Joshua W. Deckard
Joshua 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.
Kailee Deckard is an associate attorney at the Law Office of Joshua Deckard. Ms. Deckard was raised in Martin County, has deep ties to the area and is passionate about serving individuals in her community. Ms. Deckard, having worked in the legal field since 2015, has developed meaningful relationships with attorneys, court personnel and other legal professionals in the Nineteenth Circuit.
Ms. Deckard received her Bachelor’s degree from Indian River State College. While earning her Bachelor’s degree and before becoming an attorney, Ms. Deckard worked as a paralegal for several years, assisting clients faced with various legal battles. Ms. Deckard later enrolled in law school and in May 2023 received her Juris Doctorate degree from St. Thomas University Benjamin L. Crump College of Law.
During her time at St. Thomas University Benjamin L. Crump College of Law Ms. Deckard served as Executive Editor of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. Ms. Deckard also interned for a Circuit Court Judge and at the Public Defender’s Office for the Nineteenth Circuit. In law school, Ms. Deckard earned the CALI “Book Awards” in Advanced Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy and Seminar in Environmental Law and Policy. Ms. Deckard graduated from law school Magna Cum Laude, ranking within the top ten percent of her graduating class.
Ms. Deckard’s philosophy is centered around using her talents, such as her intellect and skills in legal research and writing, to be a voice for others. Kailee, being the eldest of four siblings and having a brother with intellectual disabilities, developed a heart for advocacy at a young age. It was her desire to become a better advocate for the voiceless that drove her to pursue a career as an attorney. Ms. Deckard considers herself a defender of the constitution. Her work in criminal defense is her dedication to protecting the rights of others.
In her free time, Ms. Deckard grounds herself by spending time with her family. Ms. Deckard, being a Florida native, enjoys spending time outdoors – especially by the sea.
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