“I have been able to experience some pretty awesome adventures during my brief existence: I’ve been run-over by frenzied and frightened bulls in Pamplona, violently searched and detained by Serbian radicals, had a train journey inconvenienced by an explosive derailment engineered by Thai-insurgents in Yala, circled by an alarmingly large jungle-cat in the Pantanal, had my life saved from certain death by a uniquely moral man who then immediately robbed me at gunpoint and left me for dead, and all manner of other excitements and hijinks to disincentivise you from adding me to your travel companion list. I also practice criminal defense and other areas of law, try to keep politicians and political parties out of trouble, campaign for and advise political candidates, and advocate for public policy reform.”
Richard Junnier, Esq. holds an LL.M. in Global Economy with a concentration in human rights from New York University, an LL.M. in International Law from the National University of Singapore, a J.D. from Florida State University, a certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies from Erasmus College of Law in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a B.A. in Psychology from Florida State University. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Florida Bar Journal and has served as article selection editor and associate editor of the Florida State University Law Review. He has published in the areas of privacy rights and property taxation. He has been an attorney for the Innocence Project of Florida, where he assisted with the exoneration of William Michael Dillon after 28 years of wrongful incarceration. He currently defends political leaders and organizations in Florida while practicing criminal, election, ethics, and contract law. In his spare time, he researches global trade, tax policy, transnational organized crime, and international human rights law.
Richard has served as special counsel and as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Leon County. His pro-bono advocacy includes work on behalf of the Big Bend Mental Health Coalition and as the 2013 and 2015 Civil Law Advocacy Coordinator for the North Florida Homeless Veterans’ Stand Down. He leads the Advanced Directives Clinic for North Florida Legal Services, Inc. and has also performed both contracted and pro-bono appellate and mental health unit work for the Public Defender of the Second Judicial Circuit.
From November 2012 through January 2013, Richard served as a member of a White House Work Group assembled to successfully discuss and organize grassroots opposition to the Sequester, the Fiscal Cliff, and federal debt default.