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L. Derek Byrd

L. Derek Byrd

also known as Derek Byrd

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

About Me

Derek Byrd is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar.  Less than 2% of attorneys in Florida are Board Certified.  He has recently been elected President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,  the largest statewide association dedicated to criminal defense lawyers in the state of Florida.   Derek Byrd is also the immediate Past President of the Sarasota County Bar Association.


Derek was born and raised in Sarasota and grew up watching his father fight for the rights of the accused. You could say defending the accused is in his blood. Derek recieved a Bachelors degree in Criminology, while also attaining a minor in Finance. After graduating from Florida State University, Derek Byrd began his law school degree at Quinnipiac College of Law, located in Hamden, CT. Derek Byrd has appeared on Bill O'Reilly, Nancy Grace, Court TV, Tru TV, and all local networks as a legal analyst. He has also written articles for the Defender magazine and lectured at FACDL seminars.


Derek often writes about his experiences and interests in his website:




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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    19 years, 2.5 thousand cases



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Cassandra Parks Gorton

    I'm a criminal defense attorney, but if I or a family member ever got a DUI, I would hire Derek.


    Cassandra Gorton Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Laurie S. Zimmerman

    I endorse Derek Byrd. Derek is a very hard working and dedicated attorney. He has a great deal of knowledge in both substantive and procedural law and is an excellent litigator.


    Laurie Zimmerman Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info



FLMember in Good Standing199608/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best Lawyer, Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Lead Trial AttorneyByrd Law Firm1998 - Present
Felony Trial AttorneyPublic Defender's Office1996 - 1998


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (State wide Chapter)President2012 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationPast President2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1997 - Present
Florida association of criminal defense attorneys (sarasota chapter)Past President1997 - 2008
Inn Of Court, Sarasota CountyMaster1997 - Present
Florida BarMember1996 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
Florida Defender (FACDL)President's Column2012


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Quinnipiac University School of LawLawJuris Doctorate1995
Florida State UniversityCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1990
No Law School providedN/AlawN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
FACDL Annual MeetingCriminal law2012