Linda Julin McNamara
Former Deputy Chief, Appellate Division
A conviction and the imposition of a sentence in a federal criminal case does not necessarily mean the case is over. Every defendant has a right to appeal to a federal Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging errors committed by the trial court that resulted in conviction or an improper sentence. Effective practice in the federal Courts of Appeals requires specialized knowledge of deadlines and procedures and the ability to develop an effective appellate strategy.
Experience. Few attorneys have as much experience handling federal criminal appeals as Linda Julin McNamara does. During her 31-year tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida, she served as the Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division, handled nearly 1000 appeals in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and presented more than 100 oral arguments in that court. Many of those cases addressed complex white-collar crime, including public corruption, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and money laundering. She also has extensive experience in analyzing and addressing complex legal issues arising from indictments and investigations and in advising on trial and sentencing strategy.
Education & Admission. Ms. McNamara earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, where she was one of four students invited to join the highly selective Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at the end of her junior year. She earned her law degree from U.F.’s Levin College of Law, graduating as a member of the Order of the Coif. Based in Tampa, Florida, she is a member of the Florida Bar and admitted to practice in the Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, and all of the Federal District Courts in Florida.
Federal Appeals Handled (Small Selection):
- United States v. Witchard, 646 F. App’x 793 (11th Cir. 2016)—involving convictions on 30-count indictment charging mail fraud, filing false claims, theft of government property, and aggravated identity theft;
- United States v. Mayer, 679 F. App’x 895 (11th Cir. 2017)—involving convictions on charges of wire-fraud conspiracy affecting a financial institution in case involving the use of straw purchasers to obtain mortgage loans;
- United States v. Gow and Williams, No. 19-12053, 2021 WL 4206273 (11th Cir. 2021)—involving convictions on charges of wire fraud and money laundering for defendants who diverted county grant money to improper purposes;
- United States v. Ellis and Cortese, 817 F. App’x 780 (11th Cir. 2020)—involving money-laundering and fraud convictions following 13-day trial of defendants who engaged in a far-reaching fraud scheme;
- United States v. Young, 350 F.3d 1302 (11th Cir. 2003)—involving convictions on indictment charging defendant with several offenses relating to the failure to pay federal excise taxes on the purchase and sale of diesel fuel;
- United States v. Spellissy, 243 F. App’x 550 (11th Cir. 2007)—involving convictions on charges stemming from the defendant’s activities as a public official in inducing a public official at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, to obtain work for private contractors that were clients of the defendant’s company;
- United States v. Lezcano, 296 F. App’x 800 (11th Cir. 2008)—involving convictions on mail fraud charges stemming from insurance fraud;
- United States v. Gainer, 151 F. App’x 887 (11th Cr. 2005)—involving convictions on charges of bank fraud and bribery;
- United States v. Day, 405 F.3d 1293 (11th Cir. 2005)—involving mail fraud and conspiracy charges arising from defendants’ fraudulent use of not-for-profit companies;
- United States v. Stanton, 579 F. App’x 982 (11th Cir. 2014)—involving convictions on charges conviction on charges stemming from the defendant’s failure to file tax returns and his attempts to interfere with and impede the administration of the internal revenue laws;
- United States v. Shoss, 523 F. App’x 713 (11th Cir. 2013)—involving district court’s refusal to dismiss indictment charging the defendant with stealing corporate identity information;
- United States v. Newton, 766 F. App’x 742 (11th Cir. 2019)—involving several convictions on charges arising from fraud on companies that were in the factoring business and on investors in those companies;
- United States v. Murillo, 443 F. App’x 472 (11th Cir. 2011)—involving conviction on charge of wire affecting a financial institution arising from fraudulently obtained mortgage loan;
- King v. United States, 878 F.3d 1265 (11th Cir. 2018)— involving False Claims Act suit;
- United States v. Freeman, 631 F. App’x 784 (11th Cir. 2015)—involving bankruptcy fraud based on evidence that, during his Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding, the defendant had failed to disclose to the bankruptcy trustee and his creditors a bank account containing more than $700,000;
- United States v. Eyerman, 838 F. App’x 416 (11th Cir. 2020)—involving conviction on multiple wire-fraud and money-laundering charges, along with one charge of bankruptcy fraud;
- United States v. Davis, 491 F. App’x 48 (11th Cir. 2012)—involving convictions on wire fraud charges;
- United States v. Danzey, 842 F. App’x 413 (11th Cir. 2021)—appeal involving the obtaining of tax refunds with the personal-identification information that the defendant and his coconspirators bought from the dark web;
- United States v. Cavallo, 790 F.3d 1202 (11th Cir. 2015)—involving conviction on charge of conspiracy that the district court described as “one of the most devastating mortgage fraud conspiracies to affect central Florida”;
- United States v. Ben-Ari, 537 F. App’x 828 (11th Cir. 2013)—involving mail fraud convictions resulting from scheme to acquire real property by filing forged quitclaim deeds in county property records;
- United States v. Webb, 263 F.3d 168 (11th Cir. 2001)—involving multiple tax-fraud charges;
- United States v. Vaughn, 107 F. App’x 887 (11th Cir. 2004)—involving charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and of making false statements to the United States in connection with Medicare reimbursements;
- United States v. Martinez, 99 F. App’x 880 (11th Cir. 2004)— involving charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and of making false statements to the United States in connection with Medicare reimbursements;
- United States v Stark, Pound, and Schneiderman, 52 F. App’x 485 (11th Cir. 2002)—involving convictions following nine-month trial on 93-count indictment charging the defendants with the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars from a life insurance company;
- United States v. Trucchio, 273 F. App’x 836 (11th Cir. 2008)—involving convictions of members of the Gambino crime family on racketeering and extortion charges;
- United States v. Tiner, 152 F. App’x 891 (11th Cir. 2005)—involving conviction on charges of evasion of personal and corporate taxes;
- United States v. Malone, 454 F. App’x 711(11th Cir. 2011) —involving convictions following eight-day trial on charges of tax-evasion and related crimes.