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I began my legal career in June of 2001 as an Assistant State Attorney here in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida (Clay, Duval and Nassau County).  I spent a total of seven years at the State Attorney's Office where I handled cases from misdemeanor domestic violence, petit theft, DUIs, as well as many different felony cases including, drug possession, drug sales, trafficking, grand theft, child abuse, child neglect, sexual assault, sexual battery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, attempted murder and murder.  I ended my career as a Division Chief in the felony division and a member of the homicide rotation.  I handled over forty jury trials during this time and hundreds of other contested evidentiary hearings.  The trial advocacy skills I learned while as a State prosecutor have assisted me greatly in private practice handling criminal defense and family law cases.  The past three years I have primarily focused on contested family law cases handling very complex divorces, custody actions, paternity cases, modification actions and contempt actions.  I have also maintained a criminal defense practice that I have been able to successfully defend many clients in either having their charges dropped or reduced, or even an acquittal after jury trial.  My office is equipped with a very experienced paralegal who provides great assistance in the discovery process and handling of my case load.  My law parter is also my Wife and our entire staff treats our clients with our family and team oriented approach.  Call us today and let our family help yours through any of your legal needs.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 20%
  2. Child Custody: 20%
  3. Family: 20%
    9 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
    9 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven Alan Leitman

    Darin feels very comfortable in the courtroom. He fights hard for his clients and is always prepared when he steps into court. He is very responsive and when the need arises I do not hesitate to give his name to a potential client.


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  • Philip Michael Moffitt

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gardner is a knowledgeable and professional attorney.


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Contact info

320 North 1st Street
Suite 710
Jacksonville, FL, 32250-6943

3201First Street North
Jacksonville Beach, FL

11First Street North
Jacksonville, FL

North First Street
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL



FLMember in Good Standing200106/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers in JacksonvilleJacksonville Magazine2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCoplan-Gardner & Gardner, P.A.2008 - Present
Felony Division ChiefFourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office2001 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Gator Bowl AssociationHost Committee Member2011 - Present
Florida Family Law Inns of CourtAssociate Member2010 - Present
Jacksonville Beach Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Jacksonville Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationAttorney2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida v. Rashaiem JacksonAcquittal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of North FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest SpeakerDomestic Violence2011
I Almost Got Away With ItMurder Prosecution and Flight to Avoid Prosecution2010
Guest SpeakerProper Police Report Writing2010