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Tim Michael Flaherty

Tim Michael Flaherty

also known as Flaherty Defense Firm

About me

Over the years, I have defended thousands of people accused of criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies, including DUI offenses, drug charges, and violent crimes. While still in law school, I was a law clerk for a firm that specialized in death penalty defense cases. After graduation, I worked as a Public Defender for three years before founding this law firm in 2004.

I focus 100 percent of my time and talents on criminal defense. I protect my clients' rights with passion and purpose, always doing whatever it takes to get the best possible result in a case. Through negotiating with prosecutors, working to suppress illegally obtained evidence before the trial, or using my extensive courtroom experience at trial, I handle every case personally, and will work to achieve the best possible result in your case.

I limit the number of cases I take because I know that allotting enough time is critical in defense work. My clients and I can work closely as a team, and clients have access to me any time they have a question. Exhaustive review and analysis can be done on every case so that details never get missed. This allows me to devote all of my talent and creativity to defending each client.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    14 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    14 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    14 years
  4. Sex Crime: 10%
    14 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%
    14 years



Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have observed Mr. Flaherty practicing law for several years and know him to be a very talented attorney and any client he represents is in good hands.


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  • Robert Glenn Collins

    I endorse this lawyer. Diligent and hard working.


    Robert Collins Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Flaherty Defense Firm

1817 Lewis Turner Blvd #E
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547

Flaherty Defense Firm

4012 Commons Drive West #104D
Destin, FL, 32541



FLMember in Good Standing200109/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Order of BarristersSouthern Illinois University School of Law2001
Captain, Moot Court Trial TeamSouthern Illinois University School of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerFlaherty Defense Firm2004 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderState of Florida2001 - 2004
Capital Case Law ClerkCapps Law Firm2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationTop 100 Trial Lawyers2015 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLifetime Member2014 - Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Law SectionAttorney Member2013 - Present
Okaloosa County Teen Court ProgramJudge2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
U.S. District Court, Northern District of FloridaMember2010 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
Okaloosa-Walton Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida v JHDUI Dismissed
State of Florida vs CEDUI Dismissed
State of Florida vs. SCNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Fort Walton Beach Defense BlogFort Walton Beach Defense BlogN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Illinois University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2001
Northwest Missouri State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Okaloosa County Teen CourtRole Of Defense Attorney2014
Okaloosa County Teen CourtCareer As An Attorney2013