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Jackie was raised with her younger sister in a small town in Maryland outside of Baltimore, where her mother was a school teacher and her father was a surgeon. Jackie graduated from Wellesley College in 1991 and Northeastern Law school in 1994. Jackie was hired by the Miami Dade Public Defenders office where her primary training was in traffic criminal defense. Upon leaving the Public Defenders office, Jackie worked at a local criminal defense firm until she formed Woodward and Reizenstein with her husband Phil Reizenstein in 2001.

From sexual battery to DUI, from drug trafficking to traffic cases, Jackie brings her vast experience in the State courts of Florida to help defend every client.

Jackie represents nightclubs and restaurants and advises them on security procedures that helps them avoid situations in which employees or patrons could be arrested. When there is an incident, Jackie has in the past successfully defended security personnel who were arrested. In this area of her practice Jackie concentrates on the quick and discrete resolution of the incident which helps reduce the civil liability of the establishment.

Most clients who speak with Jackie come away feeling that she truly cares about them as a person and will work for the best outcome in their case.

Many clients come to see Jackie after having been arrested and in jail for the first time in their life. Jackie knows how frightening that experience can be. Jackie also knows that the process of trying to find the right lawyer can be both bewildering and frustrating.

Jackie likes to tell clients "I want to give you as much information as possible. Knowledge is power. When I help a client learn about the legal issues in their case, together we can make the best strategic decisions to get the best results."

UPDATE: In April, 2014, Phil was honored with the "Against All Odds Award" for his successful defense in a retrial of a client who had previously been convicted and sentenced to death in 1991. Phil re-tried the death penalty case in 2013 for the Office Of Regional Counsel. The jury could not read a verdict and was hung 8-4 not guilty. Based on the issues Phil raised at the new trial, the prosecution settled the case for a plea amounting to credit for time served.
The "Against All Odds Award" is awarded once a year by the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and is named after the late Rodney Thaxton, Esq., an amazing lawyer who spent his career at the Dade County Public Defenders Office. There is more about the award on our page:
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Phil was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, before moving to Florida where he fell in love with the Florida Keys as a teenager. Phil returned to New York, where he graduated from NYU in 1983 and Brooklyn Law school in 1986. Phil was recruited by the Miami Dade State Attorneys Office where he worked for Janet Reno. During Phil's career as a prosecutor, he worked in the County Court division handling misdemeanor crimes and DUI's before being promoted to the felony division where he worked in the Major Narcotics trafficking unit before becoming a supervisor as a Division Chief where he handled the investigation and prosecution of murder cases.

Phil is a trial lawyer pure and simple. Phil has served as lead counsel in over 120 jury trials in State and Federal Court.

Phil meets the Florida Supreme Court standards for representing clients in death penalty cases and he has represented clients charged with the death penalty over a dozen times in the last twenty years. In May, 2014, Phil was awarded the Florida Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys Miami Chapter's "Rodney Thaxton Against All Odds Award" for his successful representation of a defendant of a re-trial of a death penalty case.

In federal court cases, Phil specializes in white collar criminal defense, including wire fraud, tax fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and medical fraud cases. With the increased scrutiny on medical practitioners, including medical clinic owners, MD's and chiropractors, Phil has developed a "stress test" for clients where he will meet with them, closely review all of the practices and procedures of their practice or clinic including billing practices, patient file record retention policies and licensing, and will help doctors and clinic owners identify those areas that might subject them to scrutiny from licensing agencies and/or federal prosecutors.

Phil also handles a select number of appeals. In State v. Davolos, 988 So.2d 130 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2008) Phil was successful in reversing a Judge who sentenced a young man to thirty years in prison. Phil successfully argued that the sentence was a vindictive sentence. The new sentence after appeal was seven years.
In 2010 Phil authored an amicus curiae brief (friend of the court brief) for the Florida Supreme court on the issue of whether prosecutors have standing to object when a defense attorney moves to withdraw from a conflict.

Phil has often been called "a lawyer's lawyer." In his career he has represented judges, prosecutors and attorneys who have come under investigation or criminal prosecution.

When Phil meets a new client he usually ends the first meeting by advising them of his philosophy in representing a client: "I prepare for the worst and work for the best."