Ann E. Finnell is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She has been a trial lawyer for over 35 years. She has handled homicide and death penalty cases and is qualified to be court appointed on death penalty cases as first chair counsel. Ms. Finnell also handles capital sexual battery cases and other sexual offenses, drug trafficking, sales and possession cases as well as DUI and domestic violence cases. In addition to criminal cases, Ms. Finnell handles trial litigation involving family law, child custody/support and personal injury cases.
Of Counsel ~ Mr. McGuinness left the public defender’s office in Jacksonville, Florida as a senior trial attorney in the homicide division after 31 years of service. During his tenure, Mr. McGuinness worked in every division handling felonies and misdemeanors, as well as mental health issues. Since 1983, he has worked primarily capital cases, first and second degree murder cases and manslaughter cases. In addition, he has been the lead counsel in many of the most high profile cases tried in Jacksonville over the past three decades.
Lara Nezami received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in Philosophy (B.A. 1994), and her law degree from George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1997). She is admitted to practice law in Florida and California. Ms. Nezami concentrates in the areas of criminal trial litigation and family law. She represents clients in both state and federal court where she has handled complex criminal cases including trafficking and other drug offenses and sexual offenses. In the area of family law she handles divorce, child support, paternity and time-sharing. She also represents clients in a variety of personal injury matters.
Gonzalo Andux is a graduate of the University of Florida, and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He has been a trial lawyer for over 29 years. Mr. Andux practiced as a trial attorney at the Office of the Public Defender in Jacksonville, Florida for 23 years. While at the Public Defender’s office, Mr. Andux supervised both the special defense and homicide sections of the office. He is death penalty qualified and has tried hundreds of complex criminal cases. In addition to criminal cases, Mr. Andux handles litigation matters involving civil rights and personal injury. He is admitted to practice in both federal and state court. Mr. Andux is fluent in Spanish.
BeJae Shelton, originally from Alabama, is a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, where she excelled, and currently practices several areas of law at Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux, P.A., including Divorce and Family Law, Criminal Defense, and civil litigation. Before studying law, Ms. Shelton attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations.
Vanessa Newtson has lived in Florida her entire life. She obtained her law degree and bachelor degree at the University of Florida. She has been a trial lawyer for over 13 years. She currently practices at Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux, P.A., in the areas of Criminal Defense (State and Federal) and Immigration. Ms. Newtson is fluent in Spanish.
Megan Cunningham practices exclusively in the area of family law. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. Ms. Cunningham then continued her passion for the law at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, where she graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree.
Ms. Kharlap graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, with a Juris Doctor degree and a Family Law Certificate. Before studying law, Ms. Kharlap attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Humanities and Justice Studies.
No one plans to get arrested, no one expects a marriage to fail. Accidents happen and sadly people get hurt. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes it’s just plain bad luck.
There are times in life when you simply cannot face these challenges alone. You need a lawyer. Someone who will help you get your life back on the right path.
That someone is actually the law firm of Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux, P.A. Experienced, knowledgeable attorneys that live and work in the same community as you. In our 100 combined years of practice, we’ve seen and heard it all, from major federal crimes to minor traffic offenses. We treat each case as if it were our only case.
If you’ve been arrested in Duval County, St. Johns County, Nassau County, Volusia County or Clay County or just need someone to talk to, give us a call at (904) 791-1101. After all, what are neighbors for?