Dione R. Talkington Fletcher
Attorney At Law, P.A.
National Criminal Defense College, Macon, GA 1997
Trial School Certificate,
Completed intensive two-week interactive course taught by some of the country’s finest attorneys. Prepared and argued a mock case and received critiques on five aspects: uncooperative client interview, voir dire, opening statement, forgetful witness direct examination, hostile witness cross-examination, and closing argument.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Atlanta, GA 1996
Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN
Juris Doctor, 1992, Dean’s List
- Study Abroad: University of Detroit Law School, at London, England, Autumn, 1990
- Intern, Legal Department, Lehman Brothers Brokerage, London, England, Fall/Winter 1990. Performed complex research and writing for securities house.
- Law Clerk, Peterson & Associates, Minneapolis, MN, Winter – Summer 1990
Simpson College, Indianola, IA Bachelor of Arts Cum laude in International Business and French, 1987
Study Abroad: French immersion term based in Normandy, France
Talkington Fletcher Law Office, re-established practice in Orlando, Florida Dec., 2006-Present
Focus is criminal defense litigation. Acquittals in all areas of criminal law obtained.
Previously located in Windom & Jackson, MN 1994 – 2005
Sole practitioner with two office locations. Practice specialties in litigation, and government contract work. Also handled business, estate, medical assistance and tax planning, probate, real estate, and some personal injury cases. Maintained regular speaking engagements in the local business communities.
Acquittals in controlled substance, arson, counterfeit, DWI, assault/battery, burglary, sex cases.
Belhaven University Orlando Campus, October, 2007 - Present
Adjunct Faculty Member Instructing Courses in both the Masters and Bachelors programs: business law, business ethics and ethics in health care administration. All students at the Orlando location are working adults attending evening classes once weekly for four hours.
Ninth Judicial District of the State of Florida, May, 2005 to Dec., 2006
Assistant Public Defender, Felony Attorney
Managed trial case load, supervised certified legal interns, performed community outreach and training on legal system through mock trial programs and local law school events.
Acquittals in battery, sexual battery, aggravated stalking, drug trafficking, possession and other felony cases.
Fifth Judicial District of the State of Minnesota, Nov., 1994 – May, 2005
Assistant Public Defender (part-time employee)
Responsible for all aspects of criminal defense from serious felonies to misdemeanors as well as representation in civil matters. Reduced time between first appearances and final disposition of cases in 2 counties by 80% by devising and implementing organizational change in court docket system, receiving a commendation from the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Windom Area Hospital, 1999 – 2004
Board of Directors
Hired and provided oversight of hospital CEO in formulating corporate policies, approving financial investments, expenditures, and bond issues to fund expansion (including new ER), as well as day-to-day operations of the hospital. Approved settlements of legal disputes, hired medical doctors, and granted medical staff privileges. Chair of Professional Practices Committee,
Board of Pharmacy Examiners, Des Moines, IA 1994
Investigated complex pharmaceutical misconduct. Worked closely with Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in gathering evidence and interviewing prescribing physicians. Drafted letters of reprimand to pharmacists who were in violation of state regulations.
Briol & Wilmes, Minneapolis, MN 1991 – 1992
While attending law school, worked the maximum number of hours permitted by ABA rules, conducted legal research and writing for securities litigation and business law firm.
Iowa Paint Inc., Des Moines, IA Oscar Mayer, Perry, IA Park Inn – Des Moines, IA
Accounts Payable, Receivable, and Bookkeeping Meeting and special events coordinator
Admitted to State Bar of Minnesota 1992 Admitted to State Bar of Florida2005
Windom Area Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, 2002 – 2004, a 501c3 organization formed to raise funds for medical education and technology improvements.
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 to present
Windom’s Women’s Investment Group, 1998 – 2000