Amanda Sampaio Bova – 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). email@example.com
Karla Reyes – Immediate Past-President
Karla Reyes has done indigent defense since she’s been a law student at Stetson University College of Law. During law school, she was a Certified Legal Intern for the Honorable Bob Dilinger in Clearwater, Florida for two semesters at the Office of Public Defender, Sixth Judicial Circuit. She also interned a summer at the headquarters for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She’s been a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since law school. After law school, she worked for the Honorable Carey Haughwout in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Office Public Defender, 15th Judicial Circuit.
Karla Reyes was born Puerto Rico but Orlando is home to her so after only six months in West Palm Beach, she came back home to work for the Honorable Bob Wesley. She’s been here in the trenches since January 2010. Karla has been heavily involved with Orange County Teen Court as a volunteer for over 15 years as a teenager and an attorney. She’s currently on the Teen Court Advisory Board and the Teen Alternatives Board which helps raise funds for Teen Court volunteers.
Since September 2015, Karla has been an Assistant Federal Defender in Orlando, Florida, representing citizens accused of federal crimes.
Sean Landers – President-Elect
Sean 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 – Vice President
Benjamin Wurtzel, a Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, is an Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the Public Defender for the 9th Circuit. An Assistant Public Defender since 2011, Mr. Wurtzel has handled thousands of criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to life felonies. Mr. Wurtzel has handled 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 three years, including two years as an executive officer. Currently, Mr. Wurtzel serves as the Board’s Treasurer. 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 – Director
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 liaison for a national bank in their mortgage lending division covering Florida.
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.
Mauricio Hued – Director
Mauricio Hued is a private attorney practicing state and federal criminal defense in Central Florida. Before having his own practice, Mr. Hued worked for Ninth Circuit Public Defender Robert Wesley and for the Federal Defender Organization for the Federal Middle District of Florida.
Mr. Hued is a proud graduate of The Florida State University College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate, was on the board of the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, and earned a Masters Degree in International Affairs. Mr. Hued has also attended the National Criminal Defense College’s Trial Practice Institute at the Mercer University School of Law.
Kimberlee Martin – Director
Kimberlee Martin has been an Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit since 2013. Ms. Martin has handled numerous misdemeanor and felony cases both at the adult and juvenile level. She has 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.
Ms. Martin has been a member of CFACDL since 2013. 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 board for the Criminal Law Committee of the Orange County Bar Association and is a member of 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.
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.