TALLAHASSEE, FL – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Attorney General Bill McCollum and Statewide Prosecutor William Shepherd today announced the appointments of several new members of management within the Office of Statewide Prosecution. In addition to bringing on new Bureau Chiefs for the West Palm Beach and Miami offices and reassigning the Tampa Bureau Chief to oversee Orlando, Shepherd announced the promotion of Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Thomas Smith to Bureau Chief in Tampa.
“I am extremely pleased with the high caliber of individuals who will be serving the people of Florida in their new or continued capacities as Bureau Chiefs,” said Statewide Prosecutor Shepherd. “This management team brings new capabilities to the Office, enhancing our ability to effectively fight crime.”
The mission of the Office of Statewide Prosecution is to investigate and prosecute multi-circuit organized crime and to assist other law enforcement officials in their efforts against such crimes. The Statewide Prosecutor has the authority to file charging documents, issue subpoenas, grant immunity and exercise any other authority as granted to the State Attorneys. The Statewide Prosecutor also serves as the legal adviser to the Statewide Grand Jury, supervised by the Florida Supreme Court.
The following individuals now comprise the Bureau Chiefs for the Office of Statewide Prosecution:
– Miami: Carlos Guzman – Guzman is a former Miami Assistant State
Attorney who left prosecution to serve as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After serving nearly six years with the FBI, Guzman returned to Miami and worked in private practice before joining the Office of Statewide Prosecution. Guzman is also an active member of the Cuban American Bar Association.
– Orlando: John Roman – Roman will continue his service with the Office
of Statewide Prosecution by returning to Orlando to serve as the new Bureau Chief. He has extensive legal experience in both prosecution and defense and has served for the last five years on the Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Roman is the recipient of the Davis Productivity Award for his work with the Office of Statewide Prosecution.
– Tampa: Thomas Smith – Smith is a retired United States Army Colonel
who was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star during a distinguished career that spanned combat leadership assignments in several locations, including Vietnam, Korea, Kuwait and Somalia. He has been a prosecutor since 1995 and joined the Office of Statewide Prosecution in 2002.
– West Palm Beach: Todd Weicholz – Weicholz joins the Office of
Statewide Prosecution from the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.
Prior to his service as a prosecutor, Weicholz was a United States Marine Corps Tank Commander. In addition to his service with the Attorney General’s Office, Weicholz will continue his role as an Auxiliary Trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol.
– Tallahassee: Ron Lee – Lee is a veteran trial lawyer with extensive
practice in state and federal courts around the country. In addition to his previous practice as the Managing Partner of a Kansas City, Missouri law firm, Lee has also taught law as an Assistant Professor at Dickinson College of Law – Penn State. Lee has served as a Bureau Chief for four years.
– Jacksonville: Luis Bustamante – Bustamante previously served as an
Assistant State Attorney and is currently an active trial lawyer in Jacksonville, where he has served as Bureau Chief for three years. In addition to lecturing on computer and white collar crime issues to the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Florida Sex Crime Investigators Association, Bustamante also serves on the Board of Directors for North Florida High Intensity Drug Areas.
– Fort Myers: George Richards – Richards continues to serve as the
Bureau Chief in Ft. Myers where he leads an office that covers the largest geographic section of Florida. Richards is a well-respected trial lawyer throughout Southwest Florida and is very active in community affairs. In addition to his practice, he is a statewide leader in issues relating to disabilities and the Courts.
– Fort Lauderdale: Lisa Porter – Porter continues her 12-year term of
service with the Office of Statewide Prosecution which has included serving as the Fort Lauderdale Bureau Chief for 10 years. In addition to her active practice, she serves as a faculty member for the Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor and Public Defender Trial Training Program and is a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Criminal Law Section.