Mr. Mallonee is board certified in criminal trial law, which recognizes attorneys' special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Mr. Mallonee was destined to become a criminal defense lawyer all along. He was making creative arguments soon after he could talk. He studied criminology as an undergraduate at the University of Florida. He worked as a licensed private investigator when he was 19 years old. During that time his employer was contracted to do criminal investigations for the public defender's office. This is where he learned to pound the pavement and find witnesses that were vital to the mounting of a defense. He also interned with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. researching federal criminal legal problems that helped inform policy makers about key issues. In 1995, Mr. Mallonee accepted an invitation to attend one of the top law schools in the country, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While attending SMU, he was given the opportunity to be part of a select group to study the law in Oxford, England for a summer. He also participated in the Criminal Clinic program during his third year at SMU, representing people accused of crimes while still in law school. After graduating in the top half of his class, Mr. Mallonee passed the bar exam and moved back to his hometown of Fort Pierce, Florida. Mr. Mallonee took a job as an assistant public defender in Vero Beach in 1999. He was transferred to the Fort Pierce office a year later and represented thousands of clients in his 3+ years with the Public Defender's Office. After completing his Jedi training at the Office of the Public Defender, he moved on to private practice at the beginning of 2003, opening the Law Office of Brian H. Mallonee. These days, when he's not conducting an investigation, researching a motion, or making arguments in the courtroom, Brian enjoys playing golf, watching football, and 'family time.'