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About Me

I have been in private pracrice for over 30 years. A Michigan native, I practiced business, real estate and estate planning in East Lansing, where my wife and I raised our two daughters, Kate and Joni.  In 2003, we moved to Sanibel to join Henderson, Franklin.  I enjoy working with all clients, from the smal estate to the large.  In my spare time, I enjoy "island life" and all its activities, and I am active in several island charities.  We still return to our house in East Lansing to enjoy the cooler summers, and attend Spartan games as often as possible.


Practice Areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Probate: 35%
  3. Real Estate: 15%
  4. Business: 10%



Hourly ($375/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Marlaine C. Teahan

    David Platt is a very experienced estate planner. He is a very personable and skilled attorney. One of David's best assets is his ability to explain highly technical legal and tax principles in plain English, enabling clients to move forward making informed decisions. I recommend him! Marlaine Teahan, Fraser Trebilcock


    Marlaine Teahan Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Gayle J Carson

    I endorse this lawyer. David has the rare ability to forge connections with a client that allow him to bring his talents in estate planning, business and estate taxation in a way to target potential issues and solve them creatively. He has a real breadth of experience and expertise (not to mention empathy) that makes a real difference to his clients


    Gayle Carson Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

1648 Periwinkle Way Ste B
Sanibel, FL, 339574406


FLMember in Good Standing199209/08/2015
MIActive And In Good Standing198009/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Florida Super LawyerThompson Reuters2015
Florida Super LawyerThompson Reuters2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2013
Florida SuperLawyerThompson Reuters2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2012
Florida Super LawyerThompson Reuters2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2009
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Best LawyerBest Lawyers2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderHenderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, Pa2003 - Present
ShareholderFraser Trebilcock2001 - 2003
Adjunct ProfessorMichigan State University College Of Law2000 - 2003
ShareholderFarhat and Story, PC1988 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)Board Member2009 - 2011
Lee Memorial Health System FoundationBoard Member2004 - Present
Lee County Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Henderson Franklin WebsiteThe Art of Estate Planning and Dremel Tools2015
The Legal Scoop of SW Fla Real EstateClearing Title to Real Property on Death of a Spouse2014
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western Michigan University - Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Michigan State UniversityPolitical ScienceN/A1976
Michigan State UniversityPolitical ScienceN/A1975
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Financial Planning SeminarMaking sure that the American Tax Relief Act is Relief to You2013