Faculty Biographies

A. Brian Albritton
Phelps Dunbar LLP

Albritton concentrates his practice on "white collar" criminal defense and internal investigations; defending regulatory enforcement actions brought by government agencies, including unfair/deceptive trade practice actions brought by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general; regulatory compliance; and complex commercial litigation, including the prosecution and defense of claims relating to trade secret theft, non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants.

Albritton has defended a variety of criminal defense matters and handled numerous grand jury investigations, most on behalf of businesses. He has successfully defended significant matters involving claims of health care fraud (along with several qui tam cases), trade secret theft, environmental crimes, student loan fraud, bankruptcy fraud and tax fraud. In addition to his trial practice, clients frequently call upon Albritton to conduct internal investigations regarding alleged misconduct in their businesses (including issues involving Sarbanes-Oxley); defend and coordinate responses to subpoenas from investigative bodies; develop corporate compliance programs, conduct employee and management training on compliance issues; and advise witnesses.

As the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida from 2008-2010, Albritton supervised the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters involving the federal government in the District. Albritton directed 110 assistant U.S. Attorneys in offices located in Tampa, Ft. Myers, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Ocala.

Under Albritton's leadership, the District substantially increased its white collar prosecutions and gained national recognition for its "Mortgage Fraud Surge" initiative. During his tenure, Albritton emphasized vigorous civil and criminal prosecution of health care fraud, and he worked to establish the Tampa Division's Medicare Fraud Strike Force (the "HEAT Team") and to resolve United States v. WellCare Health Plans, Inc., one of the largest healthcare fraud cases nationwide in 2009. While U.S. Attorney, Albritton also tried several criminal cases, most notably United States v. Beau Diamond, which involved a large Ponzi scheme that originated in Sarasota.

Albritton advises clients and handles litigation involving actions brought by governmental agencies against clients for regulatory and compliance violations. This nontraditional litigation often involves elements of both civil and criminal practice, and Albritton has successfully defended clients before a variety of administrative and governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education, the Florida Department of Environmental Affairs, Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, along with other state and local agencies.

In addition, Albritton frequently represented clients in investigations brought by attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission, and he has defended organizations nationwide that are involved in telemarketing and direct mail advertisements, including businesses in the hospitality, travel, credit counseling/debt management, and debt collection industries. Albritton advises clients how to comply with the myriad federal and state laws regulating telemarketing, direct mail and related types of consumer sales.

Albritton has litigated a variety of complex commercial actions involving contract disputes, fraud, civil RICO, trade practice and unfair competition claims, business torts, creditors' rights, and environmental litigation. For several years, he focused much of his civil practice on claims involving trade secrets, noncompetition agreements, and other restrictive covenants. Litigation of these claims is often very similar to criminal practice and frequently involves allegations of theft of trade secrets or other confidential business information by another business or competitor.

In addition to his experience as United States Attorney, Middle District of Florida from 2008 to 2010, Albritton was a partner in the Tampa office of Holland & Knight LLP (1990-2008). He also served as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law (1998-2004) and taught Federal Criminal Law Seminar and Federal Courts. He served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges, M.D. Florida (1988-1990).

Joseph C. Bodiford
Managing Partner
Bodiford Law P.A.

Bodiford is a New Port Richey criminal defense attorney. He is board certified and has tried over 120 jury trials, and hundreds of non-jury trials. He has an extensive client contact in preparation of cases, with focus on zealous and aggressive representation on development of a fact-driven theory of defense and litigation plan.

He is a member of defense team in United States v. Jarrell, the largest Medicare fraud case in the history of the Federal Middle District of Florida, and Criminal Justice Act panel attorney.

He received his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 1995 and was admitted to Federal District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida in 1996, Supreme Court of Florida in 1996 and United States Supreme Court in 2002. He made several media appearance as commentator on CNN, News Channel 8 and 10, Court TV and CNN International.

Cynthia A. Mikos, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Allen Dell P.A.

Mikos is a shareholder at Allen Dell P.A. in Tampa where she represents Florida licensed health care professionals and facilities in regulatory and business matters. A graduate from the Stetson University College of Law with honors in 1993, she is certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. She also holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor in Science in Nursing from West Virginia University. Mikos serves as chair-elect of The Florida Bar Health Law Section and is a former president of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Mikos has been identified as one of the Best Lawyers in America by Naifeh and Smith in the area of health law, as well as one of Florida's Super Lawyers.