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John D. Whitaker is a native of Gainesville and graduated from University of Florida College of Law. He is a past president of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the past president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.


John first worked for the Office of the State Attorney as a prosecutor specializing in DUI and traffic enforcement. During his time as a prosecutor he handled thousands of cases and attended numerous seminars on the inner workings of law enforcement, DUI investigations and prosecution.



Since moving to private practice he has handled hundreds criminal cases from theft by a juvenile to attempted murder with a firearm. He continues to attended seminars focusing on criminal defense. His experience on both sides of the criminal justice system have enabled John to analyze every case as both an experienced prosecutor and defense attorney. This gives him the advantage of anticipating the prosecution's strategy and accurately analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of their case.




John has actual trial experience in DUI, possession of cannabis, battery, open container, theft, resisting an officer without violence, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, escape, grand theft auto, burglary with a battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, sale and possession of cocaine, armed robbery, and attempted murder with a firearm. 


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    13 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 39%
    13 years
  3. Child Abuse: 1%
    13 years, 150 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Po Box 140179
Gainesville, FL, 32614


FLMember in Good Standing200009/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Achievement for Zealous Representation of ParentsH. Stephen Pennypacker Dependency General Master2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKinsell, Zadel & Whitaker2005 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office 8th Judicial Circuit1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationPresident2007 - 2008
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Bench/Bar CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)President2005 - 2006
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
Ohio UniversityCommunicationOther - Bachelors1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law & Justice ConferencePolicing the Police2015
Florida Family Law ClassFlorida Dependency System2010
Practicing with ProfesionalismGetting involved in your local bar association2007