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Anabelle Dias


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Described by friends, family, and many of her clients as a prolific deliverer of truth and justice, Anabelle Dias shines as the leader of The Law Offices of Anabelle Dias, P.A.

"I called Anabelle at 11 a.m. on a Friday morning. I was in her office within the hour. After almost 2 years of being neglected, ignored, and mistreated by another attorney, and over 5 months of being separated from my husband, she took his case that same day, worked on it the entire weekend, and had him home Monday night, just in time for Christmas"—Melissa, a former client.

The time between arrest and trial can be extremely stressful; the attention that Anabelle gives her clients can be of great comfort during this time. "Anabelle is more than an attorney", says Lauren, another former client. "In one of the most heartbreaking times of a client's life, she was like a second mother to me before we even met. From my very first phone call to her office I knew she was the one who would help me get my life back. Anabelle is not only a forceful advocate for justice, but an amazing, sweet, reassuring person".

Anabelle first came to the US from France in 1990. Upon graduating with a degree in Accounting from The Florida State University, Anabelle was accepted to the prestigious Florida State University College of Law. Anabelle has been a practicing attorney in the state of Florida since 1999 and she handles almost exclusively criminal cases. Anabelle is fluent in French, as well as conversational Spanish and Portugese. She has lived in several countries, giving her an amazing ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and make everyone feel comfortable in her presence.

Early in her career Anabelle worked as an attorney in the Leon County Public Defender’s Office. During that time, she handled felony, misdemeanor, traffic, and juvenile cases in Leon, Gadsden, and Liberty County. Her former employer, Ed, described her at the time as "smart, stubborn, gutsy, and an advocate extraordinaire." She remains each of these and more today. Anabelle has extensive trial experience and works well with Offices of the State Attorney to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients, touting high-profile trial wins as proof that the truth prevails over all. Later, Anabelle worked in private practice handling civil rights cases.

With over 1,000 cases ranging from assaults and robberies to murders and kidnappings, Anabelle is equipped to handle any situation she may come across in the courtroom. Anabelle has obtained many not guilty verdicts, as well as secured pleas that prevent her clients from becoming convicted felons.

Anabelle is very active in the community through academics and civic measures. She has worked as an adjunct instructor at Tallahassee Community College, teaching various undergraduate legal classes. Anabelle also is an advocate for ending homelessness by donating clothes and supplies in the winter months to the less fortunate. Anabelle was also very involved in aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina where she collected both monetary donations and other needed items, working with others to personally deliver the items to our neighbors in need.

Anabelle believes that communication is the keystone to quality representation of clients. She strives to keep all avenues of communication open to collect information about a client’s case, and all possible options as they proceed through the judicial process. Anabelle goes out of her way to accommodate client’s schedules and their particular needs. Anabelle provides determined, compassionate, and reasonable legal representation. In short, criminal defense is far more than just a business to Anabelle; she bleeds for her clients, and it shows.

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Kevin Alvarez

Kevin Alvarez has been with the firm since his first year of law school in 2009. He has been a licensed attorney since 2011. Mr. Alvarez holds a law degree from Florida State University College of Law, and is also a graduate of the prestigious Florida State University College of Criminology, where he obtained a bachelor's double major in criminology and political science. He has handled over 1,000 felony cases, including approximately 50 jury trials ranging from sexual batteries, armed robberies, and drug trafficking, to complex fraud cases. Mr. Alvarez is also an accomplished appellate attorney, and has handled numerous appeals including First Degree Murder convictions, Aggravated Batteries, Attempted First Degree Murders, and various other felonies. Mr. Alvarez has successfully obtained multiple reversals on appeal –saving clients from decades in prison while proving the ineffectiveness of their trial attorneys. Mr. Alvarez is primarily focused on police policy and procedure, police misconduct, and trial court error. Mr. Alvarez was one of the youngest attorneys handling felony cases, his first at the age of 22, as a Certified Legal Intern permitted to practice by the Florida Supreme Court under the law school practice program. He was able to accomplish this by completing undergraduate school and law school in a combined total of four years instead of the normal seven years.

Mr. Alvarez is originally from Ocala, Florida, and enjoys tennis, swimming, and spending time with his wonderful girlfriend Ashley when he isn't crushing it in the courtroom.

Whitney Brummett

Whitney Brummett is an experienced criminal trial lawyer who has defended over a thousand criminal cases since being licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and the State of Missouri. She has also taken more than twenty cases to trial in Leon County. She comes to Anabelle Dias P.A. from the Public Defender’s Office of the Second Judicial Circuit, where she tried cases ranging from misdemeanor and traffic offenses to punishable-by-life felonies.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Whitney attended Florida State University on an athletic scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minors in Business Administration and History in 2008. Whitney was a member of the FSU Women’s Golf Team from 2004 to 2008, and she represented the Seminoles in the ACC Championship and NCAA National Championship tournaments, among others.

Whitney graduated cum laude with a J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law in 2012. While attending FSU Law she was a member of the prestigious Moot Court Team which competes around the country in written and oral advocacy competitions. Whitney and her partner won a National Championship in 2012 in Albany, New York at the Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition hosted by Albany Law School.

Whitney is an active member of the local legal community. She serves on the board of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) and is a member of Tallahassee Women Lawyers. She was also a member of the inaugural “Thunderdome Tallahassee” class, which provides leadership and family law training to local attorneys while representing clients pro bono. In her free time, Whitney enjoys golf, FSU sporting events, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her dog.

Courtney McKeen -

Courtney McKeen has been the office manager at Anabelle Dias P.A. since 2015, and is committed to assisting everyone who visits our office. She is currently a senior at Florida State University, on track to graduate cum laude with a bachelor’s in International Affairs, and a concentration in Spanish, in Spring 2016. After graduation she plans to attend law school and hopes to practice immigration or international law.

Courtney is a member of the Honors College at FSU and is active in campus organizations as well as undergraduate research. Courtney spent three semesters working with Amnesty International, FSU’s Political Science department, and a team of her peers to validate human rights violations related to the Syrian conflict. Courtney also serves as the Menswear Director for Diverse World Fashion, an award winning FSU fashion publication. 

Originally from Brandon Florida, Courtney moved to Marianna Florida where she lived until beginning FSU in Fall 2012. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.

Brandon Lee -

Brandon Lee has been Ms. Dias's right hand man since early 2012. From acting as an interim office manager to Tech Support to making emergency runs to the courtroom, he rises to any task set in front of him. Brandon originates from La Belle, Florida and is currently a Junior at Florida State University, studying English Literature. He hopes to one day teach abroad in the Middle East or Europe after graduation.

Outside of work, Brandon is an active member of Dance Marathon, a nonstop, 44 hour charity event on Florida State's campus to help raise money for children. He also plays Intramural Flag Football with a team named "With Liberty and Jameis For All." As a full time honorable student, Brandon's main values are scholarship, good leadership, and integrity --morals that fall directly in line with the standards of the Law Office of Anabelle Dias, PA.

In his free time Brandon loves to read 19th Century English literature, haunt the local bars and pubs, and take his dog, Hank Williams, to the various parks in Tallahassee.

Ashley Coyle -

Ashley Coyle has been interning at Anabelle Dias P.A. since 2012. She graduated in December 2014 cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminology. Ashley interned for the Second Circuit Public Defenders office in 2014 and further acknowledged her passion for criminal law. She is currently attending Florida State University College of Law, with an interest in both criminal law and immigration. She is on track to graduate with her Juris Doctor degree in May of 2017. Ashley has done everything in the office from helping prepare for trials to sitting second chair on multiple trials, in both Leon and Gadsden County.

Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, she moved to Tallahassee to further her education and plans to stay to practice law. When she isn't in the library sticking her nose in the books, she likes playing tennis and racquetball, and spending time with her amazing boyfriend Kevin, when he isn't crushing it in the courtroom, of course.

Michael Frederick -

Michael Frederick has been a law clerk with the firm since October 2015. He graduated in 1999 manga cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, concentrating in medieval Europe. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to pursue a Master of Education, graduating in 2000. After teaching history for several years, Michael found a second career working in criminal law. He has worked in the field since 2008, focusing on legal research, drafting briefs and motions, and client communication.

Michael was born in Madrid, Spain, and grew up in Miami, where he lived until coming to Tallahassee to attend Florida State. Outside of work, he enjoys playing volleyball and soccer, and is active in local theater, appearing in shows at Theatre Tallahassee. He loves to read before bed, preferring think, boring history texts most of all.

 

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