Blog - Member in the Spotlight

The NCDD Blog is for our members to comment on matters of general interest in the field of DUI Defense and to ask general questions concerning the topics posted.   NCDD does not monitor or control answers from the various lawyers (many of whom are regarded as among the best in the country) who may respond and the answers or comments they provide are solely their own.  Responses to questions and comments are not legal advice: they are only the opinions of the lawyer providing the answer or making the comment. No attorney client relationship is formed between the person who posts a question or comment and any attorney who posts an answer or comment. The NCDD Blog is not for the purpose of soliciting legal advice for any specific case and should not be relied upon for that purpose. No lawyer can provide advice for a specific case without far more information than can be included in a blog post.   Furthermore, the NCDD Blog is not to be used in any form, for any marketing, advertising or solicitation by any author.  If you need legal assistance or advice, consult a lawyer in your state. You can find NCDD member lawyers in your State listed under “Find an Attorney” in the menu to the left or at the top of the page. No opinion expressed by an attorney or other person on the NCDD Blog represents the opinion or views of the NCDD.



Member in the Spotlight: Jim Medley

This week’s member in the spotlight is Jim Medley of Houston, Texas.  Jim was born in Port Arthur, Texas. He was raised in an even smaller town nearby called Bridge City. This area of Southeast Texas is sometimes called the Golden Triangle. Jim grew up with the dream of becoming a police officer. Jim’s mother was a licensed vocational nurse in elderly home health ...read more

NCDD Member in the Spotlight: Michael Rajek

The NCDD’s Member in the Spotlight is Michael Rajek of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Michael was born and raised in Merrill, Wisconsin. He played four years of college football at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He was a grad assistant to the University of Oklahoma football team, while attending law school there. He is a two time Wisconsin PGA pro-am golf champion. Michael wanted to be a lawyer ever since he was quite young and caddied for a prominent ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Peter Gerstenzang

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Peter Gerstenzang of Albany, New York. Peter has practiced law for over 45 years. The State Bar of New York recently honored him in 2016 with a distinguished service award: “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law.” Peter has honorably served the National College for DUI Defense from 2003-2015 (Regent, Dean, Dean Emeritus). He helped create the Public Defender Training Seminars sponsored by the ...read more

NCDD Member in the Spotlight: Doug Wells

NCDD’s Member in the Spotlight: Doug Wells

 

The National College of DUI Defense’s Member in the Spotlight is Douglas Wells of Topeka, Kansas. Doug has practiced law for over 35 years. He was born with law in his blood. His father was an attorney and judge. His mother was a district court clerk until she retired. Doug graduated from Kansas University and received his law degree from Washburn Law School.  Doug is a hometown guy: born, bred and completely dedicated ...read more

Member in the Spotlight- George Bianchi

The National College of DUI Defense’s (NCDD) Member in the Spotlight is George Bianchi of Seattle, Washington. George has practiced law for 33 years. In this time period, he has risen to the top of his field by serving as President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ) and as the Dean of the NCDD, among a list of many other service positions. In 2013, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) honored him with the President’s ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Steve Oberman

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Steve Oberman of Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Oberman is a towering pillar of the highest ethical integrity both in the practice of law and life. He has championed a career in both the defense of the accused in DUI matters and educating other lawyers. He remains a pivotal force in the Board Certification program of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), as well as the mastermind behind the annual “DWI means Defend ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Phil Price

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Phil Price of Huntsville, Alabama. Phil is not only a phenomenal powerhouse lawyer that has changed the field of DUI completely, but on a personal level he is charming, affable, and quintessential pure All American goodness. Phil was born in 1952 in Huntsville, Alabama. His father was a pharmacist and his mother was a homemaker. Phil learned early the value of hard work. His father only closed the family store one week a ...read more

Stars in the Universe: 2015 Legacy Members in the Spotlight

We have lost 8 dear friends and valued colleagues this year. As Thomas Carlyle poignantly said, “History is the essence of innumerable biographies.” The following are 8 stars in the spotlight, who each leave their own history, who forever remain with us as stars in the universe. We thank them for their lifetime of dedication to the cause of justice and we will miss them all.

 

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Member in the Spotlight: Tom Workman

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is our highly esteemed academician Thomas Workman of Boston, Massachusetts. Tom is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth, where he lectures on evidence and forensics. In addition, he is a highly sought after expert witness and maintains a solo practice. Before venturing into law as a second career, Tom was an engineer for Hewlett Packard, Xerox, and Texas Instruments. His ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Jamie Balagia

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Jamie Balagia of San Antonio, Texas. Jamie is exceptional with a capital E, not only in passion but in genuine sincerity for all he meets. His Texas size personality is only outmatched by the size of his heart. For Jamie, all this passion is a reflection of the truth he has found in his life’s mission. For Jamie’s story ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Tom Hudson

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Tom Hudson of Sarasota and Key West, Florida (dual offices). Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from Kenyon College and his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Ohio, Florida, and the Federal Courts. Tom was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Tom’s father was a legendary prosecutor for the City of Cleveland, where he practiced for 30 years after ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Ava George Stewart

This week’s member in the spotlight is Ava George Stewart of Chicago, Illinois. Ava received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois, 2003 and holds a Master’s degree in Managerial Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology from Northwestern University, 1989. Ava was born in and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Ava’s thirst and life long quest for knowledge came naturally from her parent educators. Her mother ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Harley Wagner

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Harley Wagner of Martinsburg, West Virginia. He has been a member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) since 2001. He is a Sustaining Member, serves on the Faculty, and has served as State Delegate for ten years. Harley received his J.D. from the Thomas Cooley School of Law in 1995 and his B.A. from the University of West Virginia in 1990. He was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania in 1995 and in West Virginia ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Paul Burglin

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Paul Burglin. Paul was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County, California. He still lives and practices in the place where he grew up. “A tree stands strong not by its fruits or branches, but by the depth of its roots.” Paul cherishes giving back to the community that nurtured his deep roots. Paul developed a hard work ethic early on in life.

 

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Member in the Spotlight: Bell Island

This week’s member in the spotlight is Bell Island of Gering, Nebraska. Bell was born in California in the late 1960s to a mom embroiled in the civil rights movement. He spent his weekends protesting the overreaching of the government and marching against injustice. From this, he became inspired by the exposure to lawyers who volunteered their time in the cause.

 

At age 8, Bell’s family uprooted and traveled the country for six months, three of which was working ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Steven Hernandez

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Steven Hernandez of New Jersey. Steven graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1998, from the Rutgers University School of Business. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 2004, from the Rutgers University School of Law. Steven was born in Columbus, Ohio. He grew up traveling all around the world, as his father served our country as an Air Force officer. He even spent time living in Tehran, Iran. He was ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Lynn Gorelick

This week’s member in the Spotlight is Lynn Gorelick of Berkeley, CA. She has practiced law for over 31 years. Lynn earned her B.A from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1982. Lynn grew up in a family that was actively involved in politics out of a spirit of caring for others. Her father and mentor Allan was a respected defense attorney and worked in the Alameda ...read more

Stars in the Universe: 2014 Legacy Members in the Spotlight

We have lost four dear friends and valued colleagues this year. As Thomas Carlyle poignantly said, “History is the essence of innumerable biographies.” The following are four stars in the spotlight, who each leave their own history, who forever remain with us as stars in the universe. We thank them for their lifetime ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Lenny Stamm

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Lenny Stamm of Greenbelt, Maryland. Lenny grew up in New Rochelle, New York. For four years he started as a goalie on the high school soccer team. Funny how life takes twists and turns, he was selected for the Program for Inquiry, Involvement and Independent Study (a gifted “school without walls” program) in which they made a visit to the United States Supreme Court barely arriving after it had just recessed ...read more

Member In the Spotlight: Peter Carini

This week’s member in the spotlight is Peter Carini of Medford, Oregon. Peter hails from Brooklyn, New York where he was born and raised. At age 17, he was living in his own apartment in Manhattan, New York. He started working summers at the age of 11. He chose to go to college in Manhattan, graduating in business studies from Pace University. After obtaining his degree he tried his hand at sales- which would later come in handy as a criminal defense trial lawyer. ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: John Hunsucker

This week’s member in the spotlight is John Hunsucker of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.John was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and thirty days later his military family moved to Germany. With his father in the army, he “pretty much lived all over the world.” At 15, his father retired and he came back to Oklahoma. John worked many interesting jobs including as an EMT, funeral embalmer, ship hand on a 150 foot two-masted schooner which sailed all over New England, ...read more

Member In the Spotlight: Manny Daskal

 

This week’s member in the spotlight is Manny Daskal of Eureka, California. Manny is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He spent a number of years involved in community organizing. This was all part of a natural evolution from growing up in Detroit Michigan and being close to those who formed the auto unions. After graduating with his B.A. from Wayne State ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: John Menzel

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is John Menzel of Point Pleasant, New Jersey. After graduating with his B.A. from Monmouth College, John was working for an investment firm on Madison Avenue in New York City when he decided to go to law school at nights. He graduated with his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 1984. After winning his first drunk driving case in 1987, John decided to concentrate his practice of law ...read more

Our Member in the Spotlight Tracey Wood

This week’s member in the spotlight is Tracey Wood from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tracey graduated with a B.A. from Marquette University in 1988. She earned her J.D. at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1992. Before Tracey decided on a career in law, she wanted to be a doctor. When she scored better on the LSAT than the MCAT; the decision was made. Being in the spotlight always appealed to her from a young age, ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: James Bickford

This week’s member in the spotlight is James V. Bickford IV of San Diego, California. James earned his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Hamden Sydney College, majoring in psychology. He also attended Virginia Military Institute (VMI) for two years and takes great pride in being a 4th generation Cadet. James comes from a long line of attorneys and an Appellate Judge. One of 4 boys, he knew at the age of six that he wanted ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Allen Trapp

This week’s member in the spotlight is Allen Trapp of Carrollton, GA. Allen graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee and magna cum laude from the Georgia State University College of Law. When asked why he became a lawyer, Allen responded, “I did not have the talent to play first base for the Baltimore Orioles (or any other MLB team).” Seriously, Allen was so impressive at debate at 14 years of age. His coach encouraged him to pursue law for which we all can be grateful!

 

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Member in the Spotlight: Our NCDD Founding Father

Back to the beginning, “Honestly, I can’t recall who came up with the idea of the College. My best recollection is that it was initially three or four of us, and we contacted those we felt to be the leadersread more

Member in the Spotlight: Willard Hall

This week’s member in the spotlight is Willard Hall from Beaumont, TX. He graduated with his B.S. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and immediately set out writing for two of his hometown newspapers back in Beaumont: the Port Arthur News and the Beaumont Enterprise. After being assigned to the courthouse beat, Willard realized that was where he truly belonged. (How is that for having the perfect perspective when dealing with the media?) On a mission, Willard went back ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Stephen Paul Barnard

 

 

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Stephen Paul Barnard of Tucson, Arizona. Stephen received his J.D. from the University Of Arizona College Of Law, and his B.S. from Arizona State University. He has practiced law for 42 years. Quite mind boggling, and perhaps holding the record for the most DUI jury trials in the country as a defense lawyer, Stephen has tried over 900 DUI jury trials. His expertise does not end at the trial level. ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: Rhidian Orr

This week’s Member in the Spotlight is Rhidian Orr of Denver, Colorado. Rhidian received his J.D. from the University Of Denver College Of Law in 2000, his B.A. from the University of Denver in 1994, and his MBA in 2002. He is co-author of the Colorado DUI Survival Guide (2013) and authored a chapter in the Inside the Minds: Navigating DUI Drug Cases (2012). Alongside with Tim Bussey, Rhidian helped create a DUI training program for the public defenders of Colorado.

 

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Member in the Spotlight: David S. Katz

This week’s member in the spotlight is David S. Katz of Orlando, Florida. David was raised in New Jersey and has spent his entire adult life in central Florida. David has an Associates of Occupational Sciences in Culinary Arts – Summa Cum Laude, a Bachelors of Science in Food Service Management, Summa Cum Laude, both from Johnson & Wales University and a Juris Doctorate – Summa Cum Laude from Barry University, School of Law.

 

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Member in the Spotlight: Cole Casey

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 ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: A Tribute to Daryl Thompson

 

NCDD DUI/DWI WARRIOR LEGEND

This week’s member in the spotlight is a tribute piece to Daryl Thompson of Orange County, California (August 30, 1946-April 20, 2014). He was born and raised in East Los Angeles, received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and served in the Vietnam War earning the Bronze Star for Valor. After an honorable discharge, he graduated from the Western State College of Law and immediately ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: 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 ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: 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. 

 

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Member in the Spotlight: Patrick Mahaney

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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 ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: 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 ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: 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 ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: 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 ...read more

Member in the Spotlight: 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 (pictured at right with his son in New Orleans) was a senior at Little Rock ...read more