Prior to joining Whittel & Melton, Mr. Ezzell attended law school at the University of Alabama School of Law, and hasserved as a trial attorney with two Offices of the State Attorney and the Office of Regional Counsel since his admission to the Florida Bar in 2002. While working as an attorney, he also completed a Master's degree in History from the University of Florida in 2015, with a concentration in 20thcentury American criminal justice. Over Mr. Ezzell's career he has been published in peer-reviewed journals three times.
As a practicing trial attorney for the past seventeen years, Mr. Ezzell has had the opportunity to handle every type ofcriminal litigation, from the smallest of misdemeanors to the most complex of felonies and homicides. In 2009, he washonored by the Gainesville Child Advocacy Center with theirannual award for "Excellence in Service to Children"; and inthe mid-2000s, when the State Attorney's Office decided tomake the shift to a "fileless"/"paperless" office, he was one oftwo felony attorneys selected to test-drive and troubleshoot the technology of that new system. Over his years of legalpractice, Mr. Ezzell has handled over 140 jury trials andnearly 20 bench trials. During his work as a criminal trial attorney, he spent over eight years spent in the "Crimes and Women and Children" division, and two years as the lead attorney in Levy county, Florida. All of his positions, as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, have involved direct contact with the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, the Offices of Regional Counsel, various private criminal defense firms, the Guardian Ad Litem services, and the Florida Department of Children and Families on a regular basis. Additionally, while serving as an Assistant Regional Counsel, he regularly handled and covered civil child dependency cases in Florida's family law courts, and as a criminal prosecutor he regularly handled and attended variousadministrative hearings.
Outside of the courtroom Mr. Ezzell has worked hard tocontinue an active pursuit of learning. This is evidenced not only through his 2015 Master's degree in History from the University of Florida, but from his tenure as a law school instructor in the area of Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy. From 2005 through 2010 Mr. Ezzell served as an adjunctprofessor of law at both the University of Florida and Florida Coastal Schools of Law, where he taught a Trial Advocacy course that covered both civil and criminal trial law and procedure. Additionally, while employed at the StateAttorney's Office he regularly lectured with the FloridaProsecuting Attorney's Association, the University of Florida,and at the Santa Fe College Police Academy.
- J.D., The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), 2002
- M.A., The University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)
- B.A., Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- The Office of the State Attorney, 7th Circuit of Florida - Volusia, Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler County
- The Office of the Regional Counsel, 5th District of Florida - Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Hernando County
- The Office of the State Attorney, 8th Circuit of Florida - Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union County