Joshua W. DeckardJoshua W. Deckard began his career in the criminal justice field in 1978. He is a former law enforcement officer, serving over 25-years with distinction. As a police officer, he received frequent promotions and awards for his leadership and investigative skills. His comprehensive experiences as a police trainer, major crimes investigator and as a supervisor in a variety of police divisions provide Mr. Deckard with valuable insight of police practices. Consequently, his experience and knowledge has led to “not guilty” verdicts, favorable judicial rulings, and dismissal of cases.
Mr. Deckard is committed to ethics and fairness. As a police officer, it led to his invitation to lecture and teach police officers. During his time as a police officer, Mr. Deckard had the occasion to witness many injustices within the criminal justice system. The injustices Mr. Deckard observed inspired him as a lawyer to defend those accused of crimes and those in need of justice.
Mr. Deckard graduated Cum Laude from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He then studied law at Nova Southeastern University School of Law while continuing his career in law enforcement. In 2002, Mr. Deckard was admitted to practice in both the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Southern District Court. In March 2010, he was admitted to practice by the U.S. Supreme Court, an honor and distinction earned by only a few of his peers. With regularity Mr. Deckard collaborates with fellow criminal practitioners and together they share ideas, thoughts and case strategies. Mr. Deckard was also privileged to serve as the co-chair of the criminal section of the Martin County Bar Association for four consecutive years.
For relaxation and good health, Mr. Deckard enjoys a variety of endurance and fitness sports, including cycling and running. He also enjoys boating and revels in time spent with his family. Additionally he takes pleasure in a variety of charitable events including an annual event where he and his staff distribute Christmas gifts to local jail inmates.
Katherine (Kate) ClarkKatherine (Kate) Clark joined the Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard in August of 2017. Ms. Clark was born and raised in Middlefield, Connecticut. Ms. Clark attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and she also spent one semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While Ms. Clark pursued her Bachelor’s degree, she also received her paralegal certification, which piqued her interest in the study of law. Upon her graduation from Marist College, Ms. Clark attended Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, Connecticut. She graduated Cum Laude, and she also was the Articles and Opinions Editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal, one of only four probate law journals in the county. While in law school, she worked for two years at a law firm specializing in personal injury litigation. Ms. Clark moved to the Treasure Coast in August of 2016. Prior to joining the Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard, Ms. Clark worked as an associate attorney at a boutique civil litigation law firm in Stuart. Throughout her career, Ms. Clark has focused primarily on plaintiff-side personal injury. Since joining the Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard, Ms. Clark has continued to practice in the area of personal injury and has been practicing criminal defense law. In her free time, Ms. Clark enjoys going to the beach, working out, traveling, and taking her puppy, Fiona, to the dog park.
Kailee Parsons is a paralegal and has worked at the Law Office of Joshua Deckard for over three years. Ms. Parsons graduated from Indian River State College in the spring of 2018 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Ms. Parsons works closely with Mr. Deckard and Ms. Clark to coordinate day-to-day firm operations, working with the attorneys on criminal and injury cases. Our clients benefit from Ms. Parson’s outstanding interpersonal skills as well as the strong relationships she’s built over the years with Court personnel.
We have found that most clients experience stress and anxiety while awaiting the completion of their case. Ms. Parsons helps alleviate your anxiety and fears, and will be there to answer any of your questions or concerns. Kailee will inform you of all important court dates and will assist you with any conflicts that may arise between your schedule and the court schedule.
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