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Daniel Winchester Ripley

Daniel Winchester Ripley

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Family

About Me

My name is Dan Ripley and I am an experienced and aggressive criminal trial attorney. Since my admission to the Florida bar in 2009, I have done only one thing; represent the people of the state of Florida who have been accused of a crime.  In that time I have taken over 40 jury trials to verdict.  These cases range from simple traffic cases to life felonies.  I have argued and won numerous Motions to Suppress, Motions to Dismiss and Judgments of Acquittal.  I have been recognized for excellence by my co-workers and supervisors.  Through the years, I have built personal relationships with numerous Judges and Prosecutors which helps me to aggressively and quickly negotiate for reduced charges and departure sentences.  I have made connections with many Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facilities in and around the Tampa Bay Area allowing my clients to get rehabilitation in lieu of incarceration.  I pride myself on always being available to my clients; quickly responding to phone calls and spending considerable time explaining issues, reviewing evidence, and developing defense strategies with clients and their families.

I graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in history before going to Florida State where I received my Juris Doctorate.  Following graduation, I accepted a position as a public defender in West Palm Beach and then in St. Petersburg.  Working for the poor, addicted, and disenfranchised was the proudest time in my career.  A time when I learned about what it means to fight for the little guy and how easy it is for the criminal justice system to step on the rights of the citizens it is meant to protect.  During my time with these offices, I worked in every part of the system from appeals, to misdemeanors and domestic cases, through juvenile court and up to the most serious felony crimes.  I worked extremely hard to learn as much as I could about the law, the science and the strategies to aggressively defend my clients.


In 2015, I decided that it was time to leave the Public Defender’s Office and begin a private practice to serve a greater amount of people and pursue the cases where I felt I could have the greatest impact.  


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2009

  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    6 years
  2. Family: 10%



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Gabe Neibergall

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ripley is an exceptional courtroom advocate, AND he is a great communicator with his clients. It is very hard to find both of those qualities in an attorney. You cannot go wrong with him working your case(s).


    Gabe Neibergall Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Nicolas Stephen Robinson

    I had the pleasure of working in the same felony division as Dan while at the Public Defender's Office. He is an extremely skilled attorney and zealously advocates for his clients both in and outside of the courtroom. Any person would be lucky to call Dan his or her attorney.


    Nicolas Robinson Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Firm of Dan Ripley

8130 66th St. N Suite 3
Pinellas Park, FL, 33781



FLMember in Good Standing200905/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of ExcellencePinellas County Public Defenders Officer2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant Public DefenderPinellas County Public Defender's Office2010 - 2015
Assistant Public DefenderPalm Beach County Public Defender's Office2009 - 2010
Legal ResearcherInnocence Project of Florida2009 - 2009
Legal InternLaw Office of Richard K. Sullivan2009 - 2009


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
Florida BarMember2009 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Florida v. Joe BurgeNot Guilty
State of Florida v. Cornelio Herrerra-MartinezGuilty
State of Florida v. Arthur DavenportGuilty

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The Florida State University College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A2009
University of FloridaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2006

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Courthouse Tour and PresentationsIndigent Criminal Defense2014