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Need a criminal law specialist? Most lawyers are not certified as criminal law specialists, even if they only practice criminal law. Stephen G. Cobb is certified.

An "Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating" means nothing to the Florida Bar, the regulatory body for Florida lawyers. Stephen G. Cobb is the only certified criminal trial lawyer in a three county area. He has practiced criminal law exclusively since 1990 and opened his own firm in 1997. In 2002, he became certified in criminal trial law by the Florida Bar, purusant to the Rules of the Florida Supreme Court and administered by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization. Board Certification is what the legal profession uses to rate lawyers in Florida. Less than 1% of the lawyers in Florida are officially Bar Certified as specialists in criminal law, and almost 90% of lawyers attempting to pass the certification exam the last time it was given, failed. If speaking with an attorney about a criminal case, the first question you should ask before scheduing an appointment is very simple: are you certified as a specialist in criminal law?




Languages spoken: French, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 25%
    26 years, 800 cases
  2. Domestic Violence: 20%
    26 years, 700 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    26 years, 10 thousand cases
  4. Child Abuse: 20%
    26 years, 400 cases
  5. Violent Crime: 15%
    26 years, 700 cases



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  • Thomas Shawn Lupella

    I have known Stephen Cobb for several years now. He is a very intelligent and experienced criminal defense attorney. I would not hesitate to refer others to him.


    Thomas Lupella Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Tim Michael Flaherty

    It is with great pleasure that I offer my full endorsement of Stephen Cobb. He is a dedicated advocate for his clients and is held in the highest regard by his peers, his clients, and the Court.


    Tim Flaherty Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm

5 Clifford Drive
Shalimar, FL, 32579

Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm

217 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW Ste D
(Payment drop off by appointment only)
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548



FLMember in Good Standing198906/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Ten AwardNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Invitation Only Membership, Peer RecognitionNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Certified Criminal Trial Law Expert (recertification)The Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization2012
Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist (recertification)Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization2007
Initial Certification, Board Certified Criminal Law SpecialistFlorida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization2002
RecognizedWho's Who of Business and Executives USA2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderCobb Criminal Defense Law Firm1997 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender1990 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)Past President2007 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)Member2002 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1998 - Present
The Florida Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)Secretary2006 - 2008
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Okaloosa-Walton ChapterPresident2002 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. John Doe 1997Capital Sexual Battery
State v. John Doe 2013Not Guilty, all counts
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wall Street SelectNational Trial Lawyers Organization Selects Controversial Lawyer2013
Florida Criminal Law TelevisionAfter the Arrest: What Happens Next.2012
Gulf Breeze NewsIs your brain at fault?2010
Florida Criminal Law NewsletterThe Law Firm of Tomorrow, Today2006
Florida Criminal Law NewsletterFlorida DUI Breath Testing Under Fire: Is the Intoxilyzer 5000 About to be Invalidated Statewide?2006
Florida Criminal Law NewsletterDUI Litigation Update2004
Florida Criminal Law NewsletterShaken Baby Shaken: Shaken Baby Syndrome Exposed as a Pseudoscience2003
Florida Criminal Law NewsletterGovernment Tyranny and You2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of MissouriHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Pensacola State CollegeElectronics TechnologyA.S.1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest Speaker, Faculty of Law and NeuroscienceSPECT Brain Imaging Studies and how to use them in the courtroom2015
Innaugural Atlanta, GA Forensic SPECT Brain Imaging CLE SeminarIs Brain Imaging the Future of Criminal Law?2013
Advanced SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) Forensic NeuroimagingCrime is the Answer2013
Brain SPECT Imaging in Clinical Practice: Advanced Neuro-imaging SeminarOne Stop Therapy: Solving the Problem of Crime Through Neuro-imaging & Ettective Treatment.2006