Assistant District Attorneys

Robert J. Knochel (Bobby)
 





Robert J. Knochel graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1989 with degree in Business Administration. In 1994, he received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Prior to becoming employed with the District Attorney’s Office, Robert was engaged in the private practice of law concentrating primarily on criminal defense. He currently holds the position of Assistant District Attorney for the Nineteenth Circuit Court District.

Angel Patano-Myers
 





Angel Danielle Patano-Myers is an Assistant District Attorney for the 19th Circuit Court District where she is the Director of the Child Protection Unit. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000. She attended law school at Mississippi College School of Law where she graduated in the top 25% of her class. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Mississippi in 2004. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s office, Angel practiced law as an associate with the law firm of Daniel, Coker, Horton & Bell.  Angel is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Jackson County Bar Association and is the current vice president of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association (MPA). She has also served the MPA as the immediate past secretary/treasurer, as well as, being a member of the MPA Board of Directors, Legislative and Curriculum Committees. Angel has presented in various forums on the topics of physical abuse and neglect of children, sexual abuse of children and child exploitation. Angel assisted in the drafting of and lobbying for the Lonnie Smith Act, which ammends the current felony child abuse laws. The Lonnie Smith Act was signed into law in April 2013 and goes into effect July 1, 2013. She is married to Joshua Myers and together they have once child. Angel and Joshua are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs.

Cherie Rivera Wade
Cherie Wade
Cherie Rivera Wade is a native of Ocean Springs, MS.  She graduated from Mercy Cross High School and in 2006 earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Louisiana State University.  Cherie attended Mississippi College School of Law, where she was the inaugural recipient of the LSU-MC Law scholarship.  At MC Law, she was STAR mentor and a member of the Women's Bar Association and a member of the Moot Court Board..  Cherie is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Jackson County Bar Association and the Mississippi Prosecutors Association. She currently serves on the MPA Board of Directors and has served on the Legislative and Curriculum committees since 2011. Since 2009, Cherie has been the coach for the Gautier High School Mock Trial Team. She is currently the Director of the Major Crimes Unit, which handles all homicide, public cooruptioin, and high profile cases. Cherie and her husband Matthew are members of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Ocean Springs.

Joey Griffin
Joey Griffin

Joey Griffin was born in Naples, Florida and graduated from George County High School in 1988.v  In 1993, he received a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi, and in 1998 received an M.S. degree in Sport Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Joey spent ten years teaching and then returned to law school graduating from Ole Miss law school in 2007.  While in school, Joey clerked for Chancery Court Judge Jaye Bradley and externed in the District Attorney's Office he now works in.

Kathlyn Van Buskirk
Kat
Kathlyn Van Buskirk is a native of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She graduated from Ocean Springs High School, and in 2005, Kathlyn received a Bachelo of Arts degree in Political Communications from Louisiana State University. Kathlyn went on to obtain her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law. While in law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Board, President of the Environmental Law Club, member of the American Association for Justice, and a member of the Public Interest Law Group. In 2010, Kathlyn graduated from law school and was admitted to practice law. She and her husband, Spencer, currently reside in Ocean Springs, MS.

Leilani Tynes
Leilani Tynes
Leilani Leith Tynes is currently an Assistant District Attorney for the Nineteenth Circuit Court District. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mississippi in 1996 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2000. During law school Leilani was Vice-Chairman of the Moot Court Board, a member of the National Moot Court Competition Team, and a member of the Saul Leftkowitz Competition Team, Saul Leftkowitz winner of the Best Brief South Region and National Second Place Best Brief in 2000. Leilani is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association (MBA), Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association (MPA), and the Jackson County Bar Association. Leilani has formerly served as Secretary/Treasurer for the MPA and is currently serving as an MPA Board Member, and is a member of the Children’s Justice Act Taskforce. Leilani was formerly an Assistant District Attorney for the Third Circuit Court District and a Partner with the Denham Law Firm. Leilani is married to Monte Tynes and they have four children.

Justin Lovorn
Justin Lovorn
Justin Lovorn is a native of Pascagoula, MS. He graduated from Pascagoula High School in 2004 and attended the University of Mississippi. He graduated from Ole Miss in 2008 with a B.A. in Biology and again in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science. Upon graduation, Justin obtained his teacher’s license and taught 7th grade science at Magnolia Junior High School in Moss Point, MS. Justin attended Mississippi College School of Law. In law school, Justin was elected LSBA Honor Court Justice and was a STAR mentor. Working under Mississippi’s Limited Practice Act, Justin interned in District Attorney Tony Lawrence’s office during his final semester of law school. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2012 and was admitted to practice law in Mississippi that same year.
 

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