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David Alan Faulkner

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Criminal Defense, Family

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ATTORNEY DAVID A. FAULKNER’S BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


 


Attorney David A. Faulkner has a strong educational background. He is a former Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor), a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a Class C Licensed Private Investigator. Whether your case is a criminal matter or a family law matter, attorney Faulkner will use his 17 years plus as a practicing lawyer to advise you with regard to your legal rights, the law that applies to your case and as to strategies that may be applicable to your circumstances. Further, attorney Faulkner believes that client centered representation is critical. He will identify your concerns and goals with regard to the representation and aggressively pursue those goals to the extent that the facts, circumstances and the law will allow. There is no need to go it alone. Get help now.


 


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND


 


Mr. Faulkner’s undergraduate degree was in Criminal Justice/Criminology. In 1990, Mr. Faulkner was awarded the Criminal Justice Student of the Year Award. Between 1988 and 1992, Mr. Faulkner was on the Dean’s List and the President’s List on multiple occasions. Mr. Faulkner finished his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Florida State University’s School of Criminology in 1992. While at the School of Criminology, Mr. Faulkner maintained a 3.98 grade point average for his Florida State University academic work. Because of his academic performance, Mr. Faulkner was chosen to serve as the Chairman of the School of Criminology’s Faculty Awards Committee. Mr. Faulkner was also accepted into multiple Honors Associations.


 


Mr. Faulkner attended law school and received his Juris Doctor Degree (Law Degree) in 1995 from Florida State University’s College of Law. He was an Honors graduate.


 


WORK EXPERIENCE


 


As a former Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor) in Florida, Mr. Faulkner gained extensive experience regarding the following:


 



  • Handling traffic offenses, misdemeanors and felonies.

  • Managing large caseloads efficiently and effectively.

  • Organizing and conducting criminal investigations.

  • Conducting witness interviews.

  • Evidence collection and handling.

  • Conducting case negotiations.

  • Search warrants.

  • Arrest warrants.

  • Researching, preparing and litigating motions, including:



  1. Motions to set bond.

  2. Motions to modify bond/bond conditions.

  3. Motions regarding discovery.

  4. Motions to exclude/prohibit admissions/confessions as evidence.

  5. Motions to exclude/prohibit seized evidence from use in court.

  6. Motions regarding speedy trial.

  7. Motions for contempt.

  8. Motions to dismiss.

  9. Motions for judgment of acquittal.

  10. Motions for a new trial. 



  • Bench trials with only a judge.

  • Jury trials.

  • Appeals.

  • Techniques and strategies used by prosecutors against criminal defendants.

  • Investigative techniques and strategies.

  • Use of force standards for law enforcement.


 


While an Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor), Mr. Faulkner advanced through the Misdemeanor, Felony and Felony Intake Divisions of the State Attorney’s Office. As a misdemeanor prosecutor, Mr. Faulkner was awarded recognition as the Prosecutor of the Year for his Circuit with regard to driving under the influence (DUI) cases. Mr. Faulkner was involved in the prosecution of criminal cases involving almost all ranges severity. From misdemeanor cases such as petit theft or traffic cases such as DUI to extremely serious cases such as murder, Mr. Faulkner was on the front lines of fighting crime. Mr. Faulkner also served as a liaison between the State Attorney’s Office and certain local law enforcement agencies. He has provided instruction to law enforcement officers and the community regarding criminal justice related issues.


 


Mr. Faulkner left the State Attorney’s Office and formed a private practice law firm with one other partner.  In that capacity, Mr. Faulkner represented clients in federal and state criminal cases. He conducted case investigations, plea negotiations, motion hearings, administrative hearings, jury trials, bench trials and appeals. In addition, Mr. Faulkner handled clients’ family law divorce, paternity and injunction cases, including administrative hearings, motion hearings, trials and appeals.  As part of his work he prepared/conducted negotiations (included conducting mediations) to achieve favorable outcomes for clients, conducted pre-trial discovery, including, but not limited to, handling financial affidavits, requests to produce, interrogatories, requests for admissions, subpoenas, depositions, witness interviews, motions to compel and motions for sanctions, and criminal and civil motions for contempt and prepared/prosecuted pre-trial motions.


 


In service of the nation as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Mr. Faulkner also received training and gained practical experience regarding the following:


 



  • Conducting complex investigations.

  • Investigating financial fraud.

  • Communications and interviewing, including the use of Kinesics techniques.

  • Informant development and use.

  • Evidence collection and handling.

  • Surveillance techniques.

  • Counterintelligence.

  • Computer search and seizure.

  • Human behavior/psychological aspects of law enforcement.

  • Constitutional criminal procedure.

  • Firearms and tactical combat.

  • Public corruption investigations.

  • Search warrants.

  • Arrest warrants.

  • Subpoenas.

  • Grand jury testimony.


 


As a Special Agent, Mr. Faulkner worked for a time alongside the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was ultimately assigned to the Public Corruption Unit of the Miami, Florida Field Office. In that capacity, Mr. Faulkner, among other duties, was responsible for investigating public officials, including law enforcement officers, who were engaged in illegal activities.


 


Mr. Faulkner left the FBI and formed a very successful private practice law firm.  In that capacity, Mr. Faulkner represented clients in federal and state criminal cases. He conducted case investigations, plea negotiations, motion hearings, administrative hearings, jury trials, bench trials and appeals. In addition, Mr. Faulkner handled clients’ family law divorce, paternity and injunction cases, including administrative hearings, motion hearings, trials and appeals.  As part of his work he prepared/conducted negotiations (included conducting mediations) to achieve favorable outcomes for clients, conducted pre-trial discovery, including, but not limited to, handling financial affidavits, requests to produce, interrogatories, requests for admissions, subpoenas, depositions, witness interviews, motions to compel and motions for sanctions, and criminal and civil motions for contempt and prepared/prosecuted pre-trial motions.


 


MEMBERSHIPS


 



  • Florida Bar Member since 1995

  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

  • Former Director of the Seminole County Bar Association


 


MR. FAULKNER’S PHILOSOPHY


 


As a private attorney, Mr. Faulkner has extensive experience handling and supervising other attorneys with regard to both criminal law and family law cases through all stages of the court process — from initial intake to trial and even appeal. Mr. Faulkner believes in putting forth 110 percent effort for the client. He is hard working, thorough, aggressive and ethical.


 


While serving as a Special Agent, Mr. Faulkner found that it is the FBI’s attention to detail and thoroughness that has, in large measure, contributed to its reputation as one of the preeminent law enforcement agencies in the world. Attorney Faulkner shares that same focus on attention to detail and thoroughness and has made it the cornerstone of his strategy for protecting the rights of his clients.


 


As a former prosecutor, attorney Faulkner knows how to litigate cases in court. You may ask — How can that help me? The answer lies in a simple analogy — a successful court case is like an intricate puzzle. By knowing what the puzzle should look like, attorney Faulkner is adept at identifying when pieces of the puzzle are missing.


 


Attorney Faulkner’s background includes both training and practical “real world” experience in applying investigative techniques. Why is that important? Because it is one thing for a lawyer to be able to recognize that certain evidence would be critical to a client’s case, it is an entirely different skill to know where and how to obtain that evidence. We seek to provide our clients with such an advantage. To meet with attorney Faulkner to discuss how we can help you with regard to your criminal or family law case, contact us today.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Family: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%

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Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

  • Zahra Shanaz Umansky

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Faulkner is a diligent attorney who is well prepared in Court & extremely professional.

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    Zahra Umansky DUI & DWI Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

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

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
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Contact Info

Katz & Phillips, P.A.

4830 West Kennedy Boulevard.
Suite 600
Tampa, FL, 33609

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199505/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Family Law MediatorFlorida Supreme Court2015
DUI Prosecutor of the Year, 18th CircuitOffice of the State Attorney Florida 18th Circuit1998
Honors GraduateFlorida State University, College of Law1995
Phi Delta Phi International Legal FraternityFlorida State University, College of Law1994
Golden Key National honor SocietyFlorida State University, School of Criminology1992
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor SocietyFlorida State University, School of Criminology1992
Cum Laude GraduateFlorida State University, School of Criminology1992
Dean's ListFlorida State University, School of Criminology1992
Criminology Faculty Awards CommitteeFlorida State University, School of Criminology1991
Criminal Justice Student of the Year AwardCentral Florida Comunity College1990
Honors GraduateCentral Florida Comunity College1990
Phi Theta Kappa National Honor SocietyCentral Florida Comunity College1990
President’s ListCentral Florida Comunity College1990
Dean’s ListCentral Florida Comunity College1990
Academic Excellence ScholarshipCentral Florida Community College1989

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Head of Tampa Regional Office and Serious Crimes DivisionKatz & Phillips, PA2013 - Present
Managing PartnerFaulkner Legal Group, PA2005 - 2013
Special AgentFederal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI)2004 - 2005
Owner/AttorneyFaulkner & Pollack, P.A.2000 - 2004
Assistant State AttorneyOffice of the State Attorney Florida 18th Circuit1996 - 2000
Law ClerkFlorida Dept Of Transportation, Office of the General Counsel1994 - 1996

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Seminole County Bar AssociationDirector2001 - 2002
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaMember2000 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
K&P PressConsidering Divorce In Florida?2014
Aspatore Special ReportThe Ongoing Gun Control Debate - Gun Control: The Solution or the Problem?2014
Concealed Weapons ClassCastle Doctrine and Standing Your Ground in Florida2013

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Florida State University School of CriminologyCriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Central Florida Comunity CollegeCriminologyAA - Associate of Art1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Florida Self Defense WorkshopFlorida's Self Defense Law2014
U.S. Law Shield/Winter Haven 9/12 Project Self-defense Law PresentationCastle Doctrine and self-defense law2013
U.S. Law Shield/Arlington Rotary Club Self-defense Law PresentationCastle Doctrine and Florida's Stand Your Ground Law2013
U.S. Law Shield Use of Firearms Law for Concealed Weapons ClassUse of firearms in self-defense in Florida2013
U.S. Law Shield Castle Doctrine & Self DefenseConcealed, Carry, the Castle doctrine and When Can I Shoot?2013