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Lee County District Attorney's Office

Lee County District Attorney

Jessica Ventiere

Jessica Ventiere was appointed to serve as Lee County District Attorney by Governor Kay Ivey in July 2021 before being elected District Attorney in 2022. She is the first woman District Attorney for Lee County.
A native of Enterprise, Alabama, Jessica was the first of her family to attend college. She graduated from Troy State University before earning her law degree from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama in 2003.

In 2016, Jessica proposed legislation that increases punishment for people who cause the death of a child due to child abuse. That legislation, Ava’s Law, passed unopposed. In 2022, Jessica received national recognition for excellence in the litigation of capital and complex homicide cases based in part on her work in State of Alabama v. Richard Ennis.

Jessica serves on the board of the Alabama Sentencing Commission. She is also active in the community, serving on the boards of several civic and charitable organizations in Lee County.


Clay's Bio

I graduated from Auburn University in 2004 with a BA in History. In 2007 received by JD from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. In 2008 I began my career prosecuting for the 8th Judicial Circuit in the Morgan County District Attorney’s Office. I primarily prosecuted in the district and juvenile court. In 2011 I was hired by the 4th Judicial Circuit where I prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors in Dallas and Wilcox County. In October 2012 I was hired as an assistant district attorney in Lee County where I primarily do felony jury trials. I have tried approximately 75 jury trials where the majority have been class A felonies and sexual assaults. I am also the Drug Court and Veteran’s Court prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office. In July 2021, I was named the Chief Assistant District Attorney.

Clay Thomas

Chief Assistant District Attorney

Cathey's Bio

Although Cathey was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, she was raised in Opelika, where she graduated from Opelika High School (Class of 1990). She received her B.A. in Criminology from Auburn University in 1994 and her J.D. from Jones School of Law in 1998. Cathey enjoys watching her son play soccer and spending time with family and friends. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Opelika.

Cathey Berardi

Senior Trial Assistant District Attorney

Jeremy Duerr

Senior Trial Assistant District Attorney

Madison Grantham

Assistant District Attorney

Luke Farmer

Assistant District Attorney

Marsá Aston

Assistant District Attorney

Courtney's Bio

A native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Courtney graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2010 with a B.S. in English. She has called Lee County, Alabama her home since moving to the area in December of 2010. Before graduating from Jones School of Law with her J.D. in May of 2023, Courtney taught 9th grade English/Language Arts and helped her husband run his telecommunications and security business in Opelika. She and her husband live in Auburn with their children and dogs.

While in law school, Courtney clerked with Judge Mike Fellows in Lee County Family Court, as well as with the firm of Haygood, Cleveland, Pierce, Thompson, & Short in Auburn. At Jones School of Law, she was involved with the Women’s Legal Society, Phi Alpha Delta, Public Interest Society, The Federalist Society, and served as a Dean Fellow. Before joining the Lee County District Attorney’s Office, she interned and worked with the 5th Judicial Circuit covering Macon, Randolph, Chambers, and Tallapoosa Counties. Courtney is excited to have joined the Lee County District Attorney’s Office as the Juvenile Prosecutor.

When she is not working, Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends (and dogs), spending time at Lake Martin, and supporting her children’s sports and extracurricular endeavors.

Courtney Davis

Assistant District Attorney


David Lane

Chief Investigator

Administrative Professionals

Alex Wood

Senior Litigation Assistant

Evette Daniels

Litigation Assistant

Kristen Mayes

Litigation Assistant

Lindsay Tamarkin

Litigation Assistant

Becky Mobley

Litigation Assistant

Ebony Askew

Restitution Recovery & Worthless Checks

Cecilia Smoak

Pretrial Diversion Coordinator

Jeanette Hart

Office Manager

Kinleigh Thompson

Front Desk Coordinator

Helping Families Initiative

LeKeisha Presley

Director Helping Families Initiative

Amanda Amat

Assistant Director Helping Families Initiative

Child Support

Margaret Mayfield

Assistant District Attorney — Child Support

Shannon Franklin

Child Support Enforcement Coordinator

Briana Martinez

Child Support Enforcement Worker

Dana Crowe

Senior Child Support Enforcement Specialist

Harris Anne Walker

Child Support Enforcement Worker

Yuri Chaney

Child Support Enforcement Worker

K-9 Companions

Who is JoJo?

Facility Dog Josette II, also known as Jo-Jo, was one of seven puppies born to her mother on December 31, 2016. Jo-Jo was born in Santa Rosa, California, and raised in Texas.

Jo-Jo was placed with Madison in May 2019 by Canine Companions®.

Jo-Jo is a service-trained facility dog that works with clients in a criminal justice setting. Jo-Jo uses her commands and behaviors to mitigate the stress and anxiety of crime victims, witnesses, and others during all stages of the legal proceedings including accompaniment during interviews and court hearings.


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Who is Logan?

Facility Dog Logan V was one of seven puppies born on January 12, 2018, to his parents, Romeo and Lilac, in Santa Rosa, California. Logan was raised in Dallas, Texas, by his volunteer puppy raisers until he was eighteen months old. Logan then moved to the Dallas/Irving campus of Canine Companions for Independence to begin his professional training.

Logan works in Lee County District Attorney’s Office. Logan was placed with Amanda on June 11, 2020.

Logan is a service-trained facility dog that works with clients in a criminal justice setting. Logan uses his commands and behaviors to specialize in assisting crime victims, witnesses, and others during stressful stages of the legal proceedings including accompaniment during interviews and court hearings.


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