Kurtz & Blum Welcomes Ed Luggen and Oksana Cody as Criminal Associates

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Kurtz & Blum adds two new faces to the firm - Raleigh Criminal Lawyers Ed Luggen and Oksana Cody add their expertise and enthusiasm to the team.

Kurtz & Blum, PLLC is proud to welcome two new Associate Attorneys to the firm, Raleigh lawyers Ed Luggen and Oksana Cody. With the addition of Mr. Luggen and Ms. Cody, Kurtz & Blum continues its commitment to providing the highest quality legal services to its clients.

Mr. Luggen is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned a B.S. degree in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering. After overseeing the production of heavy drilling equipment in Kentucky for a time, he decided to go back to school to pursue a career in law.

To achieve this goal, Mr. Luggen entered the Michigan State University School of Law. In his time at Michigan State, Ed was an anchor member of the law school’s moot court team. During the 2011 John Marshall Moot Court Competition, his team finished in second place and Luggen received the Best Advocate award. Ed was an editor for the Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law and graduated from MSU’s Trial Practice Institute. These activities helped provide Ed with a well-rounded background in both oral advocacy and writing.

Upon earning his Juris Doctor degree in 2012, Ed decided to take his skills further south, and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar later that year. In addition to being a member of the N.C. State Bar, Luggen is also a member of the 10th District Judicial Bar and the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers.

Ms. Cody graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science. She has had an interest in the criminal justice system since high school, when she took a class on the subject. Prior to pursuing her law degree, Ms. Cody worked in reentry services in Buncombe County, North Carolina, where she assisted former inmates readjust to life outside of prison walls.

Cody graduated from the Charlotte School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 2012. During her law school career, Oksana gained practical experience by working for two different clinics, the Criminal Law Clinic and the Immigration Clinic. She also demonstrated her passion for giving back to the community by completing more than 150 hours of pro bono work during her three years at Charlotte Law. In addition, Cody helped her fellow students by working as a writing consultant for her school's writing center.

Oksana was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in March of 2013. Her membership in other professional associations includes the North Carolina Bar Association and the 10th District Judicial Bar.

“Our firm was very pleased to bring Ed and Oksana on board with us. The two of them bring a great deal of experience, skill, and knowledge to our team, and we’re happy that our clients can be served by such reputable criminal defense attorneys,” said Howard Kurtz, partner at Kurtz & Blum. “With two outstanding attorneys joining our firm’s criminal defense division, we are better equipped to serve more clients in matters ranging from traffic offenses to DWIs, as well as misdemeanor and felony cases.”

Kurtz & Blum focuses on cases of driving while impaired (DWI), traffic violations, personal injury, workers' compensation, as well as criminal and family law. By adding Mr. Luggen and Ms. Cody to the team, two competent attorneys in Raleigh, NC, the firm is upholding its dedication to ethical and professional standards by providing the best possible assistance to clients in their legal matters.

About Kurtz and Blum, PLLC

Howard Kurtz and Seth Blum founded the law firm of Kurtz & Blum PLLC in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina in 1998. Since its inception, the firm has maintained a strong focus on defending people accused of all manner of crimes. If you have questions about a case or need to consult with an experienced team of attorneys in Raleigh, NC, please visit http://www.KurtzAndBlum.com or give us a call at (919) 832-7700.

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