Mr. Ross is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Business Administration, he graduated from the University of Miami Law School in 1976. Since his admission to the Florida Bar in 1976, Mr. Ross has limited his practice exclusively to the defense of criminal matters in both State and Federal Courts. Mr. Ross has appeared in criminal courts throughout the country and has earned a national reputation as one of the pre-eminent criminal defense lawyers. His reputation became national in scope with the stunning acquittal of Oscar Rivera Nuñez who was alleged to have been the source of cocaine in Bolivia to what was then alleged to have been one of the largest cocaine smuggling organizations in the United States. His performance in United States v. Oscar Rivera Nunez is documented in Coming Clean, the Story of a Cocaine Drug Lord by Jorge Valdes (Waterbrook Press, 1999). Mr. Ross is described therein by the author: “Alan was a pro; he was the best of the best.. ”
Mr. Ross built upon his quickly established and national reputation as one of the best through a long list of acquittals in major federal drug cases throughout the United States. Some of the more memorable cases include the acquittal of all Defendants in what popularly became known as the “Bubba Bust” case in Key West, Florida. The Bubba Bust case was memorable, not only because of its result, but because Mr. Ross had the government’s star witness arrested on the witness stand for a crime that the witness had concealed from the government. No less memorable is the acquittal of Police Captain Robert Liuzo who was alleged to have received bribes and provided protection for a drug organization in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Ross’ reputation, however, was not built solely on the defense of drug cases. The acquittal of his client, Farhin Sanai in the United States Government’s misdirected prosecution popularly known as “Iranscam”, was a highly publicized and now, infamous case in U.S. History. Mr. Ross’ investigation and successful defense in Iranscam resulted in his being invited by the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary to testify regarding FBI undercover operations before the Sub-Committee on Civil and Constitutional Rights.
Mr. Ross has also established himself as one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the State Courts of Florida as well. The stunning “not guilty” verdict in the first degree murder prosecution of Michael Weaver is but one of numerous acquittals that Mr. Ross has obtained in the most serious of cases prosecuted in the State Courts of Florida. His vast experience and expertise in the defense of homicide cases was showcased in State of Florida v. Joyce Cohen, and was subsequently documented in the book written about the case; In the Fast Lane by Carol Cope (Simon & Schuster, 1993). His legal work in the Cohen case has also been documented in numerous national television programs including, Court TV, 48 hours, City Confidential, Hard Copy, CBS Evening News, and other major network news magazines. The video footage of Mr. Ross’ cross-examination of the medical examiner in the Cohen case continues to be used by medical examiners’ offices as a training film to prepare forensic pathologists for expert and rigorous cross-examination. Noted and nationally recognized forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, the former Chief Medical Examiner of New York, wrote that “Ross’ knowledge and use of the science of pathology is impressive..” Dr. Baden referred to Ross as the “Clarence Darrow of criminal defense attorneys.” Mr. Ross has also been a leader among criminal defense attorneys in addressing the overzealousness of prosecutors and government agents in federal drug investigations. The government’s misdirected and ill-conceived efforts to violate his client’s constitutionally protected right to effective counsel resulted in a dismissal of the government.s case in United States v. Rosenthal. His work in that case was documented as an example of the government’s overreaching in their war on drugs in Steven Wisotsky’s book Breaking the Impasse in the War on Drugs.
Mr. Ross’ excellence as a criminal defense attorney has been consistently recognized by his peers. Mr. Ross has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating (A.V.) every year since 1978. Martindale Hubbell has also recognized Mr. Ross as Pre-Eminent Criminal Defense Counsel in its Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.. Mr. Ross has also been consistently nominated to Law and Leading Attorneys which includes the names of exceptional Florida attorneys as determined by a statewide survey of lawyers conducted by the American Research Corporation.
Mr. Ross is a frequent lecturer and invited speaker at seminars sponsored by both National and State Criminal Defense Associations.
Mr. Ross was admitted to the Supreme Court of Florida in 1976 and subsequently to the United States Supreme Court in 1979. He is a member of United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. He has been admitted to the United States Tax Court since 1978. He is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States District Court for the District of Wisconsin.
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