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Tad A. Yates is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has 21 years of criminal trial experience. He is a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of University of Florida (B.A., Criminal Justice) and the University of Florida College of Law (J.D.)  He served as President of the Orange County Bar Association and President of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association.  In 2010, Mr. Yates was appointed by the President of the Florida Bar to serve on the Florida Bar's Criminal Rules Committee.  From 2008 to present, Mr. Yates was selected by Florida Trend Magazine as one of "Florida's Legal Elite" in the area of Criminal Law. In 2009, he was selected by "Florida Super Lawyers" for inclusion on the Florida Rising Stars list, featuring outstanding young lawyers in the state.  He was seleced a "Florida Super Lawyer from 2010 to present.

In 2011, Tad was appointed by Governor Rick Scott Scott to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.  He served 2 years in the position of Chair of that commission.  In 2014, Chief Judge Belvin Perry appointed Tad Vice-Chair of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel.  Tad previously served as Chair of one of the Ninth Circuit Grievance Committees.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    21 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • William Albert Davis Jr.

    Tad is a great lawyer. He is very smart and always looking for practical solutions to tough problems. He is a leader in our legal community. I have referred many matters to Tad, and I will hire him myself if the need arises.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Tad. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Tad A. Yates, P.A.

734 Rugby Street.
Orlando, FL, 32804-3713


FLMember in Good Standing199401/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Florida Super LawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2012
Florida's Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Florida Super LawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2011
Florida's Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Florida's Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2010
Florida Super LawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2010
The Top Young Lawyers in FloridaFlorida Super Lawyers2009
Florida's Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2009
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2008
OCBA Young Lawyer's Professionalism AwardOrange County Bar Association2004
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Tad A. Yates, P.A.2010 - Present
PartnerKirkconnell, Lindsey, Snure, Yates & Ponall, P.A.1997 - 2010
AssociateLaw Offices of James M. Russ, P.A.1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating CommissionChair2012 - Present
Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar AssociationPresident of the Board of Trustees2011 - 2012
Orange County Bar AssociationPresident2007 - 2008
Orange County Bar AssociationVice President2006 - 2007
Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar AssociationSecretary2006 - 2007
First Central Florida American Inns of CourtBoard of Directors2002 - 2007
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1994 - Present
The Florida BarMember1994 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1994 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationPast ChairN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of FloridaCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1991