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David is a native of Detroit, MI and received his Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University while triple majoring in Political Science, Philosophy, and Sociology (2000). He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida in 2003 where he received the Book Award in Criminal Procedure: Police Practices. After nearly three years as a prosecutor in Sarasota and Gainesville, FL, David left for private practice in Northwest Florida in 2006. While he has primarily served his clients in criminal defense and family law matters, he has also practiced in the fields of civil litigation, probate and guardianship law. During his career, David has conducted over 30 jury trials and has handled criminal cases ranging from DUI to Capital Murder.

David is currently the President of the Okaloosa-Walton Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) and also serves on the statewide FACDL Board of Directors. In 2011, he was
elected to the executive board of the Okaloosa Bar Association (OBA) and he currently serves as the board’s President. In 2011, OBA honored David as the Young Lawyer of the Year.

In addition to his professional involvement, David is also very involved in our local community. He is on the Board of the Emerald Coast Foundation and is an active member of the All Sports Association. He also supports our local military by acting as the 2013- 2014 Honorary Commander for the 33rd Operations Support Squadron on Eglin Air Force Base. He has provided pro bono legal service to veterans at the local Homeless Veteran Stand Down, for which he also has served on the planning committee from 2009-2013.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Family: 20%
  4. Juvenile: 5%
  5. Domestic Violence: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Clark Hamilton Henderson

    I endorse this lawyer. David is always professional and a pleasure to deal with.


    Clark Henderson Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christopher Paul Brannon

    I have referred several cases to David and I would recommend anyone seeking criminal defense representation to call David.


    Christopher Brannon Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Oberliesen Law Firm, PA

906D Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547


FLMember in Good Standing200406/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Young Lawyer of the YearOkaloosa Walton Bar Association2011
Book Award - Criminal Procedure: Police PracticesUniversity of Florida College of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerOberliesen Law Firm, PA2015 - Present
AttorneyMatthews & Jones, LLP2013 - 2015
AttorneyFleet, Spencer & Kilpatrick, PA2007 - 2013
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
All Sports AssociationMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)President2009 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors - Chapter Representative2007 - Present
Okaloosa Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Okaloosa Bar AssociationPresident2014 - 2015
Okaloosa Bar AssociationVice President2013 - 2014
Okaloosa Bar AssociationSecretary2012 - 2013
AMI Kids Emerald CoastBoard Member2011 - 2013
Okaloosa Bar AssociationTreasurer2011 - 2012
Fort Walton Beach Military Affairs CommitteeMember2009 - 2012
Okaloosa Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2009 - 2013
Leadership OkaloosaMember2009 - 2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2003
Central Michigan UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science2000