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Ian Matthew Pickens

DUI and DWI Attorney at Gainesville, FL

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2014
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Ian

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Thank you for taking the time to find out more about me. I am currently an Associate Attorney with Meldon Law. Before joining the firm in 2017, I practiced law in Ocala with the State Attorney’s Office for almost 3 years. During my employment as an Assistant State Attorney, I handled numerous criminal cases ranging from misdemeanor DUIs to 1st degree Felonies.

 I’m a fourth generation Floridian born and raised in Crescent City, Florida. I attended Westminster College located in New Wilmington, Pa. While I was there I ran track from 2008-2011, was a brother of Sigma Nu Fraternity and received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and in Sociology. After graduation, I returned home to Florida to attend Law School at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville where I met my wife Shanae. I graduated with my Juris Doctorate in 2014 and was admitted to the Florida Bar the same year. My wife and I moved to Ocala where we both began our legal careers as Assistant State Attorneys. My love of the courtroom and desire to help people, whether they have been injured or arrested, is what made me want to be a trial attorney.

 My interest is in trial practice involving criminal defense cases. The main focus of my current practice is defending drivers who have been accused of DUI and other Criminal Offenses in North Central Florida.



Meldon Law
703 N Main Street
Suite A
Gainesville, FL, 32601
Meldon Law
121 NW Third Street
Ocala, FL, 34485
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Posted by juan | March 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Ian is awesome, he was on the case the moment I called him, I highly recommend him, he's not just there for money, he's there to honestly help you. I will always come to mr.pickens for any legal advise, again your awesome and thank you so much!
Posted by James | July 19, 2020
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Attorney Ian Pickens did a great job for me. Would highly recommend.
I was recommended Attorney Ian Pickens by a friend who had used him in his DUI case and gotten a favorable outcome. I was facing a violation of felony probation for a new charge of driving on suspended and possible jail and/or prison sentence. Needless to say, I wanted to find the right lawyer. I was impressed with Ian from the initial consultation. He answered all of my questions and assured me that he would do everything in his power to avoid me being incarcerated. He was always in contact and on top of things involving my case. Any questions I had were answered promptly. The state’s first offer was 6 months of community control, with which I was satisfied, but Ian went the extra mile. He asked for a continuance and took the extra time and effort to research my license history more thoroughly. Upon further investigation, Ian found out my license had actually been reinstated 6 days prior to me being ticketed. There had been a mistake in the system somewhere. At the following court date my case was dismissed by the prosecution and judge. I was obviously extremely pleased with the outcome. I’m very grateful to have been represented by Attorney Ian Pickens and would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2019
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I found Mr. Pickens to be very knowledgeable and professional. He responded to phone calls and emails in a timely manner. I appreciated his honesty and forthrightness of how the case would be handled. Above all, he NEVER promised anything, but instead, advised of what the law is and the "potential" outcomes of the case. He earned my respect based on that alone. i was very pleased with the resolution of my case. Additionally, Mr. Pickens' legal assistant, Abbie, is very efficient and knowledgeable, as well, and was instrumental in my decision to retain Mr. Pickens. When I made the initial call to their office, she promptly took the information and relayed it to Mr. Pickens. She, too, returned phone calls and emails in a timely manner. The communication they provided during this very difficult time for me was both supportive and encouraging. Being from out-of-state, it took a huge load off of me knowing they were handling my case. THANK YOU, Meldon Law.
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Posted by Shelley | October 29, 2019
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Amazing people
Mr. Pickens was absolute AMAZING. He was able to speak to my parents who live in another state to get representation for me in the state I live in. He was able to help me get my legal situation under control, answered all of my questions, concerns, issues. Was available to me when I needed him. Then helped me clear an ADDITIONAL legal issue with a discounted rate for representing me before. Then helped to end my PTO early due to my completing all the requirements before deadline. The office staff was always pleasant, polite, and helpful. He's a very nice, kind, compassionate, and a LIFE SAVER!!! Thanks so much for all your help Mr. Pickens, you're great!!!
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Posted by Rachael | September 23, 2019
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Happy with team at Meldon Law!
I was in a car accident, a hit and run, where driver t-boned me and then left scene of accident. Totaled the first new car I had ever owned (one payment away!) and I was left needing medical attention but not sure how to pursue uninsured motorist coverage/claim. I contacted Meldon Law because of family member who was happy with the work done by Meldon Law on different case. I met with Jeffrey Meldon and his team soon after calling to inquire about how I should proceed. With the at-fault driver nowhere to be found, I was in need of advice. The team at Meldon Law explained how they would handle my case, what I could expect in terms of medical treatment and settlement. Very nice, informative and kind. I hired them that day. I was pleased with the communication, compassion and experience from everyone on my team. From the paralegal to my attorney to Mr. Meldon himself. I was able to get the medical help I needed without fear of outstanding Bill's. I learned a lot about accidents and how to protect myself even better should this happen again. My team settled my case and I was satisfied with the results. Meeting to sign settlement papers at office, I was given more tools and time from my team. I trust and truly believe in Meldon Law.
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Posted by Christina | July 24, 2019
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Illegal search and seizure
We hired Ian and from our first meeting he put our minds at ease. He was very reassuring, patient, and always available. Ian answered all of our questions and continued to remind us of to worry. He handle everything.
Posted by Ben | May 8, 2019
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My Profound Appreciation to Ian Pickens!
Ian Pickens is a dynamite attorney! I consider myself fortunate that he took my case and enthusiastically defended me. He kept me informed and updated during the entire legal process. All my phone calls and emails were promptly returned. Mr. Pickens and his staff worked diligently and strived for the ultimate outcome; the results far surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend Mr. Pickens and will definitely contact him again for my future legal needs.
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Posted by Glenn | July 28, 2018
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Ian Pickens Thank You!
I want to give a huge thanks to Meldon Law. They were a big help to me winning my 2nd DUI case. Attorney Ian Pickens took my case and he did a great job. He helped get my whole case thrown out. He always stayed in contact with me. I always felt hope when we spoke. His assistant Ms. Abby was very nice and I would refer them to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2019
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Not Terribly Good
I had very bad luck!!! I hired Ian right away on the phone as soon as I talked to him. The reason was he confidently said he could definitely get all my charges dropped because of a certain technicality or fact not being admissible in court. However right after I paid him $2500 and signed the contract his tune totally changed immediately without any added info! He said that he never said anything about getting something dropped. I thought that was very strange indeed and I was very disheartened! I told him the truth that I was innocent and had to constantly remind him of this throughout because he always acted like I was guilty! He just wanted me to claim guilt and do a probation plea deal ! He never even gave me the time to tell him exactly what happened and so it reflected badly on my case! The time he allotted me was 15 minutes early before the court time to hear my story..... he was always late so he never did hear it once! What I did tell him more than once and it was very relevant and important to my case he claimed later I NEVER told him about it and therefore it was not used to my defense! When I mentioned it, it made him very angry and he actually raised his voice and yelled at me! I know that he was probably embarrassed and just took it out on me but it was such a rookie little kid move! The evidence was examined by him at the police station and it proved to be empty and totally different than what the police claimed. I asked him again right then do you believe my innocence now? He gave me a long lecture about even if someone was totally guilty and also a terrible person he would still defend them because it would be UNETHICAL for him not to. So basically he gave me a huge unethical long winded lecture that this imaginary hypothetical definitely GUILTY guy he would always treat very well and not at all think of as guilty but as for someone really totally innocent like me.............. ??? I would laugh if not almost having a breakdown and caving in at the third court hearing and about to falsely admit guilt from pressure and not knowing what else to do! I ended up being falsely charged and fraudulently jailed but I still had to pay $400 court fee and $100 jail fees! $100 Public Defender fee when I never once used one or wanted one! Ian acted like someone poor like me without a job or car it is not a big deal to pay the fee late and have a suspended license! I ended up with a bad criminal charge that SHOULD HAVE BEEN DROPPED! I will be a lot more careful before I ever commit to hire a lawyer ever again! I would try to find one with more experience. Two years is not enough!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Meldon Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney
  • Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals
  • 2014 - 2017


  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Westminster College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Alachua County Violation of Probation Charge Dismissed
  • Violation of Probation Dismissed
  • Gainesville Driver has License Suspension vacated
  • The Hearing Officer later issued an order setting aside the license suspension.
  • Alachua County Driver has License Suspension vacated
  • The Hearing Officer later issued an order setting aside the license suspension.
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  • Young professionals ocala
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Marion County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2020 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Young Lawyers Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • American Academy of Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 10
  • DUI Defense Attorney
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • American Academy of Attorneys
  • 2018
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  • Word Association Publishers
  • DUI Guide for the 3rd Judicial Circuit
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Blood Breath & Tears
  • DUI
  • 2019
  • 32nd Annual Meeting
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (9)
Endorse Ian
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Pickens is an extremely experienced, knowledgeable, professional and intelligent attorney. I handled cases opposite Mr. Pickens while I was a prosecutor. I could always count on Mr. Pickens to be knowledgeable, honest, and hard working on our cases. Mr. Pickens is well versed in the law and zealously advocates for the rights of his clients. I would recommend Mr. Pickens to any person facing criminal charges."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is one of the most dedicated criminal defense attorneys I know. He is experienced, understands both the law and the 'ins and outs' of the criminal justice system, and leverages all of his resources both to get superior results for all of his clients. He is passionate about his work, and keeps his clients fully informed every step of the way. I highly recommend Ian, without reservation, as your go-to lawyer for DUI and Criminal Defense matters."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Friend
"A friend since law school, I know Ian is a hard working and zealous advocate. No matter the problem, Ian is a great choice for representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Gainesville DUI and DWI Lawyer Ian Matthew Pickens
Ian Matthew Pickens
DUI and DWI Attorney
Gainesville, FL
Licensed for 9 years

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