's position before moving to take on felony matters in Fort Myers. After three years gaining experience and perfecting my trial skills at the State Attorney's office, together with my partner, I established the criminal defense firm of Aiken & O'Halloran. Established in 2004, our firm continues to represent individuals charged with all types of State and Federal criminal offenses. I am committed to providing the utmost in service to our clients. In doing so, I recognize the importance of utilizing every available resource. At Aiken & O'Halloran, we often elicit the services of a private investigator who has a background in law enforcement. The investigator can take statements on our client's behalf. He can question witnesses involved in the arrest and can uncover and collect evidence to support appropriate defenses. The weight of the information and details discovered through the investigative process can prove immeasurable in my preliminary conversations with the prosecutor. In presenting this defensive evidence to the prosecutor, I am often able to negotiate a resolution to a reduced charge and a more reasonable sentence. It is even possible to resolve the case without charges ever being filed. In the event that negotiations with the State do not provide results deemed acceptable, our teams' extensive trial experience comes into play in the courtroom to elicit the best possible outcome for our clients.
Employment State Atty. Office, Lee County Assistant State Attorney 2000 to 2002 State Atty. Office, Charlotte County Assistant State Attorney 2002 to 2003 Education Florida State University -B.A. - 1996 Major: Communication Management ; Major: Business Management Florida Coastal School of Law - J.D. Licenses Florida 2000 U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida 2005