Anne M. Wedge-McMillen has almost twenty (20) years of experience in the criminal law arena.
Ms. Wedge-McMillen is a lawyer乐福彩票网 and small business owner. She has worked as a legal and mindfulness consultant for the past 3.5 years. In this capacity she has advised state and federal law enforcement, criminal defense attorneys, and social justice consultants and leaders in all aspects of criminal investigations, trial proceedings, and mental health considerations in the criminal justice system. She has also proudly represented clients charged with criminal offenses as an attorney at the Umansky Law Firm. Ms. Wedge-McMillen defended several clients charged with complex drug trafficking, robbery, racketeering, and sex crimes cases to name a few.
Ms. Wedge-McMillen worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida, an Assistant Statewide Prosecutor for the Florida Attorney General's Office, and a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida from 1999-2013. This combined prosecutorial experience has provided her a very in-depth understanding of the criminal case investigative process and strategy used in litigating criminal cases.
Having conducted over fifty (50) jury trials ranging from simple first degree misdemeanor cases of Driving Under the Influence and the like all the way to charges as serious as First Degree Murder and Drug Trafficking, Ms. Wedge-McMillen has experience that is matched by few in the Central Florida legal community. She has also prosecuted very difficult cases such as Conspiracy involving wiretaps and Racketeering involving organized crime. Over the last five years of her prosecutorial career, Ms. Wedge-McMillen specialized in investigation and prosecution of what are commonly known as "Pill Mills." Having been tasked with assisting law enforcement in investigating these organizations and ultimately their prosecution, Ms. Wedge-McMillen developed a unique understanding of regulatory law that assisted her criminal defense clients. Ms. Wedge-McMillen has advised the following state and federal law enforcement taskforces on this complex area of law and medicine: the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Department of Health, the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Investigative Unit, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation in Orlando, Florida.
She has had extensive opportunities to observe and participate in countless investigations and prosecutions involving the smuggling, both within the United States and internationally, of controlled substances, human growth hormone, and anabolic steroids. Ms. Wedge-McMillen is such a source of knowledge on state and federal healthcare law and controlled substance laws she has been asked to instruct others on these subjects. She has given presentations for many agencies including the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Prosecuting Attorney's Association, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution.
Ms. Wedge-McMillen has a vast knowledge of gang and organized crime investigations and prosecutions in Florida and around the United States. During 2008-2009, Ms. Wedge-McMillen was appointed as an advisor to the Statewide Grand Jury on this subject. She also assisted in training law enforcement and other state agencies, including many prosecutorial agencies, on recognition and presence of gangs in Florida and in other jurisdictions. She has also instructed these agencies on Florida's gang laws and how to use the RICO statute successfully in the prosecution of gangs and other organized crime units. She has instructed, as an independent contractor, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada, and Florida (and others) on gang, wiretap and racketeering law.
As a legal advisor over the past four years, Anne taught Wiretaps, Gang Wiretaps, Conspiracy, Racketeering, Drug Trafficking, Search and Seizure, Search Warrants, Interdictions, Testifying in Complex Litigation cases, and Forfeiture Process and Litigation to state and and federal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies in Florida and across the country乐福彩票网. Among other areas, she highlighted the use of wiretaps as an investigative tool in targeting criminal street gangs, and provided in-depth instruction on the legal requirements of wiretap investigations, such as the affidavits and intercept orders which are required to complete a successful investigation.
Ms. Wedge-McMillen is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar. She currently serves on the Criminal Justice and Government Lawyer sections of the Florida Bar. She is a member of the American Bar Association. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association. Ms. Wedge-McMillen recently began training with the Central Florida Legal Aid Society Guardian Ad Litem program to represent children and incapacitated adults in dependency actions as a pro bono attorney. She is a member of the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers.
Ms. Wedge-McMillen is a member of Chapter EB of PEO; a women’s organization dedicated to the education and protection of women. She is an active member of her childrens’ Parent Teacher Committees.
Ms. Wedge-McMillen is a proud member of the Central Florida Downtown YMCA Advisory Board and has served the Board since 2015. She is a volunteer basketball coach for children ranging in age from five to thirteen years old, and has served in this capacity since 2014.
Ms. Wedge-McMillen is currently a volunteer with the ReNew program in Seminole County, Florida. This program provides education and guidance to incarcerated women who are in the process of transitioning from incarceration to life outside of jail. Each session of the program is seven weeks long. As a volunteer, she facilitates classes at least once per week in the Seminole County jail, and then provides mentoring and navigational support to program participants upon their release from jail. The program includes information and training in everything from household budgets to understanding the impacts of childhood trauma and addiction in adult life, and the link between trauma and behavior that leads to incarceration.
Ms. Wedge-McMillen has been accepted into the Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Rollins College and will be obtaining a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling and licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.