“When you’re representing the guy that everybody hates, it is rewarding to use the skills I learned at TLC to bring forth that person’s humanity.”

TLC Podcast host Rafe Foreman interviews trial lawyer and TLC graduate and faculty member Terry Lenamon on trying death penalty cases armed with methods learned and practiced at the Trial Lawyers College.

Terry is a trial lawyer practicing in Miami-Dade County, Florida, where he has built a reputation as one of Florida’s most respected criminal defense lawyers handling capital death penalty cases. He has handled in excess of 85 first degree murder cases. His experience has brought him national recognition as a go-to commentator on death penalty issues.

In this episode, Terry talks with Rafe about how discovering the story plays an expanded role in a death penalty defense, expanding beyond the story of the offense to consider the story of the defendant’s life and circumstances leading up to the offense.

Terry is a member of the TLC faculty team at our Defense of the Damned course held each summer at Thunderhead Ranch. Learn more about In Defense of the Damned and other TLC courses at https://www.triallawyerscollege.org/register-for-a-course.

Included in this Episode

  • How details and connecting with jurors on an emotional level matter differ in a death penalty trial
  • Bringing forth “the story behind the story” in the penalty phase of trial

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Episode Guest, Terry Lenamon

Terry Lenamon began his career over twenty years ago, as an Assistant Public Defender in Miami-Dade County. Today, he is a recognized and respected criminal defense trial attorney who represents those facing the most serious of charges, usually where the government is seeking the death penalty.

In private practice, Terry has successfully litigated against the death penalty in over 95 cases and has tried 17 first-degree murder death penalty cases against the State of Florida.
Prior to his private practice, Terry served 5 ½ years as a public defender in Miami-Dade County, representing hundreds of indigent defendants in felony and capital cases.