Amanda Sampaio Bova – Immediate Past-President

Amanda Sampaio Bova is a private attorney practicing criminal defense in Central Florida. She is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law and currently has her own firm. Prior to opening her own practice, she served her community by working at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s office for just over 6 years. She has defended thousands of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to serious felony offenses, appeals, violations of probation, juvenile delinquency and petitions for expunction.

She is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law and she obtained her undergraduate degree from Eckerd College where she played Division II College Volleyball. In addition to serving as President Elect of CFACDL, Amanda is an active member of Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers (CFAWL), & Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL). amanda@sampaiolegal.com 

 

 


Sean Landers – President

sean-landersSean Landers has practiced exclusively criminal defense since August of 2007. Mr. Landers became Board Certified as an Expert in Criminal Trial Law in 2013. Mr. Landers worked for 8 1/2 years as an Assistant Public Defender for the 9th Circuit handling mostly serious violent felonies and sex offense cases, including over 60 felony trials as lead counsel.

He is now in private practice with the Baez Law Firm handling all degrees of State and Federal crimes. Since 2013, he has sat on the Board as a Director; Secretary; Treasurer, Vice-President, and now President-Elect.

 


Benjamin Wurtzel – President Elect

Benjamin Wurtzel is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.  Mr. Wurtzel currently runs his own practice, Wurtzel Law, PLLC, a private criminal defense firm serving Central Florida.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Wurtzel served as an Assistant Public Defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit for seven years.  Mr. Wurtzel has handled thousands of criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to life felonies. Mr. Wurtzel has experience in nearly all aspects of criminal defense litigation, including pre-trial, trial, appellate, and post-conviction matters.

Mr. Wurtzel has been a member of CFACDL since 2011, and a Board Member for the past four years, including three years as an executive officer. Currently, Mr. Wurtzel serves as the Board’s Vice-President.  Mr. Wurtzel obtained his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Florida, and obtained his J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law.

 

 

 


Ali Kamalzadeh – Vice President

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Ali is a research & writing attorney for the Federal Defender’s Office (FDO). He gained a wealth of knowledge and interest about criminal defense while interning at the FDO and later as a clerk assisting in their appellate division. As a CLI at the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society (SCBALAS), Ali assisted with foreclosure defense and organized SCBALAS’s first Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinic to assist low income residents with preparing and filing their federal tax returns. Prior to his legal career Ali worked as the federal regulations compliance director and South Florida branch liaison for a national bank in their mortgage division.

Ali has served on the CFACDL board since 2015. He will also serve on the Teen Court Advisory Board beginning November 2018, with his term ending in 2021. Ali also volunteers at IDignity’s monthly events where IDignity provides assistance to approx. 250 individuals in obtaining their Florida ID cards and licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards, replacement citizenship or immigration records, and other documents, as needed, to obtain an ID/license. Ali also volunteers as co-counsels for the Federal District Court’s Intensive Re-entry Program (IRP) which is a post incarceration program that addresses participants’ needs using a system of professional and resourceful support, in a non-traditional setting. We assist participants in reaching their goals by introducing needed resources in the areas of housing, employment, and mental and medical health. We also seek to identify skills and build strong character traits that will help participants make positive, life-long changes.


Lauren Senninger – Secretary

Lauren Senninger has been a member of the CFACDL board for the past year; first as a director at large, then serving as the interim Secretary. During her time on the board, Lauren has striven to uphold the vital importance of this organization and is seeking to continue on as elected Secretary this coming year.

Lauren has worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Orange County for the past 4 1/2 years. During that time she has been lead counsel on over 20 jury trials, successfully litigated several motions to suppress (including two in the past month), and has represented the indigent in county, juvenile, and circuit criminal court.

Lauren graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a concentration in advocacy in 2012. She was also the Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Advocacy where she organized several CLE and law student trainings, including the NACDL White Collar Crime Collage and the annual Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills conference. She recently became Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law.

 


Susan Malove – Director

Susan Malove is a private attorney practicing state and federal criminal defense in Central Florida. She is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law and has been working as a sole practitioner since 2014. Prior to opening her own firm, Susan was an Assistant Public Defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit from 2009 through 2013. Since 2015, she has served as a Criminal Justice Act panel attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division. Through the CJA panel Ms. Malove represents indigent defendants in federal court at the trial court level as well as on federal habeas petitions. In addition, Susan has continued to represent indigent defendants in Orange and Osceola County Circuit Courts on a court appointed basis through the Justice Administrative Commission.

Susan has been a member of CFACDL since 2009. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2006, and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2009.

 

 


Kimberlee Martin – Director

Kimberlee Martin served as an Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit from 2013-2018.  Ms. Martin handled numerous misdemeanor and felony cases both at the adult and juvenile level.  She handled all stages of litigation, including initial appearances, pre-trials, trials, appeals, and post-conviction matters.  Prior to graduating law school, Ms. Martin worked as a law clerk for the Florida Supreme Court writing legal memorandum regarding writs pending before the court, bar disciplinary matters, and proposed changes to the Florida Bar Rules and Rules of Procedure.  She also worked as a CLI with the Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Right Legal Clinic handling removal proceedings as well as assisting individuals in obtaining citizenship, resident status, and visas. Presently, Ms. Martin is practicing as an associate attorney at Fisher Rushmer, PA. handling civil litigation and criminal law matters.

Ms. Martin has been a member of CFACDL since 2013 and on the Board since 2017. Ms. Martin obtained her undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Central Florida, and obtained her J.D., cum laude, from Florida International University College of Law, receiving awards for Excellence in Service and Excellence in Advocacy. Ms. Martin currently sits on the executive board for the Criminal Law Committee and is a Committee Chair for the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association. Ms. Martin is also a member of the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers and the Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar.  In 2016, Ms. Martin was awarded The Top 30 Under 30 Award by the University of Central Florida and has been serving on UCF’s Young Alumni Council since 2017.


Andrew Clark – Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nicole Bamberski – Director

Nicole Bamberski has been practicing criminal defense since law school. She was a legal intern for the Innocence Project of Florida her first summer at Florida State University College of Law. Her second summer, she was a Certified Legal Intern for the Honorable Nancy Daniels in Tallahassee, Florida at the Office of the Public Defender for the Second Judicial Circuit. After law school, she worked at the Office of the Public Defender for the Second Judicial Circuit for two years before moving to Orlando to work for the Honorable Robert Wesley’s Office.  She has been a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since Law School. She will be studying for the Board Certification Exam this Spring and is looking forward to bringing new and innovative arguments to the courtroom by challenging the science, or lack thereof, of fingerprints and challenging monetary bonds. She recently became Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law.

 

 

 


Kate MacMillan – Director

Kate MacMillan has been a public defender with the Ninth Judicial Circuit since 2010. She handles serious felony cases and is currently assigned to Division 19. Prior to joining the office, Ms. MacMillan worked for two years in New York City for a private firm that focused almost exclusively on criminal defense in State and Federal court. She previously interned for the Public Defender’s Office of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in Seminole County and the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan during her time in law school.

Ms. MacMillan graduated from New York University summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a juris doctorate. She has been a member of CFACDL since 2010 and is admitted to the bar in four jurisdictions. She has been Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law since 2017.