Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Proceedings
James E. Felman, Katherine Earle Yanes, and Brandon K. Breslow have extensive experience litigating criminal appeals and post-conviction matters in state and federal courts in Florida and across the United States. Their appellate and post-conviction experience spans an array of areas, including appeals in matters ranging from homicide to sex offenses to racketeering to complex white-collar cases; post-conviction relief in the state, appellate, and federal courts; and appeals of related civil matters. Mr. Felman and Ms. Yanes are both former federal judicial law clerks, and each brings to the firm’s practice outstanding academic training and professional experience.
A selection of notable cases handled by the firm is listed below:
United States v. Bane, 720 F.3d 818 (11th Cir. 2013) (restitution order vacated)
In re Stewart, 641 F.3d 1271 (11th Cir. 2011) (denying writ brought to challenge sentencing court’s refusal to order restitution)
United States v. Sigma International, 244 F.3d 841 (11th Cir. 2001), reh=g en banc granted, opinion vacated, 287 F.3d 1325 (11th Cir. 2002) (panel opinion reversed convictions due to prosecutorial misconduct; case settled after court agreed to rehear en banc)
Shelton v. Secretary, Dep=t of Corrections, 802 F. Supp. 2d 1289 (M.D. Fla. 2011) (reversal of order striking Florida’s controlled substance statute on federal postconviction motion on federal constitutional grounds), rev’d, 691 F.3d 1348 (11th Cir. 2012)
Mr. Felman and Ms. Yanes have also handled numerous complex civil appeals, frequently in matters arising from related criminal proceedings, including:
Lochmere Development Group, Inc. v. Eiger Fund I, L.P., unpublished (11th Cir. 2002) (case settled after filing of initial brief)
- Mr. Felman has recently been named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2018 Tampa “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense: White-Collar. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for appellate practice, “bet-the-company” litigation, and white-collar and non-white collar criminal defense. Florida Super Lawyers listed Mr. Felman for criminal defense: white collar practice and named him one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida and one of the Top 50 Tampa Bay Lawyers from 2014-2016. Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite names Mr. Felman for criminal law.
- Ms. Yanes is listed in Best Lawyers in America for white-collar criminal defense and appellate practice. She is also named in Florida Super Lawyers for criminal defense: white collar. In 2017 she was named as Top 100 Lawyers in Florida, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida, and Top 50 in Tampa Bay. Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite names her for criminal law.
- Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A. has been named seven years in a row as a Best Law Firm in Tampa by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide. Most recently, the firm has been recognized for Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Governmental Investigations; Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Litigation; Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar; and Appellate Practice.
- The firm is AV‑rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Contact Mr. Felman, Ms. Yanes, or Mr. Breslow to discuss your legal needs by calling (813) 229-1118 or (800) 584-3375.