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 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.
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
The Florida Bar
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
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.
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
The Florida Bar
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Florida Notary Public
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.
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.
- 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
Alexander J. Smith-Johnson
Alexander J. Smith-Johnson, Esq was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. He attended Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx Borough of New York City. While in High School, Alex first developed his appreciation for public speaking and oratory. Thriving in public speaking and presentation competitions was an early love for Alex as he began to formulate the plans and aspirations that would guide his young life.
After graduating High School, Alex took his talents to Norfolk State University located in Norfolk, Va. While there, Alex developed his love for leadership and honed the professional skills and demeanor that laid foundation for the attorney he is today. Leadership roles such as Resident Adviser, Chapter President, and State Vice-President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc outline but a portion of the social affiliations Alex invested time into while attending college. In May of 2009, Alex received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and decided to pursue a career in the law.
In Fall 2010, Alex enrolled in the FAMU College of Law. It was during law school that the concept of criminal law was first introduced to Alex and it would prove to be a life-altering revelation. Alex immediately became consumed with the nuances of criminal law which became an undying ambition for the rest of his years in law school. Alex would go on to complete two legal internships during law school. Dedicating two summers to work in the Newport News District Attorneys Office located in Newport News, Va. and the Special Narcotics Prosecutors Office located in Brooklyn New York. During these internships, Alex would gain a perspective that would ultimately dictate his legal career. Alex began to look at criminal law from the eyes of those accused and it was at that moment he promised to dedicate all of his labor and ability to labor to defending those unable to defend themselves in the judicial system.
After Graduating from FAMU College of Law in 2013, Alex passed the July 2013 Florida Bar Exam and accepted a job as an Assistant Public Defender in the 7 th Judicial Circuit. Alex began at the misdemeanor level, defending cases such as battery, marijuana possession, passion of paraphernalia, and DUIs. As a misdemeanor attorney, Alex won eighteen of twenty trials and accumulated the highest win percentage in the 7th Circuit. Alex sat second-chair on two felony trials while still only at the misdemeanor level and was also able to aid in the acquittal of two felony defendants facing first degree felony counts at trial. Alex was also awarded the Best Advocate award at the 2015 statewide Public Defenders College. With over five years dedicated service in the Public Defenders Office, over six hundred cases resolved, and over forty jury trials participated in to date, Alex remains ever-eager for the challenges presented in the realm of criminal law and remains supremely focused on improving his abilities and being an even greater resource to those most in need of legal help.
As a member of the Smith and Eulo Law Firm, Alex has never forgotten his roots and uses his journey as a daily reminder of his purpose in life. Alex lives his life by the ethic of hard work and dedication and continues to dedicate himself to his craft years after his career started. Alex believes in being sharp, smart, and sincere in his approach to the law and wants to ensure that each client gets the absolute best representation and ability he has to offer.
FAMU College of Law, Orlando, FL
Degree: J.D., 2013
Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
Degree: B.S. Business Admin (concentration in marketing), 2009
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.
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
Florida Notary Public