Domestic Assault Defense Team


Kiele Linroth Pace

DIRECTOR

 

The Pace Law Firm, P.C., was founded in 2007 by Attorney Kiele Pace, the first and only attorney in Central Texas to focus exclusively on domestic assault cases. In her years as a solo attorney, Kiele developed a style of aggressive advocacy that earned a 97% dismissal rate from May 2010 to October 2016.

Prior to starting her own private practice, Kiele served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Polk County, Texas.

Kiele was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2000. Before law school, Kiele earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.   Full Profile →

 


Linda Icenhauer-Ramirez

SPECIAL COUNSEL

 

With almost 40 years of experience, Attorney Linda Icenhauer-Ramirez has tried every level of criminal case, from misdemeanors to death penalty cases, and has triumphed at every level of the criminal justice system. Linda is a highly regarded leader in the areas of criminal trials and appeals. She brings invaluable expertise to her role as mentor and appellate supervisor of the firm’s legal team.

Linda graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1978. Prior to entering private practice, she was a research and drafting attorney for the state’s highest criminal court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

In addition to her work with the firm, Linda maintains her own her own private practice.

 


Jackie Wood

SPECIAL COUNSEL

 

Attorney Jackie Wood has more than 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer and serves as lead trial counsel for the firm. Jackie’s experience includes 12 years as one of the most effective prosecutors with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

After retiring to private practice, Jackie continued her commitment to excellence in the arena of criminal defense and began developing expertise in strangulation allegations. She has earned the distinction of being the first recognized forensic expert on the subject in Texas whose knowledge is based on legitimate science.

In addition to her work with the firm, Jackie maintains her own private practice. Her complete profile is available on her website.

 


Darla Davis

SPECIAL COUNSEL

 

Darla Davis is admired and respected by prosecutors, judges, and defense attorneys alike. She is an excellent trial attorney with 30 years of experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Darla joined the team to take over the role of lead trial counsel so that Jackie could devote more of her time to her own private practice.

Darla’s experience includes the full spectrum of criminal cases, ranging from DWI and drug charges to some of the toughest cases, including serious assaults and capital murder. Darla has extensive experience handling forensic experts and complex technical issues such as DNA science, fingerprint evidence, and hair and fiber trace analysis.

Darla was an Honor Graduate of the University of Texas School of Law in 1986. Before law school, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in the prestigious Plan II Honors program from the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to her work with the firm, Darla maintains her own private practice. Her complete profile is available on her website.

 


Paul Quinzi

SPECIAL COUNSEL

 

Paul Quinzi is an excellent criminal defense attorney and a true master in the art of clearing arrest records. Lawyers from across Texas rely on Paul’s expertise when they have questions about petitions for expunction or nondisclosure.

Paul is a strong believer in the presumption of innocence. His goal in every case is to resolve it in a way that makes his client eligible for expunction or nondisclosure. Before opening his own criminal defense practice in 2006, Paul was a prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office. He grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and came to Austin in 1998 to attend the University of Texas School of Law.

In addition to his work with the firm, Paul maintains his own private practice. His complete profile is available on his website.

 


Patrick Saccocio

SPECIAL COUNSEL

 

Attorney Patrick Saccocio has almost thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer and served as the firm’s lead counsel in 2016 and 2017, before returning to his home state of New York. Patrick’s primary activities with the firm now relate to Title IX and student misconduct defense, an area of expertise that can be critically important when a college student is accused of assault against another college student.

Patrick is a founding member of the New York law firm Parisi, Coan & Saccocio, PLLC. Prior to entering private practice, Patrick was an Assistant District Attorney with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Born and raised in Rotterdam, New York, Patrick graduated from the College of William and Mary School of Law in 1988. Before law school, Patrick attended the State University of New York at Albany, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science.

Patrick is admitted to practice in New York, Arizona, California, and Texas, as well as before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York.

 


Melissa de la Garza

STAFF ATTORNEY

 

Attorney Melissa de la Garza is an experienced criminal defense attorney with unparalleled expertise in jail release and bond related issues in Travis County. Melissa has been with the firm since 2014 and served as the firm’s lead counsel in 2017.

Melissa was born and raised in Dallas and is a 2006 graduate of the St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Before law school, Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University in 2001.

In addition to her work with the firm, Melissa maintains her own private practice and serves as a consultant to many excellent attorneys and law firms, who rely on her expertise in some of their toughest cases.

 


James Clark

STAFF ATTORNEY

 

James Clark is a tough, smart, and compassionate attorney. He honed his trial skills in the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, defending tough cases that included assault, aggravated robbery, sexual assault, and homicide.

James graduated magna cum laude from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, widely regarded as one of the best trial advocacy programs in the country.

James was raised in Houston and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to his work with the firm, James maintains his own private practice.

 


Payal Jethva

STAFF ATTORNEY

 

Attorney Payal Jethva works with the firm on a part time basis, primarily providing assistance in trial court and with jail release and other bond-related issues.

Payal also maintains her own private practice, in which she focuses primarily on criminal defense, but she is also skilled in family law matters related to divorce and child custody. In addition to her local practice in Travis, Williamson, and Hays Counties, Payal has several years of experience in federal court and in the state courts of Harris County, Texas.

Payal graduated with honors from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 2008 and earned an LLM in International Law from the University of Houston Law Center in 2011.

 



Rachel Manning

CLIENT ADVOCATE

 

Rachel Manning brings a diverse set of skills to the team. Her role with the firm includes helping clients improve their lives and become an effective part of the defense team. Rachel also provides invaluable assistance and support to the firm’s trial team.

Rachel earned a Master of Social Work from Hunter College in New York City in 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Latin American/Iberian Studies from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2008.

Rachel’s academic background, work experience, and passion for helping people enable her to be an extremely effective advocate for our clients.

 


Nicole Sarro

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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