Jonah Dickstein joined the Todd Foster Law Group with prior experience at a civil law firm and extensive service in the public sector as a prosecutor, court staff attorney, and criminal defense attorney.
Mr. Dickstein was raised in California and graduated from Wesleyan University’s College of Social Studies in Connecticut in 2000, where he served as a Constitutional Law teaching assistant. After college, Mr. Dickstein worked in the legislative branch of government before attending Boston College Law School, graduating in 2006 with honors in Criminal Justice Clinic, Mediation, Trial Practice, and Evidence. During law school, in summer 2005, Mr. Dickstein clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and determined to pursue a career as a Florida trial lawyer. In the course of the next ten years, Mr. Dickstein served as Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Assistant Regional Counsel in Broward County, and Appeals Court Staff Attorney in Hillsborough County, participating in the resolution of thousands of cases. For instance, he has personally resolved over 500 felony cases as lead defense counsel, including jury verdicts on major charges such as first-degree murder. Having seen the legal system from many angles and been the primary attorney on all manner of legal issues, Mr. Dickstein’s approach is practical, aggressive, and detail-oriented.
As an appellate lawyer serving the Honorable Matthew C. Lucas of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal for over two years, Mr. Dickstein assisted in drafting judicial opinions and orders; prepared written legal analyses and memoranda for pending civil, criminal, and administrative appeals; and presented oral analyses and recommendations to judicial panels. Working for complex civil litigation firm Merrill, Nomura, and Molineux, Mr. Dickstein prepared complaints and responsive pleadings in construction defect and civil defense cases, composed legal memoranda, and prepared clients for deposition and trial testimony. In the role of Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Mr. Dickstein prosecuted thousands of felony and misdemeanor crimes, participating in over 45 trials, including eight felony jury trials, receiving written commendation from the State Attorney for trial performance; collaborated with Federal and State investigators and prosecutors on terrorism, child welfare, major fraud, fatalities, and arms dealing; argued numerous pretrial motions; and negotiated and drafted felony plea agreements involving substantial restitution and cooperation with law enforcement. While he served as Assistant Regional Counsel in Broward County for over five years, Mr. Dickstein defended criminal charges and pursued appeals for the Serious Felony Crimes Division, participating in over 60 felony jury trials as lead defense counsel: numerous homicide and sex-crime cases, as well as economic crimes such as securities violations, grand theft, organized fraud, and conspiracy. In the role of lead criminal defense counsel, Mr. Dickstein developed mitigation persuading prosecutors and judges to grant leniency in various high-profile cases; wrote and argued hundreds of pretrial, trial, sentencing and post-conviction motions and appeals; conducted over 500 sworn depositions; lead ongoing bar-credited continuing legal education attorney trainings; and retained or cross-examined numerous expert witnesses.