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Patrick Michael Megaro is a partner at Halscott Megaro PA. His primary areas of practice are criminal defense, criminal appeals, post-conviction relief, civil appeals, and civil rights litigation.

Contact Information

Halscott Megaro PA
1300 N Semoran Blvd #195,
Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: 407-255-2165
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Patrick Michael Megaro is a partner at Halscott Megaro PA. His primary areas of practice are criminal defense, criminal appeals, post-conviction relief, civil appeals, and civil rights litigation.

Contact Information

Halscott Megaro PA
1300 N Semoran Blvd #195,
Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: 407-255-2165
Toll-Free: 888-798-3507

News

"U.S. Court of Appeals schedules oral hearing in case of controversial shooting of unarmed, 20-year-old Jayvis Benjamin," https://www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/yfN24tcOryIRzbFWOoKDmg

“Law Firm announces Essay Competition in Honor of the late Criminal Defense Attorney Deron Castro,” https://www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/EPaV4rMjuV0LPGY08mCHHA

“Attorney Patrick Megaro prevails in Appeal in 11th Circuit; lower court improperly granted immunity to police officer,” https://www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/PKMPk6yktn4PJyUDw10Okg

“Petition filed with United States Supreme Court challenging life sentence of marijuana offender Corvain Cooper; challenging Federal “Three Strikes” Law,” https://www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/m-YdC8tFrU5RjEBytZvYJw

"Renowned Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Megaro wins post-conviction relief for client," https://www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/YXWvJQZNB19uycU-4Z2HOg

About Patrick Megaro’s initiative to seek clemency for Corvain Cooper, who has been sentenced for marijuana-related offenses, see:

"Florida Attorney is Submitting Clemency Request for Corvain Cooper," https://www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/CKt5J6ZcMskL-efZ0l1BiA

Related to this Clemency Petition are:
https://www.appealslawgroup.com/senior-partner-patrick-michael-megaro-files-clemency-petition-on-behalf-of-corvain-cooper/

https://www.appealslawgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/Letter-in-Support-of-Clemency-Petition-7-3-2018.pdf

Education

A native of New York, Mr. Megaro played Division I college football and rugby at Hofstra University before graduating from Hofstra Law School. While at Hofstra Law, Mr. Megaro found his calling in life as a litigator and courtroom attorney. In law school, he interned at The Legal Aid Society in Queens, New York City, and excelled at the Hofstra Criminal Justice Law Clinic, where he received the Award for criminal defense advocacy from the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association. Mr. Megaro received his Law Degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 2002 (Dean’s List, 2001-2002; Award recipient 2002 for criminal defense advocacy).

Before law school, he studied History and Secondary Education at Hofstra University and received his B.A. Degree in 1999.

Professional Career

Patrick Megaro began his legal career in 2002 at The Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan, New York City as a public defender. At Legal Aid, Mr. Megaro represented hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanors and major felony offenses, gaining invaluable trial experience fighting in court daily for the rights of clients in the area of criminal law.

Mr. Megaro entered private practice as a criminal defense attorney in 2004 as an associate at a high-profile criminal defense law firm in New York City before forming his own firm in 2007. In private practice, Mr. Megaro represented clients in New York City, New Jersey, Florida, and various Federal courts around the nation, concentrating on criminal trial defense, sentencing advocacy and mitigation, criminal appeals and post-conviction relief. In private practice he handled many high-profile criminal cases in New York City, earning a reputation as a fierce litigator in the area of criminal law. Mr. Megaro also successfully represented clients in civil litigation and appeals, as well as Federal civil rights actions brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for the false arrests and malicious prosecution, securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements against police departments for clients. He continued to practice criminal law and appellate law exclusively in New York and New Jersey until 2014.

Since 2014, Mr. Megaro has been a partner at Halscott Megaro PA, based in Orlando, Florida, focusing in criminal defense, criminal appeals, post-conviction relief, and civil rights litigation. In his current position, he represents clients in legal appeals, post-conviction litigation, and at the trial court level. At the law firm of Halscott Megaro PA, Mr. Megaro joined forces with Orlando criminal defense attorney Jaime T. Halscott, Esq., bringing more than a decade of experience to Halscott Megaro PA in the area of criminal law.

Bar and Court Admissions

* United States Supreme Court
* New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department
* Florida Supreme Court
* New Jersey Supreme Court
* North Carolina Supreme Court
* Texas Supreme Court
* Washington State Supreme Court
* United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
* United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
* United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
* United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
* United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
* United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
* United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
* United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
* United States District Court, Southern District of New York
* United States District Court, Northern District of New York
* United States District Court, Western District of New York
* United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
* United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
* United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
* United States District Court, District of New Jersey
* United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
* United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
* United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
* United States District Court, Western District of Texas
* United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
* United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
* United States Court of Federal Claims

Professional Memberships

* New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
* New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
* Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
* Orange County Bar Association
* Seminole County Bar Association
* Tau Epsilon Phi Sigma Alpha Sigma Alumni Organization

Professional Endorsements

By: Mark Joseph Sarro, https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-joseph-sarro-16b01b6/
Member at Sarro & Sarro PLLC
February 16, 2010 (Patrick Michael Megaro worked with Mark Sarro in the military): Patrick Megaro is a highly skilled, dedicated legal professional that is unafraid of venue or adversary when protecting his client's rights and enforcing the protections afforded citizens by the laws of the United States of America and the individual states in which they reside. Thoroughly versed in the administrative maze we call the NY criminal court system, as well as the systems of many other jurisdictions in America, I have personally watched him direct lesser skilled individuals to their destinations, so they could argue their case. He leads by example, successfully supervises subordinates and obtains positive outcomes for his clients. Pat knows firsthand that in order to win a legal proceeding, you not only need the right approach but it has to be delivered on time and on point. Simply stated, he is a winner in a profession where 50% of the personnel who practice that profession are required to lose. It is a pleasure to recommend him. As a military officer, Patrick has demonstrated the uncanny ability to take complicated tasks, dissect them to their essential components and devise a strategy and schedule for their timely and successful accomplishment. He is dedicated, loyal, hard working, and requires little to no supervision. Creative in his approach, Patrick could have elected to simply practice law in the military; this however is not his style. At his own request he was given an assignment, well above his pay grade but not his talent, as the operations officer in one of the five (5) major subordinate commands in the New York State Defense Forces. His performance, as the saying goes, is outstanding! Focused in his approach, “rock steady” under pressure, and imaginative in his thought process, Megaro has earned the respect of his peers and superiors alike. It is an honor to serve with him.

Videos on Professional Subjects

The Video Channel of the Criminal Defense Law Firm Halscott Megaro PA, where attorney Patrick Megaro is a Partner, is at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmCk0-oUkf3eedQJvzz1kYA

Introductory Video “Orlando Appeals Attorney, Appellate Lawyer, Patrick Megaro,” https://youtu.be/ZnxONPkJ0eI

“Never Talk to the Police” by Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney, https://youtu.be/QSijyBOTgdg (also available as audio at https://soundcloud.com/victor-c-fuentes/never-talk-to-the-police-patrick-megaro-criminal-defense-attorney)

“Orlando Drug Attorney Patrick Megaro,” https://youtu.be/M1z_scM28ms

“How is a Civil Case Different from a Criminal Case? By Patrick Megaro Criminal Defense Attorney,” https://youtu.be/M1z_scM28ms

“What does Appeal mean?” by Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney, https://youtu.be/M1z_scM28ms

“Appellate Attorney Patrick Megaro Esq - Rene Lima-Marin Petition” (Please Sign the petition to Free Rene Lima), https://www.change.org/p/john-w-suthers-release-rene-lima-marin

“Ineffective Assistance” by Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney, https://vimeo.com/187674555

“Staten Island Appeals Attorney Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense NY,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xuyqma5c6c4

“Queens Appeals Attorney Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense NY,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eyU8n1bmLQ

“Three Strikes Law by Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney,” https://vimeo.com/187674829

“What is a Federal Subpoena? By Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney,” https://vimeo.com/187674778

“What happens at an Arraignment hearing? By Patrick Megaro, Criminal Defense Attorney,” https://vimeo.com/187674807

“What is a Federal Charge? By Patrick Megaro Criminal Defense Attorney,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFiEscWKOiI

PUBLICATIONS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, MEDIA APPEARANCES

Radio appearances on Progressive Radio Network: http://prn.fm/tag/attorney-patrick-megaro/

CBS Denver: “High Court To Decide If Inmate, Released 90 Years Early, Should Be Sent Back To Prison”, https://denver.cbslocal.com/tag/patrick-megaro/ and https://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/12/10/high-court-to-decide-if-inmate-released-90-years-early-should-be-sent-back-to-prison/

CNN: “Freedom for a man sent to prison 13 years late,” https://www.cnn.com/2014/05/06/us/missouri-delayed-imprisonment/index.html

Twin Cities Pioneer Press: “Man freed in Missouri delayed imprisonment case,” https://www.twincities.com/2014/05/04/man-freed-in-missouri-delayed-imprisonment-case/

Fox 31: “Supreme Court to decide fate of Aurora husband, father who was mistakenly released from prison early,” https://kdvr.com/2015/12/10/supreme-court-to-decide-fate-of-aurora-husband-father-who-was-mistakely-released-from-prison-early/

NPR: “Mo. Man Whose Prison Term Was Delayed By Clerical Error Is Free Again,” https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/05/05/309815886/mo-man-whose-stint-in-prison-was-delayed-by-clerical-error-is-free-again

CBS News: “Man who went to prison 13 years late ordered released,”
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-who-went-to-prison-13-years-late-ordered-released/

CBS News: “Armed robber was never told to report to prison,”
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/armed-robber-was-never-told-to-report-to-prison/

Denver 7 News: “Rene Lima-Marin, inmate freed 90 years early, appeals sentence after he's returned to prison,” https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/rene-lima-marin-inmate-freed-90-years-early-appeals-sentence-after-hes-returned-to-prison08222014

Reuters News Service: “After years of good behavior, Missouri convict can skip sentence,” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-missouri/after-years-of-good-behavior-missouri-convict-can-skip-sentence-idUSBREA440SF20140505

Yahoo News: “Man who avoided prison is overwhelmed by support,” https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-avoided-prison-overwhelmed-support-171559487.html

Washington Post: “A happy ending for Missouri man who waited 4,794 days to be taken to jail,” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/06/a-happy-ending-for-missouri-man-who-waited-4794-days-to-be-taken-to-jail/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7aa862d2cff6

NBC News: “Man Who Avoided Prison for 13 Years Wants Out,” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-who-avoided-prison-13-years-wants-out-n87121

New York Post: “Judge frees man imprisoned 13 years late,” https://nypost.com/2014/05/05/judge-frees-man-sent-to-prison-13-years-late-because-of-clerical-error/

Al Jazeera News: “Missouri man freed after going to prison 13 years late,” http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/5/judge-frees-man-whoneverservedfull13yrsentence.html


Florida Action Committee (FACC): “Entrapment victim fights back!!!,” https://floridaactioncommittee.org/entrapment-victim-fights-back/

Huffington Post: “State of Missouri Offers Textbook Case on Abuse of Power,” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-fagin/state-of-missouri-offers-_b_5167858.html

“Immigration Symposium,” Pace University Law School, 2007

"Nassau County Social Host Law," Hofstra University, September 13, 2010

"Cross Examination of the Ballistics Expert," Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association January 12, 2012

"Gun Law in Florida," NBI CLE Seminar April 27, 2017

"Self Defense in Homicide Cases," Seminole State College, October 6, 2015

New York News 1, July 12, 2007

News 12 Long Island, August 1, 2007

FoxNews "Happening Now" April 11, 2014

NBC "Today Show" May 6, 2014

FoxNews "Happening Now" May 6, 2014

Fox31 Denver, December 11, 2015

TRIAL EXPERIENCE

The trial experience of Mr. Patrick Megaro includes:

People of the State of New York v. Richard Canizares, Kings County Criminal Court, Docket # 2016KN037399

State of New Jersey v. Kyle Brown, Middlesex County Superior Court, Indictment # 16-10-168-I

Bercini v. Columbo, et al., United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Docket # 15-CV-01921

State of North Carolina v. Tyler Mosk, Gaston County District Court, Docket # 16-CR-003210 & 16-CR-053760

United States of America v. Davon Bennett, United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, Docket # 15-CR-20

State of Florida v. Leroy Meeks, Circuit Court, Duval County, Docket # 2014-CF-004984

State of Florida v. Dennis Julian Sotomayor, County Court, Seminole County, Docket # 2014-MM-007500

State of Texas v. Juan Francisco Medina Ortiz, Nineteenth Judicial District Court, McLennan County, Cause # 2012-2235-C1

Stacey Forget v. Christopher Plummer, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Docket # 2014-DR-010261

State of Florida v. Dennis James Kelly, County Court, Orange County, Docket # 2012-TR-144024

The People of the State of New York v. Kleber Macias, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 2160-2012

The People of the State of New York v. Marcus Levine, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 767-2010

The People of the State of New York v. Keith Rivers, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 00843-2010

The People of the State of New York v. Roberto Molina, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 00577-2009

The People of the State of New York v. Jerome Wiggins, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 2144-2009

The People of the State of New York v. Matthew O’Halloran, Kings County Criminal Court, Docket # 2009KN040715

The People of the State of New York v. Margarita Guaycha, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # N10311-2010

The People of the State of New York v. Sean Young, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 00767-2010

The People of the State of New York v. Peter Martinez, New York County Supreme Court, Indictment # 3573-2008

The People of the State of New York v. John Salerno, Nassau County First District Court, Docket # 2007NA0027780

The People of the State of New York v. Ducamel Denis, Nassau County First District Court, Docket # 2008NA033184, 2008NA033185

The People of the State of New York v. Anthony Morabito, Nassau County Court, Indictment # 01860N-2009

The People of the State of New York v. Sharon Narinesingh, Kings County Supreme Court, Indictment # 01564-2009

State of New Jersey v. Mohammed Sayedi, Totowa Municipal Court, Docket # SP4-164952, 953, 954 6

The People of the State of New York v. Lee Woods, Kings County Supreme Court, Indictment # 06797-2007

The People of the State of New York v. Christian Lopez, Nassau County Court, Indictment # 2353N-2008

The People of the State of New York v. Marcus King, Nassau County Court, Indictment # 00023N-2009

The People of the State of New York v. Gene Gidron, Nassau County Court, Indictment # 02898N-2007

The People of the State of New York v. William Batista, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # N10412-2006

The People of the State of New York v. Percell Hopson, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 2579-2006

The People of the State of New York v. Karim Budding, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # N10957-2006

The People of the State of New York v. Gerald Phillips, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 1268-2005

Matter of Christopher M., Queens County Family Court, Docket # D11403/07

The People of the State of New York v. William Romero, Bronx County Supreme Court, Indictment # 03813-2004

Matter of Jeremy S., Queens County Family Court, Docket # D1146/07
The People of the State of New York v. William Petrez

Nassau County Court, Indictment # 1773N-2006, The People of the State of New York v. Kurt Bennett, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # N10629/2005

The People of the State of New York v. Anthony Brewer, Bronx County Supreme Court, Indictment # 01505-2004

The People of the State of New York v. George Pearce, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 0192-2004 7

The United States of America v. Emanuel Scott, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Docket # 2004-CR-00764

The People of the State of New York v. Francis Heilbut, New York County Supreme Court, Indictment # 06265-2004

The People of the State of New York v. Devon Keitt, Queens County Supreme Court, Indictment # 00861-2004

The People of the State of New York v. Nakai Levy, New York County Supreme Court, Indictment # 2579-2004

The People of the State of New York v. Roger Brown, New York County Supreme Court, Indictment # 1048-2004

The People of the State of New York v. James Green, New York County Supreme Court, Indictment # 00601-2004

The People of the State of New York v. Mamadou Kane, New York County Criminal Court, Docket # 2003NY 040079

The People of the State of New York v. Anthony Cary, New York County Criminal Court, Docket # 2003NY057916

The People of the State of New York v. Francisco Frank Diaz, New York County Criminal Court, Docket # 2003CN000885

The People of the State of New York v. Megan Dorton, New York County Criminal Court, Docket # 2003NY018987

The People of the State of New York v. Norman Lewis, New York County Criminal Court, Docket # 2002NY089512

APPELLATE EXPERIENCE AND REPORTED CASES

Mr. Megaro's current pursuit of clemency for client Corvain Cooper, who was sentenced to life for marihuana-related offenses, is at www.Change.org, see
https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-release-corvain-cooper-from-life-imprisonment-without-parole-for-marijuana

Ackerman v. Florida Department of Health, 171 So.3d 702, (Fla. App. 1 Dist, June 26, 2015) (NO. 1D14-3206)

Alpha Motor Group, Inc. v. Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, Division of Motorist Services, District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District. June 28, 2017 227 So.3d 566 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition 2017 WL 2799950 8

Anghel v. Utica Mutual Insurance Company, 127 A.D.3d 897, 7 N.Y.S.3d 390 N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., April 15, 2015

Armstrong v. Pentz, Slip Copy, 2016 WL 969389 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition N.C. Court of Appeals, March 15, 2016 (No. COA15-216)

Armstrong v. Pentz, Slip Copy, 2016 WL 1336869 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition, N.C. Court of Appeals, April 5, 2016 (No. COA15-718)

Arvelo v. Secretary, Florida Dept. of Corrections, 788 F.3d 1345, C.A.11 (Fla.), 2015

Arvelo v. Secretary, Florida Dept. of Corrections, ___ Fed.Appx. ___, 2017 WL 1947909 (11th Cir. May 10, 2017)

Benjamin v. Thomas, United States District Court, N.D. Georgia, Atlanta Division. September 27, 2016 Slip Copy 2016 WL 5394118

Bradfield v. State of Florida, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District, April 11, 2017 Slip Copy (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition 2017 WL 1372158

Breadon v. State of Florida, ___ So.3d ___, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District July 22, 2016, 2016WL3960626

Boyington v. State of Florida, Slip Copy, 2018 WL 2034183 (Table), District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District, May 2, 2018

Boykin v. State of Florida, Slip Copy, 2013 WL 5576123, (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition, Fla.App. 5 Dist., October 08, 2013 (NO. 5D13-770)

Brettschneider v. Bell, 10 Misc.3d 1062(A), 814 N.Y.S.2d 559 (Table), N.Y.Sup., 2005.

DeJesus v. State of Florida, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District. April 25, 2017 Slip Copy (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition 2017 WL 1534843

Destra v. Demings, ___ Fed.Appx. ___, 2018 WL 1036997 (11th Cir. 2018) 9

Foster v. Franco, 971 N.Y.S.2d 882, 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 06346, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., October 02, 2013

Gardner v. Stephens, 134 S.Ct. 928, January 13, 2014 (NO. 13-546)

Gonzalez v. Natick N.Y. Freeport Realty Corp., 91 A.D.3d 597, 935 N.Y.S.2d 902, 2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 00179, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., January 10, 2012

Hamilton v. State, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District. December 06, 2017 Slip Copy (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition 2017 WL 6028106

Harris v. State of Florida, 2017 WL 2210525, Fifth District Court of Appeal, May 16, 2017

Harris v. State of Florida, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District. September 21, 2016 202 So.3d 417 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition 2016 WL 5171807

Hearns v. State of Florida, 2017 WL 1969869, Fifth District Court of Appeal, May 12, 2017

Hernandez v. State of Florida, 177 So.3d 615, Fla.App. 2 Dist., August 14, 2015 (NO. 2D14-2795)

Hochstein v. Demings, __ Fed.Appx. ___, 2018 WL 741694 (11th Cir. 2018)

Hubbard v. Barnette, 2014WL7240161 (Western District of North Carolina), December 19, 2014

In re Estate of Sanders, 222 So.3d 1215 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017)

In re Palacios v. Singas, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York. September 27, 2017 153 A.D.3d 1416 61 N.Y.S.3d 344

In re Smith, 24 N.Y.3d 981, 20 N.E.3d 987 N.Y. Court of Appeals, October 21, 2014

Keller v. Ramseyer, __ So.3d ___, 2018 WL 791540 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018) 10

Kress v. State of Florida, 125 So.3d 162, 2013 WL 5776929, (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition, Fla.App. 5 Dist., October 22, 2013 (NO. 5D13-949)

Lopez v. State of Florida, 125 So.3d 163, 2013 WL 5951910, (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition, Fla.App. 5 Dist., November 05, 2013 (NO. 5D12-1382)

Martinez v. Arias, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District. February 16, 2016, 2018 WL 844518 (Table)

Martinez v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. April 11, 2017 --- Fed.Appx. ---- 2017 WL 1325250

Melendez-Rios v. State of Florida, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District. February 16, 2016, Slip Copy 2016 WL 685113 (Table)

Mercado v. State of Florida, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District, March 15, 2016, Slip Copy2016 WL 1071409 (Table)

Meyer v. Burwell, 135 S.Ct. 2907 (2015)

Morgan v. Perry, United States District Court, W.D. North Carolina, Charlotte Division, February 12, 2016, Slip Copy2016 WL 593834

Mosk v. Gaston County, United States District Court, W.D. North Carolina, Charlotte Division, March 30, 2018, 2018 WL 1566339

Nason v. State of Florida, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District June 10, 2016, Slip Copy 2016 WL 3201213 (Table)

Paige v. Lay, 135 S.Ct. 1482 (2015)

Pena v. Marcus, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. November 06, 2017 --- Fed.Appx. ---- 2017 WL 5125613 11

Perry v. Virginia, 559 Fed.Appx. 232 (4th Cir. 2014)

People of the State of New York v. Abdullah, 85 A.D.3d 455, 924 N.Y.S.2d 266, 2011 N.Y. Slip Op. 04757, N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., June 07, 2011

People of the State of New York v. Allenye, 66 A.D.3d 1039, 886 N.Y.S.2d 808, 2009 N.Y. Slip Op. 07857, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., October 27, 2009

People of the State of New York v. Bacquie, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York. October 04, 2017 154 A.D.3d 648 62 N.Y.S.3d 425

People of the State of New York v. Baez, 52 A.D.3d 840, 859 N.Y.S.2d 375 N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2008

People of the State of New York v. Blount, 81 A.D.3d 659, 915 N.Y.S.2d 876, 2011 N.Y. Slip Op. 00698, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., February 01, 2011

People of the State of New York v. Brown, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York. September 20, 2017 153 A.D.3d 1360 61 N.Y.S.3d 317

People of the State of New York v. Bryson, 101 A.D.3d 478, 954 N.Y.S.2d 866, 2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 08627, N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., December 13, 2012

People of the State of New York v. Campbell, 102 A.D.3d 979, 958 N.Y.S.2d 615, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. January 30, 2013

People of the State of New York v. Ceber, 71 A.D.3d 908, 895 N.Y.S.2d 850 N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2010

People of the State of New York v. Clinkscaleas, 48 A.D.3d 474, 849 N.Y.S.2d 798, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2008

People of the State of New York v. Cohen, 47 A.D.3d 828, 849 N.Y.S.2d 171 N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2008

People of the State of New York v. Collins, 77 A.D.3d 404, 908 N.Y.S.2d 49, N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., 2010

People of the State of New York v. Cosme, 110 A.D.3d 1096, 973 N.Y.S.2d 765 N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., 2013 12

People of the State of New York v. Dantata, 55 A.D.3d 404, 866 N.Y.S.2d 110, N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., October 21, 2008

People of the State of New York v. Dixon, 63 A.D.3d 854, 880 N.Y.S.2d 495 N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2009

People ex rel. Megaro ex rel. Cacace v. Sposato, 90 A.D.3d 960, 934 N.Y.S.2d 726, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., December 20, 2011

People ex rel. Megaro v. Walsh, 17 A.D.3d 704, 792 N.Y.S.2d 909, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2005

People ex rel. Megaro v. Walsh, 15 A.D.3d 238, 788 N.Y.S.2d 852, N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. 2005

People of the State of New York v. Fabregas, 130 A.D.3d 939, 15 N.Y.S.3d 794, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2015

People of the State of New York v. Guadmuz, 63 A.D.3d 1178, 881 N.Y.S.2d 314 N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2009

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Patrick Megaro is known as the "lawyer's lawyer," as other lawyers frequently contact him for advice and guidance on legal matters, case management, and has mentored junior lawyers since 2004, training some of the best criminal defense and appellate attorneys in the nation.

Patrick Michael Megaro is married with three sons, is a military veteran, and resides in Orlando, Florida with his family. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Megaro enjoys hunting, competitive shooting, Crossfit, coaching his sons' baseball teams, and training his two Labrador Retrievers.

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Essay Competition in Honor of the late Criminal Defense Attorney Deron Castro

Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Michael Megaro, the Senior Partner at Halscott Megaro, P.A. announces the creation of the Deron Castro Memorial Scholarship.

Deron Castro, a New York criminal defense attorney par excellence, departed… Read More
Essay Competition in Honor of the late Criminal Defense Attorney Deron Castro

Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Michael Megaro, the Senior Partner at Halscott Megaro, P.A. announces the creation of the Deron Castro Memorial Scholarship.

Deron Castro, a New York criminal defense attorney par excellence, departed this Earth too soon and too suddenly in late July 2018. He will not be forgotten by his family, his children, his colleagues whose respect he earned, and his many grateful clients whom he served in over 24 years of his law practice. He sought justice for many unjustly accused. He took more than 90 criminal cases to trial, winning the vast majority of them.

Only days earlier, in early July 2018, Deron had a major win in the Queen’s County Supreme Court when the judge agreed to throw out evidence against the defendant in a murder case after a pre-trial hearing. The District Attorney sought to introduce statements of the defendant made during an interrogation by homicide detectives. After carefully cross-examining the detective at the hearing, Castro was able to persuade the judge to suppress the evidence by citing past cases where similar evidence was tossed out. It is quite unusual for a judge to suppress a defendant's own statements, let alone to have them suppressed in a murder case. Few attorneys could accomplish such a feat in court. Deron was one of them.

In his honor, Halscott Megaro, P.A. will be hosting its Annual Essay Writing Competition, which is open to all current full-time and part-time enrolled students in an ABA accredited law school. One winner will be selected and will receive a $1000.00 scholarship award from the Deron Castro Memorial Scholarship.

Deron Castro, Esq. was a personal friend and colleague of Patrick Michael Megaro. Mr. Castro started his career at The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, in Queens, New York as a public defender before going into private practice. Mr. Castro and Mr. Megaro also later cooperated criminal cases, such as the successful appeal in People v. Small (2011), see https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ny-supreme-court/1565846.html.

He was well-known and respected as one of the most successful and skilled criminal defense attorneys, securing acquittal after acquittal for his clients. A fearless advocate, he provided nothing but the highest caliber of representation to his loyal and dedicated clientele.

States Mr. Megaro, “If I or anyone in my family was charged with a crime, I would have hired Deron Castro. He was hands down one of the best trial attorneys in New York and in the country. Castro won with his skill, preparation, and fighting spirit. He was highly respected by other criminal defense lawyers and feared by prosecutors.”

Outside of the courtroom, Deron Castro was a loving and devoted father of three and caring husband. Always involved in his children’s activities, one could find Mr. Castro running from basketball practice to dance recitals at night and on the weekends. He was known for his kindness, generosity, and perpetual positive attitude which impacted all those around him.

This Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of one of the great lawyers in New York City, and the United States, to ever grace a courtroom with his presence.

Eligibility:

The scholarship is open to all current full-time and part-time matriculated students in an ABA accredited school.

How to Apply:

For applying the essay contest, the candidates must write a 1000 word or fewer essay on the following topic:

What makes the difference between a good and a great criminal defense attorney?
Deron certainly was one of those great attorneys, but what exactly makes a criminal attorney “great”? Here is a starting point. One criminal defenses attorney suggests that four qualities are necessary to be at least “good”: “[1] The single most important thing a criminal defense lawyer can do is over-investigate their case. It is the probably the biggest single difference in lawyers, how much independent investigation they do. …. [2] Everyone knows that criminal defense lawyers must be strong negotiators. … There are really only two factors that should be considered in negotiation: what does this person deserve and what is the likelihood of conviction if the case proceeds to trial (what is the strength of the case). … [3] Third, provide a technical legal defense. This is the kind of thing you learn in law books. Read the discovery. Read the law. Reread the discovery. Reread the law. There is usually something to argue about. … [4] In my opinion, the toughest skill, is being able to win at trial. Not many lawyers will take tough cases to trial. …” Robert King, “What makes a good criminal lawyer?”, see https://www.robertkinglawfirm.com/blog/2017/may/what-makes-a-good-criminal-lawyer-/ (2017)

Submission Details:

Your essay must be submitted via email to info@appealslawgroup.com and must be in Word or PDF format.

In the alternative, the applicant may submit a 5-minute or less video essay. The video must be a closeup of the applicant, giving their essay as a lecture or speech, addressing the camera directly and must have a green screen in the background. Editing is permitted.

The essay must be submitted along with a short bio on the applicant, a passport-style photograph of the applicant, and a release permitting publication of the photograph and the essay (or video) by Halscott Megaro, P.A., its agents or assigns.

Award Amount:

The $1000.00 scholarship will be awarded to the winning candidate.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for essay submission is September 1, 2018
The winner will be announced September 8, 2018

Halscott Megaro, P.A. is dedicated to the pursuit of justice, focusing on criminal and civil appeals, post-conviction relief, criminal defense, clemency advocacy, and civil rights advocacy.
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