Prior to starting up his own law firm in October 2003, Mr. Southard served as Criminal Court Deputy Bureau Chief and prosecutor in one of the largest and busiest urban prosecutors offices in the nation. The Kings County District Attorneys Office serves a widely diverse community of 2.5 million persons. Its case volume - more than 100,000 prosecutions a year - is larger than the annual case volume of several states.
Since joining the Brooklyn DAs office in October 1996 fresh out of Brooklyn Law School (where he studied trial advocacy under Brooklyn District Attorney, Charles J. Hynes), Mr. Southard has flawlessly prosecuted his share of violent crime (homicide, rape, robbery and felony assault).
Additionally, he has also conducted numerous training programs for NYPD recruits in courtroom testimony and has personally supervised/trained over 50 junior assistant DAs. In his spare time, his love of the law is passed along to 5th grade students at three different elementary schools, where he hosts mock trial tournaments and gives basic instruction in criminal law concepts.
Mr. Southard appears regularly as a guest commentator on Catherine Crier Live, Both Sides, Trial Heat, Courtside, and Open Court for Court TV as well as having appeared numerous times on Fox News Channel as a legal analyst discussing such high profile cases as the Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Martha Stewart, and Scott Peterson cases. He has also appeared as a legal analyst for ABC News Now. He credits his sales and sales management background prior to law school with teaching him the "art of persuasion."
Mr. Southard is also an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he teaches Courtroom Communication Skills.