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Paul Wesley Darby

Family Attorney at Tavares, FL

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Member in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details

About Paul

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I am licensed to practice law in both the Florida state courts, and in the federal courts of the Middle District of Florida, though the focus of my practice is mainly in the state courts relating to civil/domestic disputes and criminal matters. I am a Past President of the Lake County Bar Association, and I am also an active member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Association and the Lake County Teen Court. Additionally, I have previously served on the Board of Directors of the Lake County Bar Association, and have also served as the Chairman of the Lake County Chapter of the UCF Alumni Association.

I earned my Juris Doctor at the University of Florida, College of Law. While at UF Law, I earned a Pro Bono Certificate for assisting members of the community in need of legal services. Prior to attending UF, I earned my undergraduate education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where I was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian History, summa cum laude, with a minor in German Language, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Prelaw, summa cum laude, with a minor in European Studies.

I will always put a client’s interests before anything else and I will go above and beyond to ensure that my clients receive the best possible legal advice and obtain positive results. I make a point to treat my clients the same way that I would treat a member of my own family.

My office is in Tavares, Lake County, Florida. I am originally from the town of Grant-Valkaria, Florida in southern Brevard County, and I presently live in Clermont, Florida with my children, Gavin and Brynn.

Location

Holden & Darby, P.A.
221 North Joanna Avenue
Tavares, FL, 32778-3217

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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2014
The BEST of the best!
Paul Darby is the best attorney in Central Florida. He goes above and beyond and is very detail-oriented. Not one of those intimidating attorneys. I was impressed by how down-to-earth he was and how caring. I feel like he treats his clients the same way he would treat a family member.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2014
Best lawyer hands down
Mr. Darby is a magnificent attorney. He's helped me with my divorce and has gone above and beyond what I expected. I'm a father and he got me the best possible results. Everything we asked for, we got. If you want an experienced and friendly attorney, look no further. Thanks so much Mr. Darby.
Posted by Kristopher | April 26, 2023
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Outstanding to say the LEAST...
Paul W. Darby is one of the best attorneys I have ever had work for me. He was very professional and helped me through the long and daunting process of my divorce. He always took time to answer any and all of my plethora of questions. He was also very timely with the process. I would definitely recommend Mr. Darby to anyone that needed assistance with Family Law.
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Posted by Russell | June 17, 2020
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Best lawyer in town
Paul Darby has worked miracles for me. As everyone knows in the state of Florida it's a Mother's state and Paul was able to get me custody of my kids back after the mother filed an illegal motion with the court. Paul and his crew found out she had committed perjury and was all over it. If Ever I have to hire a family attorney he is the man I will go to. I highly recommend Paul Darby and his partners. Thank you again Paul for all your hard work you are the best
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2020
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BEST ATTORNEY AROUND!
Paul is one of the most knowledgeable and persistent attorneys I have ever come across. He was able to quickly help me find a resolution to my family law case and made provide me with a positive outcome that suited what was in the best interest of my child! His rates were affordable and I definitely feel like I was well represented and lucky to have him as my attorney. I will definitely use his service in the future and encourage anyone who is looking for a great attorney to hire him!
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Posted by Tara | March 27, 2018
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Loyal Client of a Trustworthy Attorney
Paul Darby is extremely knowledgeable, professional, experienced, and realistic. He has been my attorney for my Family Law case. After appearing in front of my judge with him, I have put 100% of my trust in him to represent me beyond my expectations. He remembers everything, and respects everyone's time by getting right to the point. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Stephen | March 24, 2018
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Great lawyer
I Hired Mr. Darby on a child custody case. I was worried about my child's safety because of the environment she was in. Paul made me feel at ease. He collects the fact and gets the job done.
Posted by Karen | March 17, 2018
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Recommend
We came to Paul Darby with a very difficult case. He never hesitated to confront the complicated issues that came before him. He treated us with respect and gave it all he had. We highly recommend him for a any family law case you may have.
Posted by Justin | March 9, 2018
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A fantastic attorney.
Paul Darby is a highly skilled and knowledgeable professional who will give the kind of above and beyond quality representation someone very much needs in the difficult areas of family law, divorce, and custody. Although I selected Paul to be my attorney from out of state and based on only a few reviews, I felt like I struck gold with him on my case. This is a professional you can select and have confidence that you will be treated with dignity, respect, and that you will receive the best representation possible.
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Posted by Robert | May 15, 2014
Job well done!!!
Had a very complicated case and every step of the way, Mr. Darby was three steps ahead. I would highly recommend him and would use him again if I had to...
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Suspension with Conditions issued in FL, 2023
updated on 01/17/2024

This means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Holden & Darby, P.A.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of A.J. Rohe, III, P.A.
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Legal Extern
  • Seminole County Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Office of A.J. Rohe, III, P.A.
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Harris Corporation
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Associations

  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2015 - Present
  • UCF Alumni Association, Lake County Chapter
  • Past Chairman
  • 2015 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lake County Teen Court
  • Judge
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • UCF Alumni Association, Lake County Chapter
  • Chairman
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (45)
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Probate Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Darby is an outstanding attorney."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. He is ethical, smart, and puts his client's interests above $. He will do what is right for you."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Darby Is a very knowledgeable attorney. He works hard to get the results his client’s deserve."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Darby is an excellent lawyer and is well regarded in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is a well respected member of the legal community and a credit to our profession."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An excellent and dedicated practitioner."
Unknown Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a sharp attorney that is more than competent in the practice of law. I endorse him fully."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul has complete understanding of the issues involved in complex family law cases."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Paul Darby is a great litigator but he's also friendly and reasonable to work with. He is humble, honest and will go the distance to do a friend a favor. At a fairly young age, he represents the civility, integrity and compassion that the Florida Bar would do well to instill in all of its members. He's a great addition to the Central Florida Bar and I hope to work with him more often."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Tavares Family Lawyer Paul Wesley Darby
Paul Wesley Darby
Family Attorney
Tavares, FL
Licensed for 14 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details