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David M. Caveda

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Tampa Divorce Lawyer David Caveda  has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 1992.  Visit


He graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1987 and received his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1991.


David’s practice areas include Marital and Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Mediation, Military Divorce, Real Estate, Personal Injury, and Guardianship.


David has received an AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and most recognized evaluator of attorneys and law firms. A small percentage of lawyers achieve this rating, which is the highest one possible.

David has extensive experience in representing clients in contested family law matters, including mediations, hearings and trials. He is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and its Family Law Section. David is also a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association and its Military Law Committee.


He completed Regular Army Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 1986 and graduated first in his platoon at the ROTC Advance Camp in Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1987 before being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve in 1990. He graduated the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1994 and continued to serve in the Individual Ready Reserve as a Field Artillery Officer until he was Honorably Discharged in 1999.

On a personal note, David is a life-long resident of Florida and is fluent in Spanish. He was a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Tampa junior varsity baseball team from 2008 to 2010. He is married and resides with his family in the Hyde Park section of South Tampa. He was born in Miami in 1965.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    23 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 30%
  3. Military Law: 5%
  4. Marriage & Prenuptials: 5%
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($325/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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Contact info

Caveda Law Firm, P.A.

607 W. Horatio St.
Tampa, FL, 33606


FLMember in Good Standing199209/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV-Rating (Preeminent 5.0 of 5.0)Martindale-Hubbell2013
Tampa's Top Rated LawyersLaw.com2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Tampa Bay's Top LawyersTampa Bay Magazine2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderCaveda Law Firm, P.A.2008 - Present
PrincipalKnox & Givens, P.A.2007 - 2008
PresidentKCMD Group, Inc.2005 - 2007
PrincipalKnox & Givens, P.A.2000 - 2005
Sole PractitionerLaw Office of David Caveda, P.A.1995 - 2000
AssociateMensh & McIntosh, P.A.1994 - 1994
AssociateLaw Office of Jerry Green, P.A.1992 - 1994
Field Artillery OfficerU.S. Army Reserve1991 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clearwater Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Clearwater Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2008 - Present
Military Officers Association of AmericaMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Family Law American Inn of Court of TampaMember2000 - 2005
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1998 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice1993 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice1993 - Present
The Florida BarMember1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sheppard v. Jedlicka, 31 So. 3d 975Trial court's favorable custody ruling upheld on appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Proceedings After Dissolution of Marriage, The Florida Bar (9th ed.)Modification of Child Support (Co-Author)2008
Half Moon SeminarsWorking With Divorce Clients and Opposing Counsel2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of South FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal SeminarWorking With Divorce Clients and Opposing Counsel2002