Meet Melissa and Her Team
Melissa W. Nelson
Melissa Nelson took office as the State Attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit in January 2017. There, she leads 300 plus attorneys, staff, and investigators in their pursuit of justice.
In 1997, Nelson started her career as an Assistant State Attorney and for the next 12 years prosecuted cases ranging from misdemeanors to capital homicides. From 2009-2016, she worked at the international law firm of McGuireWoods.
Since taking office, Nelson has implemented many smart justice initiatives and spearheaded modern criminal justice reforms. She established Florida’s first Conviction Integrity Review unit, developed a driver’s license restoration program, convened the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee aimed at reducing juvenile recidivism, and engaged the office in an academic research study focused on making data driven decisions. Each of these accomplishments reinforce her pledge to the citizens of Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties.
Nelson sits on various boards, both nationally and locally, including ATF’s National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board, Florida’s Cold Case Advisory Commission, Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Future of Justice Policy, the Florida Supreme Court’s Steering Committee on Problem-Solving Courts, and Jacksonville’s Sulzbacher Center. She is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Nelson earned both her undergraduate and law degrees with honors from the University of Florida. She and her husband, Jason, live in Jacksonville where they raise their three children.
Chief Assistant State Attorney
L.E. Hutton is a former Assistant State Attorney who returns to the State Attorney’s Office in a chief leadership role after a distinguished career in the private sector.
Hutton began his legal career in 1998 as an Assistant State Attorney and prosecuted homicides, white collar crimes, drug-related violations, and violent felonies. He was appointed to the Special Prosecution Unit and also was a member of the hiring committee during his initial tenure with the office.
In 2001, he joined the law firm of Willis, Ferebee & Hutton as a partner to continue his career in criminal law at the state and federal levels. During his almost 16 years with the firm, Hutton took on a variety of cases, including complex white-collar trials in federal court, state, and federal grand jury investigations, and capital murder cases.
His efforts outside of the office have included serving as a member of the Grievance Committee for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and serving as chair of the City of Jacksonville’s Ethics Commission.
As Chief Assistant, Hutton supervises operations in all three counties.
He earned both his bachelor’s degree in political science and law degree from the University of Florida.
Stephen Siegel has spent his legal career serving the people of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in a variety of roles before being named First Assistant in January 2017.
Siegel began his career with the State of Florida as a Judicial Staff Attorney. He joined the State Attorney’s Office in 1995 and during his tenure with the office has served as a division chief in both Circuit Court and County Court. He most recently served as senior division chief of the Nassau County office.
His career with the office also includes being named a division chief in the office’s Special Prosecution Division, where he initiated complex investigations and prosecutions of white collar and economic crimes, fraud, arson, environmental crimes, and public corruption cases.
In 2004, Siegel became board certified by the Florida Bar in Criminal Law. He was the second prosecutor in the Fourth Judicial Circuit to attain the distinction.
As First Assistant, Siegel is responsible for overseeing the legal division, business operations, IT, human resources, and office administration.
He graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he served as chairman of the Moot Court Board, and received a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Louisville.
Tim Quick joins the State Attorney’s Office as Chief Investigator following an acclaimed career with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and law enforcement.
Quick most recently served as Special Agent in Charge of the NCIS Norfolk Field Office, where he was responsible for the management and operational direction of NCIS offices throughout Virginia.
He previously held the position of executive assistant to the director at NCIS headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. Quick also served in a variety of organizational assignments and missions in the United States and abroad, including time as Special Agent Afloat aboard the USS Kennedy and additional deployments to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
As Chief Investigator, Quick is the office’s senior law enforcement liaison for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and oversees a team of talented investigators who are integral in the office’s mission.
Quick earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree from Liberty University. He began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a deputy sheriff with the Jefferson County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Department.
Targeted Prosecution Director
Mark Caliel is the Director of the Reactive Division of the Targeted Prosecution Unit, which addresses the community’s most serious, violent offenders. Caliel is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he received his bachelor’s degree in public administration, specializing in criminal justice. Following graduation, he attended law school at Florida State University and received his law degree in December 1996.
Since March of 1997, Caliel has been an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville. During his tenure with the State Attorney’s Office, Caliel has been lead counsel in more than 100 jury trials and specializes in homicide and violent crime prosecution. Caliel has received numerous honors, including the State Attorney Office’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1998, the Distinguished Service Award in 2007, and the Mayor’s Judicial Victim Advocate Award in 2012. Additionally, Caliel has been a member of the Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and served as chair of the committee in 2012-13. He also lectures on criminal trial practice at law schools and continuing legal education programs.
Clay County Director
Pam Hazel is the Clay County Director, supervising the office of the Circuit’s second-most populous county. Hazel graduated summa cum laude from Troy State University in 1998. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University College of Law in 2001. While in law school, Pam was awarded three Book Awards and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Hazel interned for Florida Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead.
She has been with the State Attorney’s Office since her admission to the Florida Bar in 2001. In 2008, she was promoted to Division Chief. Hazel has prosecuted a wide range of cases including death penalty cases, sexual assaults, and violent crimes. She has tried more than 25 homicide cases to verdict. Hazel was also named the lead prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office Opioid Task Force in 2017. She serves as a member of the hiring committee for the office, is the liaison for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police Department and is on the Board of Directors for Operation New Hope. Hazel received the State Attorney Office’s Distinguished Service Award in 2017.
Special Prosecution Deputy Director
Octavius Holliday is the Deputy Director of the Special Prosecution Division. Holliday attended Duke University on a full football scholarship and graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He joined the State Attorney’s Office in March 2003, then in 2012 left to form his own firm, specializing in criminal defense. Holliday returned to the State Attorney’s Office in 2017 to lead the newly formed Human Rights Division — the first of its kind in Florida for a prosecutor’s office.
Holliday is nationally recognized as an authority on the subject of elder abuse and has trained judges and prosecutors throughout the country as a member of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life training team. He also represents the SAO on the newly formed Elder Abuse Fatality Review Board, and trains law enforcement officers in Northeast Florida on elder abuse investigations. Within the office, Holliday is a member of the Grand Jury Review Panel, the Officer-Involved Critical Incident Review, and the Hiring Committee.
Holliday is a former president of the D.W. Perkins Bar Association, a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Elder Law and Diversity committees, and a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Jacksonville. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Urban League Guild, and the University of Florida Black Alumni Association. For his civic and mentorship work, Holliday was awarded the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville “Member of the Year” in 2011 and the 2018 Omega Psi Phi “Omega Man of the Year.”
County Court Director
John Kalinowski is the Director of County Court and is the Traffic Homicide Attorney. Kalinowski is a double Gator — he graduated from the University of Florida with dual degrees in political science and theatre in 1998 and the University of Florida School of Law in 2001.
He joined the State Attorney’s Office in 2001 and has prosecuted cases in the Special Assault Division, Major Crimes Unit, and Homicide Division, and also has been a supervisor in both County and Circuit Court. For more than two years, he was a supervisor in the Nassau County Office. Kalinowski authored the new attorney orientation manual, provides ongoing training to new attorneys, and received the 2018 Prosecutor Award of Excellence from MADD Northeast Florida.
Special Prosecution Deputy Director
Joe Licandro has served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Fourth Judicial Circuit for over a decade. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Special Prosecution Division, where he supervises a team of attorneys who handle a multitude of complex fraud and proactive narcotics investigations. Licandro is also the lead prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office Narcotics Homicide Overdose Team.
Licandro has been a member of the State Attorney’s Office homicide unit for three years and has served on the Officer-Involved Critical Incident Team since 2019. He is also a standing member of the Fourth Judicial Circuit’s Brady/Giglio team. During his tenure at the State Attorney’s Office, he has tried 66 jury trials ranging from narcotics trafficking to fraud to homicide. Licandro earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2007.
Legal Division Director
Sheila Loizos is the Director of the Legal Division and oversees Baker Acts, Extraditions, Forfeitures, Juvenile Resentencing Hearings, Post-Conviction, and Public Records. Loizos graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1989.
Loizos joined the State Attorney’s Office that same year. Although she had a break in service and practiced civil law in Washington, D.C., she has been a prosecutor for almost 22 years. Loizos has had the privilege of serving under four State Attorneys. Loizos is admitted to practice before the Florida, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland Bars as well as the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. Loizos is Board Certified in Criminal Trials and Criminal Appeals and was selected to be on the Grade Review Panel for the Criminal Appellate Certification Exam. She is a former member of the Florida Bar’s Committee of Criminal Rules and Evidence Code and is a current member and secretary for the Committee of the Rules of Criminal Procedure. Loizos received the State Attorney Office’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003.
Circuit Court Director
Lara Mattina is the Director of Circuit Court, and she is the first woman to serve in this position. Lara graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 2001 with a major in English. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School in 2005, where she was honored as the Susan Grant Desmarias Award recipient, an annual award given to one student for outstanding work in clinical programs. In law school, Lara also received the first fellowship in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary program that advocates for children with disabilities.
Lara joined the Office as an Assistant State Attorney in 2006. In addition to her supervisory duties, she is a member of both the homicide rotation and the Officer Involved Shooting Review Panel, co-chairs the Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach Committee, and oversees the implementations of the strategic plan and the Office’s mission statement that she drafted as chair of the Mission Statement & Morale Committee. She previously served as a Special Victim’s Unit Division Chief and Circuit Court Division Chief. She was awarded “Rookie of the Year” in 2008, and was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving with the Bob Conner Memorial Award in 2010. Lara is a Barrister in the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court and is a member of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association.
Outside of her legal career, Lara is a committed advocate for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. She advocates in support of auditory oral education and early intervention services for deaf children and serves as a member of the Leadership Council for the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech Jacksonville.
Homicide Division Director
Alan Mizrahi is a Director of the Homicide Division. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology before earning his law degree, with honors, from the University of Miami.
Mizrahi first started with the State Attorney’s Office in 1997 and left briefly to join the general litigation firm of Milton Leach in Jacksonville. Mizrahi returned to the State Attorney’s Office in 2004 and became a Division Chief in 2005. In 2007, he was named the Special Assault Unit’s Division Chief and became the Division’s Director in 2010. Mizrahi has prosecuted homicide cases since 2000. Mizrahi received the State Attorney Office’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and the Judicial Victim Advocate Award in 2009.
Special Victims Unit Director
Adair Newman is the Director of the Special Assault Division. Newman graduated cum laude from Providence College in Rhode Island. She went to law school at Florida State University, also graduating cum laude. At Florida State, she participated in an externship with the Children’s Advocacy Clinic and volunteered with the Guardian Ad Litem program.
She began her career at the State Attorney’s Office in 2001 and has been a Division Chief since 2007. Newman has prosecuted a wide range of cases, including sexual assaults, homicides, and violent crimes. Newman spent time in private practice and during that time obtained Board Certification in Criminal Trial. Since returning to the State Attorney’s Office, she has concentrated on special assault cases.
Recruitment and Community Development Director
Lisa Page is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida who arrives at the State Attorney’s Office with a legal background and extensive community involvement and volunteerism.
Her legal career includes her time in the United States Attorney’s Office as well as with the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery, and federal clerkship with the Honorable Ursula Ungaro of the Southern District of Florida.
Page has an extensive history of community involvement with organizations such as The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, and other local nonprofits.
She draws from both backgrounds as director of the Attorney and Community Development Division, where she leads the office’s efforts in attorney recruitment, training, and diversity, along with a focus on engaging the office with the community and exploring potential partnerships and grants.
Page earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and graduated Phi Beta Kappa before earning her law degree from New York University School of Law.
Homicide Division Director
Dan Skinner is a Director of the Homicide Division. Skinner graduated from the University of North Florida, where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Following graduation, he attended law school at Regent University in Chesapeake, Virginia, and received his law degree in December of 1996.
Since March of 1997, Skinner has been an Assistant State Attorney. During his tenure with the office, he has been a Director in multiple areas, including the Clay County Office, Repeat Offender Court, Special Prosecution Unit, and the Special Assault Division. Skinner has distinguished himself throughout his career and received numerous honors, including the State Attorney’s Office Rookie of the Year Award in 1998 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
Nassau County Deputy Director
Donna Gregory Thurson is the Deputy Director of the Nassau County State Attorney’s Office. Thurson was born and raised in Jacksonville. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree criminology in 1982 and University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1988.
Thurson has served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Fourth Judicial Circuit since 1989. Over the past 29 years, Thurson has worked in every division of the State Attorney’s Office and in all three counties. She’s prosecuted homicides, sexual assault and child abuse cases, repeat felony offenders, and environmental crimes. Thurson has had the privilege of serving under four State Attorneys.
The State Attorney’s Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services. State Attorney Melissa Nelson is dedicated to the proactive recruitment of talented and passionate attorneys. We take great pride in the hiring practices of this office, seeking diversity and quality in each hiring opportunity.
The numbers below represent information about Assistant State Attorneys from Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties. This information reflects staffing through 12/1/2020 and will be updated annually.
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