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I have been representing the interests of persons accused of criminal conduct in Gainesville and surrounding counties for over 30 years. I am a member of DeThomasis and Buchanan P.A.; my firm consists of three attorneys exclusively handling criminal defense related cases; all attorneys have practiced in excess of 25 years.


I value the privacy interests of of my clients and the importance of their reputations. I counsel and assist all clients to reduce the publicly available information regarding their legal matters, either through the pursuit of expunging or sealing an eligible record or in avoiding publicity. 


Before joining DeThomasis & Buchanan, P.A. in 2001, I was an assistant Public Defender handling everything from misdemeanor traffic to first degree murder trials in the 8th Judicial Circuit for over sixteen years. I was a member of the defense team for Danny Harold Rolling from 1992 through his trial in February of 1994. 

I continue to participate in educational enhancement through DUI and other criminal law seminars. I also participate in the mentoring of fellow bar members through the American Inn of Court.


I am vigilante in protecting my clients' legal rights and in protecting them from those who would prey on them at their most  vunerable... see


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
    36 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    36 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 15%
  4. Expungement: 5%



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  • Cherie H. Fine

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Blount-Powell is an advocate practicing law at the highest level in the areas of criminal defense. With over 25 years of experience and many successful trials, Ms. Blount-Powell has superb legal and procedural expertise and truly cares about her clients. Ms. Blount-Powell deserves my highest possible recommendation.


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  • A Daniel Vazquez

    I endorse this lawyer. Barbara is a highly respected attorney. She is intelligent and very compassionate. Barbara communicates thoroughly and responds quickly to inquiries. She has a good reputation for being honest and straightforward in a non-judgmental, sincere manner. She has a positive outlook on life and works tirelessly to achieve justice and protect the rights of everyone in the legal system.


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Contact info

DeThomasis & Buchanan

1800 N. Main St.
Gainesville, FL, 32641


FLMember in Good Standing197909/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
President's AwardFlorida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eight Judicial Circuit Chapter)1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDeThomasis & Buchanan, PA2001 - Present
AttorneyPublic Defender, 8th Jucidial Circuit1984 - 2001
AssociateSalley, Barnes, Pajon, Guttman & Del Valle, P.A.1980 - 1983
Law ClerkTurner & Morris, P.A.1978 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2004 - Present
American Inn of Court, James C. Adkins ChapterEmeritus1995 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Eighth Circuit ChapterPresident1990 - 1991
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors1990 - 1992
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Eighth Circuit ChapterVice President1989 - 1990
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Eighth Circuit ChapterSecretary1988 - 1989
Florida Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida v. Danny Harold RollingClient entered a plea at his own request.
State v. Howard, 983 S.2d 671 (Fla.1DCA 2008)The Florida Supreme Court remanded the case and the 1st DCA sent it back to the trial court to vacate my client's drug conviction based on my motion to suppress.
Armatage v. State, 954 So.2d 669 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)Client's drug conviction was reversed because of my trial court level Motion to Suppress.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Insite Magazine (monthly)Just Say Know....Your Legal Rights: Drug Crimes and Their Consequences2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Duke UniversityPolitical Science, EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial Advocacy Workshop- University of Florida College of LawGuest Instructor - Cross Examination2015
WCJB-TV 20 InterviewLocal Scam - Interview2014
Appellate Advocacy- UF Law SchoolJudge/Panelist - Oral Arguments2014
Phi Alpha DeltaPanel Presentation- Legal Practice Choices2013
Trial Advocacy Workshop - University of Florida School of LawGuest Lecturer - Jury Selection2012
8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association luncheonStand Your Ground: Impact on Criminal Practice2012
Trial Advocacy Workshop - University of Florida School of LawGuest Lecturer - Expert Witness Examination2011
James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of CourtMedia in the High Profile Case; State v. Rolling panelist2010
James C. Adkins Inn of CourtVictims Rights: Legal Necessity?\Co-panelist/director2008
James C. Adkins, Inn of CourtPanel Discussion/Lecture/ Jury Nullification2007
Trial Advocacy - Univ. of Florida School of LawGuest Lecturer - Trial Skills1995