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Elizabeth L. Parker
State and Federal Criminal Law

Kaplan & Parker LLP
3399 PGA Boulevard, Suite 150
Palm Beach Gardens, Fl 33410
(561) 296-7900
(561) 296-7919 facsimile
eparker@kaplanparkerlaw.com
   

Elizabeth L. Parker began her career as an Assistant State Attorney in the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office in 1998. While working as a prosecutor, Elizabeth handled Misdemeanor, Domestic Violence, Felony and Traffic Homicide cases including D.U.I. Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, and Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence. She served as the Deputy Chief of County Court from June of 2003 until December of 2006 and then as the Chief of the County Court Division and the Domestic Violence Division from January of 2007 until December of 2008. From January of 2009 until August of 2011, she held the position of Chief Assistant State Attorney.

As a Chief Assistant State Attorney her responsibilities specifically included: hiring of new attorneys, daily supervision of the Misdemeanor Division and Domestic Violence Unit, the Satellite offices, and the Appellate Unit, working closely with law enforcement on investigations, reviewing and assisting on search warrants and arrest warrants, constant case review for filing decisions, trial strategies, legal theories, ethical considerations, daily, weekly and monthly attorney training, caseload management, calendar coverage, liaison for statewide issues, complaint resolution relating to staff or charging decisions, and working closely with Judges to ensure efficiency in the courtrooms. 

In addition to the administrative duties as Chief Assistant, Elizabeth personally litigated cases of great public importance, involving new or novel issues of law, technical matters with expert witnesses, and high profile cases requiring substantial trial and media relations experience.

Elizabeth created the Advocacy Institute at the State Attorney’s Office and oversaw the training of each new lawyers and special prosecutors (private lawyers volunteering as prosecutors).

During her time, she trained hundreds of prosecutors how to successfully try DUI cases both in Palm Beach County and around the state. Elizabeth was a member of the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association (FPAA) Education Committee. During her time as an Assistant State Attorney, Ms. Parker lectured for the FPAA and the Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program for prosecutors in the areas of opening statement, closing argument, pre-trial motions, cross-examination of experts, and trial techniques. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) from 2007-2011.

In September of 2011 Elizabeth opened her own Victim Advocacy and Criminal Defense firm in Palm Beach County Florida.  Ms. Parker advocates on behalf of child victims of sexual abuse and works closely with law enforcement and prosecutors to be a voice for them and assist them throughout the criminal justice process. 

Ms. Parker teaches on behalf of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence to law enforcement officers throughout the State of Florida how to investigate incidents of Domestic Violence and how to properly collect and preserve evidence to enable prosecutions even when the victim refuses to cooperate.

As a criminal defense attorney Elizabeth has litigated high profile cases and has appeared on the Nancy Grace show and In Session as a legal analyst on high profile cases such as Jerry Sandusky, George Zimmerman, John Goodman, Adam Kauffman, and Tammy Smith.  She was the legal analyst for USA TODAY during the George Zimmerman trial.

Elizabeth Parker has appeared on Dateline, 20/20, Snapped, Sins and Secrets, Nothing Personal, and In Session for her role as the lead prosecutor in the Dalia Dippolito case. 

Elizabeth is also the author of the book “Poison Candy” a behind the investigation and beyond the courtroom scenes of the Dalia Dippolito case, with astonishing never-before-revealed facts and details far too lurid for the trial.

Ms. Parker received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University in 1994 and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1998.

NOTABLE CASES

Teresa Sievers Murder
Elizabeth Parker, partner at Kaplan & Parker LLP — the Palm Beach County law firm representing Wright — released this statement after the court hearing: "The decision of Curtis Wayne Wright to accept responsibility and plead guilty to second-degree murder will hopefully begin to answer many questions and bring closure to the family of Teresa Sievers. Mr. Wright is deeply sorry for the pain and lifetime of suffering that he has caused those who are affected by his actions in this case, including his family and most importantly Teresa Sievers' daughters."

John Goodman DUI Defense
Defense attorney Elizabeth Parker instead pressed Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Cpl. Troy Snelgrove on why he didn’t check for Goodman’s DNA at Goodman pal Kris Kampsen’s barn. Part of Goodman’s defense is that he chugged liquor at Kampsen’s barn after the 2010 crash that killed Scott Wilson, which would explain his .177 blood alcohol level hours after the crash.

 

 



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