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David Frederick Allen

Criminal defense Attorney at Tavares, FL

4.4   25 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1978
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About David

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My clients are my priority. I offer a FREE consultation. Personal service is the key to producing successful outcomes and satisfied clients. I answer my phone after hours in the event clients have an emergency. It would be my honor to represent you!

Thank you for reading my profile. I have been a successful Trial Attorney in Central Florida since 1978. I began my career as a Government Attorney and for 4 years I tried hundreds of cases in the Courts of Orlando from DUI’s to First Degree Murder and everything in between (Traffic, Driver’s License cases, Assault and Battery (misdemeanor and felony), Sex Crimes, Robbery, Burglary, Domestic Violence, False Imprisonment, Drug Possession—sale/delivery, Firearm Violations, Trafficking, RICO, Homicide, all Theft, Juvenile cases and Appeals). I have enjoyed my career and duties every single day because I love my job and interacting with all participants in the “system” including Judges, Attorneys, Prosecutors, Mediators, Law Enforcement AND CLIENTS. It is a complicated system. I understand it fully, I can explain it simply and navigate it effectively.

In 1982 I opened my Private Practice and began handling all Family Law cases (with great success), including Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Department of Revenue support cases, Parenting Plans, Alimony, Relocation, Modifications, Contempt, Enforcement and Paternity cases involving children born out of wedlock.

In order for the public to determine the quality of representation they can expect, I have been Peer Review Rated exclusively by Judges and fellow Attorneys that place me in the top 5% of Central Florida Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest Attorney information service in America—since 1868. That rating is designated “AV” Preeminent, which means the Attorney has high ethical standards, exceptional legal ability and significant experience.

When you retain me to represent you, I promise to communicate personally with you and keep you informed. I will take all necessary steps to prepare your case and give you the best advice I can based on over 40 years of experience in the Courts of Central Florida. If a trial becomes necessary, rest assured I have been in almost every conceivable situation and I know how to prepare, to act and react in your best interest. If we can settle the case to your satisfaction, I will negotiate the best achievable terms you will agree to and save you substantial attorney fees by avoiding trial. Please call me for a FREE consultation

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324 N Texas Ave
Tavares, FL, 32778

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4.4 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
Posted by Melinda | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Reliable
The moment we met Mr. Allen he put us at ease. He was friendly and knowledgeable. He took his time and never made us feel rushed even though we asked a thousand questions.The outcome we had in the TWO times we retained him were very positive.Mr. Allen also has a wonderful legal team working with him that were also very nice.
Posted by Kathryn Tooker | May 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Expedient, and Professional
Mr. Allen was of counsel to me with a lease agreement for my daughter who moved to Gainesville for school. He reviewed the lease and recommended deletions and revisions in order to protect my daughter and me. He was expedient, knowledgeable, and professional. I would highly recommend Mr. Allen!
Posted by Carmen G. Reveil | October 5, 2014
Mr.Allen and his team have been such a blessing...They took my case, informed me every step of the way, never made ANY decision's without my consent and are by far worth every penny. Mr.Allen and his team have worked with me for the past 2 years and I wouldn't trade them for anyone else, they're extremely knowledgeable and beyond trustworthy. Thank you so much for all your help and support. YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!
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Posted by Gary | June 21, 2014
Super Lawyer
David has represented me since the early 80's in complicated criminal, and traffic cases. David always explained the charges against me, and after doing his legal research contacted me for an office visit. David explained the outcome Of each case depending on my plea. All cases were either reduced or dropped. In one unique case the entertainment giant Universal Studios had fabricated charges against me, and David had all charges dropped.
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Posted by George | April 29, 2014
Best of the best
Attorney David Allen is an excellent lawyer who will fairly and knowledgeably represent you on family law matters, including child support modifications, as he did for me. He is honest, direct, and very capable of dealing with contentious opponents and was intent on getting a fair deal for me. He is easy to contact & quick to respond. If I have a need for services in the future Mr. Allen would be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2014
You miss 100% of the chances you do not take, Don't pass this one!
Like you, I researched a lot of Lawyers before I retain their services they provide. Due to Mr. Allen's extensive background in other areas, I felt that he was the right selection for me. Taking a chance like we all do. I am here as a witness and totally convinced now, that I made the best choice possible. Mr. Allen completely surpassed my expectation by producing a result that I thought was unobtainable in my unique situation. I was mentally preparing myself for the impact that I was expecting and he completely produced a result far beyond my belief. I strongly recommend his legal representation under any service that he provides. You will not be disappointed by any means. He is very Professional, Personable, Privacy Advocate, Upfront, and down to earth. In the event that I find myself needing services he provides, without hesitation, I will be calling....take that chance, he's totally worth it!
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2014
Very Pleased with Representation
David Allen is very personable, down-to-earth, experienced, and will make you laugh in the most difficult times. He will work hard to win your case. His office staff is very helpful and they work well together. When I first called the office to inquire about him, his staff spoke very highly of him. I could tell that they were being honest about him. He helped me win my case and I am eternally grateful. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Brad | March 26, 2014
Exceptional Service
Mr. Allen has been a life long attorney for myself regarding a variety of different areas. Mr. Allen has always followed through with his promises and gone above and beyond for me in and out of the court room. I absolutely have and will continue to recommend Mr. Allen to all of my friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2014
David Allen was referred to me by a friend of mine and I hired him to handle my criminal traffic case. I was very happy with Mr. Allen's services. He kept me informed and was able to get the charge dismissed. I was extremely impressed with how fast he got everything done. This was a situation that was very stressful for me and Mr. Allen got the best result possible and quicker than I ever imagined. This was the best experience I have ever had with a lawyer and I highly recommend him to everyone. A big Thank you to Mr. Allen and his staff!!
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Posted by Rosa | March 18, 2014
So happy with the outcome !!!
Well we just got back from the Court House and we were VICTORIOUS!!!!! David Allen and his staff really worked hard for me. I saw all the effort they put into my case. And I am ever so greatful for him believing in me. He is a straightforward and honest hard working man. It was a pleasure working with him and his office. I am soooooo HAPPY !
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Posted by Cyndy | February 20, 2014
Excellent Attorney from Winter Park
Mr. Allen is a professional and effective attorney. He helped me resolve my legal matters quickly and efficiently. I definitely recommend his services to anyone looking for an attorney in his area of practice.
Posted by Chris | January 9, 2014
David Allen - the best.
David Allen was my lawyer on my DUI case this past year. I've known David for many years through the church I attend. He was a great man to me while I was growing up and he was a great man in this situation as well. David was willing to help me even though a DUI was not a case he normally took on. He was kind and honest about the situation. He met with me while I was in jail and I had no contact with anyone. He was a huge support for me that day. Almost a year later now and he is still an amazing man to be around in a sticky situation. I recommend everyone hire David for anything because he will work his butt off for you and also be there for you.
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Response from David Allen March 21, 2014
I appreciate this excellent recommendation, but would like to correct that portion that states I do not typically handle DUI cases as I have handled hundreds of DUI cases over my career.
Posted by Brandon | August 13, 2013
Top notch Attorney, staff- people, period...
Mr. Allen and his staff have been nothing less than fantastic in helping me through my divorce. He and his staff are very sincere and honest people. They truly showed compassion for my situation in ways I could of never imagined. They have communicated well and always made me feel my case is of the upmost important. I feel blessed to have found not only a great attorney and staff that work hard for me, but also kind friends
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Posted by Stacye | August 6, 2013
A man of his word.
I called Mr. Allen when I was in a very difficult situation. I also would like to add I had moved from Florida and was dealing from out of state. Mr. David Allen helped me immensely. He not only got the job done, he did it in the most cost effective manor. I am very grateful for all the help he gave me. I would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by DENISE | August 2, 2013
Honest and Caring Attorney
My experience with Mr Allen was a very pleasant one. He explained my options , he worked worked with me on making the right decision for the best result. i am grateful to him for all of his help in my time of need.
Posted by Stacey | July 31, 2013
Amazing Firm!
From the moment I walked into Mr. Allens firm and even after the case was concluded, Mr. Allen amd his staff were more than helpful. They were always keeping me updated every step of the way. Everyone was understanding and knowledgeable of needs and situation and were delicate in handling how my special needs daughters case was presented. have recommended Mr. Allen and I will continue to do so.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2013
I came to atty. David Allen for a speeding ticket which required a Court appearance (105 in a 55). Mr. Allen negotiated an agreement in where I only had to pay the Court costs of $120.00 (which they gave me 90 days to pay) and NO POINTS on my license and NO DRIVING SCHOOL!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! BETTER RESULTS THAN I EVER EXPECTED!! Also, he understood the stress I was under and was patient, caring and made me feel at ease during a very difficult time. A million thanks!!
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Posted by princersmom | July 3, 2013
Highly recommend!
A big THANK YOU to David and his staff for all their help on my divorce. I had worked with other lawyers previously and no one was more helpful and more attentive than Mr. Allen and his staff. I had so many questions throughout the process and he was always there to answer them promptly. I would highly recommend Mr. Allen!! Thanks sooo much!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2013
Super Lawyer! Caring and Reasonable Rates
Mr. Allen helped me with a difficult child support case. My ex was trying to get out of paying support and with Mr. Allen's help, I was able to receive more in support than I had told my ex I would accept. Mr. Allen was always available to help me with the issues and even took my calls on weekends and after hours. I can't thank Mr. Allen enough for his dedication to my case.
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Posted by Jaime | December 19, 2012
Knowledgeable, Educated, Compassionate
I had a complicated custody issue that involved restoration of my rights. I was in one state and my child was in another. I found Mr. Allen through several google searches and talking with several attorneys. After explaining my issue to Mr. Allen he agreed to take my case even though I was 700 miles away, and we never met in person. Even though there was quite a bit of distance between my lawyer and his team I felt like I was right next door. Communication was excellent; his team of paralegals far surpasses the knowledge of many attorneys in the field of child custody. Mr. Allen took the time to listen to my needs and went above and beyond to do what he could for me and my case. As far as I am concerned The Allen Law Office is the best of the best, and demonstrates empathy and compassion during the most stressful situations. Mr. Allen and his team truly provide the best representation that even money cannot buy.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • David F. Allen, P.A.
  • 1982 - Present
  • Felony Division Chief
  • Office Of The Public Defender
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Public Defender
  • Orange County Public Defender's Office
  • 1978 - 1980


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • O'Brien v. O.Brien, 899 So.2d 1133 (5th DCA 2006)
  • Upheld on appead--custody to Father


  • Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association (Middle District of Florida)
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2010
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  • Court TV
  • Trial over battle at Disney's Mad Tea Party ride ends with guilty verdict
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met David more than 35 years ago. He was the first attorney that I ever opposed in court. I remember being very impressed with his professionalism, his knowledge of the law and his court room presence. Over the years I have tried several more cases against him and on many other occasions I observed him in action in court. His legal abilities are exceptional and I highly recommend him to anyone who has a need for quality legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As an attorney, I found David Allen to have gained a wealth experience in his over 35 years of representing those in criminal and family law matters. I am confident that when I refer David a case, the clients will be well represented, and pleased with his and his office staff's professionalism."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I tried a case against David years ago, and I know first hand that he is an outstanding lawyer, and a great person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known David Allen for many years and have worked on cases with him. David is an excellent trial lawyer."
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Tavares Criminal defense Lawyer David Frederick Allen
David Frederick Allen
Criminal defense Attorney
Tavares, FL
Licensed for 45 years
Free Consultation