Overview And Experience
JEANINE graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences with honors and Stetson University College of Law with honors in 1997. Due to her dedication to the Stetson Community and the community as a whole, upon graduation, she received many awards including: the Dean’s Award; the Ralph Steinhardt Award; the William F. Blews Pro Bono Award; and was selected for Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1997. In 1997, Jeanine was awarded the Florida Chapter of Matrimonial Lawyers Award and served in the family law Inns of Court.
Jeanine has served as the supervisor for the Office of the Public Defender for all the Drug Divisions in Hillsborough County, including the Drug Pre‑Trial Intervention Program. She also served as the Division Chief of the Sex Offender Division and was a member of the Homicide Division.
As a Public Defender, Jeanine was responsible for all the Involuntary Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predator cases in Hillsborough County. She was the first attorney to argue an Involuntary Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predator issue to the Florida Supreme Court, and she won.
In additional to her extensive trial background, Jeanine is responsible for two Florida Supreme Court opinions and several DCA opinions, because she believes in fighting meritorious issues all the way to the top.
Jeanine has been a guest speaker multiple times on various criminal defense and Civil Commitment issues. Jeanine has been a guest speaker for the Public Defenders Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, the Florida Bar, and was one of the first attorneys in the state of Florida to give a seminar on Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators Act to sitting judges.
J.D., 1991 – 1994, William Mitchell College of Law (Status : Excellent – Top 5 of School) – B.S., 1995 – 2000, University of Wisconsin, Platteville (Status : Excellent)
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate (Status : Excellent) – Business and Commercial Law Certificate (Status : Great)