Since 1980 Richard Baron has been the managing principal of the Law Firm of Richard Baron & Associates. Richard graduated in 1967 from the American University with a B.A. in Government and Public Administration and attained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, in 1970. Richard was admitted to the New York Bar in 1970 and the Florida Bar 1974. His employment history includes being a Trial Attorney with the Department of the Treasury 1970-1974 and then tax litigation at Greenberg Traurig from 1974-1979. With almost 40 years of litigation experience in Federal and State Courts throughout Florida involving commercial and transactional matters, family law matters, Florida Bar disciplinary matters, and criminal matters. Richard has been appointed numerous times as a Guardian Ad Litem to assist Family Court Judges in difficult cases with alcohol and drug issues and was honored by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit as the “Guardian ad Litem of the Year” in 2009. Richard has been selected as one of the most frequent lecturers and panel members at the FLA annual convention, and has also been a frequent member of panels sponsored by the Daily Business Review and the American Bar Association on such areas as ethics and professionalism. In addition, Richard has argued many cased before the Supreme Court of Florida.
As a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1985, Richard has been a pillar of strength to other addicts and alcoholics since his early recovery. Richard has sponsored hundreds of recovering addicts and alcoholics in the past 20 years and is responsible for helping countless people stay the path to long term recovery. Richard is the founder and has been the President of the Friends of the Drug Court, Inc., since its inception in 2003. The Friends of the Drug Court, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises and contributes in excess of $400,000.00 annually to the support of the Miami-Dade County, Florida Drug Court as well as to education and housing grants to the participants of the Drug Court.
Jerry Breslin graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1975 with a BS degree in Economics and Business. He attained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami in 1978. He then worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Miami-Dade County, Florida where he tried over 60 jury trials to verdict. Since leaving the Public Defender’s Office he focused his practice on civil and criminal trial litigation and commercial and corporate transactions. Jerry has 15 years of NA/AA recovery and is a monitor for Florida Lawyers Assistance which is an organization that assists lawyers and those in the legal community who are struggling with drug or alcohol issues.
Jerry Breslin currently focuses his practice on addiction law and trial litigation whether civil, administrative or criminal, commercial and corporate transactions, litigated family law matters, appellate practice and Florida Bar regulatory and disciplinary matters. Jerry Breslin is actively involved in charitable and civic causes and for the past nine years has been the Executive Director of the Friends of the Drug Court, Inc., a 501c3 charity that supports the Miami Dade Drug Court and a volunteer and Board Member to Our Children Our Future, Inc., a minority owned and operated 501c3 charity that supports underprivileged children and families in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for which he currently also acts as legal counsel.
Ray Sarmiento graduated from Williams Patterson University in New Jersey with a degree in Political Science and attained his Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida in 2002. Mr. Sarmiento began his career as Assistant State Attorney with the Office of the State Attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida located in Miami, Florida. As an Assistant State Attorney, Ray Sarmiento prosecuted all types of criminal cases from misdemeanor crimes, DUI cases to serious violent crimes and drug trafficking cases. Prior to leaving the office, Ray was a felony division chief responsible for the supervision and litigation training of younger prosecutors. As a member of firm, Ray uses the skills he developed as a prosecutor to aggressively defend and litigate many of the firm’s addiction law related cases in criminal, civil and family court. It is Ray’s diverse experience that allows him to successfully navigate cases through the often turbulent litigation process.
Nicky Baron Goldner
Nikki Baron Goldner graduated in 1997 from Indiana University with a B.A. in Psychology and Religious Studies and attained her Juris Doctor degree from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2000. Ms. Goldner was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2000 and was an Assistant District Attorney with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in Cleveland, Ohio from 2000 to 2005. Nikki was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005 and remains a member in good standing of the Ohio Bar.
Nikki understands addiction and has over ten years of litigation experience in both the state Court of Florida and Ohio involving addition and alcohol abuse related family law matters, criminal matters and banking litigation. Nikki has been appointed numerous times as a Guardian Ad Litem to assist Family Court Judges in determining difficult time sharing cases. In 2010, she was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil Mediator and had conducted numerous mediations.Assistant State Attorney with the Office of the State Attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida located in Miami, Florida. As an Assistant State Attorney, Ray Sarmiento prosecuted all types of criminal cases from misdemeanor crimes, DUI cases to serious violent crimes and drug trafficking cases. Prior to leaving the office, Ray was a felony division chief responsible for the supervision and litigation training of younger prosecutors. As a member of firm Ray uses the skills he developed as a prosecutor to aggressively defend and prosecute many of the firm’s addiction law related cases in criminal, civil and family court. It is Ray’s diverse experience that allows him to successfully navigate cases through the often turbulent litigation process.title. Double click to edit me.