Member in the Spotlight

Cole Casey

Cole Caseu

This week’s member in the spotlight is Cole Casey of San Diego, California. He is a Sustaining Member of the NCDD and a past State Delegate. He graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in economics and from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He is co-author of California Drunk Driving Defense Manual, with Larry Taylor. He is certified as both a practitioner and instructor in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standardized field sobriety tests. Cole Casey is a well-respected national speaker on DUI/DWI topics around the country, a Specialist Member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, and founder of the San Diego DUI Defense Associates. He is also a member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, as well as local and state bar associations.

Cole’s firm has been A+ rated by the California Better Business Bureau for more than ten years and has been awarded the AVVO Client’s Choice Award for the last four straight years. He is consistently named one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys in criminal law and/or DUI Law by the San Diego Daily Transcript and San Diego Metro Magazine. His genius at business is no coincidence. His firm consists of four lawyers and two case managers who both have Master’s degrees in criminal justice.

Cole is a prolific trial attorney who attempts to try at least 20 DUI jury trials a year. His favorite wins are the ones like his last DUI trial- a .17 BAC, Not Guilty on all counts. The judge in chambers had asked,”Counsel, why isn’t your client just pleading guilty?”


Bob Murray

Bob Murray

This week’s member in the spotlight is Robert Murray of Columbia, Missouri. Bob graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1985, after earning his bachelors degree in Political Science at MU. He has practiced Criminal Law for 29 years, specializing in DWI Defense the past 12 years. After the police improperly conducted the investigation of a head-on motorcycle accident that resulted in the death of his best friend, Bob decided to become a defense attorney, in order to hold officers accountable. Now that accountability is ensuring truth in the forensic sciences brought to the courtroom. Among his favorite wins were the acquittal of a law student who was arrested on his graduation day on charges of DWI, Resisting Arrest, and Chemical Test Refusal, and having the speeding law in his home county declared invalid by the Circuit Court, resulting in the dismissal of over 400 speeding citations. Bob has passed on his immense talent through training 4 associates and over a dozen law clerks to practice Criminal Law, lecturing at 16 seminars on DWI Law for the Missouri Bar, and teaching DWI law to the Trial Practice class at the University of Missouri Law School. True to his big heart, he especially enjoys winning pro bono cases.

Bob has 3 sons and a daughter. He has logged in hours with the Boy Scouts of America, sponsored countless high school special events and activities, and has coached many of his kids’ baseball and soccer teams. It is no surprise his hobby is camping and hiking in National Parks (Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain NP were particular favorites); snorkeling (Jamaica, St. Johns USVI and Maui); and exploring islands. Bob says, “So many beaches and so little time.”


Fred Slone

Fred Slone

Fred Slone, DUI defense attorney, has been practicing law in Alaska since 1983.

Fred grew up in the North Dakota, and attended law school in Albany, New York. Between his last two years of law school he took a summer intern job in Anchorage, fell in love with the area, and returned to Alaska as soon as he graduated law school.

Started practicing both civil and criminal law, but focused on DUI defense the past 20 years. It is a field in which people from all walks find themselves in need of help.

The law firm, Kasmar and Slone, was started in 1987. Fred’s partner practices business and real estate law. Fred has one associate who works DUI defense. Dawn, Fred’s principal legal assistant, has worked with Fred since the firm started more than 25 years ago.

One of his more interesting cases is State v. Campbell, 198 P.3d 1170 (Alaska App. 2008). In that case an officer attempted to conduct a stop of a client, for failure to have headlights activated. The officer mistakenly thought that headlights were required, but the law did not require headlights for another 15 minutes. The client did not stop; instead driving across a department store parking lot, with the officer pursuing with overhead lights and siren on. The client then drove over a curb, across four lanes of traffic, and over the curb on the other side of the street where his van came to a stop on the sidewalk. The client then jumped out, pulled some boards off a fence and ran through the fence to the yard of a resident, who tackled the client until the police arrived in pursuit. The client was charged with felony eluding, DUI, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. The court ultimately held that the client’s illegal actions in attempting to elude would be suppressed, since the client’s actions stemmed from the officer’s illegal attempt to stop the client. All charges were dismissed. The decision necessarily rested on the search and seizure clause of the Alaska Constitution


Patrick Mahaney

Patrick Mahaney

NCDD DUI/DWI Warrior

Member in the Spotlight: Patrick Mahaney

Our member in the spotlight this week is Patrick Mahaney of Montgomery, Alabama. Patrick graduated from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He worked as a trooper for the Alabama Department of Public Safety. As a DUI trooper who testified frequently, he learned cross examination firsthand from one of the country’s best: notably, cross examination from Tommy Kirk, former Dean of NCDD! The assistant district attorneys he worked with gave him the Code of Alabama and McElroy’s Alabama Evidence to read which spurred him on to law school. After passing the bar, Patrick was appointed as an assistant attorney general and the assistant legal counsel for the Alabama DPS. He retired from the Alabama DPS in 2000. He then worked for the U.S. State Department in Kosovo, Jordan, and Iraq. He served 18 months as the executive officer of the U.S. Civilian Police Mission to Iraq. His military service extends over 28 years – Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve. He achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, was twice awarded the Meritorious Service Medal; was airborne and ranger qualified (with over 100 parachute jumps) and served six and a half years in the Special Forces.

In his 25 years of practicing law, he published, Alabama DUI, Traffic and Driver License Law Handbook (now in its 3rd edition), conducts CLE training year round for the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has received the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association President’s Award for outstanding achievement in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014. As for victories, Patrick particularly relishes his “trapped alcohol” defense in getting breath test acquittals by bringing science to the courtroom through explanatory power point.


Bruce Edge

Bruce Edge

No distinction is made between members and regents in our Member in the Spotlight. We thank all members for their great contributions to justice, regents included.

Our featured member in the spotlight is Bruce Edge. He was raised by a country preacher who clearly passed his oratorical and storytelling gifts on. After graduating with an accounting degree, Bruce worked for the IRS for ten years before trying his own hand at business. He opened a retail business that grew into a small manufacturing plant and 25 stores. He balanced being a successful business mogul with community service by serving three terms on the school board, serving as both President and Director of the Chamber of Commerce and coaching t-ball, baseball, basketball, soccer and golf while raising his two sons.

Clamoring for a new challenge in a different arena, he went back to law school and became inspired with criminal defense after witnessing first hand two family members go through bad experiences with law enforcement. In this light, he went on to graduate from the Tulsa Citizen’s Police Academy, teach Oklahoma police officers in the Cleet Academy- and obtained training in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests as both a practitioner and instructor, Intoxilyzer 5000, Intoxilyzer 8000 and owns the largest private collection of breath test machines and alcohol simulators in Oklahoma. He has served as past president of the Tulsa County Defense Lawyers Association and is a director of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is the co-author of Oklahoma DUI Survival Guide (first and second editions) and Oklahoma DUI Defense: The Law and Practice.


Alan Bernstein

Alan Bernstein

Alan Bernstein has been practicing criminal law since 1982, focusing on DUI since 1993. He is a Founder of the National College of DUI Defense; author of Florida DUI Defense: The Law & the Practice, Lawyers and Judges Publishing. He was part of the team in Florida’s landmark Meador v. State, 674 So. 2d 826 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996) case which is respected nationwide for recognizing the scientific deficiencies of standardized field sobriety tests. He lectures on DUI/DWI in Florida and other states. His intoxilyzer training in both the 5000 & 8000 comes from C.E.S. Consulting and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. His clients include celebrities and athletes who get DUIs in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida. An interesting note is that Alan’s first job after law school was with the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service where in just one year he tried 25-30 cases and won them all. He serves his community outside his work by being a member of the Kiwanis Club, Knights of Pythias, B’nai Brith Justice Unit, and the American Cancer Society. He has logged in volunteer hours as a teacher’s aide at Westchester Elementary School, taught the “Stop Substance Abuse Through Education” for Broward County, sponsors soccer and baseball teams in Coral Gable, Fla., and has coached his son’s baseball team. He and his wife have 3 children with the youngest being 11.

He is an avid chess player but his true love is knowledge. He devours books with a library of over 1,000 in his house. He “still reads new books on trial, practices, and DUI almost weekly.”


Troy Broussard

Troy Broussard

This week’s member in the spotlight truly defines service for others. Troy Broussard has been a member of NCDD since 1997 and a sustaining member since 2002. He graduated from the University of Louisiana with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and from Loyola Law School. He is known as the “DWI Dr.” with a practice dedicated exclusively to DWI defense since 1998. His NHTSA SFST training dates back to 1999 and Intoxilyzer 5000 operator training to 2003. In addition to his DWI practice, he has also sat as ad hoc judge in the First parish of Jefferson Parish. One of his most memorable victories was a jury .26 felony breath test in Houma, Louisiana. His unparalleled trial record in Jefferson, St. Tammany and Terrebone Parishes can be verified by the clerks. Known for having a big heart, in the words of his fiancée Kathy Rome, “Troy will try to help people even if they can’t come up with his entire fee and sometimes doesn’t charge anything.”

A true New Orleanian, he has participated in Mardi Gras as a member of both the Krewe of Orpheus and the Pete Fountain Half Fast Marching Club. He has 5 sons and 1 granddaughter. As a coach for his 4 boys involved in sports, he has logged in: 12 baseball seasons, 12 basketball seasons and 3 football seasons and has taken 3 all-star teams to various championships. It is no surprise that his 4th son Timmy was an all-state pitcher who received a scholarship to the University of New Orleans. Troy donates at least 50 volunteer hours a month serving his community through the Masons. He is a 32nd Degree Mason, Knights Templar and Shriner. He is past master of the Theodore Roosevelt Lodge #415, sitting master of the 15th Masonic District Lodge, Director of Jerusalem Shrine of Shriners International, 2nd Lt. in the Jerusalem Shrine Motorcycle Escort Unit, degree master of the 31st degree of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry, secretary of Level Lodge #373, master expert of Dante’ Lodge #174, and master of ceremonies of Etoile Polaire Lodge #1. His Shriner work raises money for the 22 Shriner Hospitals for Children which treat burn patients, spinal cord injuries, cleft palates and orthopedic issues at no charge to the families. He is also a member of the High Twelve Club of North America whose first and foremost goal is to “encourage and support good government” through the Wolcott Foundation, which provides fellowships for master’s degrees in federal government or foreign service at George Washington University.


Kirby Riffel

Kirby Riffel

Everyday our National College for DUI Defense members are out in the trenches fighting for justice. Knowing a little something about our fellow heroes is inspiring to us all. Our first in an NCDD new series of “Members in the Spotlight” is Kirby Riffel of Pocahontas, Arkansas, a Founding Member of the NCDD.

Interesting fact, Kirby was a senior at Little Rock Central High School the year of the nationally famous desegregation crisis. He started at the University of Miami and finished at the University of Arkansas, a psychology major.  He joined the Army and decided to go to law school.  He was a lieutenant at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky in the air mobile tank company .  While at the University of Arkansas  School of Law he was on law review, a member of Blue Key and student body president.  He joined an insurance defense law firm in Memphis for 4 years and turned down partnership to move back to the sleepy town of Pocahontas, Arkansas  to start his own practice.

He won six straight rape jury trials and six straight murder jury trials before dipping his hand into DWI defense to never look back. In Pocahontas, he has been involved with  the American Cancer Society, United Way, Bluff City canoe club, local tennis association, country club and served as president of the Rotary Club. He and his wife were Arkansas’ state mixed doubles champion tennis team.  He has taught law three times in the Ukraine by invitation, first with the ABA and the latter two by invitation of law schools. Not only is he a Founding Member of the National College of DUI Defense, he also founded the Arkansas DWI Defense network.


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