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David Veenstra

David Veenstra

Practice areas:

Family, General Practice, Foreclosure

About Me

David Veenstra started his legal career in Tampa, where he has worked on a variety of civil litigation at the trial and appellate level, including foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, contract, and landlord/tenant disputes.  Today, he focuses on marital and family law and other civil litigation.


He attended the Stetson University College of Law and graduated in the top half of his class.  As a student he served as a Research Assistant for Family Law and in Trial Advocacy.  He also achieved IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly Advanced Certification and served as a local site supervisor in the VITA program.


While a student Mr. Veenstra was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, was awarded the Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association Diversity Scholarship, and received the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award.


Military Service


Prior to becoming an attorney, he served in the United States Air Force and attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.  During his career he was assigned to nine separate locations, including four overseas tours (in the Pacific, the Far East, Southwest Asia and in Europe).  A combat veteran, SMSgt Veenstra deployed overseas to participate in both Operation DESERT STORM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, including leading troops while under fire in Iraq.  He was also responsible for installation security at Andrews Air Force Base, home of Air Force One, and traveled with Air Force One outside the United States.  Additionally, he traveled extensively for the Air Force on other missions, serving in 35 separate countries on every populated continent on earth.


An Honor Graduate of the Air Force Law Enforcement Academy, SMSgt Veenstra served his entire career in the military police.  As an Airman he received the following awards and decorations: Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (4), Air Force Commendation Medal (7), Air Force Achievement Medal (7), Army Achievement Medal (1), Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Star Devices, Air Force Good Conduct Medal (6), National Defense Service Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Navy Expert Rifle Medal, Coast Guard Expert Rifle Medal, Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal, Coast Guard Expert Pistol Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait.


Personal


Mr. Veenstra was born and raised here in the Tampa Bay area, and graduated from H.B. Plant High School before matriculating at the University of South Florida.  He is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.  He has been married to Diane Veenstra since 1984.  Mrs. Veenstra is an elementary school classroom teacher who specializes in math and science.  They have a passion for life, a love of children, and a great appreciation for family and friends.


The Veenstra’s son, David Jr., is also an Eagle Scout.


Court Admissions



  • Florida Supreme Court and State Courts in Florida

  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • United States Tax Court


 


Professional Organizations



  • The Florida Bar

  • Florida Bar Family Law Section

  • Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee

  • American Bar Association

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors


 


Education



  • Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of Law

  • Master of Science, Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida

  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminology, University of South Florida


 


Other Education & Training



  • FBI National Academy, Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Department of Defense Inspector General School

  • Hostage/Crisis Negotiations

  • Master Instructor, Professional Association of Diving Instructors


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Family: 95%
    5 years
  2. General Practice: 4%
    5 years
  3. Foreclosure: 1%
    5 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

26 total 

  • Oxalis B Garcia

    I endorse this lawyer, great friend and wonderful person, but what I appreciate most about him is his honor and ethics

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Contact Info

Hunter Law, P.A.

5025 West Lemon Street
Tampa, FL, 33609

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing201008/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Exceptional Pro Bono Service Lapel Pin, 2011Supreme Court of Florida2012
Best Pupilage Group 2011-2012Family Law Inn of Court, Tampa2012
William F. Blews Pro Bono Service AwardStetson University College of Law2010
Diversity ScholarshipFred G. Minnis, Sr., Bar Association2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyHunter Law, P.A.2012 - Present
Associate AttorneyThe Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.2010 - 2012
Research AssistantStetson University College of Law2008 - 2010
Senior Master SergeantU.S. Air Force1984 - 2007

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Stetson Veterans Law Institute - Pro Bono Service InitiativeAttorney Member2015 - Present
HCBA Military and Veterans Affairs CommitteeAttorney Member2014 - Present
Florida Bar, Military Affairs CommitteeAttorney Member2013 - Present
Family Law American Inn of Court of TampaAttorney Member2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2010 - Present
Florida Supreme Court, Judicial Management CouncilAttorney Member2010 - Present
United States Tax CourtAttorney Member2010 - Present
United States District Court Middle District of FloridaAttorney Member2010 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitAttorney Member2010 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationAttorney Member2010 - 2014
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationAttorney Member2010 - 2014
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionAttorney Member2010 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2010 - Present
FBI National Academy AssociatesGraduate Member2001 - Present
Professional Association of Diving InstructorsMaster Instructor1987 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
H--- v. H---Judgment for respondent on all issues.
M-------- v. M---------Judgment for client, primary custody, child support from opposing party
T----- v. T-----Judgment of dissolution of marriage following trial, denying alimony for opposing party

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Avvo.comAn Introduction to Termination of Parental Rights in Florida2012

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of Central FloridaCriminal JusticeMS - Master of Science1998
University of South FloridaCriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
First Sergeant's Council MeetingFamily Law in Florida2015
Chief's Group MeetingFamily Law in Florida2015
Operation: REVEILLE, Ending Homelessness for All VeteransMilitary & Veterans Issues2014
Annual MeetingStatutory Review Subcommittee Report2014
Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa Monthly MeetingProfessionalism & Civility2013
Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa Monthly MeetingAttorneys Fees2013
MacDill Chief's Group LuncheonFamily Law in Florida2012
First Sergeants Annual TrainingFamily Law in Florida2012
First Sergeant's Council MeetingFamily Law in Florida2012
First Sergeant's Council MeetingFamily Law in Florida2011