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Murrio D. Ducille, Esq. LL.B (hons), LEC, Notary Public

PRINCIPAL AND SENIOR COUNSEL

BIO

Mr. Murrio D. Ducille, Principal and Senior Counsel of Murrio D. Ducille and Co., has since 1984 dedicated his life to the development of this noble profession.  Known for being down to earth he remains humble notwithstanding his plethora of great achievements.  Completely in line with the philosophy of the practice “no matter is too big or too small” for his full attention, Mr. Ducille always has his client’s best interests at heart.  Mr. Ducille’s work ethic is undeniable and he is undoubtedly a combatant for the rights of any person who retains him as their advocate.   His practice is considered the top criminal law firm in the Bahamas via which he has worked on many high profile cases gaining local and international recognition.  Additionally, he has strengthened the skills of numerous young professionals and budding attorneys some of whom have the privilege of working under him daily and others who have had the honor of shadowing him when able.   

Dedicating many years of service to the Attorney General’s Office as a lead Prosecutor thereafter developing the Criminal Defense Bar, he has proven to be an asset and developer of Bahamian Jurisprudence not only as President of the Criminal Bar Association but guest lecturer to Rotarians and the like.  Mr. Ducille has also served as a lecturer at the esteemed College of the Bahamas, now University of the Bahamas, for nine (9) years teaching Business Law.  He is a mentor to the young and old at the Bahamas Bar.  In addition to same he also sits as a Justice in the Honorable Court of Appeal in Belize a few months each year.  

Creative – Innovative - Embraces Challenge - are a few words to describe Mr. Ducille.     

He is a pillar of wisdom in and out of the Court room and continues to sharpen his skills daily. 

Mr. Ducille is also famed for his mantra, “Each day we wake up we walk along a precipice and our greatest obligation is to maintain our balance.”


EDUCATION

United Nations Certificate in International Law;

The Hague Academy of International Law (Holland), 1978

Certificate in Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School, University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica), 1975
Bachelor of Laws (Hons.), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill (Barbados, West Indies), 1973

Jamaica Bar, Qualified to practice in the Caribbean, 1975

Bahamas Bar, Member of the Bahamas Bar Association, 1984

Admitted to Dominica Bar, 1993


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Defense & Litigation

Criminal Law

Judicial Review

Constitutional Law

Employment Law

Dispute Resolution

Taxation

Civil Litigation

Contract Law

Family Law

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Krysta A. Mason-Smith A.A., LL.B (hons), BVC, LL.M, Notary Public

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

BIO

Frequently labeled as ‘underestimated at first sight’ due to her youthful and pleasant demeanor, Miss Mason-Smith continues to earn the respect of her legal fraternity by simply being the formidable version of her usual self in the Court room.  She has been labeled a “fighter”, “little pitbull” and even “mini Ducille” in homage to her Principal, as she is always determined to ensure that no matter the end result, the interests of her clients are not ignored.  Clients continue to appreciate her work not only for its high grade but because of her warm personal touch in the process.  Her keen eye and care for people from all walks of life has not only built her a strong network of contacts but also underpins her strategic abilities in courtroom and boardroom battles.

A warrior in the legal context, when you retain Miss Mason-Smith you are guaranteed to be positively impacted and appreciate her for all she has to offer.  She aims to lead by example constantly being a pillar of creativity and passion when it concerns anything she puts her mind to.  She is resilient yet graceful, fun yet professional, humorous yet stern, recognizing that there is a time and place for everything. 

Most importantly, she remains humble knowing that she has so much more to learn and experience as she legally matures.  Due to her down-to-earth demeanor, most would not know Miss Mason-Smith is an Attorney unless they have had to utilize her services, made a direct inquiry of her about her livelihood or realized they read her name somewhere.  She attributes her accomplishments and life’s journey to the works of God Almighty who has blessed her with a plethora of powerful mentors and strong family support.  She appreciates her challenges understanding that they only come to sharpen her skills and recreate her.

In a world where people often pay too much attention to someone else’s grass, Miss Mason-Smith maintains that she competes with no-one, only herself, and in that very same vein arrives on any scene prepared to be no-one other than herself even if a noisy marketplace lends some disapproval.  She encourages others to do the same and to not only embrace their talents and success but their downfalls and disappointments too as they all work hand-in-hand building strength and character along the way.  She adopts the phrase, “You are allowed to be a masterpiece and work-in-progress simultaneously”.

Law aside, she is a lover of music, travel and the arts.  Beautiful inside and out, every version of her is truly one of a kind.

“When I look back on my life, I cannot imagine having to be confronted by a blank canvas, riddled with all the good I failed to do and all the help I did not give.  My canvas must be filled with color -  warm hues and refreshing contrasts.” – Krysta A. Mason-Smith


EDUCATION
AA Law and Criminal Justice Studies (Honors) Degree, College of the Bahamas, 2003

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Hons.) Degree, University of Manchester, 2006 

Bar Vocational Course, BPP Professional Education Law School, 2007 

LL.M Intercultural Human Rights, St. Thomas University, 2008

Barrister

Bar of England & Wales                       

Qualified to practice in the UK and Commonwealth Counties, 2008

Counsel & Attorney-At-Law, Notary Public

Bahamas Bar

Member of the Bahamas Bar Association - qualified to practice in the Bahamas, 2008

INN    

The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (Active)

London, England, UK

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Defense & Litigation

Criminal Law

Judicial Review

Constitutional Law

Human Rights Law

Dispute Resolution

Quasi-Civil / Quasi-Criminal Litigation

Employment Law

Contract Law (Minor Breaches)

LANGUAGES:

English

Spanish (Intermediate)

Crystal D. Rolle A.A., LL.B (hons), LEC

ASSOCIATE

BIO

Crystal has a liking for constitutional and personal injury disputes. She speaks English and French (intermediate level). Crystal is also the proprietor of a legal attire business “Latsyrc’s Collarettes” that specializes in the production of customized bibs, tabs and collarettes (f) for Barristers/Attorneys and Judges.

Crystal has been with the firm since she was enrolled at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. Crystal has pioneered the firm’s Civil Litigation Department in the areas of Constitutional suits against the Government and medical malpractice suits.

Crystal works with local and international law firms & companies, private investigation companies, insurance companies and financial institutions and has appeared as Lead and Junior Counsel in the Court of Appeal of The Bahamas, the Supreme Court, Industrial Tribunal, Coroners Court, the Labor Board and the Police Disciplinary Tribunal.

Crystal is a member of the The Bahamas Bar Association, the Criminal Bar Association and the Junior Bar Association. Crystal is also a proud member of Toastmasters Club 6796 and a Charter member of the Legal Luminaries Toastmasters Club of The University of The Bahamas.


EDUCATION
Associate of Arts Degree in Law and Criminal Justice, University of The Bahamas, 2009

Bachelor of Laws with Second Class, Honours in Law, 2012
Bar Vocational Course, The Eugene Dupuch Law School, 2014

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Aviation Law

Breach of Contract

Commercial and Civil Litigation

Company Incorporations & Management/Corporate Law

Constitutional Law

Criminal Law

Debt Recovery

Divorce and family matters

Employment Law

Immigration (Permits & Habeas Corpus Applications)

Industrial Relations Law

Judicial Review

Mediation/Arbitration

Personal Injury and Negligence Litigation

Traffic Matters

Wills

LANGUAGES

English

French (Intermediate fluency)

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Latia C.D. Williams A.A., LL.B (hons), LEC

ASSOCIATE

BIO

Latia Williams is an Associate in the firm. She is an advocate for change and firmly believes in speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. In 2017, Ms. Williams was admitted to The Bahamas Bar following the completion of her studies at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. During her time at the Law School, she was a member of the Price Media and Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Team.


EDUCATION
Associate of Arts Degree in Law and Criminal Justice, University of The Bahamas, 2012
Bachelor of Laws Degree (Hons), University of the West Indies, 2015

Legal Education Certificate, Eugene Dupuch Law School, 2017

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal and Civil Litigation

Probate

Property Sales

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Bryan G. Bastian A.A., LL.B (hons)

LEGAL EXECUTIVE

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BIO
Mr. Bryan Bastian is a Legal Executive who works specifically within the Criminal Litigation Department of the Firm.  He works closely under his legal mentor Murrio D. Ducille, Esq. who has since 2011 guided and exposed him to many strategic and ‘high profile’ cases. 

His core responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing legal matters

  • Responding to legal work served upon the chambers

  • Evaluation of client sensitive information

  • Document verification

  • To ensure documents and information provided complies with local laws

  • Legal Research

  • Authority Preparation

  • To attend and monitor client intake interviews

  • Trial Preparation aid

  • Prosecutions and Client Liaison

  • Assisting in Criminal Defense Litigation

Throughout his schooling Mr. Bastian has always maintained a positive disposition and all who had the privilege of becoming acquainted would always describe him as kind, resourceful, industrious, giving, a team player, fun and stylish.  Notwithstanding his fun side however he always remained focused on his studies.  He made the most of his spare time by not only sharing his Bahamian culture but exposing himself to different cultures by traveling across the UK and participating in intercultural events hosted by his and neighboring Universities.

   

Not only is Mr. Bastian witty, he is an ardent advocate for Humanitarian efforts.  Upon return to his home land he became a proud member of the Rotary Club of Old Fort where he has the opportunity to give back to his community through hosting and participating in fundraisers for worthy causes and events which focus on discussions geared toward community development and improvement which are often attended by prominent local leaders.  In addition to his active involvement in Rotary, he has also served his church as a member of the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Finance Committee and provided his assistance to St. Martin’s Monastery fundraisers whenever needed.

Law aside, Mr. Bastian has another passion which is business.  He is a successful businessman where he assists in the management and operation of his family’s local businesses. 

He is a firm believer in fairness and equality, living by the notion and colloquial saying ‘What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.’ 

His famous sayings include, “Let’s go MDC Crew!”, “Thank God it’s Friday!” and “We da best!”


EDUCATION
Associates of Arts Degree in Law and Criminal Justice Studies , College of the Bahamas, 2004
LL.B Degree (with Honors), University of Kent, 2009
 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Law

Constitutional Law

Employment Law

Dispute Resolution

Contract Law

Business Law

Sharese Lightbourne A.A.

LEGAL SECRETARY AND RECEPTIONIST

BIO

Sharese acts as a liaison within the firm, organizing events as well as company information, ordering and maintaining all office supplies, and handling all contacts with vendors. In addition she directly handles most financial matters such as accounts receivable and accounting.

She provides the attorneys with reliable assistance and serves as a listening ear to our clients. She is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call the law office.

She feels that it is important to continually increase her knowledge, not only in the legal field, but also in other areas that will enhance her ability to serve clients.

Sharese is married and a proud mother of a beautiful daughter. Away from work Sharese enjoys reading novels, traveling and spending quality time with her family.


EDUCATION
Associate Degree in Business Administration and Accounting, City College in Kendall, South Florida

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