Blood, Breath & Tears XXVI

Seminar Dates were: September 12-13, 2019

BB&T was two full days incorporating a mock jury trial!

All FACDL seminars, apart from Booster Shot-Criminal Law Certification Review seminar, are intended to: promote the excellence of, disseminate knowledge to, and provide education to, the criminal defense community.  In that regard, attendance at all seminars (apart from the certification review seminar) is limited to criminal defense attorneys, mitigation specialists, defense investigators and other staff involved in providing criminal defense. 

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  • Those seminar attendees in need of additional services under ADA, please provide notice of your needs to no later than September 6, 2019, so arrangements can be made in advance.



This seminar has been approved by the Florida Bar for 18.5 General CLE hours and 1 Ethics hour.  For CLE credit, each attendee is obligated to post hours attended with the Florida Bar.


Refund Policy:

  • Any registration may only be modified to materials and audio for CLE credit as NO REFUNDS will be made after 4:30 p.m. August 22, 2019.

For more information contact Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 12, 2019- Jury Trial Day SPONSORED BY Origins Behavioral HealthCare

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.             Continental Breakfast

8:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.             Announcements

8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.             Jury Selection, Trial & Simulcast Jury Deliberations

The Honorable Thomas Lynch, IV will dictate schedule just like a real trial.  Box lunch pre-paid, pre-orders must be delivered to Bistro by 10am.

-           Participants:

o          Prosecutor: Lee Lockett & Matt Olszewski

o          Defense: Eilam Isaak & Rafe Foreman

o          Defendant: Logan Clark

o          Cop: David Haenel

o          State Expert: Elliott Wilcox

Friday, September 13, 2019- Lecture Day

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.             Continental Breakfast

8:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.             Announcements

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.             Defeating the Department of Motor Vehicles: Exploring the latest DMV issues- David Robbins & Susan Cohen

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.             Evaluating and Winning a DUI Case- Carlos Canet

9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.           Crossing the Border to Canada? Can U.S. Citizens Travel to Canada with DUIs or Other Criminal History- Marisa Feil

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.        Networking Break

10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.        A Client Perspective- Logan Clark

11:05 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.        Winning Cases Involving Serious Injury or Death- Mark Theissen

11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.        Lunch on your own

12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.          DUI Gladiator Award

1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.             How to Pick a Winning Jury- Rafe Foreman

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.             Examining the Ethics of DUIs- Mimi Coffey

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.             Networking Break

2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.            Cannabis Curious? What you need to know about Marijuana DUIs- Heather Harris

3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.             Battling & Beating Breath Testing- Elliott Wilcox

4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.             Keeping up with the Current Case Law- Eilam Isaak

About the Speakers

Carlos A. Canet:  Carlos A. Canet has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1983.  He began his legal career at the office of the Public Defender in Miami under the tutelage of Bennett H. Brummer.  In 1989, he entered private practice and then eventually opened his present office in 2006.  His practice has been almost exclusively the defense of DUI cases.  Carlos has been responsible for some locally significant rulings and opinions.  In 1995, his motion excluding all field sobriety exercises in Broward County led to the opinion in State v. Meador.  In 2005, his motion to exclude breath test results based upon the use of tap water to check Intoxilyzer calibration led to the decision in State v. Cubic.  Motions to suppress breath test results in Broward have led to several county court orders suppressing test results in hundreds of cases based upon questionable inspection techniques and practices.  He maintains his practice principally in Fort Lauderdale. 

Logan Clark:  Florida Citizen accused of DUI and acquitted.

Mimi Coffey:  She is board certified in DWI defense by the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD). Mimi is a Regent with the National College of DUI Defense. She is the chairman of the NCDD Forensics Committee. She is a frequent speaker at both national and state-wide seminars. She is an experienced attorney with a proven trial record (over 300 cases, with 80% of them being jury trials). She even sued the Texas Department of Public Safety in federal court on the Texas DPS surcharge program. When Pantego Police Department started using officers to draw blood in DWI cases, she even sued the individual officer in civil court. She has won the President’s Heart of a Champion Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) numerous times. She has spoken at and been the course director for mandy TCDLA DWI seminar (co chairing Mastering Scientific Evidence in New Orleans for many years).  She is the author of Texas DWI Defense published by Lawyers and Judges Publishing, now in its second edition.

Susan Cohen: Ms. Cohen obtained her Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1985.  Prior to joining Epstein & Robbins in August of 2000, Ms. Cohen worked for the State Attorney's Office in Gainesville and Jacksonville. Ms. Cohen's primary areas of practice include DUI defense, juvenile defense, administrative driver’s license issues, postconviction relief and appeals including appeals of administrative drivers license suspensions. Ms. Cohen currently serves on the Juvenile Rules Committee and previously served on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee where she served as Chair.  Ms. Cohen has lectured at Blood, Breath, and Tears and Masters of DUI, as well as other seminars. Ms. Cohen served as the President of the Northeast Florida Chapter of FACDL.  Ms. Cohen was the 2017 recipient of the DUI Gladiator of the Year award and was recognized as an Ultimate Attorney by the Jacksonville Business Journal. 

Marisa Feil:  McGill & University of Montreal educated Marisa Feil holds both a Bachelor & Master’s of Law.  Marisa is the principal and founder of FWCanada, a Canadian law firm specializing in travel waivers for individuals with previous convictions and has become a respected authority on matters of Canadian immigration. Besides being frequently  contacted to offer her expertise in lectures, conferences, and webinars, she has also been asked to be a contributor in various publications, including her own book “Inadmissible to Canada” available on Amazon.

David Haenel:  David Haenel rates a “Superb” (10 out of 10) rating by clients and other attorneys on the independent review site and has been named “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine. David is a former Assistant State Attorney now defends the rights of The Law Place clients in cases involving license suspension, DUI, traffic tickets, habitual traffic offender status, criminal traffic charges and other offenses. David has lectured throughout the state of Florida on issues involving DUI and evidentiary breath testing, most notably to the International Association of Chemical Testers and the Florida Breath Test Conference sponsored by the Institute of Police Technology and Management. He is the author of several books, including “Florida DUI Survival Guide: A Citizen’s Protective Manual,” as well as reference books for other DUI attorneys regarding the latest developments in DUI defense. David is the former chairman of the Florida Bar Association’s Traffic Court Rules Committee. He is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 

Heather L. Harris, MFS, JD, D-ABC:  Ms. Harris is a certified independent forensic chemistry consultant and a PA licensed attorney.  Ms. Harris holds a Master of Forensic Science from The George Washington University.  After GWU, she went to the Bexar County Criminal Investigation Laboratory in San Antonio, Texas, where she was a Forensic Scientist working primarily in drug analysis and clandestine lab analysis.  Upon relocating to Philadelphia, Ms. Harris began working at NMS Labs as a Forensic Chemist. Ms. Harris began working independently as a forensic chemistry consultant for public defender agencies in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as private attorneys across the country in both criminal and civil cases.  In addition to these duties, she teaches forensic chemistry and trace evidence as an assistant professor at Arcadia University in the Master’s of Science in Forensic Science program.  Ms. Harris is certified as a Diplomate in General Criminalistics and Drug Analysis.  She is also a member of a number of AOAC working groups and panels dedicated to the optimization and standardization of analytical methods to comply with the requirements of the legal Cannabis marketplace.

Eilam Issak:  Eilam Isaak is the sole partner in the law firm of Isaak Law, PLLC, located in Tampa, Florida. He has been practicing law for the past 26 years. He began his career as a prosecutor with the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office. As a defense attorney for the past 20 years, Mr. Isaak practices exclusively in the area of DUI defense. He consistently lectures at CLE’s and has been on the faculty and participated 33 times. He has been invited by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Florida Bar Association, Lorman Education, the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Central Florida Public Defender’s Association to be a part of the faculty at a variety of DUI continuing legal education seminars. He is a certified breath test operator for the Intoxilyzer 8000 for Federal DOT standards and has been accepted and permitted to testify as an expert witness on the Intoxilyzer 5000. He is the recipient of the FACDL Gladiator award for 2015.

Michael Kessler: Mr. Kessler is a 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law.  Mr. Kessler is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist. An active member of the National College for DUI Defense, Michael Kessler is certified to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests approved for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and is also certified to administer breath alcohol tests using the Intoxilyzer 5000 and 8000 machines. Mr. Kessler owns his own Intoxilyzer 5000 and 8000 breath-alcohol guessing contraptions. Mr. Kessler presents programs across the United States and Canada.  Mr. Kessler founded and manages The Kessler Law Firm, whose offices are in Fort Pierce and Key West. He is the co-author of The DUI BOOK: Florida Edition, along with prominent Atlanta DUI lawyer William C. “Bubba” Head. 

Lee Lockett: Lee Lockett was born and raised in Jacksonville. After law school, Mr. Lockett worked as an assistant state attorney at the State Attorney's Office for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in West Palm Beach and the Public Defender's office in Jacksonville where he received the prestigious "ROC" Award for trial advocacy. Lee Lockett has been practicing for 20 years and has in excess of 45 Jury trials to his credit. He is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College Of DUI Defense, DUIDLA, Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, Law Week Committee 2005-2006, Judicial Relations Committee of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Gator Bowl Committee 2004-2007, Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and the Traffic Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. Lee Lockett is the Author of DUI NOTES, The Florida Defender Magazine.

AnneMarie Rizzo:  AnneMarie has taught law enforcement, prosecutors and defense attorneys across the State of Florida and has been invited to teach about Forensic Sciences on the State and National levels. In 2015, AnneMarie earned the American Chemical Society- Chemistry and Law Forensic Scientist designation. AnneMarie has received a graduate certificate for her studies in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida. Additionally, graduated from the University of Florida with her Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Forensic Science with a concentration in Forensic Toxicology. Furthermore, AnneMarie is a 2 time graduate of the Axion Analytical Lab’s Forensic Chromatography Course and Forensic Principles of DUI-D course as well as successfully completed Axion Lab’s Forensic Drug Analysis course. AnneMarie has served as the President of Sarasota County Chapter of FACDL and was recently elected to serve on the FACDL board as a Director at Large. She is also a member of the American Chemical Society, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, DUI Defense Lawyers Association, National College of DUI Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

David Robbins:  David M. Robbins worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, for approximately 3 years before entering private practice in 1975, establishing the law firm of Epstein & Robbins.  He has concentrated on DUI defense and criminal law for the past 42 years. Mr. Robbins is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NEFACDL), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers(NACDL), and the Florida Bar.  He is the chairperson of the Judicial Liaison Committee for NEFACDL.  He has served as vice chairman of the Florida Traffic Rules Committee of the Florida Bar and has also been a member of the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Mr. Robbins has lectured at the Blood Breath and Tears seminar for the last 16 years with the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as many other seminars. 

Mark Thiessen:  Mark Thiessen is a criminal trial lawyer and the Chairman/CEO of the Thiessen Law Firm in Houston, Texas.  Mark is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Board Certified in DUI Law by the DUI Defense Lawyers Association.  Mark earned the American Chemical Society-Chemistry and the Law (ACS-CHAL) Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation, which is the highest form of scientific recognition available for lawyers.  Mark is a frequent legal seminar lecturer, author of numerous published legal articles, and a faculty member for various organizations.  Mark is the current DWI Committee co-chair and on the Board of Directors for Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), on the Board of Directors for Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA) and a Charter Member and Director for DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA).  Mark is a 6 time Texas Super Lawyer and in the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Houston. 

Elliott Wilcox: Elliot Wilcox has practiced criminal law for 20+ years, and DUI defense exclusively since 2010. He has taught trial skills to thousands of trial lawyers, and for over a decade he was the only lawyer to serve on the faculty of every DUI Trial Advocacy School program in Florida. He has invested more than 10,000 hours in the courtroom (serving as the lead trial lawyer in over 200 jury trials), and received the highest possible rankings from both Martindale-Hubbell (“Pre-Eminent”) and AVVO (“10 out of 10 - SUPERB”). 

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