Lara Nezami

Lara practiced as a trial attorney at the Public Defender’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida for over eight years, where she gained extensive trial experience. She has represented clients in virtually every area of criminal law including embezzlement, fraud, forgery, sex crimes, computer crimes, kidnapping, attempted murder, gun crimes, narcotics trafficking, aggravated battery, aggravated child abuse, armed robbery, burglary, car jacking, domestic violence, DUI, driving with suspended license and Jimmy Ryce civil commitments.

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.

Lara spent three years practicing at Mandel & Mandel LLP in Miami, Florida where she handled a variety of white collar criminal defense matters, commercial disputes, and business litigation, including defending cases against the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1994 B.A.
  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC, 1997 J.D.
  • Sorbonne Univeristy, Paris, France, 1993, Intensive French
  • The Florida Bar, Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Alumnus
  • Florida Bar
  • California Bar
  • U.S. (Federal) District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. (Federal) District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • English, Persian (Farsi)
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Ann E. Finnell

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.

AFinnell@FMNLawyers.com

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Patrick McGuinness

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.

PMcGuinness@FMNLawyers.com

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Lara Nezami

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.

LNezami@FMNLawyers.com

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Gonzalo Andux

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.

GAndux@FMNLawyers.com

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BeJae Shelton

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.

BShelton@FMNLawyers.com

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Vanessa Newtson

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.

vnewtson@fmnlawyers.com

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Megan Cunningham

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.

MCunningham@fmnlawyers.com

Patricia Kyser

Patricia Kyser

Patricia Kyser Has Practiced Law In The State Of Florida For Over 28 Years. Ms. Kyser Is An Experienced Trial Attorney Who Has Tried A Wide Range Of Cases – From Misdemeanors To Serious Felony Cases. She Has Extensive Criminal Defense Experience Handling Sexual Battery, Child Abuse, Arson, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault And Battery Cases.

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