John D. Whitaker is a native of Gainesville and graduated from University of Florida College of Law. He is a past president of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the past president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.
John first worked for the Office of the State Attorney as a prosecutor specializing in DUI and traffic enforcement. During his time as a prosecutor he handled thousands of cases and attended numerous seminars on the inner workings of law enforcement, DUI investigations and prosecution.
Since moving to private practice he has handled hundreds criminal cases from theft by a juvenile to attempted murder with a firearm. He continues to attended seminars focusing on criminal defense. His experience on both sides of the criminal justice system have enabled John to analyze every case as both an experienced prosecutor and defense attorney. This gives him the advantage of anticipating the prosecution's strategy and accurately analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of their case.
John has actual trial experience in DUI, possession of cannabis, battery, open container, theft, resisting an officer without violence, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, escape, grand theft auto, burglary with a battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, sale and possession of cocaine, armed robbery, and attempted murder with a firearm.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2000||10/02/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Achievement for Zealous Representation of Parents||H. Stephen Pennypacker Dependency General Master||2004|
|Partner||Kinsell, Zadel & Whitaker||2005 - Present|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney's Office 8th Judicial Circuit||1999 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Bench/Bar Committee||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2004 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2004 - Present|
|Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association||President||2007 - 2008|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)||President||2005 - 2006|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||N/A||Law||1999|
|Ohio University||Communication||BS - Bachelor of Science Cum Laude||1996|
|Law & Justice Conference||Policing the Police||2015|
|Florida Family Law Class||Florida Dependency System||2010|
|Practicing with Profesionalism||Getting involved in your local bar association||2007|