Rick L. Jancha - Federal Attorney, Former Federal Prosecutor 22 Years, Partner

Criminal Defense Attorney

Federal Attorney and Former Managing Assistant United States Attorney Rick L. Jancha graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1977. He was admitted to the Indiana and Michigan Bars in 1977, and to the Florida Bar in 1993.

Rick Jancha started his legal career as a criminal defense attorney. For nine years he defended drug trafficking cases, white-collar cases and numerous homicide and death penalty cases. He was co-chair of the Criminal Law Section of the local county bar association.

In 1986, criminal defense lawyer Rick L. Jancha was recruited by the Department of Justice to head up its Organized Crime Drug Task Force in South Bend, Indiana. In 1989, Mr. Jancha transferred to Orlando and continued his role as an Organized Crime and Federal Narcotics Task Force Attorney.

Rick Jancha served as a Manager in the United States Attorney's Office in Orlando for five years, where he was responsible for approving and supervising all criminal prosecutions. For two years, he served as Chief of the Narcotics Unit for the Middle District of Florida where he was responsible for supervising every federal drug prosecution in 35 Florida counties. He also worked with the White House and Congress in obtaining Central Florida's designation as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. He served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the HIDTA's Executive Committee, overseeing the development and implementation of the law enforcement initiatives for sixteen Central Florida law enforcement agencies.

Due to his extensive experience and expertise in the handling of complex criminal cases, Attorney Rick Jancha has consistently been sought out for his assistance to various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as for victim advocacy groups. He has instructed members of law enforcement, other federal and state prosecutors, and international law enforcement personnel concerning the handling of cases involving international drug trafficking, money laundering, the investigation of computer and white collar crimes, utilization of wiretaps and the prosecutions of cases involving improvised explosive devices (bombs).

Defense Attorney Rick L. Jancha also has extensive teaching experience in the international arena. On numerous occasions he has worked with the Department of Justice and Department of State in the International Programs Section for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. He has taught judges, prosecutors, law enforcement and various banking officials in St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Khabarosk and Moscow, Russia, Tashkent, Uzbekistan and in Vilnius, Lithuania. Most recently, Mr. Jancha assisted the United Nations on its efforts to set up an interim government and legal system in Pristina, Kosovo by reviewing and teaching the new criminal procedure code and criminal laws to members of the interim government and all participants within its judicial system.

Mr. Jancha has personally handled more than 100 federal wiretap applications. His knowledge and experience in the proper procedures that must be followed by law enforcement to obtain and use "wiretaps" in court proceedings is an invaluable resource when providing our best representation to our clients. Mr. Jancha joined NeJame Law as a Partner in 2007, and manages the Firm's Federal Criminal Division.

Criminal defense attorney Rick Jancha practices only criminal law. Mr. Jancha's reported cases are as follows:


  • United States vs. Nyhuis, 211 F. 3d 1340 (11th. Cir. 2000) Z
  • United States vs. Bush, 209 F. 3d 723 (11th. Cir. 2000)
  • United States vs. Lambert, 176 F. 3d 496 (11th. Cir. 1999)
  • United States vs. Khawaja, 118 F. 3d 1454 (11th. Cir. 1997)
  • United States vs. Johnson, 89 F. 3d 778 (11th. Cir. 1996)
  • United States vs. Nyhuis, 8 F. 3d 731 (11th. Cir. 1993)
  • United States vs. Yesil, 991 F. 2d 1527 (11th. Cir. 1992)
  • United States vs. Somers, 950 F. 2d 1279 (7th. Cir. 1991)
  • United States vs. Landaw, 940 F. 2d 666 (7th. Cir. 1991)
  • United States vs. Sergio, 934 F. 3d 875 (7th. Cir. 1991)
  • United States vs. Brumbaugh, 909 F. 2d 289 (7th. Cir. 1990)
  • United States vs. Baker, et. al., 905 F 2d 1100 (7th. Cir. 1990)
  • United States vs. Buggs, 904 F. 2d 1070 (7th. Cir. 1990)
  • United States vs. Duprey, et. al., 895 F. 2d 303 (7th. Cir. 1990)
  • United States vs. Teslim, 869 F.2d 316 (7th. Cir. 1989)
  • United States vs. Landaw , 727 F. Supp. 481 (N.D. Ind. 1989)
  • United States vs. Gridley, 725 F. Supp. 398 (N.D. Ind. 1989)
  • United States vs. Hallam, 723 F. Supp. 66 (N.D. Ind. 1989)
  • United States vs. Weidner, 703 F. Supp. 1350 (N.D. Ind. 1988)
  • United States vs. Weidner, 692 F. Supp. 968 (N.D. Ind. 1988)
  • United States vs. Sullivan, 857 F. 2d 1476 (7th. Cir. 1988)
  • United States vs. Ayala, 828 F. 2d 22 (7th. Cir. 1987)

Titles, Awards and Recognitions

  • Former Managing Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division
  • Former Chair and Vice-Chair of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA)
  • Former Chief of the Federal Drug Unit in Orlando, Florida
  • Former head of the "Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force" for the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida
  • Former Chief of Narcotics Section for Middle District of Florida
  • Former Senior Litigation Counsel for the U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Executive Committee (Designated and funded by the President and Congress)
  • Recognized National and International Instructor on law enforcement methods and procedures
  • Former Instructor for the United Nations and the European Union in setting up an interim government and legal system in Kosovo

Practice Areas: Criminal Law

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