Once Anthony graduated law school he was offered a position with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois as an Assistant State’s Attorney. In that position, he was able to gain valuable courtroom experience handling approximately 10-30 hearings a day, every day, for 18 months. As part of his duties, Anthony was assigned to the Child Protective Services Division. In that capacity, he was responsible for handling serious cases of child abuse and neglect. From initial emergency custody hearings through terminating parental rights, Anthony fought to ensure that children were not left in the hands of abusive caregivers. While in Chicago he received training from some of the best prosecutors in the country. As the second largest prosecutor’s office in the nation, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has an amazing base of trial attorneys that are dedicated to training and molding the next generation of great litigators.
To broaden his exposure to different areas of the law, Anthony decided to relocate to San Diego, California and obtain a master of laws (LL.M.) in trial advocacy, specializing in federal criminal defense. While completing is LL.M., Anthony interned with a well-known private Criminal Justice Act (CJA) attorney and assisted individuals facing serious federal charges. After completing his LL.M., Anthony attended the CJA Trial Skills Academy; the Academy is an intensive course taught by federal defenders and some of the best private defense attorneys in the nation. Participants are put through a vigorous week long course where they are required to present a criminal defense case before a panel of attorneys. Each and every move is literally recorded and critiqued by the panel to assist the attorney become a more effective courtroom litigator.