Our Board of Directors

2018-2019 Executive Committee

Brian Tannebaum, Esq., Chair, is the managing partner at Tannebaum Weiss, P.A., in Miami and President of the Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Tannebaum was a trial lawyer in the largest public defender’s office in Florida. He has served as the President of FACDL and the FACDL Miami Chapter. He is one of only two members of FACDL to have received all three Presidential Service Awards. He is a frequent lecturer, having spoken at statewide and local seminars including The Florida Bar Annual Meeting, “Showcase on Sentencing,” “Basic Criminal Law,” “Practicing with Professionalism,” and his own seminars entitled “The Practice,” and “What Every Civil Lawyer Needs to Know About Criminal Law.” Multiple Florida and national publications have named him one of the top criminal defense attorneys. The National Law Journal named his acquittal in US v. Dow as one of the “Top 10 defense verdicts in the U.S.”

Adele Stone, Chair-Elect, is a Shareholder at Buchanan, Ingersoll, Rooney PC in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with over 30 years of real estate and business law experience. She has significant civic and involvement. Most notably, she served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors from 2011-2013, including serving on many committees of the Bar. Adele served on the Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors for 10 years, serving as its President from 2009-2010. She also served as the President of Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc. and on its Executive Council, as well as serving on the State Board of Directors for the Children’s Home Society.


Karen Gottlieb, Treasurer - Bio Forthcoming

Lansing "Lanse" Scriven, Esq., Secretary - is the principal of Lanse Scriven Law in Tampa, Florida.  Lanse concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation and bar disciplinary/professional ethics defense.  He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in Best Lawyers of America, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and Thomson Reuter’s Florida Super Lawyers. From 2009-2017, Lanse served as a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, representing the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County).  While on the Board of Governors, Lanse served on the Disciplinary Review Committee and as Vice Chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics. He is a past President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA), the Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association, and the George Edgecomb Bar Association.  In 2018, Lanse was the recipient of the Outstanding Lawyer Award presented by the HCBA.  Previously, he was awarded the National Bar Association’s Heman Sweatt Award for excellence and exemplary service in the legal profession.


In addition to his work as a bar leader, Lanse has devoted substantial time to several community and civic organizations, including service on the board of directors of Tampa General Hospital, Tampa Housing Authority, Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.  He has also served as Legal Counsel to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Lanse graduated from Duke University in 1984 and earned his law degree, with honors, from Florida State University College of Law in 1987. While enrolled at Florida State, Lanse served as an editor of the Florida State University Law Review and a member of the law school’s Moot Court team.  Following graduation from law school, Lanse clerked for the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


The Honorable Harry Lee Anstead was appointed in 1994 to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Lawton Chiles and retired in 2009. He served as Chief Justice from 2002 to 2004. Justice Anstead was a trial and appellate lawyer in South Florida before joining the bench and served a stint with the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. between undergraduate and law school at the University of Florida. Justice Anstead was raised as the youngest of six children by a single mother in Jacksonville’s Brentwood housing project just after the Great Depression and in the years during and after World War II.

Gerald "Jerry" Berry, Esq., Immediate Past Board Chair, Bio forthcoming.

Derek Byrd, Esq. bio forthcoming 

Robert Cromwell, Past Board Chair, is retired as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville Division after nearly a 30-year career in law enforcement. During his career, Bob received numerous commendations from the Director of the FBI for his investigative accomplishments, primarily in the field of Violent Crime. He is also a former Navy Cryptology Technician, a New Jersey Police Officer and a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.  Today, he is the owner of a Security and Investigative Consulting firm and is co-owner of PoliceCommunity.net, which provides online training for police officers throughout the nation.

Benjamin Crump, Esq., is a partner with Parks and Crump, LLC, in Tallahassee. He is a graduate of Florida State University and the FSU College of Law. Over the years Mr. Crump has dedicated his areas of practice in serious personal injury, wrongful death, and civil rights matters. Throughout his career he has handled civil litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the Country. Mr. Crump is currently President-elect of the National Bar Association and has served as General Counsel to the Tallahassee Chapter of the NAACP. He was elected as the Board Chairman of the Internationally Renowned Tallahassee Boys Choir, and is the Past President of the National Florida State University Black Alumni Association.  He was the first African-American President of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida, first African-American Chairman of the Florida State College of Law Board of Directors, and the first African-American Chair of the Tallahassee Utility Commission. He is married to the lovely, Dr. Genae Angelique Crump, guardian of two adopted cousins, Marcus and Chancellor Crump, and proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump.

Randle P. DeFoor, Esq. (“Randy”) is with Fidelity National Financial Group as SVP, National Agency Counsel in their corporate home office located in Jacksonville, Florida. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of the South and her law degree from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. Randy joined FNTG in 2010 as Regional Major Claims Counsel and became a Senior Staff Underwriter in 2012 in the office of the Chief Underwriting Counsel. Prior to joining Fidelity, Randy was Senior Corporate Counsel, VP, and Assistant Secretary with Regency Centers Corp., a real estate investment trust. At Regency, Randy created the legal department and provided legal counsel for the day to day operations of the company for 15 years.

Michael E. Dutko, Sr., Esq., is a criminal defense attorney with the law firm of Bogenschutz, Dutko & Kroll, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Dutko worked as a Police Officer and Detective in the Organized Crime Bureau of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Upon his graduation from Nova Southeastern University Law School, Mr. Dutko served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. In addition to memberships in numerous legal associations, Mr. Dutko also serves on the Board of Directors of The Hundred Club of Broward County, Inc. and the Board of Governors of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. Mr. Dutko is included in the Best Lawyers in America, 2009 to the present, Criminal Defense and White Collar Defense.

The Honorable O.H. “Bill” Eaton (ret.) Bio Forthcoming

Dr. DeWayne Harvey -- Bio Forthcoming 

Harriet Hendel  - is a retired educator with more than 30 years of experience teaching learning disabled students in New York and New Jersey. Now retired, she divides her time between New York and Sarasota. Her first experience in a prison took place in 2006 when she volunteered to teach creative writing to 120 men a week at Green Haven C.F., a maximum security prison just 3 miles from her home in upstate N.Y. Teaching is one of Harriet’s passions. She creates courses for Senior Citizens which focus on our criminal justice system. One of the classes highlights award-winning writers who are incarcerated. Another popular class is called: “Locked Up: Justice Denied” about wrongful conviction. Other classes are: Famous Women Behind Bars and Juveniles Behind Bars. Harriet teaches for Longboat Key Education Center, Brandeis National Committee, Lifelong Learning Academy and Pierian Spring Academy (all in Sarasota). Harriet has also been mentoring at-risk teens and disadvantaged students for over 13 years as a volunteer with MCA, Jewish Family and Children’s Services and Take Stock in Children (all in Sarasota), and volunteering with a Project 180 to assist men re-entering society after being incarcerated. Harriet was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013. As a speaker for IPF, Harriet is a passionate voice for the imprisoned and for reforms to the criminal justice system. She corresponds with 24 people in prison on a regular basis and visits 8 of those people at 6 different prisons in NY and CT. 


Michael J. Minerva, Esq. litigated criminal cases in both trial and appellate courts prior to semi-retirement in 2001. Mr. Minerva was Public Defender of Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit from 1977 to 1980, General Counsel of the Florida Department of Corrections from 1981 to 1983, and statewide director of the Office of Capital Collateral Representative from 1993 to 1997. In the intervening years he was an Assistant Public Defender. Mr. Minerva joined IPF’s Board of Directors in 2007, then took a leave of absence to serve as IPF’s Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2013.  He resumed his seat on the Board in January 2014.

Bishop Adam J. Richardson Jr., bio forthcoming

Ellen S. Podgor, J.D., is the Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor at Stetson University College of Law where she teaches courses in White Collar Crime, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, and White-Collar Advocacy.  She is the co-author of numerous books including the Hornbook on White Collar Crime and Mastering Criminal Procedure Vol. I and II and has authored more than 70 law review articles and essays.  She served as the official reporter for the 2018 Florida Criminal Justice Summit.  Professor Podgor served for six years as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and currently serves on the board of directors of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.  She is a past chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), a past president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), and an honorary member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL).  She is also a member of the American Law Institute. Prior to becoming an academic she served as a deputy prosecutor in Indiana and later as a partner in a law firm.

David Rothman, Esq., Past Board Chair, is a founding partner of the Miami criminal defense firm Rothman & Associates, formerly Thornton & Rothman, formed in 1980. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Rothman served as an Assistant State Attorney under Richard Gerstein and, later, Janet Reno. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching in the Litigation Skills Program. Mr. Rothman has served as president of the Dade County Bar Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter (FACDL – Miami) and FACDL, Statewide. He has served on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar and was recently appointed to the Florida Bar Foundation board of directors.

Paula Saunders, Esq., is a 1980 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law and spent two years in private practice before joining the Public Defender’s Office in Tallahassee. As an assistant Public Defender, Ms. Saunders has worked in the misdemeanor, felony, and appellate divisions and has handled dozens of capital cases in both trials and appeals. She was also the training director of the Tallahassee P.D. Office for 10 years. She authored the Public Defender Pretrial and Trial Training Manual, a comprehensive text analyzing all aspects of criminal procedure from a defense perspective, which is currently in its fourth edition. Ms. Saunders is past president of both the FACDL and the Tallahassee Chapter of FACDL. She previously served on the Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, the Appellate Court Rules Committee, and the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar. She is a founding member and on the Board of Directors of the Holocaust Education Resource Council. Ms. Saunders and her husband, Roy Forman, are the proud parents of two daughters, Laine and Kaitlin, two rescued greyhounds, Lucy and Scout, and a vacant lot in North Carolina, where they hope to retire someday.

Mark Schlakman, Esq., Past Board Chair, serves as senior program director for The Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights where he received one of several Guardian of the Flame Awards from Burning Spear presented to faculty from across the university in 2015 for outstanding service…“ Prior to joining FSU’s faculty in 2002 he held senior positions in state and federal government, including special counsel to Gov. Lawton Chiles; special advisor to Gov. Jeb Bush during his first several months in office; senior advisor to Gov. “Buddy” MacKay in Washington, D.C., when the governor was White House Special Envoy to the Americas during the final two years of the Clinton administration. Mr. Schlakman subsequently served as a Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Department of State at the outset of the George W. Bush administration where he received a Superior Honor Award for his service at the White House and had follow-on assignments as a special assistant and interim foreign policy advisor to four-star Marine Corps. General Peter Pace, Commander, U.S. Southern Command, and as an Alternate Representative for the U.S. Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS). Mark received his B.A. from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi; and received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he served as president of the Student Bar Association and received the Dean’s Certificate at graduation. Following law school, he completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School post-graduate Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government in Cambridge, MA. He was a member of the American Bar Association’s Florida Death Penalty Assessment Team.

Neal R. Sonnett, Esq. is the founder and managing partner of his Miami-based law firm, which concentrates on the defense of corporate, white collar and complex criminal cases in Florida and throughout the United States. He earned his B.A. degree in 1967 from the University of Miami and his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1972. Prior to entering private practice, Neal served as an assistant U. S. Attorney and chief of the Criminal Division for the Southern District of Florida. Neal has represented a roster of high profile clients as diverse as MetLife, Jack Abramoff, and General Manuel Noriega, as well as major national corporations, banking institutions, prominent business executives, bankers, attorneys, physicians, and federal and state political figures. He has served as lead counsel in regulatory and grand jury investigations, trials, appeals, federal sentencing and post conviction issues in environmental crimes, healthcare, insurance, securities, tax, and mail fraud cases, election law violations, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Arms Export Control Act cases, federal asset forfeiture, international extradition, and attorney ethics and disciplinary matters. Neal is a member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors, a past member of the ABA Nominating Committee, and a former chair of both the ABA Criminal Justice Section and the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. He has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates for almost 25 years. Among other diverse legal and civic involvement, Neal has served as president of the American Judicature Society, a national organization of judges, lawyers and other citizens who work to maintain the independence and integrity of the courts and increase public understanding of the justice system.

Our Founding Board Chair

Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, Esq., IPF’s Founding Board Chair, was a lawyer, professor, former politician, former educational administrator, and former president of the American Bar Association (1991 to 1992). He represented Dade County in the Florida House of Representatives from 1966 to 1972. Mr. D’Alemberte served five years as Dean of the College of Law and nine years as President of Florida State University. He is currently a Professor of Law at FSU and a partner of D’Alemberte & Palmer, a Tallahassee firm specializing in appellate work. D'Alemberte passed away on May 20, 2019. 

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