Jesse Wilkison was raised in Bradenton, Florida, where he graduated from Southeast High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma. He first became interested in criminal defense law during high school where he volunteered as a criminal defense attorney for Manatee County Teen Court, a diversionary juvenile justice program that allows first time offenders to expunge their records by serving sanctions issued by a jury of other teens. Mr. Wilkison earned undergraduate degrees, magna cum laude, in political science and creative writing from the University of Central Florida.
William J. Sheppard
William J. Sheppard, a board certified criminal trial lawyer, has established a reputation as a preeminent criminal defense, civil rights and appellate attorney during his nearly 50 years practicing law by committing both himself and his practice to his clients’ cases. Both icon and iconoclast, Mr. Sheppard is known for representing the famous, the infamous, and the unknown alike. Throughout his career, he has fought at every level of the judicial system for individuals’ protections against violations of their rights, whether by searches, internet or other electronic surveillance, restrictions on freedoms of speech and religion, or violations of the constitutional rights of the incarcerated and accused. He has litigated virtually every type of criminal case, from death penalty cases to complex white collar defense.