Mr. Fleck is an Assistant State Attorney for the State Attorney’s Office, 8th Judicial Circuit, Gainesville, Florida, where he has been employed since May of 1997. His current assignment is to the office’s Special Prosecutions Unit, where he has trial responsibility for complex white collar crimes as well as felony cases including homicides and other violent crimes and offenders. He also serves as the office’s Training Supervisor and co-ordinates internal training in trial preparation and practice for the attorney staff. His passion, however, is the prosecution of animal cruelty and fighting cases.
Prior to joining the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Fleck practiced in the Miami-Dade County area of the state as a partner in the law firm of Friend & Fleck, P.A. and as a sole practitioner where he specialized in criminal defense and post-conviction litigation. Mr. Fleck is a 1972 graduate of Emory University (B.A.) and a 1975 graduate of the University of Miami Law School. He is admitted to and a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and while in private practice was admitted to the federal Southern and Northern District of Florida bars as well as the 2d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Bars and the United States Supreme Court.
In the past year, Mr. Fleck has prosecuted upwards of 50 felony animal cruelty cases, many through verdict after jury trials. Every trial has resulted in conviction, and every conviction, barring extraordinary circumstances, has resulted in a jail or prison sentence. A recent guilty cruelty verdict resulted in a sentence of 5 years prison followed by 10 years probation.