Jennifer A. Fitzgerald received her Juris Doctorate in 1997, after graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is licensed in both Rhode Island and California. Attorney Fitzgerald spent 14 years defending both adults and juveniles caught in the justice system as an award-winning member of the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office – the third most over-worked Public Defender’s Office in the country. She left the Public Defender’s Office in 2011 and is now in private practice. She is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon Georgia and professionally affiliated with the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
John P. Contini, a Fort Lauderdale Criminal Lawyer, became a Broward County prosecutor in 1983 and has been a criminal defense attorney since 1987. He received his B.A. in 1979 from the University of Massachusetts and his Juris Doctor in 1982 from the New England School of Law. Among other professional associations, he is a member of the Florida and Massachusetts Bar Associations, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
John has earned a reputation as an attorney who will defend the indefensible. According to him, “The criminally accused are treated like modern-day lepers. Those who are shunned and ostracized by society need our help and mercy the most. After all, we must demonstrate forgiveness if we want to be forgiven ourselves.”
Political Activist and Criminal Defense Attorney
When searching for the right attorney, it is often the worst time in your life. Finding a good one, and the right one for you, is a daunting task. Leiderman Devine LLP believes that they are the right firm for you for many, many reasons.
Many defense attorneys advertise that they once worked for the prosecutor or District Attorney. Jay Leiderman is proud to say he has never, ever, worked to incarcerate individuals accused of crimes, nor would he. Why would you hire someone who at one time worked hard to jail someone for the very crime for which you or your loved one is now being accused? Because that person professes to be an “insider?” He or she can get you a special deal because they know someone in the DA’s office? I’ve heard that said, and it simply isn’t true. Does that make sense—that years after they left the prosecutor’s office and their old cronies have moved on as well they still are an “insider?” Is that person one who believes in justice, or in making money no matter how they do it or whose desperation they exploit? Do they truly care about your rights? Did they care about them when they used to tell the judge to lock someone just like you up—to toss ‘em in jail? Hire someone that knows defense work inside and out, and believes in you, you’re rights, and your innocence. Hire someone with a record of fighting for those just like you—not against you! Moreover, hire someone you know is a Board Approved Criminal Law Specialist.
Jason Scott (“Jay”) Leiderman is a California State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist. In addition to the California State Bar Exam and mandatory continuing legal education, to obtain his specialization Jay had to pass another specialization test, a rigorous peer and judge review screening process, have many additional hours of classroom continuing legal education, and have substantial practical experience. There are over 200,000 attorneys licensed to practice in California. According to the California State Bar, on June 16, 2008, there were exactly 355 Certified Criminal Law Specialists—a small and elite group.
In Ventura County Jay is currently one of only two criminal law specialists available for you to hire. Jay has dedicated his entire professional career to standing up for the rights of the accused. Jay believes in his role as an advocate for the accused. He has always been a champion of personal rights and a staunch defender of our constitutional freedoms. In short, Jay’s entire professional life has been dedicated to ensuring that those accused of crimes receive the most vigorous, competent and artful defense. Now that Jay is a partner in Leiderman Devine LLP, he has dedicated himself to providing that hard hitting defense while still remaining open and accessible to his clients.
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