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Paula Canny
Distinguished Lawyer
Criminal Defense Law

840 Hinckley Rd, STE 101, Burlingame, CA 94010


Paula Canny is one of the premier criminal defense lawyers in California. Paula practices criminal defense law in all county courts within the State of California. Although she focuses her practice primarily in California state court matters, she also handles cases in the federal criminal courts. In recent years, Paula has expanded her practice to include probate litigation, personal injury matters, and other civil litigation cases. Her trial advocacy skills have rendered a remarkable track record of success in both criminal and civil matters. Paula has had extensive experience representing clients in a range of criminal cases, from traffic offenses and misdemeanors to serious felonies. She has particular expertise in substance abuse issues and alternative and creative sentencing resolutions. Paula is active in the San Mateo County Drug Court team and has worked for years to raise awareness that drug abuse is wrongly characterized as a criminal law problem. She is also a staunch opponent of the death penalty. Paula's reputation for being effective at all stages of the criminal process places her in high demand. She knows when a case should be settled and brought to a fair and equitable resolution. She also knows how to successfully try a case before a jury. Paula has won many jury trials, including the first "three strikes" trial in San Mateo more than a decade ago. Paula is a frequent commentator on high-profile cases for Bay Area news and national news programs - both cable and network television. She has personally handled high-profile cases, including representing Greg Anderson, the personal trainer of Barry Bonds. Paula received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her Bachelor of Sciences degree from Kirkland College. She is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the San Mateo County Bar Association, the San Mateo County Drug Court, and the American Himalayan Foundation. Paula serves on the Board of Directors for Women Defenders.

Stephen Carpenter Jr.
Distinguished Lawyer
Criminal Defense Law

1700 7th Avenue, Ste 2100, Seattle, WA 98101


Court-Martial Defense Stephen is a global military defense lawyer that "exclusively" defends worldwide servicemembers facing courts-martial and misconduct separation boards. Stephen formerly served in the United States Army JAG Corps, and was likewise a commissioned Marine Corps Officer. Drawing from his singular focus in defending military cases, he has published several articles on military justice, including, but not limited to: Federal Criminal Practice: A Military Justice Primer; A PTSD Primer: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things; and Justice Guantanamo Style; Defending Gay Soldiers Who Defend America. He previously served as an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Washington, School of Law. He has been a trial lawyer since 1995.

Abraham Carpio
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

3311 Toledo Terrace, Hyattsville, MD 20782, USA


Since 1997, Mr. Abraham Fernando Carpio has worked in public service at the State and Federal level. Mr. Carpio’s demonstrated commitment to providing high quality legal representation to his clients dates from his days as a student-attorney in law school up until his most recent commission as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army. Mr. Carpio is fluent in Spanish, is conversant in Italian and is an active member of the Hispanic Bar Association for the District of Columbia and Maryland. Mr. Carpio graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994, with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy, and from the University of Maryland Law School in 1997. He is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the Army Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland.

John Carroll
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

800 Lakeshore Dr, Birmingham, AL 35229, USA


Judge John Carroll is professor of law at the Cumberland School of Law where he teaches Mediation, Evidence, Trial Practice, Ethics and an online course in E-Discovery and Evidence. He received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and holds law degrees from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D.)(Magna Cum Laude) and Harvard University (LL.M.). Judge Carroll served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Alabama for more than 14 years (1986 - 2001). He is a former member of the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and is former chair of its Discovery Subcommittee. He was also the chair of the Magistrate Judges’ Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Carroll was a professor of law at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia and was engaged in private practice (1985 - 1986). Prior to entering academia, he was the legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama (1975 - 1984). His trial experience includes major civil rights class-action litigation and complex criminal defense including a substantial number of death-penalty cases. He has twice argued before the United States Supreme Court. Judge Carroll also has combat military service in the United States Marine Corps. Judge Carroll is a frequent lecturer and panel member at national and local seminars on the subject of the discovery of electronically stored information, mediation, ethics and other topics relating to federal courts. He was the reporter to the committees of the Uniform Law Commission that drafted the Uniform Rules Relating to the Discovery of Electronically Stored information and the Uniform Asset Preservation Order Act. He was also a member of the Uniform Law Commission committee that drafted amendments to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act. He is currently a member of a committee drafting a model veterans court act and a committee judging a model equal rights act. Judge Carroll is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sedona Conference, and a member of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation. He is a fellow of the American, Alabama and Birmingham Bar Associations, an academic fellow of the International Society of Barristers and an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is also a member of Leadership Alabama Class XI. In 1996, he was selected as a Community Hero Olympic Torchbearer. He was selected by the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama to be a member of the Alabama Access to Justice Commission and the Alabama Professionalism Commission. From October 1,2014, to April 15, 2015, he was the acting director of the Alabama State Ethics Commission. Judge Carroll has been married to Susan for 46 years. They have one daughter, Catherine Sanders, and two grandsons States Carroll Sanders and Forrest Weddell Sanders.

Rachelle Carter
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

14090 Southwest Freeway, Suite 300, Sugarland, TX 77478


Ms. Carter received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio, Television, and Film/Mass Communications from the California State University at Northridge. She received her Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and has been admitted to practice in the State of Texas, the State of New Jersey, the Federal United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Pro Hac Vice the Eastern District of Louisiana, and in the United States District Court of New Jersey. Rachelle began her legal career in Houston, at the prestigious Law Offices of Robert A. Jones, P.C. where she obtained a wealth of experience in state and federal defense litigation. She has successfully represented clients throughout the South Texas region, with a primary focus in Harris, Fort bend, Brazoria, Montgomery and surrounding counties. She specializes in all aspects of criminal law and has extensive experience with cases involving health care fraud, assault, child support, drug possession, drug trafficking, armed robbery, theft, DWI/DUI, sexual assault and child molestation. Ms. Carter’s also provides defense in Family Law. Ms. Carter is a committed fighter and is recognized for her extraordinary attention to detail, high ethical standards and professionalism. Her mission is to provide clients with the highest quality of legal services in the most committed and affordable manner. Attorney Carter assists all clientele.