Ken Eulo

Ken Eulo grew up in Los Angeles, California. As a student, he was consistently in the top ten percent of his advanced program of classes. He was also a top athlete and served as a mentor and assistant coach on baseball teams for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children. He moved to Central Florida in 1996 and attended the University of Central Florida on a Bright Future’s Scholarship in 2000, where he studied Criminal Justice and Pre-Law. During this time, he participated in “ride-alongs” with police, where he got a close look at criminal procedures and gained an understanding of criminal law. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science from UCF in 2005 with cum laude honors, Ken Eulo helped plan and run the first branch of the International Coffee Chain Testa Rosa, where he was offered advanced management training in Europe. However, he decided to return to his first love: The Law.

Ken Eulo Criminal Defense Lawyer Orlando

Ken Eulo attended Florida State University College of Law, graduating in 2010. During his law school career, he performed two internships, one with the Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Appeals Bureau, and the other with the Public Defender’s Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orlando, Florida. During his internship with the Attorney General’s Office, Ken Eulo drafted several lengthy appeals that were heard before the U.S. District Court of Appeals. During his internship with the Public Defender’s Office in Orlando Florida, he assisted in defending several misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. In 2010, Ken graduated from Florida State University College of Law in the top 10% of his graduating class, receiving cum laude graduation honors, as well as the prestigious Order of the Coif Award.

Upon graduating from FSU Law in 2010, Ken Eulo was offered several jobs, including a position of writing appeals for the Florida State Attorney General’s Office, but he accepted the opportunity to work as a Criminal Defense Attorney for the Public Defender’s Office in Orlando, Florida. He was hired and placed on salary before he took the bar. Months later, Ken Eulo passed The Florida Bar Exam with a 169 MBE Score, placing him in the upper percentile of all Florida Bar Exam test takers.

During his tenure with the Public Defender’s Office, Ken Eulo handled every aspect of Criminal Law Practice, including: Initial Appearances, Violations of Probation, Juvenile Delinquency Court, County Court (Misdemeanor Crimes), and Circuit Court (Felony Crimes). Ken Eulo has litigated and resolved more than 1,000 criminal cases. He has taken over 30 criminal cases to trial, including Capital Sexual Battery, Burglary, Battery, Rape, Lewd and Lascivious Conduct, Domestic Violence, DUI, and more.

Education

Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, FL
Degree: J.D., 2010
Honors: Order of the Coif (Top 10% of Graduating Class)

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Degree: B.S., 2005
Honors: Cum Laude
Major: Criminal Justice and Pre-Law

Professional Memberships
The Florida Bar
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Darryl R. Smith

Darryl R. Smith, Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation attorney, was born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Piscataway, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Darryl went on to attend Vanderbilt University Law School. During his law school career, Darryl Smith was recognized by Vanderbilt University Law School as a Chancellor’s Scholar, and also was named Senior Editor for the Southern Regional BLSA Law Review Journal. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School with his Juris Doctorate in 2011, and moved to Orlando to pursue his dream of practicing law in Central Florida.

Darryl Smith began his legal career with the Office of the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orlando, Florida, exclusively practicing criminal law. During his tenure with the office, he handled over 600 adult and juvenile misdemeanor cases from arraignment to case closure, including battery, possession of marijuana, petit theft, domestic violence, unlawful display of a firearm, driving with license suspended (DWLS), driving under the influence (DUI), and countless other misdemeanor offenses. In the short span of one year, Mr. Smith took 14 cases to trial.

In 2012, Darryl Smith was offered the prestigious opportunity to become a Civil Litigation Attorney with the Orlando Office of one of the largest civil defense law firms in the State of Florida, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer. During his time with Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, he played a vital role in litigating several high-profile personal injury cases on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies, including Walmart, Lowe’s, and Home Depot.

Driven by an undying passion to make a real difference in the community by defending the rights of those in need, Darryl Smith voluntarily left the world of corporate law and returned to practicing criminal law with the Office of the Public Defender. During his second tenure with the office, he defended over 400 adult felony cases from arraignment to case closure, including robbery, burglary, drug trafficking, dealing in stolen property, aggravated assault with a weapon, aggravated battery, punishable by life (PBL) offenses, and numerous other serious felony charges.

Mr. Darryl Smith has developed a reputation in the Central Florida legal community as a down-to-earth, compassionate, aggressive, and most of all highly effective advocate for his clients. He has also been nominated by Orlando Style Magazine as one of Orlando‘s Legal Elite. Mr. Smith has litigated over 1,000 criminal and civil cases, and has taken over 25 criminal cases to trial, ranging from Simple Battery to First-Degree Murder. He is dedicated to utilizing his legal knowledge, trial experience, and tireless work ethic to pursue justice for each and every one of his clients. Darryl Smith works as a Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation attorney for the Smith & Eulo Law Firm.

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN
Degree: J.D., 2011
Honors: Chancellor’s Scholar
Southern Regional BLSA Law Review Journal, Senior Editor

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Degree: B.A., 2008
Honors: Summa Cum Laude (Top 2% of Graduating Class)
Major: Administration of Justice and Legal Studies

Professional Memberships
The Florida Bar
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Florida Notary Public

Robert Zlatkin

Criminal Defense & Civil Litigation

Robert Zlatkin is an experienced, and dedicated Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation Attorney.  A graduate of the prestigious University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, Robert is a native Floridian with a strong connection to the Central Florida community. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in History and made a decision early on to return  to Orlando after law school to give back to the community he calls home.

Robert Zlatkin, Esq Criminal Defense Lawyer - Smith & Eulo Law Firm

As an Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orlando, Robert most recently prosecuted a broad range of cases including D.U.I., battery, robbery, domestic violence, battery, and a myriad of felonies including violations of probation (VOPs). With hundreds of hours of court appearances and  successful trials, it was here that Robert honed his litigation skills and developed a keen understanding of the nuances of the law.  With his unique perspective of both sides of the criminal justice system, Robert’s clients derive significant benefit from this advantage.

Robert Zlatkin has had a wide range of legal expeirence including federal plaintiff lawsuits under the Telephone Protection Consumer Act (TCPA) and insurance defense, medical malpractice, and personal injury as a summer associate at the respected law firm of Wicker, Smith, Ohara, McCoy and Ford .

A compassionate, skilled and experienced attorney, Robert is a strong and relentless advocate for his clients.

Education

University of Florida Fredrick G. Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL
Juris Doctor awarded May 2015

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude:  History with minor in Archeology, July, 2012

Professional Memberships
The Florida Bar
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Caleb Robinson

Criminal Defense

Caleb Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Orlando, FL in elementary school. After attending Olympia High School, Caleb enrolled at the University of Central Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Education and Business. After graduating from UCF, Caleb spent some time teaching high school history and reading before pursuing his dream of attending law school.

Caleb Robinson

While at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Caleb developed a passion for criminal defense and helping those accused of crimes navigate the criminal justice system. During his first year of law school, he served as a Judicial Intern for Judge Keith Carsten, gaining valuable experience in the courtroom. After his second year of law school, Caleb spent his summer in a small rural town in Southern Indiana writing briefs, orders, and other complicated motions for both the city and the Judge, further solidifying his desire to pursue a career as a litigator.

After graduating law school and passing the bar exam, Caleb immediately joined the 9th Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender in Downtown Orlando.  While an Assistant Public Defender, Caleb handled all types of cases, from 2nd Degree Misdemeanors to 1st Degree Felonies. He successfully completed many felony and misdemeanor trials that resulted in either an acquittal or a not guilty verdict. Caleb brings this experience to the Smith & Eulo Law Firm and is excited to continue to assist those in the Central Florida community and beyond who are facing the difficult experience of being accused of a crime. Caleb knows that every case is different and requires a unique and detailed approach to reach the best possible outcomes for every client.

Education

University of Florida Levin College of Law,  Gainesville, FL
Degree: Juris Doctor, 2019

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in History, Minors in Education and Business, 2015

Professional Memberships
The Florida Bar

Kortney Daly

Attorney

Kortney Daly was born in Clearwater, Florida. Kortney attended Palm Harbor University High school and St. Petersburg College simultaneously during her last two years of high school. She obtained her Associates Degree upon completion of high school. She then moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida where she majored in Legal studies with a specialized focus in Criminal law and Individual liberties, as well as a focus in litigation and Advocacy.

After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2015, Kortney continued her education at Stetson University College of Law. While in law school, Kortney focused on clinical education and practical experiences to prepare her for the practice of law. She completed an internship or clinic every semester she was eligible during her legal education. She worked as judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Thane Covert researching issues and watching court every day to get a sense of the day to day in a criminal court room. She then interned for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida where she researched complex issues and wrote motions for the US Attorney’s Office.
The Summer before her last year of law school, she moved to Chicago, Illinois to intern for the Federal Defender Program where she helped research legal issues, prepared motions, and met with clients who were charged with Federal crimes.

In her final year of law school, she completed two clinics as a Certified Legal Intern. The first clinic was with the State Attorney’s Office: in the 6th Judicial Circuit where she tried cases to verdict and defended motions to suppress for the State. In her final semester she worked as a Certified legal Intern for The Public Defender’s office in the 6th Judicial Circuit. While at the Public Defender’s office she worked with juveniles who had pending delinquency and dependency cases. She would help represent the children in both their criminal case and their case with the Department of Children and Families. She gained a lot of experience navigating the dependency system while helping children who came from sensitive and complex situations.

After Passing the bar, Kortney moved back to Orlando and began her career at the Public Defender’s Office. While at the Public Defender’s Office she handled over 1,500 cases from arrest to case resolution. While working for the Public Defender’s Office, she handled misdemeanor and felony cases. Kortney filed motions to suppress in several cases and tried many cases to verdict. She always advocated zealously for her indigent clients.

Education

Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL
Degree: Juris Doctor, 2018

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 2015

Professional Memberships
The Florida Bar
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Luz Root

Background

Luz Root was born in Argentina and moved to the United States to pursue a collegiate tennis scholarship. She attended Point University in Georgia and was a full-time student athlete. Although English is her second language, she was on the Dean’s List and Honor Class Member all four years of college. Luz graduated top of her class, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor in Business Management and a Minor in Biblical Studies.

Luz Root Criminal Defense LawyerLuz moved to Orlando, Florida, to continue her education at Barry University School of Law, where she received an academic scholarship. Throughout law school, she interned at NeJame Law, where she found her passion for Criminal Defense. During her Internship, she assisted in defending cases, both in State and Federal Court. She worked on several felony cases, including armed robbery, child pornography, drug trafficking, burglary, aggravated battery, DUI manslaughter, and first-degree murders.

In her last year of law school, she also completed the Juvenile Defense Clinic and the Advanced Juvenile Defense Clinic, where she became a Certified Legal Intern (CLI). During her clinics, she represented juveniles facing up to first degree felonies. Before graduating, Luz accepted the opportunity to work at the Public Defender’s Office in the Ninth Judicial Circuit, in Orlando, Florida. Luz graduated at the top 20% of her class and she passed the Florida Bar with a score placing her in the upper 97% percentile of her class.

During her tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, she represented over 400 clients facing Misdemeanors and Criminal Traffic charges including Petit Theft, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Battery, Driving While License Suspended (DWLS), Open Carrying a Firearm, Stalking, Trespass, and Drug Possessions, among others. She assisted her clients throughout all steps of the legal process and received favorable outcomes, including granted Motions to Suppress and Not Guilty by jury trial.

Her bilingual skills help her represent and educate Spanish-Speaking clients as to how the criminal justice system works. She is a compassionate and hard-working attorney, who zealously advocates for her clients.

Education

Barry University School of Law, Orlando, FL
Degree: Juris Doctor, 2021
(Top 20% of Graduating Class)

Point University, West Point, FL
Degree: B.B.M., 2018
Honors: Magna Cum Laude (Top 10% Graduating Class)

Professional Memberships
The Florida Bar
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Rose Hernandez

Background

Rose Hernandez grew up in Fort Myers, Florida. She moved to Central Florida in 2008 while in high school. After graduating from Celebration High School in 2010, she attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she studied Criminology and Linguistics. She also obtained a teaching certificate to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). During this time, she worked with a non-profit organization tutoring at-risk elementary, middle, and high school students in Micanopy, Florida.

 

Rose Hernandez EsquireAfter graduating from the University of Florida in 2014, Rose returned to Central Florida. She spent some time teaching ESOL in Orlando before returning to school to pursue her law degree. In 2015, Rose began attending Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida. During law school, she participated in clinical programs with FSU Law’s Public Interest Law Center, where she worked on juvenile dependency, immigration, and criminal cases. She also worked for the Florida Department of Financial Services in the Office of the General Counsel, where she helped prosecute insurance agents for violations of their licensure requirements. During this time, she was a member of the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, and President of the student organization Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

 

After graduating from FSU College of Law in 2018, Rose accepted a position as an Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the Public Defender in Kissimmee, Florida. During this time, she handled over 1,000 cases from arrest to case resolution. She represented clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Possession of a Controlled Substance, Burglary, and Aggravated Assault. She handled every aspect of criminal law practice including initial appearances, violations of probation, and post-conviction motions. She took many cases to trial and obtained favorable verdicts for clients facing charges including Petit Theft, Felony Battery, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, and Aggravated Child Abuse.

Education

Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, FL
Degree: J.D., 2018

 

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Degree: B.A., 2014
Honors: Cum Laude
Majors: Criminology, Linguistics

Professional Memberships
The Florida Bar

Languages
English, Spanish

Cynthia Knackmuhs

Senior Paralegal

Cynthia Knackmuhs is a Senior Paralegal at the Smith & Eulo Law Firm with over 20 years of experience in Criminal and Civil law. She is a graduate of Grandview University with a B.A Degree in Paralegal/Criminal Justice in which she earned in 2015. Cynthia has held multiple government positions with Osceola, Orange, and Seminole Counties, and is a Notary Public in the State of Florida.

After entering the legal field, Cynthia worked as a Court Specialist for the Criminal, Traffic and Civil Divisions of the Osceola and Orange Count

y Clerk’s Office for several years. She also worked in the Polk County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Iowa over 6 years, the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office, and in the private sector in personal injury, family law, probate, juvenile, corporate, criminal and civil law.

Cynthia has been happily married for over 30 years to a Disabled Army Veteran, and has one daughter who holds two degrees in film and is currently pursuing a B.A. Degree in Film at UCF. Cynthia is extremely passionate about the law and justice, and is committed to making sure each and every client of the Smith & Eulo Law Firm receives excellent service and top-notch representation. 

Education

Grandview University, Des Moines, Iowa
Degree: B.A. Paralegal/Criminal Justice Degree, 2015

Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, Iowa
Degree: A.S. Degree Legal Assistant/Criminal Justice, 2004
Certifications: Polk County Mediation/Interrogation and Interview Tactics/Family Law.

Valencia Community College, Kissimmee, Florida
Law Theory Certificate

Seminole State College, Sanford, Florida
Business/Real-Estate/Political Science/Criminal Justice  

Professional Memberships
Florida Notary Public

 

Jessica Mercado

Senior Paralegal

Jessica MercadoJessica Mercado served in USMC for 20 years and is now retired. She served on 2 deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. She graduated from Everest University with an A.S in Nursing and Surgical Technologist in 2004 and with a B.A. in Paralegal Studies in 2006. She worked as a paralegal for over 19 years. She started her career as a reception in P.I. Law Firm in Tampa, FL. She has worked in many different areas within the law field, from Personal Injury, Family Law, Construction Defect, to Insurance defense.

She is a mother and grandmother to a 3-year-old autistic boy and an 8-month girl.  Her son is enlisted in the USMC and will be leaving to boot camp soon. She is very passionate about justice and making sure everyone has proper representation. In her free time, she enjoys riding her motorcycle, painting and creating art.

Education/Military Service

U.S. Marine Corps 1997-2005 active duty
U.S. Marine Corps Inactive Reserve 2005-2017
Retired 2017 – Honorable Discharge

Everest University
Degree: A.S. Surgical Technology/RN – Dual enrollment, 2004
Degree: BS Paralegal Studies, 2005

Professional Memberships
Florida Notary Public