PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & COMMITTEES
As the Misdemeanor/Juvenile Bureau Chief, Chris Watson supervises the assistant public defenders assigned to the County Criminal and Circuit Juvenile courtrooms. He rejoined the office in 2018. Previously he was the Felony Bureau Chief here from 2004 until 2017. Prior to that he spent over fifteen years with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office serving as a Felony Division Chief, Misdemeanor Bureau Chief, and as the head of the Homicide Unit. Mr. Watson also worked with the State Attorney's Office in Polk County, Florida and for some time ran a private criminal defense firm. Mr. Watson is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Criminal Trial Law.
Mr. Watson is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, The Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Mr. Watson is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law where he participated in the Public Defender Clinic and worked part-time as an interviewer with the Pinellas County Public Defender's Office. Mr. Watson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and Virginia.
Brandon Selph currently manages our Intake bureau as well as heading our office training program. He began his legal career when he joined Ms. Holt’s office in September 2004 and has worked in each bureau at the office. In addition to his duties with the Office of the Public Defender, Brandon is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampa and a former Chair of the Bar Grievance Committee 13B.
Brandon graduated in 2001 from The Florida State University with a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and received his Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2004. He has called Tampa home since 1996.