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Richard J. Landes

Richard J. Landes

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Richard Landes has been a practicing criminal defense lawyer for twenty years. Before that, he was an Assistant District Attorney in New York City for four years, where he honed his courtroom skills and worked in the Economic Crimes Bureau, where he prosecuted a wide variety of white collar crimes.

Over the years, Richard has handled and tried every type of criminal case imaginable. He has come to specialize in complex criminal matter in both State and Federal Court, specifically conspiracies, kickback schemes in the construction industry, employment frauds, brokerage and financial schemes and frauds and money laundering.

Richard has also represented those involved in the large scale sale of oxycodone and marijuana, both prevalent in the State of Florida. He is also admitted to practice in the State of New York and has tried numerous cases in New York City.

Areas of Practice

  • Marijuana Sale/Possession/Marijuana Farming
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Financial Crimes/Securities Fraud
  • Criminal and Civil Tax Prosecutions
  • Health Care/Medicaid/Medicare Fraud
  • Viewing Child Pornography on the Internet
  • Computer Crimes
  • DUI Manslaughter
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Oxycodone Sale/Possession

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1986
  • Florida, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 2000


  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. - June, 1984
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Honor Society
  • Fordham University
    • B.A. - May, 1981
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Four Years Winner of 1979/80 Writing Award given annually by the English Department
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Mouthpiece, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Suppression of Evidence), Jan/Feb, 1996

Representative Cases

  • United States v. Sabbagh et al. (District of Maryland 1992)
  • People v. Cattell et al. (Westchester County 1996)
  • United States v. Trainer (EDNY 1997)
  • United States v. Gotti et al. (SDNY 1998)
  • People v. Swift Sanitation et al. (Bronx County 1998)
  • People v. D.H. Blair et al. (New York County 2000)
  • USA v. Charles Novak et al. (EDNY 2002)
  • USA v. Speck (EDNY 2005)
  • People v. Barbado et al. (New York County 2006)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • CJA Panel, Southern District of New York, Member, 2003 - 2009
  • CJA Panel, Middle District of Florida, Member, 2009 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of Richard Landes, Esq., 1991 - 2009
  • District Attorney's Office of Kings County, Assistant District Attorney, 1987 - 1991
  • Edelman & Edelman, P.C., Associate, 1984 - 1987
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