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About Me

        I am an Attorney at The Byrd Law Firm where I practice Criminal Defense and Family Law.  I was born and raised on Long Island in New York and came to Florida to pursue a college degree at Stetson University.


While studying at Stetson I became intrigued with law, so after I graduated I pursued a law degree at Nova Southeastern University Law School.   At law school I interned at the Broward County State Attorney’s office, and it was there that I realized the injustices and indignities that are suffered by people accused of committing crimes. 


After graduating from Law School I worked for over 3 years at the Public Defenders’ Office in Sarasota, where I defended well over a 1000 individuals accused of crimes. I tried many cases including some of the most serious felonies.  


In 2008, I started working at the Byrd Law Firm, where I now practice Criminal  Defense and Family law in Sarasota and Manatee County.  I defend all types of criminal case with a large focus on DUIs and Juvenile crimes.  


In 2009 I became one of the first attorneys in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to receive a Certificate of Achievement for completing the Breath Test Operator Course which is required of all licensed Breath Test Operators in the State of Florida.  I have also volunteered as a Judge for Teen Court of Sarasota, a diversion program aimed at helping juveniles with their self-esteem, motivation, and self improvement, and in turn prevent any future criminal behavior. 


In my family law practice, I focus on all divorce related matters, including but not limited to, child support, alimony, timesharing, equitable distribution and attorney's fees, as well as paternity issues, and Injunctions involving violence.  


I aggressively represent all my clients and diligently protect their best interest. 


If you would like to speak about your legal matter, please give me a call at 941-954-3400.


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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
    12 years
  2. Family: 33%
    8 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 33%
    12 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

  • Peter Michael Collins

    Drew is an excellent trial lawyer who is well- respected in the legal community. His commitment to protecting his clients is evident to anyone who sees him in court. I highly recommend Drew.


    Peter Collins Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Blake Edward Marcus

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Blake Marcus DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

The Byrd Law Firm

2151 Main St Ste 201
Sarasota, FL, 342376005


FLMember in Good Standing200309/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Certificate of Achievement - Breath Test Operator CourseFlorida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyThe Byrd Law Firm2008 - Present
Assistant Public Defender12th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office2003 - 2007
Association NamePosition NameDuration
The National Trial Criminal Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Sarasota County Bar Association, Young Lawyer's DivisionTreasurer2012 - Present
Sarasota County Bar Assoication, County Criminal SectionChair2009 - 2010
Sarasota County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtBarrister2006 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. J.V.Not Guilty on both Counts
State v. B.B.Not Guilty
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJuris Doctor2003
Stetson UniverstiyGeneral BusinessBachelor of Business Administration2000
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Youth Leadership Government DayThe Judicial System2012