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John Calcagni III
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

1 Custom House St, STE 300, Providence, RI 02903


Attorney John L. Calcagni III is a very experienced criminal defense trial attorney. He formerly served as a military prosecutor in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. Attorney Calcagni is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Florida. He is also licensed in the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of U.S. Courts of Appeals, multiple U.S. District Courts and military courts. As a former federal prosecutor, Attorney Calcagni handled countless cases involving drug trafficking; domestic violence; assault; weapons; gang-related crime; manslaughter; murder; child pornography; solicitation of minors; child abuse; rape; burglary; breaking and entering; terrorism-related offenses; fraud; conspiracy; motor vehicle offenses; DUI or DWI or OUI; and military specific crimes. He now uses the valuable experience gained as prosecutor to defend his many clients.

Paul Cambria
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

42 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA


Paul J. Cambria, Jr. is recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent attorneys. He focuses his practice in the areas of criminal trials, criminal appeals, constitutional law, First Amendment law, zoning and land use, antitrust, and professional licensing defense. Mr. Cambria has built a strong reputation for successfully representing individuals and businesses in complex, high-profile cases at all levels of the courts, including state, federal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Cambria’s practice is nationwide, and he divides his time between the firm’s offices in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He has represented many prominent individuals, including the publisher Larry Flynt and musicians DMX and Marilyn Manson. He is admitted to the New York, Pennsylvania, California, and District of Columbia Bar Associations.

William Campbell
Featured Lawyer
Criminal Defense Law

925 NW 6th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106, USA


Mr. Campbell began his legal career when he received his Legal Intern license in 1980, while still in law school. As an intern with a highly respected Oklahoma City criminal defense lawyer he learned the extent Federal and State Governments would go to obtain convictions. When he became a fully licensed attorney in 1982, he opened his private practice which has been in continuous operation since that time. While the practice has engaged in many areas of the law, the primary focus has been criminal defense. One aspect of the firm which this focus benefits is the ability to spot potential criminal prosecutions in matters which on the surface appear to be either civil or administrative. Mr. Campbell has made these observations on many occasions and forewarned the client of the possible criminal aspects of their case. Many of these have resulted in the filing of criminal charges which the client was, by reason of the firm's foresight, been ready to defend. The firm has also encountered many clients charged with criminal offenses who believing themselves to be guilty were determined not to have committed the crime charged. The firm makes a detailed study of the facts of the case, provided first by the client, and the anticipated evidence of the prosecution, then measures those against the legal requirements as stated by the State or Federal law. He has obtained Not Guilty verdicts in jury trials admitting the facts but denying the crime. Mr. Campbell believes that a strong defense is built on a position of strength not surrender. It is the policy of the firm that every criminal case accepted for representation is treated as a matter which will be tried to a jury. By taking this approach the prosecution is presented with a resolute and determined defense intent on representing the best interests of the client. The result of such approach, has over the years, proven to be more advantageous to the client than taking a "just get me a plea bargain" approach. In cases where a plea is appropriate the willingness to try the case will often make the prosecution more reasonable in negotiations. The firm has successfully represented men and women charged with a wide range of criminal offenses including First Degree Murder, Racketeering, Rape, Conspiracy, Drug Offenses, Robbery, Theft, Embezzlement, Arson, Child Abuse (Sexual and Physical), Federal and State gun charges. The firm has been successful in getting charges reduced or dismissed due to police mis-conduct or violations of the clients constitutional rights. These violations by the government have resulted in the court ruling that certain evidence or statements would not be useable against the client. This severely limits the matters which can be presented by the prosecution to the jury. One example of this was a case in which Mr. Campbell successfully got two arrests, a confession and eight and one-half ounces of cocaine thrown out due to an illegal search and seizure. In another recent case he obtained a ruling from the court determining the police had illegally obtained statements from the client and the court would not let the prosecution use the ill gotten statements.

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.