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 is repeatedly 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 The New York Times, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Dateline NBC Slate Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Mr. Sichta is also rated a perfect “10” on AVVO.com.


Mr. Sichta has taught as an adjunct professor in “Wrongful Convictions” at Florida Coastal School of Law, and was a Regional Director at the Florida Capital Resource Center. During his tenure as an adjunct professor, he, with the help of his students, were ultimately successful in exonerating a client serving 45 years in prison. Also during his career, Mr. Sichta's work has led to the reversal of twelve death sentences, as well as numerous non-capital reversals. He has also given various lectures on the death penalty in Florida and has appeared on television concerning his cases on numerous occasions, including Dateline.


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), Turkey, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Costa Rica, France, St. Lucia, Mexico and Czech Republic. Mr. Sichta also enjoys playing baseball, knife throwing, whitewater rafting, and hiking. Mr. Sichta established The Sichta Firm, LLC with his wife and law partner, Susanne Sichta in 2013.


 

Susanne Sichta

Susanne Sichta, Esq.

Susanne Kaye Sichta was raised in rural Wisconsin and graduated Suma Cum Laude with a BS from Northland College. From there, she received her JD from the University of Idaho College of Law.

Susanne became a member of the Florida Bar in 2008. She has dedicated her practice exclusively to criminal defense law. In 2013, she and her husband, Rick Sichta, established The Sichta Firm, LLC in Jacksonville, FL.


As a criminal appellate attorney Susanne has filed postconviction motions throughout Florida and handled appeals and petitions in several District Courts 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.


Susanne’s work has resulted in exonerations, reversals of death sentences, sentence reductions, plea withdrawals, reversals for new trial, and corrections of sentencing errors.


Susanne is an alumnus of the First District Appellate American Inn of Court and a member of the criminal and appellate sections of the Florida Bar. She is listed as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers magazine – a distinction given to only 2.5% of Florida attorneys under 40 years old.


When Susanne is not working, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family.


 

Joe Hamrick

Joe Hamrick, Esq.

Joe 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. Joe 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.


Joe began his legal practice serving as a prosecutor in Nassau County where he grew up, and was later transferred to Jacksonville. Joe spent nearly four years with the State Attorney's Office, prosecuting misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile cases, and handled twenty-seven jury trials.


In September of 2012, Joe left the State Attorney's Office and joined the firm of Arnold and Sichta, where he practiced until January of 2014, when he joined the newly-formed Sichta Firm. During his time with both of those two firms, Joe focused his practice on criminal appeals and postconviction, litigating across Florida in trial courts, district courts of appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, federal district court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. A significant portion of Joe's practice has been devoted to litigating death penalty cases.


Joe opened a firm as a sole practitioner in 2017, and while he maintains a separate practice, he continues to work extensively alongside The Sichta Firm in an of counsel capacity.


Several years ago, Joe had the opportunity to work remotely for thirteen months drafting appeals in Mérida, Yucatán, México, where he fell in love with the culture, history, and landscape; formed life-long friendships; and learned to speak Spanish, which he enjoys using in his legal practice.