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MUTAQEE AKBAR is the founding attorney with Akbar Law Firm, PA, located in Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Akbar is an experienced trial attorney focusing mainly on criminal defense and personal injury trials. As a criminal defense attorney, he has handled all levels of criminal cases ranging from traffic offenses to serious violent felonies. Mr. Akbar's experience includes having over 150 trials with the majority of those trials being jury trials throughout the State of Florida. He also represents citizens who have been injured due to the negligence of other drivers, store owners, and property owners. Mr. Akbar received his B.S. degree from Morehouse College, followed by earning his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
STEPHANIE D. ALEXANDER a director with Tripp Scott, is an experienced litigator who has successfully handled many high-profile appeals at the state and federal levels. She focuses her practice on civil and appellate litigation, and has argued numerous cases in the Florida Supreme Court. In connection with her extensive healthcare experience, Ms. Alexander has also represented several clients in Florida’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry and regularly writes articles about the proposed changes in Florida medical marijuana law. She has advised one of the first Florida dispensary applicants and was involved in negotiating the sale of one of the biggest national medical marijuana service businesses. Ms. Alexander was an adjunct law professor at Nova Southeastern University School of Law for a number of years, where she taught trial and appellate advocacy to upper-level law students. She has also taught at the University of Miami. Ms. Alexander holds a law degree, with honors, from University of Chicago Law School, where she was a published editor of the Law Review. She also won the Joseph Henry Beale Prize for excellence in first-year research and writing. Ms. Alexander earned her bachelor's and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago. Her college honors thesis at the University of Chicago won the Harold E. Goettler Political Institutions Prize.
LORENCE J. BIELBY is a principal shareholder and resident in global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A.'s Tallahassee, Florida office. Mr. Bielby is a business trial lawyer, with more than 30 years' experience representing businesses in jury and non-jury trials, and in Florida administrative and licensure matters. He regularly serves as first chair, managing trial teams, and has successfully obtained verdicts in more than 100 jury, bench, administrative, and appellate matters. Mr. Bielby represents Medical Marijuana Treatment Center licensed clients (MMTCs) and applicants, with Florida medical marijuana regulatory matters. He is consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Bielby handles commercial business disputes, labor and employment matters, trademark/tradename, non-competes, product liability defense, and Florida cannabis regulatory law. He is a certified circuit civil mediator, serves on the Board of the Tallahassee Bar Association, as well as on several boards and appointed committees of The Florida Bar.
MINDY BUDZYNSKI is an attorney at Summerfield Law Office P.A. in Riverview, Florida, of counsel to Hoban Law Group, and CEO of Bella Sol Wellness Centers. Through her leadership at Bella Sol, Ms. Budzynski has attracted a talented team of professionals in the medical marijuana industry. With her vision of producing pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis products, Bella Sol hopes to become an innovative medical marijuana company in Florida. Ms. Budzynski is a member of The Florida Bar, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, the Riverview Women's Club, Working Women of Tampa Bay, is a volunteer attorney for Bay Area Legal Services and is a proud board member of the Florida Chapter of the Gift of Adoption Fund. Ms. Budzynski earned her B.A. degree from Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan; her M.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and her J.D. degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
DEVON NUNNELEY is an attorney with The Lockwood Law Firm, located in Tallahassee, Florida. Her practice focuses on administrative law, particularly advising and representing clients in the gaming and medical marijuana industries. Prior to joining The Lockwood Law Firm, Ms. Nunneley practiced law in Washington, D.C., at two of the nation's leading law firms. During that time, she represented large companies and foreign-sovereign clients in complex civil litigation at the trial court and appellate level, and also represented corporate policyholders in negotiations and litigation related to complex insurance coverage. Ms. Nunneley graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a winner of the Hinton Moot Court Competition in brief writing and oral argument. She received dual B.S. and B.A. degrees, cum laude, from the University of Florida. Ms. Nunneley is licensed to practice law in Florida.