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DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)

About the DUIDLA


  • Executive Director: Deandra Grant
  • President: Sarah Schielke

Mission and History

The DUI Defense Lawyers Association (known as "DUIDLA") was incorporated in June of 2014. The organization became a 501c(6) non-profit organization in order to promotes excellence in aggressively defending those charged with DUI or DWI related crimes across the United States.

DUIDLA provides training and education to its members, including many of the top DUI attorneys across the United States. At last count, the organization had approximately 800 members. The stated purpose of DUIDLA is:

"To protect and ensure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the state and Federal Constitutions in DUI-related cases; to resist the constant efforts which are being made to curtail these rights; to encourage cooperation between lawyers engaged in the furtherance of these objectives through educational programs and other assistance; to serve as the first and last line of defense of the Constitution; to assist attorneys and public defenders in obtaining advanced training in DUI related areas through our education scholarship grants."

Members are encouraged to take on leadership positions within the organization. DUIDLA prides itself on transparency and intends to:

  • publish all financial aspects of the organization on the members-only section of its website;
  • hold meetings that are open to all members when important decisions are made impacting the organization; and
  • elect its leaders through a democratic vote.

DUIDLA serves attorneys, both private attorneys and public defenders, in obtaining knowledge and advanced training in DUI-related areas. The organization is a network of attorneys nationwide committed to DUI education and outreach.




Mark Ryan Thiessen
Houston, TX
Sarah Schielke
Loveland, CO
John C Collins
Little Rock, AR
Gregory Allen Willis
Atlanta, GA
Kyla Lee
Kyla Lee
Vancouver, BC
Daniel James Sabol
Columbus, OH
Matt Brock
Chattanooga, TN
Deandra Michelle Grant
Executive Director
Dallas, TX

DUIDLA Members Active on Lawyer Legion

William C. Head
William C. Head, PC
Atlanta, GA
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The Law Office of Kevin Bennett
Austin, TX
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Stephen Lyle Hamilton
Texas Criminal Defense Group
Lubbock, TX
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Lawrence Abram Kohn
Kohn & Yager LLC
Atlanta, GA
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The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler
Austin, TX
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John W. Molony
John W. Molony Law Firm, LLC
Charleston, SC
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Contact the DUIDLA

DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
3300 Oak Lawn Avenue Suite 700
Dallas, 75219

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DUIDLA 2024 Seminar Schedule

2024 Spring Seminar Orlando

April 11 - 13, 2024

Orlando, FL

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

1500 Masters Blvd, Championsgate, Florida 33896 | (407) 390-6664

DUIDLA offers two ways to register for this Seminar – In-Person and Live Stream. You can change your registration to In-Person or Live Stream until April 1, 2024. 


Course Directors


Keeley Karatinos

Dade City, FL


Henry Nguyen

Houston, TX


Lee Lockett

Jacksonville Beach, FL


AnneMarie Rizzo

Sarasota, FL

Seminar Agenda

Thursday Session: April 11, 2024 [300 minutes]


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Committee Meetings

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Break

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Welcome Remarks (Tim Huey, JD (OH) – Seminar Chair & AnneMarie Rizzo, JD, GC, MS (FL) – Course Director

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo: The Art of Jury Selection – Rafe Foreman, JD (TX)

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Fantasia: Directing a Defense Expert – Jan Semenoff & Deandra Grant, JD, GC, MS (TX)

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Which Defenses Work and Which Need Pixie Dust – Dr. Bruce Goldberger (FL)

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM BREAK (Snacks)

2:30 PM – 3:30PM Finding Neverland: Retrograde Extrapolation Panel – Dr. Bruce Goldberger (FL), Jan Semenoff, & Deandra Grant, JD, GC, MS (TX)

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM A Whole New World: The Age of Social Media & Your Client – Kyla Lee, JD (CAN)

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM BREAK (Snacks)

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM ETHICS: Avoiding Poisoned Apples in your Practice – Henry Nguyen, JD (TX)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Dinner Reception & Tropical Bash

Friday Session: April 12, 2024 [285 minutes]

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM Light Breakfast

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Announcements (Lee Lockett, JD (FL) – Course Director)

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Hakuna Matata: Basics of SFSTs – Robert Reiff, JD (FL)

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Kachow: Effects of Kinetics within the Vehicle on SFSTs – Chris Stewart, JS Held Consulting (FL)

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM BREAK (snacks)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Genie’s Lamp: Defending your Client Using Car Technology – Tim Huey, JD (OH)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (LUNCH) Thingamabobs & Whatsits Galore: A Primer on Blood Testing Equipment – Lee Polite, PhD, MS, NREMT, Axion Labs (IL)

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist Recognition, DUIDLA Prize Wheel & Awards

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM I’m a Real Boy: Using Props at Trial – Lee Lockett, JD (FL)

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Scorpion Presentation: Brian Blades

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Big Bad Wolf: The Basics of Breath Testing – Robert Harrison, JD (FL) & Elliott Wilcox, JD (FL)

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM PHOTOS – DUIDLA Board, Officers, District Reps, State Ambassadors (all DUIDLA members welcome to attend)

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM DUIDLA Board & Members Meeting (all DUIDLA members welcome to attend)

Saturday Session – April 13, 2024 [195 minutes]

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Light Breakfast

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Announcements (Henry Nguyen, JD (TX) and Keeley Karatinos, JD (FL) – Course Directors

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM What’s that Word Again: Back to Basics for Young Lawyers – Keeley Karatinos, JD (FL)

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Treasure Hunt: Master Pre-Trial Discovery – AnneMarie Rizzo, JD, GC, MS (FL)

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Down the Rabbit Hole: Winning DUID Cases with PCP & Other Drugs – Sean Darvishi, JD (TX)

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Break (Heavy Snacks) and Intoxalock presentation

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Just Keep Swimming: Basics of Cross-Examination – Dan Sabol, JD (OH)

Total CLE Hours

780 minutes

60 min states = 13 hours

50 min states = 15.60 hours

Ethics = 1 hours


2024 Fall Seminar Austin

September 5 - 7, 2024

DUIDLA Justice Foundation

The DUIDLA Justice Foundation is the charitable arm of the organization which supports the education of lawyers throughout the United States and Canada.

One function of the DUIDLA Justice Foundation is to provide scholarships to younger attorneys and public defenders. The tuition scholarships allow younger attorneys and public defenders to attend advanced training sessions and seminars on DUI defense.

Membership Categories

Attorneys who are actively engaged in the defense of DUI-related cases are eligible for membership in the organization. Members are generally required to complete one DUI-dedicated continuing legal education (CLE) seminar per year.

The DUIDLA does not accept members who are employed as prosecutors by any city, state, or federal government or anyone who works in any capacity that is in conflict with the objectives and purposes of the Association.

Charter members include 27 individuals who paid the Charter Membership dues and are not required to pay annual dues. Charter members serve as the initial officers, initial directors, and the DUIDLAJF initial board.

Other membership levels include:

  • Sustaining Membership;
  • Founding Membership;
  • Law Student Membership;
  • Affiliate Membership;
  • Public Defender Membership; and
  • Paralegal Membership.

Standing Committees

The standing committees on DUIDLA include:

  • Budget Committee;
  • Affiliate Organization Committee;
  • Board Certification Committee;
  • Technology Committee;
  • Outreach Committee; and
  • Seminar Committee.

DUIDLA Bad Ass Awards

Over the years, the DUIDLA Awards Committee has designated recipients for the DUIDLA Bad Ass, the highest honor bestowed by the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. Award presented during the Spring or Fall Seminar.

Past recipients include:

  • Greg Willis, 2019
  • Kyla "Boxcar" Lee, 2019
  • Sarah Schielke, 2021
  • Tim Huey, 2021

DUIDLA Board Certification in DUI Defense

The DUIDLA provides a path to becoming a Board Certified Specialist in the area of DUI Defense. To earn your status as a specialist, you must meet the education and experience requirements to sit for the DUIDLA Board Certification Exam and score a passing grade on the exam.

The Board Certification is issued by the DUIDLA Board Certification Committee. DUIDLA has tailored the experience requirements to allow members from across the United States to be eligible for this important distinction. Attorneys who earn Board Certification from DUIDLA must still follow the rules in their home state for advertising this designation.

The suggested resources to study for the board certification exam include:

  • all versions of the NHTSA SFST manuals
  • validation studies
  • DRE manuals
  • Garriott’s Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol (5th and 6th editions)
  • Past and current issues of Counterpoint: The Journal of Science and the Law
  • "Basic Gas Chromatography" by Harold McNair

Questions on the exam require knowledge of the significant US Supreme Court decisions that impacted DUI and DWI cases.

The board certification exam administered by DUIDLA also explores ethical considerations involved in DUI/DWI defense practice. Applicants should also possess a working knowledge of:

  • Alcohol and drug pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Retrograde extrapolation
  • Breath testing theory and science

The requirements for earning board certification include:

  • Being an attorney admitted to practice and a member in good standing in one or more states or territories of the United States, the District of Columbia or in
  • The application must conduct business for an average of at least 3 days per week with at least 50% of the attorney's practice being devoted to DUI/DWI defense for the five year period preceding the application.
  • Meeting the education and CLE requirements
  • Meeting the experience and task requirements
  • Paying the $500 application fee and submitting the completed application
  • Providing the required peer review references
  • Obtaining a passing score on the Board Certification Exam
  • Obtaining approval from the DUIDLA Board Certification Committee

Past Seminars


2023 Fall Seminar Atlanta

September 28 - 30, 2023

Atlanta, GA



3rd Annual DUIDLA Women’s Retreat

August 11 - 13, 2023

Las Vegas, NV



2023 NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Student Course

June 29 - 30, 2023

Dallas, TX



2023 Spring Seminar Nashville

April 20 - 22, 2023

Nashville, TN



Champions Trial Skills

December 9 - 10, 2022

Indianapolis, IN



2022 Fall Seminar Austin

September 8 - 10, 2022

Austin, TX



2ND Annual DUIDLA Women’s Retreat 2022

August 12 - 14, 2022

Nashville, TN



2022 Spring Seminar Denver

April 7 - 9, 2022

Denver, CO



Indianapolis SFST-ARIDE-DRE Seminar 2022

January 13 - 16, 2022

Indianapolis, IN



DUIDLA Champions Trial Skills Workshop

December 3 - 4, 2021

Indianapolis, IN



Trying Cases in a COVID World

October 29, 2020

Dallas, TX



2020 Fall Seminar Austin – Live Stream Webinar

September 10 - 12, 2020

Austin, TX



2021 Spring Seminar Charleston

April 29 - May 1, 2021

Charleston, SC



Fall Seminar 2021 Chicago, Illinois

September 9 - 11, 2021

Chicago, IL



DUIDLA Ohio Trial Skills Workshop Columbus, Ohio

March 14, 2020

Columbus, OH



1ST Annual DUIDLA Women’s Retreat 2021

August 6 - 8, 2021

Nashville, TN



2020 Spring Seminar Washington, D.C.

April 17 - 20, 2020

Washington, DC



DUIDLA SFST Short Course | Scottsdale, AZ 2020

January 24, 2020

Scottsdale, AZ



DUIDLA Champions Trial Skills Workshop

December 7, 2019

Indianapolis, IN



2019 Fall Seminar San Diego

September 19 - 21, 2019

San Diego, CA



2019 Spring Seminar Nashville

April 4 - 6, 2019

Nashville, TN



2018 Fall Seminar Philadelphia

September 20 - 22, 2018

Philadelphia, PA



2018 Spring Seminar Sunny Isles

April 26 - 28, 2018

Sunny Isles, FL



Midwest Trial Skills Training & Workshop

March 10, 2018

Columbus, OH



DUIDLA Trial Skills Seminar

January 26 - 27, 2018

Scottsdale, AZ



Introductory Breath Alcohol Testing Workshop

February 24, 2018

Key West, FL



The Intensive Breath Alcohol Testing Workshop

August 18, 2017

Atlanta, GA



Intensive Breath Testing Workshop

June 2, 2017

Scottsdale, AZ



2017 Fall Seminar Charleston

September 14 - 16, 2017

Charleston, SC



2017 Spring Seminar Austin

April 27 - 29, 2017

Austin, TX



2016 Summer Seminar Denver

July 7 - 9, 2016




2016 Winter Seminar Scottsdale

January 15 - 17, 2016

Scottsdale, AZ

Directory of DUI Defense Lawyers in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of DUI defense lawyers which includes both DUIDLA members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a DUI attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the DUIDLA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for DUIDLA Founding Members, Charter Members, those who have earned the designation as a "Lawyer-Scientist" from the American Chemical Society, and DUIDLA members who are active on Lawyer Legion and have provided information about their involvement with the DUIDLA.

Use this directory to find a DUI defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your state from the list below.

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