Attorney Timothy Sullivan has a wide-range of practical experience in the defense of criminal cases. His background includes a focus on the specialized and unique training law enforcement relies upon in making a DUI arrest.
Subsequent to graduating from law school, Tim was sworn in as a Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney. As a prosecutor, Tim learned street-level DUI enforcement tactics from the inside. He quickly rose through the ranks in the State Attorney’s office and was selected to run the North County Traffic court division. Tim was promoted to “Lead Trial Assistant” and supervised other Assistant State Attorneys in their prosecution of DUI cases.
Tim has invaluable insight into the strategies often employed by both police officers and prosecutors. He completed the same specialized DUI education and training that law enforcement officers attend. Tim became certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000. However, his training did not end there. He went on to achieve state inspector certification necessary to review the maintenance and calibration of breath testing machines before they can become legally employed by a police department to gather evidence in DUI cases.
Tim received a scholarship from the University of North Florida to attend the “DUI Drug Recognition Expert Program.” There, he studied alongside DUI Squad Officers in the complex area of Drug-Impaired Driver detection.
Tim’s focus and concentration in the area of DUI and criminal law did not go unnoticed in the legal community. Tim began training prosecutors at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center. Later, Tim was called upon to serve as an Adjunct Professor at Tallahassee Community College. In that capacity, he taught prosecutors from across the State on how to most effectively prosecute DUI cases.
As a DUI Defense attorney, Tim has handled hundreds of DUI offenses. In this regard, Tim has successfully litigated Motions to Suppress his clients’ breath and blood tests. He has also successfully argued to have his client’s field sobriety tests excluded from evidence. Tim has also successfully sought acquittals for his clients in jury trials.
Tim and his wife reside in Dunedin, Florida with their daughters.
David is currently an Assistant Public Defender with the Sixth Judicial Circuit in the Clearwater office. First started at the Public Defender’s Office here in Clearwater in February of 2005 and left for private practice in March 2008. During that time, was co-owner of Rinker Moran, PA for a year and was a solo practitioner for 2 more years, handling crime, family, and real estate. In early 2011, he made his way back to his calling as a PD. He became a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law in 2019.
Received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Florida State in 1999 and Juris Doctorate from Widener University-Delaware School of Law in Wilmington, DE in 2003. Born in North Carolina to St. Pete natives while his father was in the Army, has called St. Pete and Tampa Bay his real home since 1985. Outside of work, a board member for the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation, a mentor with Lunch Pals at High Point Elementary. He and his family live in St. Petersburg and enjoy watching soccer, college football and college basketball and he is an Ironman triathlete.
Catherine Henry represents indigent clients facing felony charges at the Public Defender’s Office in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. After being admitted to the Florida Bar in 2016, she began her career in the misdemeanor domestic violence division. She was later transferred to the position of Baker Act attorney, where she represented individuals facing involuntary hospitalization, prior to eventually being assigned to her current felony division.
She graduated from the University of North Florida in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After graduation, she took some time off from her education to travel and spend time with family, before eventually graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 2015.
Catherine is an active member of the legal community. She is a former chapter representative for the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL). She is currently serving her second term as the chair of the criminal law section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, after previously serving one year as co-chair. She is a former board member of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) and a former member of the Tampa Bay Inn of Court. She also volunteers with the Lawyers for Literacy program and was previously a volunteer with the Guardian Ad Litem program in Pinellas County.
Donna R. Boonchit, Esq.
Donna Boonchit was born in Fort Bragg, NC and raised an Army brat, ultimately settling down in Clearwater, Florida in 2000. She began her legal career by earning her paralegal certificate in 2002 and working for a personal injury firm. In 2006, Donna began working as a paralegal for Denis M. deVlaming, PA. While working as a paralegal for Mr. deVlaming and his partner, Kym Rivellini, she attended the University of South Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2019.
Donna is an active member of the legal community. She serves on the Marsy’s Law Committee as well as the Young Lawyers Committee of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), Treasurer of Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) and on the Oyster Roast Committee for the Clearwater Bar Association. She is also a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers – Pinellas, and Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar.
Donna’s criminal law experience includes all aspects of defense preparation, negotiation, and litigation. She has 14 years of experience conducting legal research, preparing, and filing motions, briefs, and mitigation letters on behalf of her firm’s clients. This experience has enabled her to transition from paralegal to attorney seamlessly.
Donna is licensed to practice before all state courts in Florida including all District Courts of Appeal, and the Florida Supreme Court. She has contributed to the defense of clients who have been charged with minor level misdemeanors as well as major felonies. Her depth and breadth of experience allows her to represent her clients as individuals and to find the best solutions to the issues that they face.
Vanessa L. Albaum
Immediate Past President
Vanessa Albaum is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 25 jury trials under her belt. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida in 2005 and her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2011. She served more than three years as an Assistant State Attorney where she specialized in the prosecution of career criminals.
During her time as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense lawyer, she has tried various charges including vehicular homicide, attempted murder, armed robbery, and carjacking. Since leaving the State Attorney’s Office in 2014, she has practiced in the areas of criminal defense (state and federal), civil litigation, nursing home defense, administrative/licensure law, auto negligence, and personal injury.
In 2014, Vanessa was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency. She is rated as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” in Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys (2018), rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® (2018 and 2019), a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Top 40 under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers.
Vanessa is a member of the Florida Bar, the Federal Bar Association-Tampa Bay Chapter, St. Petersburg Bar Association, Florida Association for Women Lawyers-Pinellas, Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – President, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau. She is also a member of the Barney Masterson and Goldburg-Cacciatore Inns of Court.
In her free time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the dog park with her Labrador/Husky mix, Ruthie Bader Ginsbark, and taking advantage of all the local events and festivities that the Tampa Bay area has to offer.