Rich Sichta

Rick Sichta, Esq.

Mr. Rick Sichta is a board-certified criminal appellate attorney who specializes in criminal appeals, including direct appeals, habeas corpus petitions, illegal sentences, and in post-conviction. Mr. Sichta has represented a multitude of clients, and has appealed and litigated cases to the First, Fifth, and Fourth District Courts of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, the Federal Middle District Court of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


Mr. Sichta taught the course in “Wrongful Convictions” at Florida Coastal School of Law, and is a Regional Director at the Florida Capital Resource Center. He has also given various lectures on the death penalty in Florida and has appeared on television concerning his cases, including the Casey Anthony trial.  


Mr. Sichta is consistently listed as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine – a distinction given to attorneys under 40 years old; and listed as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers," in 2013 listed by The National Trial Lawyers. His work and opinions have been covered by Dateline NBC, Slate Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Mr. Sichta is also rated a perfect “10” on AVVO.com.


Mr. Sichta grew up in Wisconsin, and after high school, graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with cum laude honors, double majoring in Criminology and Sociology. Mr. Sichta was also a three-year letter winner on the University’s varsity baseball team, where he was also first-team Academic All Conference his junior year, with a 4.0 GPA.


After choosing to attend law school at Florida Coastal School of Law, Mr. Sichta served on the Student Bar Association’s Legislative Committee, and eventually as the Student Bar Association’s Vice-President. Through the law school of Tulsa’s University summer program, Mr. Sichta spent time in Ireland and Belgium, studying international criminal law and intellectual property law. While in law school and prior to receiving his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Sichta made the honor roll on numerous occasions, including Dean’s scholar, a designation only for students who achieve outstanding results in a semester.


Mr. Sichta formed The Sichta Firm after spending over eight years at a Jacksonville AV-rate law firm boutique of Tassone, Sichta, Dreicer, LLC, where he was made partner at age 27 and also supervised the appellate section of the law firm.


Since discovering his love for traveling, Mr. Sichta has been to such places around the world including China (including the first base camp at over 17,000 feet on Mt. Everest, and Tibet), Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Costa Rica, France, Mexico and Czech Republic. Mr. Sichta established The Sichta Firm, LLC with his wife and law partner, Susanne Sichta in 2013.

 

Susanne Sichta

Susanne Sichta, Esq.

Ms. Sichta is a criminal appellate attorney experienced in writing direct appeals, state and federal habeas corpus petitions, petitions for writ of mandamus, motions to correct illegal sentence, motions to correct jail credit, and motions for post-conviction relief.


Ms. Sichta is listed as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine – a distinction given to attorneys under 40 years old. She has filed postconviction motions throughout Florida and handled appeals and petitions in the First and Fifth District Court of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


Ms. Sichta is a member of the First District Appellate American Inn of Court and the criminal and appellate sections of the Florida Bar. 


Ms. Sichta was raised in Wisconsin and attended Northland College, where she double majored in Writing and Environmental Studies, served as a campus senator, and graduated Suma Cum Laude. From there, she moved to Idaho and received her JD from the University of Idaho College of Law. While in law school, Ms. Sichta served as the Vice President of the Women’s Law Caucus, a member of Phi Alpha Delta, and earned a position on her school’s Trial Team for her trial advocacy skills.


Ms. Sichta moved to Florida in 2008; she and her husband, Rick Sichta, established The Sichta Firm, LLC in Jacksonville, FL in 2013.

   

 

Joe Hamrick

Joe Hamrick, Esq.

Mr. Hamrick, a native of the Jacksonville area, graduated with a bachelor's degree from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, with a major in history and a minor in political science. Mr. Hamrick received his law degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he served as the Managing Editor of Publication for the Liberty University Law Review.  While in law school, Mr. Hamrick also served as an editor for the Supreme Court Economic Review, which is published by the University of Chicago.


Upon completing his law degree, Mr. Hamrick returned to Florida and served as a prosecutor for the 4th Judicial Circuit, which represents the people of Duval, Nassau, and Clay counties.  Mr. Hamrick spent nearly four years with the State Attorney's Office, serving in various capacities in prosecuting misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile cases and has handled numerous jury trials before judges in Duval and Nassau counties.  During his tenure, Mr. Hamrick was assigned to assist in leading the DUI Unit in Duval County and to represent the State Attorney's Office in the Mental Health Court Program in Nassau County.


In September of 2012, Mr. Hamrick left the State Attorney's Office and joined the firm of Arnold and Sichta, where Mr. Hamrick practiced until January of 2014, when he joined The Sichta Firm of Counsel.  Mr. Hamrick currently practices Criminal and Appellate law.